Notes to self

Not gold alone brought us hither

Apr 24, 2011

Perception of time

On perception of time

Why time seems to pass faster as we get older

The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. “This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,” Eagleman said—why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.

Apr 24, 2011

State of mind

A new era is only a new state of mind

Its hard for companies to let go of their past successes

What makes a company successful with innovation long term is to always keep innovating. Often coming up with the next big thing means damaging the old thing. That’s hard to do for many companies so they don’t do it and somebody else does. This is why great companies end up as formerly-great companies.

Apr 23, 2011

Stand up

Stand up while you read this!

The writing on the wall is clear

It doesn’t matter if you go running every morning, or you’re a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting — in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home — you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.

Apr 21, 2011

Uptime

Amazon EC2 having issues

It might be easy to say, “Don’t host on EC2 because things like this happen.” But there’s no such thing as perfect uptime.

Apr 20, 2011

Trump

Scott Adams on Donald Trump

I never thought of Donald Trump this way

Granted, many people are turned off by Trump’s pomposity. He knows that. But he also knows that success doesn’t come from bland acceptance by the entire world. It comes from the ability to inspire the few. He’s nailing that part. I just spent my morning writing about him.