Why Don't People Return Their Shopping Carts? - Scientific American Blog Network
“We have a greater influence over seemingly mundane situations than we realize.”
19 days ago
The Loyal Opposition: How to Influence MPs and Change the World
“We all know that Japan has fast trains, but did you know that even small stations have plenty of cheap lockers? They’re a godsend for tourists and travellers, and I have no doubt they benefit the local economy by encouraging people to explore and spend more. And the ticket-based system used for ordering ramen is ingeniously efficient.”
4 weeks ago
Lessons Learned: The hacker's lament
‘there's no way to hire just genius hackers. You need a diversity of skills and backgrounds. Suddenly, things slow down a little bit. To me, this is the critical moment, when startups either accept that “process = bureaucracy” or reject that thinking to realize that “process = discipline.” … whenever groups of people assemble for a common purpose, they adopt process and create culture. If nobody is thinking about it, you're rolling the dice on how they turn out.’
11 weeks ago
Push Hands
“This is one of the hardest thing to learn in push hands because it is tied up in your emotional response to the push. If you are at all competitive, you won’t want to be pushed off balance and will be tempted to resist. If you are strong enough and your partner is not particularly skillful this may keep you from being pushed off balance. But you have missed an important chance to learn.”
11 weeks ago
“what about the human feelings? How can we write code that allows life to “flourish, openly, in freedom”? The Gang of Four patterns don’t have much to say about that. But I think we can draw a deeper parallel between software and architecture if we think of the code we work on as a kind of environment in which we live.”
11 weeks ago
Does Culture Eat Strategy for Lunch?
“the lesson here isn’t that “culture eats strategy for lunch.” The lesson is that culture is what allows you to double down on a successful strategy. You still need the non-cultural parts of strategy to create an opening. You will not be able to double down on all openings.”
12 weeks ago
Passing Current 29: The overload
“If the adversary’s goal is exhaustion, burnout, an inescapable negotiation with no alternatives to his terms, there’s some value in keeping the before, the after, and the everywhere else in mind.”
february 2017
How to see through the cloud
“Every time you open a website, you're visiting a place where that data is stored. This tutorial will show you how to find some of those places.”
february 2017
Kurt Vonnegut term paper assignment from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
“Do not do so as an academic critic, nor as a person drunk on art, nor as a barbarian in the literary market place. Do so as a sensitive person who has a few practical hunches about how stories can succeed or fail.”
february 2017
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