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In support of Yak Shaving

Yak shaving is heralded as pretty much “the devil” of trying to get things done.  The anti-yak shaving movement will identify this problem as being one of focus.  The moral of the story they give is “don’t yak shave“. Originally posted in … Continue reading

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Black box knowledge

This post is a duplicate of the original. Original post: Black box knowledge When we want to censor an image we put a black box over it.  Over the area we want to censor.  In a similar sense we can … Continue reading

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Noble excuses

I was talking to a lady in her 60s who was losing weight, and exercising.  She said to me; “All my life, my husband was an iron man.  I felt terribly embarrassed, like everyone in the room was looking at … Continue reading

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On excuses and validity

We learn’t yesterday about what is a problem? I want to talk about one specific aspect of the barrier.  The part of the barrier that is inside your head.  The one that makes excuses. The barrier inside my own head. … Continue reading

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What is a problem?

I originally posed this idea in my list of short stubs.  Under that heading I briefly outlined: What is a problem – On the path of problem solving, understanding what a problem is will help you to understand how to attack … Continue reading

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2015: a year in science

This post is duplicated in full.  (and from December 2015) Original post: This year’s biggest scientific achievements For our solstice event I tried to put together a list of this year’s biggest scientific achievements.  They can likely all be looked up … Continue reading

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The time you have

Core knowledge: List of common human goals Part 1: Exploration-Exploitation Part 1a: The application of the secretary problem to real life dating Part 1b: adding and removing complexity from models Part 2: Bargaining Trade-offs to your brain. Part 2a.1: A strategy against … Continue reading

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Lost purposes – Doing what’s easy or what’s important

Part 1: Exploration-Exploitation Part 2: Bargaining Trade-offs to your brain. Part 2a: Empirical time management Part 3: The time that you have Part 3a: A purpose finding exercise Part 4: What does that look like in practice? Part 4a: Lost purposes – Doing … Continue reading

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Turning the dial to eleven

I have a local lesswronger, he likes to use the phrase, “turning the dial to eleven”. I think XKCD emphasises it well: There’s something sweetly satisfying about turning the dial TO THE MAX just to see what it does. The really beautiful thing … Continue reading

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Schelling points, trajectories and iteration cycles

Schelling points I have lived in the same suburb of the same city for all of my life.  We have a shopping centre that I know, if I go there for more than an hour – I will bump into … Continue reading

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