Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for 2008

November 15, 2008

An Enhancement for ri

Ruby Documentation is terse and difficult to navigate. There are some web based solutions, but I am not always on the web, and there are some solutions for keeping your local documentation up to date, but I haven’t automated them. Ri is the Ruby solution to this problem but the results are not always what […]

September 28, 2008

The best minds

Words of wisdom from government employee Ronald Reagan: The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan 40th president of US (1911 – 2004) The Quotations Page.

June 13, 2008

How Hard Could It Be?: Inspired Misfires, Personal Development Article – Inc. Article

The combination of “seems impossible” and “strong network effects” is about as close as you can get to the magic formula for incredible, sustainable success, as with eBay, Wikipedia, and Google. Trenchant analysis from Joel Spolsky.

April 27, 2008

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

As someone who has definitely expended too much of my life on the watching of Gilligan’s Island, this is heartening news. Shirky argues that there has been a cognitive surplus in the developed world and for the past 50 years we have been soaking up that surplus with situation comedies and that now we are […]

April 7, 2008

Post-traumatic Stress and Ill Children

A personal story in the Times talks about the impact of having a severely sick or injured child on parents. There isn’t any data, only personal stories, but startled me into recognition of my own condition. I still sit upright in bed in the middle of the night recalling the five seconds when I turned […]

March 27, 2008

Problem Solving – The Little Man’s Homework

How do you solve a problem? I had two different concrete experiences of problem solving in the past couple of days. I think these examples are interesting because they are so contained, not because they are hard problems. They illustrate how I tackle a problem and provide some generalizable strategies for problem solving. I’ll cover […]

March 26, 2008


Wow! Prince’s solo in this performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is awesome. Thanks Rodgers.