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What Vegas Teaches Us About Life

There are so many life lessons learned in coming to Vegas, some trite but too true to ignore. In no particular order: The best things in life are achieved through raw, hard work and love for what you do What goes up, must come down Losing sucks, always Fun is deceptive The Chinese takeover is […]

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Randomness, probability and uncertainty

antifragility: being in a position where the unexpected allows improvement, where the potential gains from a surprising event outweigh the potential losses. Nassim Taleb’s book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder asks us to be ready for the unpredictable and see it as opportunity in disguise. It’s no surprise that when bad things happen to […]

Pen & Paper, Still Useful

Paper is about control, allowing for manipulation of the hands, eyes, and pen.  If you’ve ever had to send or read an important email, you should print out hard copies first.   We’re much better at reading and editing on paper rather than a computer screen, even if it’s retina.  Words just make more sense […]

Skepticism

We need a little skepticism to be free thinkers. Doubt is what pushes is to think outside the box. But we have to balance uncertainty with the facts, the stuff that works. Skepticism, like coffee, is the jolt we need to reexamine habits. It gets us started. As the questioning fades, we come back to […]

Kurt Vonnegut: ‘Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories.’

“Go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the […]

Seeking ignorance and uncertainty

Curiosity is a powerful tool. It makes us question our surroundings and compels us to ask why things work the way they do. It kicks the mind into exploration. But the addition of courage takes curiosity a step further; it tries to fill the void through hands-on experimentation.  These tests plan to convert ignorance into knowledge […]