Jack of All Trades

Jack Of All Trades

Being a “jack of all trades” gets a bad rap. The traditional criticism is that instead of doing one thing very well, a jack of all trades does a number of things poorly. The full title in cases like this is “jack of all trades, master of none”. I am unabashedly a jack of all […]

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The Kids Don’t Read

Reading

One of the most common pieces of advice to improve writing is to read more and better books. And yet, apparently, university students aren’t.

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There’s No Such Thing As Luck

Coin Flip

I’m a lucky guy. I’m truly grateful for the many moments, coincidences and random events that lead me to where I am today. So, if I’m so lucky, why do I say there’s no such thing?

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Who Am I Writing For?

Typewriter

A bit of a thought experiment on who I write for, and how that shapes my writing style and content.

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The Lesser of Two Evils?

Choice

It’d be easy to sit back after this election cycle and honestly wonder what happened to humanity.

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Why I Donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation

In light of current events I’ve elected to increase my support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Our Precious Ideas

True or False?

Our ideas are precious, especially to ourselves. However it is that we arrive at them, we come to believe that they have immense value – so much so that we often consider them more than mere ideas or opinions, but elevate them to “The Truth”. Our ideas make the leap from opinion to fact.

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Is There … Hope?

Hope

Hope is not binary. Hope is not all-or-nothing. And it’s possible that if we pay attention to certain things, there may be somewhat more hope than we thought.

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Placing Blame

Finger Pointing

The difference between assigning blame, and assigning responsibility.

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Be The Change…

Candle

I’m dumbfounded. I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed. My reflections on the 2016 election results.

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Strategy, Tactics, and … Something Else?

Doing the Work

Strategy, Tactics, and … “The Machine”

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Focus, Focus, … SQUIRREL!

Squirrel!

Focus is getting harder to attain. And it’s our own fault.

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Ask the Question and the Answer Will Appear

Question

This happens to me so often accidentally that I’m starting to think I should do it on purpose. This morning I had a problem with one of the online services I use. It’s in an area that has been problematic for me before, so after checking that things were as they should be, I began […]

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Do The Work

Work Boots

So many products aimed at entrepreneurs are designed to fix the wrong side 80/20 rule.

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Goal Setting – or not

Long Road

Many people have goals. And then there’s the rest of us.

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On Writing Better

Typing

A couple of items from my life come together to inspire improvement. I hope.

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Truth, Facts and Opinions

Make America Care About Facts Again

Facts are facts and truths are truths, right. Then why do so many disagree about what should be objectively observable facts?

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We Want Knowledge

Why?

Sometimes the most important question to answer for others is “why”.

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It’s Not A War On Truth

Ignorance

It’s not a war on truth. It’s a war on sometime even more important….

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Confirmation Bias is a Bitch

Thinking is Hard

We love confirmation bias; you know, the fact that we more readily believe those things that confirm, rather than challenge, our existing beliefs. We love it when we can use it to explain the behaviour of others, or our inability to persuade them to our way of thinking. “Oh, they’ll only listen to things that […]

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