Shane on August 28th, 2012

Prof David A Patterson’s lecture on bad career moves. Sage contrarian advice from a legend in our field. In order to get on the fast track to bad career, you can … Invent a field and Stick to it Let Complexity be Your Guide (Confuse Thine Enemies) Never be Proven Wrong Use the Computer Scientific [...]

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Shane on August 28th, 2012

Jeff Bezos told this story a few years at a commencement address. After telling his grandmother to quit smoking in the most calculating, callous way imaginable, his grandfather responded with this memorable chestnut. “My grandfather looked at me, and after a bit of silence, he gently and calmly said, ‘Jeff, one day you’ll understand that [...]

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Shane on January 13th, 2009

Jonathan from MyMoneyBlog discusses the question of full-retirement or semi-retirement by asking the question: Which would you rather do:A) Work 40 hours/week for 15 years, and then not work at all for the next 15 years, or B) Work 20 hours/week for 30 years? Last Sunday, I had a similar conversation with a guy as [...]

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Shane on January 11th, 2009

One of the books I have on-call at the library is Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. The books explores the myth of the “self-made man”, asserting instead that “they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make [...]

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Shane on May 24th, 2006

I scan a handful of financial blogs pretty regularly. I also scan a handful of technical blogs relating to SQL Server and Oracle. It isn’t very often that a blog from one of these worlds links to a blog in the other. But here’s JLP from AllFinancialMatters linking to Don Burleson of fame. I [...]

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Shane on May 17th, 2006

For the past two years, I’ve been listening to John Prine almost constantly. I first heard The Great Compromise on Pam Hill’s 3rd Annual Rejection Day Counter-Valentine’s show on KFAI. It’s just a great song with clever lyrics and a great political sub-text. The man is seeing a beautiful woman (The United States) who he [...]

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Shane on April 20th, 2006


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