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Elink Video:: First Round Capital 2009 Holiday Greeting Card

First Round Capital 2009 Holiday Card from First Round Capital on Vimeo.

I’ve tendered my resignation a couple of weeks ago (…).  I am having this weird notion that my next job would only be for a tech-startup who wants to build something.  This could easily turn into a rant but my mood picked up thanks to someone. I just saw this video and decided to post it. It was weirdly inspiring to me.

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Wendy Northcutt on The Darwin Awards

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Got this one from Pual Kedrosky’s blog here

It’s a relaxed talk, funny at times, interesting most of the time. I was coding while listening to this so this is probably low mental overhead enough to listen to while working.

Wendy Northcutt on The Darwin Awards


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rePost: Hope They Find A Good Resolution For This:GMANews.TV – Federalization in N Marianas shatters Filipino families’ dreams – Pinoy Abroad – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News – BETA

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Federalization in N Marianas shatters Filipino families’ dreams


03/10/2009 | 10:40 AM

SUSUPE, Saipan – All that Jenica G. Atalig, 13, and Beda G. Mundo, 12, want is for their Filipina mother, Camila, to be granted US citizenship when the federal government takes over the immigration system of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) by June 1.

Their mother’s immigration status is that of an immediate relative (IR) of a US citizen under CNMI law.

But because US immigration laws do not recognize the CNMI’s IR status, thousands of these individuals will lose their immigration status by June 1 and may be forced to depart the CNMI unless the US government grants them a status that will allow them to continue to work and live in the CNMI.

Their mother, who worked at a hotel for some seven years until she was laid off due to economic hardships, is married to a US citizen. The couple’s children are US citizens for being born in the CNMI, a US territory whose capital Saipan is only about three hours away from Manila on a direct flight.

Jenica and Beda’s mother could apply for a green card or permanent residency, but the fees rack up to thousands of dollars, which the family cannot afford at this time.

“Fees for applying for green card are unaffordable. We strongly favor an enhanced status for aliens living here and have US-born children. Let this concern of ours be heard,” Janice and Beda said in a statement.

GMANews.TV – Federalization in N Marianas shatters Filipino families’ dreams – Pinoy Abroad – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News – BETA.

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rePost:Closed and Skeptical Minds : Musicians, drunks, and Oliver Cromwell — The Endeavour

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I forgot from what blog I got the advice but I remember distinctly an advice I got that said “be wary with people who say impossible” or something to that effect.  I realize now after reading this post from chuck’s shared items what that really meant.

People who love or are in a habit of saying impossible is more probably of the closed/skeptical mind type, there is nothing wrong with being skeptical but there is for me something wrong with being close minded. When you are close minded you are living a life ruled by bias that you may or may no longer know how you came about having. When you live like this for a long time you end up with outdated/no longer true beliefs/ideas.

Why? This is because the world changes so fast and if you are not aware of a lot of the reason(like the previous post a lot of the evidence that influence our beliefs are somewhat invisible to us) you think/act a certain way you maybe doing something that is going against what you originally intended to do or achieve.

The take away in my view is three things:

-Try to journal what is influencing your thoughts.

-Constantly reexamine beliefs to understand if these beliefs/actions/habits are already outdated and should be stopped.

-Finally creating your own personal framework to make this as normal as breathing!

Dennis Lindley coined the term “Cromwell’s rule” for the advice that nothing should have zero prior probability unless it is logically impossible. The name comes from a statement by Oliver Cromwell addressed to the Church of Scotland:

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible that you may be mistaken.

In probabilistic terms, “think it possible that you may be mistaken” corresponds to “don’t give anything zero prior probability.” If an event has zero prior probability, it will have zero posterior probability, no matter how much evidence is collected. If an event has tiny but non-zero prior probability, enough evidence can eventually increase the posterior probability to a large value.

The difference between a small positive prior probability and a zero prior probability is the difference between a skeptical mind and a closed mind.

Musicians, drunks, and Oliver Cromwell — The Endeavour.

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