Happy Valentine’s

February 14, 2013 at 7:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Happy Valentine’s.

I work in a headshot place, so i see a lot of photos. And of all the photos I’ve seen go through my lab, this is one is my favorite:

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Look how HAPPY she is.

I just love this photograph, I could stare at it all day.

How to Be a Genius

February 10, 2013 at 8:26 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Richard Feynman was an excellent thinker. I’m dying to read “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!“, but damn work prevents me from pursuing my intellectual interests. Maybe in the next few weeks.

Anyway, I read somewhere that Feynman’s IQ was “only” 120, yet he was able to accomplish so much. This just goes to show that good thinking practices is far more important than IQ when it comes to breakthrough ideas. Most scientists that I meet today approach science in completely the wrong way and it sickens me.

Anyway, here is Feynman’s advice on “how to be a genius”. This is somewhat similar to Charlie Munger’s multimodal approach to thinking:

You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say: ‘How did he do it? He must be a genius!’

 

Zero Dark Thirty

February 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just saw one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very very long time, Zero Dark Thirty. Very gripping. It was basically a movie that chronicled the 10-year manhunt for bin laden and it went into the nitty gritty details about how it was done. From what I understand, the filmmakers interviewed actual cia operants and even navy seals to better understand how the cia conducts it’s business. In all honesty  I get the feeling that a lot of the activity shown in this movie is accurate.

The movie didn’t put america in a very good light, though. In fact, I started getting pissed off watching it. I didn’t know who the fuck to root for. Such evil, everyone in this movie deserved what they got. There should be a special place in hell for people like Maya and her friends. I’m hoping they’ll get shot for crimes against humanity. The movie really blurred the line between who was terrorizing whom.

The problem with wars is that they can easily spiral out of control. The predictability of both the costs and lives of war is notoriously difficult to make. And wars usually ends up being far more costly than what one would initially expect – often by several orders of magnitude. More effort (now and historically) should be devoted to better thinking – a nation’s interests could be furthered more effectively and cheaper (not to mention safer).

Anyway, watch the film, it’s gripping. And for the record, I am resoundly against the torture methods used by the cia.

Good sales day

February 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is how I feel whenever I have a good sales day:

 

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recursion

February 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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recursion. . .

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