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Bayes, Crime, and “Big Enough” Data

It’s funny how words, when used in different contexts, take on completely different meaning. Same spelling but different context. Thus a different meaning. Technically speaking, these are called homographs. For example: The term “axes” can mean either … (a) a plurality of a certain hand tool, or (b) a plurality of fixed reference lines for […]

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Multitask Like Your Computer

The humble calendar is one of the most powerful tools on the planet. It powers all human coordination and gives shape to time itself. No other human creation is more global. It transcends the bonds of geography. Time differs from zone to zone. It’s 8:55 pm in Japan. It’s It’s 11:55 am in the UK. […]

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The Self-Authored Strategy

The U.S. military is a massive, high-powered organization that is perfectly built for head-to-head competition. Likewise, Amazon is a massive, high-powered organization that is perfectly built for head-to-head competition. There are, of course, small gaps in the proverbial armor. Where does one find them? Underneath each entity’s capabilities. To borrow an adage from the an […]

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The Best Book for Organizational Development

Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead By Laszlo Bock Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Those of you who, in the face of fear and failure, persevere and hold true to your principles, who interpose yourselves between the forces and faces buffeting the organization, will mold the soul […]

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Managers: Are We The Local Maximum?

The great Jim Rohn gave us an important bit of wisdom that I think about regularly: You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. This truth is connected to the effects of peer pressure—the good and bad kind. Spend all your time with gymnasts and you, too, will likely […]

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How To Make A Lot Of Money

Jim Barksdale once said that you make money two ways: by bundling or unbundling things. I think this is a very helpful idea. It isn’t the only way to make money but it’s a proven method. A successful bundling approach is Netflix. They take all the entertainment you want in put it in one helpful […]

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Our Brain As A Recommendation Engine

If the idea of The Long Tail has taught us anything, it is that there is a group willing and able to support even the most obscure taste and curiosity. Products and services come in far more flavors than any of us can comprehend as an individual. But as a group, you might say there’s […]

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The Best Book For Understanding Luck

Fooled By Randomness By Nassim Nicholas Taleb Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Clearly risk taking is necessary for large success—but it is also necessary for failure. Best Line #2: The only article Lady Fortuna has no control over is your behavior. Good luck. I want to start by thanking Shane Parrish and Josh Wolfe for […]

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History Doesn’t Repeat. But Mistakes Do.

This week’s book is Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s first salvo against modernity, the 2004 classic Fooled By Randomness. I’ve read this book several times and it is still a difficult thing to parse into simple articles and broad reviews. Mostly because everything in this book continues to carry the sort of insight that stretches my thinking […]

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