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Touch Typing: how long does it take to reach 100 WPM?
Have you ever wondered why F and J keys have little bumps on your keyboard? Answer is simple, they are there to help you type. Touch typing is a way of typing with all 10 fingers without looking at…
typing  speed  practice  analysis  statistics 
9 hours ago by lgtout
How Much Does It Cost to Own a Boat? Insurance & Maintenance | MintLife Blog
The annual tab for upkeep, including insurance, winter storage, and maintenance comes to $4,300. That’s $358 per month.
brands  money  cost-benefit  analysis  oceans  outdoors  sports  data  travel  personal-finance 
13 hours ago by nhaliday
Blue Note Review
- jazz label Blue Note Records goes Birch Box
media  business  analysis  totwitter 
14 hours ago by renaissancechambara
Anatomy of a Haskell-based Application, Revisited :: Capital Match Tech Blog
It has been nearly two years since our former CTO Arnaud Bailly posted his widely read article on Capital Match’s architecture on November 16, 2015. Since then, we have written about our architecture several times, but they were all were intended for an audience of investors or business people, which necessarily means a high concentration of buzzwords, fancy graphics with impressive-looking diagrams and flow charts, but with a dearth of actual technical details. Today, however, I will write about Capital Match’s architecture for a technical audience. I will largely follow the structure of the original post so it helps to read that post first.
analysis  architecture  haskell  read-later 
18 hours ago by kmt
The Lost Psychedelic Paper Architects of the Soviet Union | 032c Workshop
Paper Architecture was practiced by a group of young architects during the 1980s Soviet Union who designed lavish buildings meant for a fantastical world that only existed on paper. Learn more about these architectural insurgents who showed that a sketch could be a powerful weapon against the corrupt state.
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yesterday by zhumink
An Antifragile Thanksgiving
I’m grateful for all the entrepreneurs who have spent time teaching me how to build their companies. Over these past few days, I have been reading the book Antifragile written by Nassim Taleb. In the book, he writes about many provocative things, but the one that sticks out with me this holiday is about innovation, and it harkens back to the original title of this blog that I started to write nearly 7 years ago: ex post facto.

Taleb entertains with his irreverence and his depth of thought. He images a new academic institution catering to birds - the Harvard-Soviet Department of Ornithology. In this department, a collection of 60-year-old professors dressed in black robes, dictate to a group of birds on the principles of flight in a form of English that is full of jargon interlaced with equations. It’s laughable to think birds would learn to fly this way. But this is the way that we teach innovation.

Reading history, we often reach the wrong conclusion that innovation like this:

Academia → Applied Science and Technology → Practice

Taleb argues innovation evolves this way:

Random Tinkering (antifragile) → Heuristics (technology) → Practice and Apprenticeship

Clay Christensen captured the idea when he said something along the lines of, “The next big thing will start out looking like a toy.“

These innovations, which start out looking like toys, ultimately create broader theories, which are studied in academia and published, in a parallel loop:

Practice → Academic Theories → Academic Theories → ...

Taleb’s story of the Department of Ornithology reminded me of ex post facto, a Latin expression which means after-the-fact. When I first started writing this blog, I knew that I would never be able to predict the future, and that it would always be some kind of reportage on all the innovations that I was observing, created by the constellation of founders in Startupland.

When I’m asked why I became a venture capitalist, my answer is always the same: because it’s a job that offers an unlimited learning curve. For the inspiration and the privilege to learn from exceptional founders and teams, I’m very grateful.
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2 days ago by zhumink

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