Agile 2011

April 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

We ran this exercise as part of a 3 hour presentation for Agile 2011. Attached are the photo’s from this session. The best part was to see how complex and beautiful the snowflakes got as we kept running iterations….

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Dan Ariely – Are we in control of our own decisions?

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

If we understood our cognitive limitations just like we understand our physical limitations we will build better systems.

In celebration of “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior”

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am taking this class at coursera. Looking forward to it.

For the new year

January 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

It is what it is…

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

So I read this blog post (http://sivers.org/my-fault) by a friend and I thought for a long time about what he was saying. After a lot of going back and forth I came to the conclusion that I don’t agree or fully endorse this thought process, although it is very impressive. The question was, if I don’t agree with this approach, what would I suggest as a way to look at things.

See I think of it this way:

It is what it is….

What I mean with this is that we are all at different levels of maturity/understanding of the universe/ourselves/others etc and when things go wrong, I believe it is just that things did not match up.

This does not preclude that we should not learn when things go wrong. When they do though, the learning process is very personal and we can only hope to improve just ourselves if that and do better next time. This learning, if you want to call it that is only something just I can do, I can’t expect others to do the same.

So it goes: It is what it is….

Although I have to say this song by George Harrison captures my thought, Any road will take you there…. 🙂

Now lets have tea 🙂

John Reed on Big Banks’ Power and Influence

November 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

And that’s a fundamentally flawed system. If you say to a businessman, “What is your objective?” and he says, “My objective is to make money,” there are no boundaries on that. I mean, it’s only the law as to what you do in the middle. It would be better if you said, “I’m in business to serve my customers,” or “to create a product like an iPad or what have you.” But something that has intrinsic value. And all of a sudden, we changed to, “Hey, I’m not totally sure what we’re doing here. Maybe it’s not right. But you know what, I’m getting paid my commission.” And that mindset took over. And a lot of that money did flow into the political coffers. 

 

Facebook Engineering: Push Tech Talks

April 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10100259101684977

Wonderful, especially the focus on culture.

From my brother

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

To the Son- Doors of Time

Excitement was building…
His Almirah was open…

…I took the opportunity and snuck in…
A gun, some nice pens, suits, smells of naphthalene balls and warm soft wool…
and a new surprise; a collection of old coins and stamps handed down from his elder brother…
…a box of joy and memories….

You never know what you find…all you need is go looking!

While the Doors of Time on the Almirah are open…go, make the journey.

On Control – From Zen Mind Beginners Mind

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

CONTROL “To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.”

Nowadays traditional Japanese painting has be come pretty formal and lifeless. That is why modern art has developed. Ancient painters used to practice putting dots on paper in artistic disorder. This is rather difficult. Even though you try to do it, usually what you do is arranged in some order. You think you can control it, but you cannot; it is almost impossible to arrange your dots out of order. It is the same with taking care of your everyday life. Even though you try to put people under some control, it is impossible. You cannot do it. The best way to control people is to encourage them to be mischievous. Then they will be in control in its wider sense. To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and observe them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not good; that is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to observe them, just to observe them, without trying to control them.

The same way works for you yourself as well. If you want to obtain perfect calmness in your zazen, you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come, and let them go. Then they will be under control. But this policy is not so easy.It sounds easy, but it requires some special EFFORT
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Minamilist

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

After some soul searching we have gone on a round to clean and reduce what we have. Here is what we have done:
1. removed atleast 30 jackets.
2. removed a lot of furniture.
3. removed a ton of books and cd’s

even though we have removed a lot of stuff, the house still feels full. In a good way. We have a long way to go towards more removal, but we are on our way.

Blind Pilot – we are dying to get gone

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