INTERESTING: Execute the Fixler maneuver?

Monday, March 23, 2015

http://www.titleneeded.com/blog/pull-a-fixler?utm_source=99U&utm_campaign=30288d64e6-Weekly_03_13_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bdabfaef00-30288d64e6-145466209

February 6, 2015
Pull a Fixler
Jesse Hertzberg

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Five or ten minutes into many meetings at Etsy, Eric Fixler, a senior software engineer at the time, would pick up his stuff and just walk out the door, mumbling something about not being useful here. If he had nothing to contribute, he went and found a better use of his, and our, time… teaching me a valuable lesson along the way.

There is no reason to sit in a meeting to which you add no value. Everyone invited should be there for a reason, and if you are there for a reason, you should be actively contributing, regardless of role or seniority. We hired you for your experience and insight, not to be a wallflower. If you can’t actively contribute to this particular discussion, there should be nothing wrong with leaving. We certainly don’t want to be wasting anyone’s time. Everyone at a startup has a million things to do.

Thus was born The Fixler, a simple and powerful rule: If you are sitting around a conference table and your presence isn’t necessary nor adds value to the others in the room, you may get up, say ‘Fixler’, and walk out without explanation or penalty.

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Astonishingly simple.

Like when I tried to decree that every meeting had to have roles assigned: Organizer, Facilitator, Scribe, Timekeeper, Wrangler, and Naysayer. 

(Note: the Naysayer was required to find and declare “it’ll never work”, “we’ve tried that before”, or “waste of time” ofter and loudly. Or any other absolutely negative comment.)

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The FDA is an arm of Big Pharma

Sunday, March 22, 2015

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-antidepressant-drugs-really-work/

Do Antidepressant Drugs Really Work?

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These revelations hit in 2008—Prozac, Serzone, Paxil, and Effexor—they worked, but so did sugar pills, and the difference between the drug and placebo was small. That was 2008. Where were we by 2014? Analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits of antidepressants are due to the placebo effect.

And what’s even worse, Freedom of Information Act documents show the FDA knew about it but made an explicit decision to keep this information from the public and from prescribing physicians. How could drug companies get away with this?

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Argh!

And, I have the tin foil hat when I say that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient?

OK!

Why can’t we shut down the FDA?

Make Big Pharma defend themselves in the free market. Underwriters’ Laboratory, Consumers Union, and a bunch of other free market institutions will keep us safer than the FDA has ever done.

And, look at the side effects.

Argh!

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TINFOILHAT: Do you NOT doubt the information from the government

Saturday, March 21, 2015

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/03/911-commissioners-didnt-believe-government.html

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If the 9/11 Commissioners themselves doubt the information from the government, why should we believe it?

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What makes anyone think that they “know the truth” about anything?

This blog post cited tugs at the threads of loose ends.

9/11 gave us the “Department of Homeland Security” and, of course, it’s unionized.

If airlines were not on the Federal dole, then they would be accountable for their security decisions.

Instead we get the Gooferment involved in everything.

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Why don’t traffic lights fail “safe”?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Advisory: Power Outage – Parts of Monmouth Junction Impacted; Traffic Lights Out on parts of Rt 522 and Route 1

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Just out of curiosity, why don’t traffic lights have a UPS and fail “safe”?

Seems simple enough!

Failure mode is flashing red arrow right?

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CLOUD: Have to find a cloud based text expansion utility

Friday, March 20, 2015

Does such a thing exist?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Separation of Gooferment and Education!

Friday, March 20, 2015

http://zenpencils.com/comic/kenrobinson/

162. SIR KEN ROBINSON: Full body education
By Gav on October 10, 2014

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Sir Ken Robinson is a leading authority on education and creativity. A former professor of education, he now advises governments and businesses around the world and is one of the most sought-after speakers on education. The quotes used in the comic are taken from Robinson’s now-famous 2006 TED talk How schools kill creativity. It is the most viewed TED talk ever, and also one of the funniest in my opinion (gotta love that dry British humour). If you haven’t seen it, then stop what you’re doing and go watch it.

Robinson explains that the school system was invented in the 19th century to meet the needs of rapid industrialisation and is extremely outdated, focusing way too much on left-brain academic learning. “If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatised.”

He gives the example of Gillian Lynne, a world-renowned dancer and choreographer, who as a student was terrible at school and most likely would have been diagnosed with ADHD today. Luckily, a specialist noticed that Lynne wouldn’t sit still and was naturally dancing to the music playing in the office and suggested to Lynne’s mother that she send the child to dance school. (Robinson explains it a lot better than I just typed it).

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Gooferment Skrules are for a time that has past. 

We need to separate Gooferment and Education!

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CLOUD: Move to the cloud

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Finally, I’ve going to move off the Apple and Microsoft infrastructure and on to the “cloud”.

Will be looking for alternatives to take the things I do to the cloud.

“Blundering along”

Laff.

The Chromebook and chromebox have imho won the cheap thin client hardware battle.

Have to see if there are any problems?

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