Monday, September 15, 2014
Fascinating to see how spread out Spain’s first division soccer clubs are for the 2014-2015 year.   Recently Zaragoza and Valladolid had clubs in the first division which filled out the map a bit.  Now it just looks like magnets repelling each other.

Fascinating to see how spread out Spain’s first division soccer clubs are for the 2014-2015 year.   Recently Zaragoza and Valladolid had clubs in the first division which filled out the map a bit.  Now it just looks like magnets repelling each other.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Without a doubt, I’ll be telling my grandkids some day that I got to see live and in his prime the best player ever to play the game.

Friday, September 12, 2014
1.  The oceanliner SS United States has been out of service since 1969
2.  It crossed the Atlantic from ‘52 to ‘69 carrying 14000 people per voyage.
3.  It’s been docked in Philadelphia since 1996.  Rent is 60,000 a month.

I don’t understand how this collection of alumnium has managed to survive 45 years without being used.  What a waste of society’s resources.

Source: Wired

1.  The oceanliner SS United States has been out of service since 1969

2.  It crossed the Atlantic from ‘52 to ‘69 carrying 14000 people per voyage.

3.  It’s been docked in Philadelphia since 1996.  Rent is 60,000 a month.

I don’t understand how this collection of alumnium has managed to survive 45 years without being used.  What a waste of society’s resources.

Source: Wired

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A hole in our hearts that will never be forgotten.

A hole in our hearts that will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Peacetime CEO sets big, hairy, audacious goals. Wartime CEO is too busy fighting the enemy to read management books written by consultants who have never managed a fruit stand.

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.

Monday, August 25, 2014

One simple question to learn whether you will ever switch from Democrat to Republican (or vice versa)

Reason did a poll on whether all kids should get trophies for participation or whether only the winners should get a trophy

Should all kids get trophies?

Democrats split evenly on the question, while Republicans are strongly in favor of winners getting trophies.  

I’d bet that any Democrat who feels strongly about winners getting trophies is likely to switch parties at some point in their life.  But it’s probably even more true that any nominal Republican who feels strongly that all kids should get rewarded equally with trophies is likely to become a Democrat.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"The worst decision ever"

A pet peeve of mine is that English does not have a pithy way to determine the difference between the worst decision ever because of the outcome and the worst decision ever because of the decision-making process.

A quick example: going to Acton MBA was a huge mistake for me.  The result was terrible, as it ws an ivory tower solution to an MBA.  But I’m not upset with my decision-making process.  If you figure out your worst case scenario and it comes true, then you can’t complain.

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Relaxing Sunday in some gardens.

Relaxing Sunday in some gardens.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Ides challenge: No screen for an hour when coming home

30 days ides of August to ides of September challenge: no screens for an hour.

I get off the train, I get in the door, and I want to finish what I’d just been reading.  But my family goes to sleep early, so I need to make sure I prioritize them while they’re awake and I’m home.

So no screens — computer, phone, TV, email, Twitter — for an hour. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014
She ain’t the greenbelt, but she’s alright.

She ain’t the greenbelt, but she’s alright.