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2019/10/01 10:57 · skys

Modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”, the sociologist Elise Boulding once said. “If one is mentally out of breath all the time from dealing with the present, there is no energy left for imagining the future,” she wrote in 1978. We can only guess her reaction to the relentless, Twitter-fuelled politics of 2019. No wonder wicked problems like climate change or inequality feel so hard to tackle right now.

Src: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190109-the-perils-of-short-termism-civilisations-greatest-threat

2019/09/30 21:56 · skys

“Tthe greatest perfection is imperfection. This was formulated by Lucilio Vanini (1585–1619), who had a precursor in the 16th-century writer Joseph Juste Scaliger, and they in turn referred to the ancient philosopher Empedocles. Their argument, as given by the first two, was that if the world were perfect, it could not improve and so would lack “true perfection,” which depends on progress. To Aristotle, “perfect” meant “complete” (“nothing to add or subtract”). To Empedocles, according to Vanini, perfection depends on incompleteness (“perfectio propter imperfectionem”), since the latter possesses a potential for development and for complementing with new characteristics (“perfectio complementii”).”

Src: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfection

2019/09/30 21:07 · skys

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

2019/09/30 20:35 · skys

Just remember when someone says you've done a “stirling job”, you could be doing a 100x better…

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2019/09/04 14:08 · skys

Michelle said it best…basically:

NZ Government is always looking for short term wins: the election cycle is short, and Ministers have a hard time surviving without a project to unveil. So point solutions generally win over over consolidation projects that integrate information –- at least until there is a catastrophic failure. At which point a minister can swoop in as a launcher, as opposed to a deliver (sounds just as good). But that too has a risk: large projects go through different ministers, different project managers…and needs change…so by the time the Big Thing arrives, it no longer is a solution anyone needs.

2019/08/29 16:29 · skys

Business As Usual, in our unique way….

2019/08/08 12:17 · skys

Overheard (in my head):

“When we're talking about using common standards we're not talking about using our Standard Stupidity…”

2019/08/08 09:54 · skys

In total, Winegard estimates that mosquitoes have killed more people than any other single cause—fifty-two billion of us, nearly half of all humans who have ever lived. He calls them “our apex predator,” “the destroyer of worlds,” and “the ultimate agent of historical change.”

Src: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/08/05/how-mosquitoes-changed-everything

2019/08/05 15:44 · skys

What we just heard was:

“We've gone out to market for Requirements…“

2019/08/05 13:45 · skys

“Mental models are how we understand the world. Not only do they shape what we think and how we understand but they shape the connections and opportunities that we see. Mental models are how we simplify complexity, why we consider some things more relevant than others, and how we reason.

A mental model is simply a representation of how something works. We cannot keep all of the details of the world in our brains, so we use models to simplify the complex into understandable and organizable chunks.

Thinking Better The quality of our thinking is proportional to the models in our head and their usefulness in the situation at hand. The more models you have—the bigger your toolbox—the more likely you are to have the right models to see reality. It turns out that when it comes to improving your ability to make decisions variety matters.

Most of us, however, are specialists. Instead of a latticework of mental models, we have a few from our discipline. Each specialist sees something different. By default, a typical Engineer will think in systems. A psychologist will think in terms of incentives. A biologist will think in terms of evolution. By putting these disciplines together in our head, we can walk around a problem in a three dimensional way. If we’re only looking at the problem one way, we’ve got a blind spot. And blind spots can kill you.

Here’s another way to think about it. When a botanist looks at a forest they may focus on the ecosystem, an environmentalist sees the impact of climate change, a forestry engineer the state of the tree growth, a business person the value of the land. None are wrong, but neither are any of them able to describe the full scope of the forest. Sharing knowledge, or learning the basics of the other disciplines, would lead to a more well-rounded understanding that would allow for better initial decisions about managing the forest.

In a famous speech in the 1990s, Charlie Munger summed up the approach to practical wisdom through understanding mental models by saying: “Well, the first rule is that you can’t really know anything if you just remember isolated facts and try and bang ’em back. If the facts don’t hang together on a latticework of theory, you don’t have them in a usable form. You’ve got to have models in your head. And you’ve got to array your experience both vicarious and direct on this latticework of models. You may have noticed students who just try to remember and pound back what is remembered. Well, they fail in school and in life. You’ve got to hang experience on a latticework of models in your head.”

Building your latticework is a lifelong project. Stick with it, and you’ll find that your ability to understand reality, make consistently good decisions, and help those you love will always be improving.”

Well summarized!

Src: https://fs.blog/mental-models/

2019/08/04 18:31 · skys

“A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns,” he wrote. “If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.” Hardy went on to characterize what makes a mathematical idea worthy: a certain generality, a certain depth, unexpectedness combined with inevitability and economy.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/07/22/the-aesthetic-beauty-of-math/

2019/07/27 13:23

“Aspire before you Expire…”

Life's short. Try to do something audacious…

2019/07/23 16:29

A risk with basing business decisions on Evidence, is that a decision crime had to happen first…

What about basing decisions on Research rather than evidence.

2019/07/23 09:25

Just heard another synonym for Liveware…

2019/07/22 16:00

Word du jour…. Collaboraction.

Nice.

2019/07/12 16:10

Sad that we're still seeing this having to be argued in 2019. Step up, country!

« He said research showed that the economic benefits of using the internet, such as applying for jobs and buying cheaper goods online, exceeded the costs.

“You are better off with the internet even though you pay a connection fee,” he said.

Src: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12230884

2019/07/09 10:43

Teachers are amazing in that they act as project managers of the unemployable…

2019/07/08 13:51

Imagine you own a restaurant.

Imagine you and your business partners walking into a store, full of products from around the world, little jars, big jars, flavours, features, etc.

In the center of the room is a selection of fresh olives from around the world, green, brown, purple, spiced, brined, natural, inexpensive. Free to try. Not everything is perfect (too salty, missing a bit of olive flavour, but hey, that's what free trials are for, to choose what mix you can live with).

And beside it, is an old venerable barrel. At the bottom of the barrel there's a half-handful of olives. All of them a bit dinged. Some frankly, beyond old. You're told that there were more olives a month ago, about a half-dozen more, but they've been pulled out.
You're told that, to supply your restaurant, you have to ignore all the ones in the shop (nobody is sure whether they are big enough to supply restaurants, then again, nobody even asked them), and bend over the barrel with a select few others and peer into the shadows of the barrel and squint at the olives down there.

You're not allowed to touch.

Do you take the odd shaped one, the split one, the darker one (a couple clearly are a bit moldy).
The only thing you have to go on is the statement that other restaurants around town have sold these olives (when? still doing so?).

So you and your co-partners bend over at the hip, and stick your head into the barrel, and down there, discuss with your co-purchasers what you imagine the flavour would be, if you could taste, or even touch, them. You hang there, in the barrel for a couple of long hours (it's a long term contract after all) discussing with gravitas whether the smell of the barrel is coming from a (bit faded) thyme, or is it really just old wood you're smelling and wanting to imagine it's thyme. Or you're starting to imagine that they're good, because you are comparing them to the mouldy ones that you can see.

And for that single olive, you'll have to pay the price for the whole barrel btw.

And you have to select one of them. Cause.

2019/06/28 10:02

“He’s a constant doer, therefore he makes mistakes. But people who don’t make mistakes don’t do anything,”

2019/06/25 23:21