Saturday, September 27, 2014
You could almost forget that you are in the middle of the biggest city in America

You could almost forget that you are in the middle of the biggest city in America

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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.

Sunday, September 21, 2014
The heavens are on fire.

The heavens are on fire.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wisdom from Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger on being successful

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."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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.

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 for the last 45 years without being used at all.  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 for the last 45 years without being used at all.  What a waste of society’s resources.

Source: Wired

Thursday, September 11, 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.