30 Days Ides Challenge
Last month’s Ides to Ides Challenge was no screen time for the first hour when I come in the door. It was an unqualified success — and I mostly pulled it off.
This month’s challenge is to try to do something difficult one hour every day. For me, that will probably end up being neural networks and python programming. Maybe I’ll even do them together with PyNeurGen or scikit.
Wisdom from Arsene Wenger
Wenger also says he spends his time away from the game “watching football matches and hoping his rivals lose their matches,” and suggested football management is an occupation that requires complete dedication.
"My job is to win games and be consistent at the top level and when young managers ask for advice, I say: ‘Look to sacrifice your life. There is no life out of this job.’
"We also have to recover from disappointments. Today with the social networks, we must have a huge resistance to stress and be very strong in your guidelines. You must have the guts to put your ideas into action."
Peter Thiel has a new book out
Peter Thiel has a new book out. As such, he’s out doing a publicity tour.
Q. What is one idea you’d like people to get from your book?
A. We’ve built a country in which people are tracked, from kindergarten to graduate school, and everyone who is “successful” acts the same way. That is overrated. It distorts things and hurts growth.
If you are a banker or a lawyer, someone in one of the elite, high-paying professions, creativity and growth are typically something that happens someplace else. That was supposed to be enough. It completely blew up in 2008.
It is the rare uber-successful person who actually gives honest advice. But you always get that from Thiel. It may not be right, but he’s always thought through it.
So I just bought the book.
Q. What’s the answer?
A. There is no real track. The next Bill Gates won’t start another computer operating system; another Larry Page wouldn’t build another search engine. My book purposely does not have a recipe. Most business books like to give the reader a method, some formula for how to do things. I’m anti-pseudo-science.
Exactly why most business books are terrible.
I have thoroughly enjoyed Ben Horowitz’s “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.” This quote about Jim Collins sealed the deal.
Collins misuses statistics to write pseudoscientific books about business that are beloved only by uncritical readers.