How Far Will You Go?
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If I were a psychology student I would have heard of the Milgram Experiment.  Now that I have, I’m disappointed in humanity and scared of what it might reveal about myself.  Essentially the experiment was set out to prove whether or not “free will” exists when someone in authority tells you to do something.  In the case of the experiment, the “teacher” gave higher and higher electric shocks to the “learner” if they got a question wrong.  Unbeknownst to them the “learner” was an actor and there were no electric shocks.

Unbeknownst to psychologists at the time, people defied expectations. Continue reading “How Far Will You Go?”

Boredom Is Good

I have always been a big fan of having time to “decompress”, to relax, to let my mind go places it can’t go when it’s busy doing everything else.  To some people, this is “spacing out”.  To other people, it’s allowing your mind to recharge to get ready for the next barrage that is coming your way.  For me, it’s time to dream.

Being bored.  Downright ugly bored.  Those are glorious times to dream. Continue reading “Boredom Is Good”

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Who would have thought that a game about paperclips would be so addictive?  But it is.  Paperclips is, at its heart, simple resource management.  You make one paperclip and sell it.  You make another and sell it until soon you can afford to buy machines that will make paperclips for you. And then big bigger machines.  And but the metal spool automatically.  But wait, there’s more! Continue reading “Paperclips”

Innovation Engine Running on Empty

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Livemint pointed me to a research paper that said it is indeed becoming harder to achieve the innovation that everyone expects.  One of their findings is this:

“The number of researchers required today to achieve the famous doubling every two years of the density of computer chips is more than 18 times larger than the number required in the early 1970s.”

This isn’t the first article that I’ve read that says innovation is becoming more difficult.  But is it correct? Continue reading “Innovation Engine Running on Empty”

48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.  A book which, supposedly, is highly regarded by inmates and celebrities.  Criminal celebrities?  Celebrity criminals?

It is an interesting book in that it tries to encapsulate all of the “laws” that seem to be floating around in your personal and/or business life and enumerate them.  The book is not perfect.  It is sometimes contradictory, but it makes you think, even if you don’t agree. Continue reading “48 Laws of Power”

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I’ve mentioned this before and I will mention it again.  People need space to work and to think.  But the amount of space they need is directly attributed to the society in which they grew up.  For instance, in areas where there is a higher population density, there is a requirement for less space.  Think about London where people are stacked on top of each other like sardines in a can.  To a Londoner, the amount of space needed to effectively do their job is smaller than someone in Alberta would need.  Alberta has lots of space.  More than enough space, even in their major cities.  I look North from my office and, once I get past the downtown area, nothing seems to be that much taller than the trees.  The city of Edmonton even complains that the density of the city isn’t high enough and that they want more people living in a smaller space. Continue reading “Sardines”

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I’ve written in the past about the concept called “flow“.  As Wikipedia states:

In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.

Last year an author by the name of Cal Newport created Deep Work, a book that describes what the author calls:

Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit.  These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.

Continue reading “Thinking”

Viva La Revolucion
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I was at a course back in March where people were supposed to introduce themselves and explain what they were trying to get out of the course.  When it came time for me to speak I said that I was trying to learn how to start a revolution.

I’ve been trying to do that for the past few months, but I’ve come up against a very interesting question:  how do I tell when I’ve been successful? Continue reading “Viva La Revolucion”

Faith and Reality


“Faith is one thing, but helllooooo reality is another.”

You never realize how much faith you have in your fellow human beings on a daily basis.  You have faith that the people running the electrical system are still working and that you will have power when you wake up in the morning.  You have faith that the drivers on the road aren’t out to kill you.  You have faith that the person at Starbucks / Tim Horton’s / McDonalds isn’t spitting in your coffee before serving it to you.  You implicitly trust dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of people every day. Continue reading “Faith and Reality”

Bravery In Government

In the movie John Wick, the main character has a Latin saying tattooed on his back.

Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat – Fortune favours the brave.

So where does that apply in the IT world?  Everywhere. Continue reading “Bravery In Government”