Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cognitive Katas: Concrete Representation

Your brain doesn’t come with a users manual, and that sucks. One subskill that’s been popping up a lot in my life is the ability to turn abstract ideas into concrete representations. It’s in writing, it’s in math, and it’s … Continue reading

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20 Cool Things to do in 2012

One of my friends asked for 20 cool things I want to do this year, and mentioned my blog. So I guess I’ll list some here in no particular order. Let’s see how many I actually do. Live in Beijing … Continue reading

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Turnaround

Test:¬†Either tomorrow’s post will be interesting, or it won’t be. I’m running into what might result in a failure spiral. I get a little aversion, things build up, something big happens, I feel worse, a lot of things don’t happen, … Continue reading

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Relentlessness through Acceptance

I was reading the Master Switch, and it talked about how Heaven’s Gate was a failure so huge that it crashed the United Artists studio. This prompted an idea. The reason that a financial failure can crash a studio is … Continue reading

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A Thought about Formality

I was the Vice President and then President of my FIRST Robotics Competition Team (449), and kickoff was today. I attended, and my friend (and former President) said to me: “It’s weird, everything that used to be formal is informal, … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin’s Virtue Ethics Project

When he was 20, Benjamin Franklin developed a list of 13 virtues which he would try to practice for the rest of his life. His commentary in his autobiography was interesting. Basically, he said that if you look at what … Continue reading

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Why I now want a Zeo

The last two nights I’ve taken 2.5 mg of melatonin before going to bed at around 11 PM. I’ve also woken up around 2-3 AM. Last night, I answered some emails, then decided to try going back to sleep for … Continue reading

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