Apr
30
2010

Excellent advice. Read the whole thing!

“Know yourself” includes knowing when you excel as a principal and when you excel as a lieutenant. Many entrepreneurs I know think of themselves as CEO material. Generic ambition points to the top. But not everyone is best suited for the top job all the time, even if they are sufficiently capable.

You are not either a principal or lieutenant. Teams and circumstances vary. Part of being a good team player is knowing your role within the team. Most of the time I find myself a principal / CEO, but there is at least one area where I excel and enjoy more a lieutenant role: basketball.

via Ben Casnocha: The Blog: Know Yourself: Principal or Lieutenant?.

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Apr
30
2010

4. Physicality and variety

“I don’t want to read online,” Eggers said. “I don’t want to wake up and look at a screen. I feel like as a society, we try to put everything on that same goddamn screen, and pretty soon we’re going to be eating on the screen or, like, making love through the screen. It’s just sort of like: ‘Why does everything have to be on the screen?’

So: “I do think that it’s a time to make the paper form more robust and more surprising and beautiful and expansive,” Eggers concluded.

via Calmness, curation, cat porn: Dave Eggers’ joys of print » Nieman Journalism Lab.

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Apr
30
2010

ROTD :: Amazing rats « Naturally Selected

Posted by: Giancarlo Angulo in Categories: rePosts, Research, ROTD.

The PLoS One study, conducted by Duarte Viana and colleagues at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal, showed that rats were able to cooperate and adjust tactics depending on the strategy of their opponent, when put in a Prisoner’s Dilemma scenario. The results shattered the idea that only humans can solve the Prisoner’s Dilemma – and may bode a whole new approach to how we think about intelligence in other species.

via Amazing rats « Naturally Selected.

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Apr
30
2010

Elink Video :: Discovery Planet’s Awesome Commercials

Posted by: Giancarlo Angulo in Categories: Elink Video.

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Apr
29
2010

I get the feeling that the initial reaction to IRON MAN 2 will be that it isn’t quite as good as the first film, but I think that will largely be because the first film came out of nowhere. Robert Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark was such an unlikely hero, such an unusually charismatic figure, that everybody seemed jolted out of their seats. Everything that was good about the first film is here in the second, only now we’re expecting it. In time, when the dust has settled and both films are equally canonised, I suspect the general consensus will be that they are of equal quality. And though the phrasing may be limp, the conclusion is not: IRON MAN 2 is up there with the best.
via Latauro Reviews IRON MAN 2 — Ain’t It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news..

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Apr
28
2010

Funny Sentence.

Enough with the PIIGS, a totally unhelpful acronym. What we’re really seeing now is a crisis of the “cohesion countries” — the countries that entered the EU relatively poor, and for a time received substantial aid in the form of “cohesion funds”. In Eurospeak, it’s important to know the difference between cohesion and convergence: cohesion means convergence in per capita GDP, while convergence means getting inflation rates in line so that monetary cohesion is possible. Get it?

via The Cohesion Crisis – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com.

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Apr
27
2010

Quote :: Let Go :: minimalism, rethunk | Zen Habits

Posted by: Giancarlo Angulo in Categories: Quote.

And that brings me to minimalism, rethunk: we need to let go.

Let go of obsessions, and embrace the moment.

Let go of salesmanship and hype, and be content.

Let go of one-upsmanship and competitiveness, and just share and encourage.

Let go of control, and embrace what comes.

Let go of perfection, and just do.

via minimalism, rethunk | Zen Habits.

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Apr
26
2010

I am a Muslim and I am a fan of South Park. To make those terms mutually exclusive is polarizing and frankly, unproductive. Aasif Mandvi over at the Daily Show summarized my sentiment exactly when he said last night, “Yes, it [the depiction] would make me uncomfortable and I can understand people being upset about it…but here’s whats more upsetting. Someone, in the name of a faith that I believe in, threatening another person for doing it.”

via The South Park Controversy « CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan.

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Apr
26
2010

…he feels that an interesting trend is taking place in the chess world presently: a new generation of players, that he calls ‘post-Carlsen generation’, is coming up; young players who are not so much dependent on computers and are more practical, ‘hand players’. Carlsen may even become a world champion, but at this moment, a new generation is growing and training. ‘Richárd is one of them; then there is Nyzhnyk, a very interesting player from Ukraine, Berbatov, a very talented young player from Bulgaria. But the leader of this generation I would say is Wesley So. He is extremely talented and has produced some very interesting games, like his wins against Ivanchuk at the World Cup.

via Marginal Revolution: A mini-revolt against computers in chess.

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Apr
25
2010

rePost :: Facebook wants to control the Web, like it or not

Posted by: Giancarlo Angulo in Categories: rePosts, Society.

Damn, part of me is considering deleting my facebook account seriously.

What do you think??

As usual with Facebook, you’re already entered into their nefarious scheme by default, though you can opt out. But it’s not exactly a cakewalk. PC World’s JR Raphael details the multistep tango [8] for turning off auto-sharing and disentangling your data from third-party sites.

Zuckerberg talks about the convenience of the Social Graph, and he’s right — it is more convenient when Pandora knows more about my musical preferences. (Of course, considering a premium Pandora account costs $36 a year, it should already know plenty.) It’s more convenient to simply click a button on a site I’ve just discovered and populate yet another Web profile with information I’ve already entered into Facebook. It’s more convenient to see which friends share my perverse interests without having to scroll through their Facebook profiles.

But the social graph isn’t about convenience — it’s about control. Facebook wants to own single-sign-on and authentication, just as Apple wants to own what apps you can install on your Wonder Tablet [9], and Amazon wants to control how you manage e-books on your Kindle [10] — only Facebooks wants to do it across the entire Web.

Factory City blogger Chris Messina [11] writes:

When all likes lead to Facebook, and liking requires a Facebook account, and Facebook gets to hoard all of the metadata and likes around the interactions between people and content, it depletes the ecosystem of potential and chaos — those attributes which make the technology industry so interesting and competitive. … it’s dishonest to think that the Facebook Open Graph Protocol benefits anyone more than Facebook — as it exists in its current incarnation, with Facebook accounts as the only valid participants.

As I and others have said before, your identity is too important to be owned by any one company.

via Facebook wants to control the Web, like it or not.

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