Back during the 1849 California Gold Rush, few prospectors struck it rich. Most of the people who made money back then were those who “sold shovels” or provided other services to the same miners who traveled far to live hard lives panning for gold.
Is it any different today?
In the Gold Rush that [...]
I used to email Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, about my first job, my own PHB and other cartoonish goings on. Scott, if you’re reading this, I didn’t stop writing because I forgot; it’s just that I eventually got a job that didn’t remind me of Dilbert.
But I’m still always reminded of [...]
With the Startup – Rockband comparison nicely described, here’s a reason that gets too little notice in benefits of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is an excuse to talk to someone. I remember hearing Jeff Pulver remark that much social networking activity comes from loneliness. While entrepreneurship is not at all the same as social networking, [...]
Fortune-telling Pulpo Paul did what few (if any) others did, eight 100% accurate World Cup predictions, which if we simply assume that the octopus chose at random, leads to an expected 1/256 chance of getting them all correct.
I’m glad Pulpo Paul made it straight through with perfect accuracy, and not just because of Spain’s [...]
Louise Bourgeois passed away today. If you don’t know about her, you can read up here.
But there’s one personal reason why I remember her.
For decades, she ran a weekly salon out of her home in Chelsea. As long as you had something to show, you could call ahead, make an appointment, [...]
If you read mailing lists, message boards, or anything online that involves many people commenting and reading each others comments, you might know Godwin’s Law.
I propose a new law, specifically for email lists. As the number of emails in one thread grows, the probability of someone requesting that others should not fill [...]
At an early age of 23 I declared myself done with all-nighters. Let me explain. I never pulled all-nighters in college but at age 22 I ended up in a high-pressure job that required them about five times a month. Economically, it made sense for me since I was getting paid overtime and the all-nighters [...]
A few years back I heard an expert in analytics explain why automating the search for terrorists via looking at tons of data by scanning emails, video or other electronic means just doesn’t work that well. Even at an incredibly high rate of accuracy, the number of false positives mean that investigators spend inordinate amounts [...]
The first thing I noticed at a-ha’s farewell concert in NYC on Saturday was that they have the tallest audience I’ve ever seen. Must be the prevalence of Nordic fans (a-ha is from Norway).
But the other thing I noticed is that like many other bands who peak early in their careers, a-ha is remembered [...]
Some people have questioned why we don’t let them choose the gender of their conversation partner. For now, here’s some data that explains why. When we were initially considering this, the quickest way for us to test what happens when you introduce gender into conversation choice was to set up two Skype profiles: one male, [...]