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I just finished reading Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. Perception is a fickle thing. When IBM created a text editor for their mainframe terminals, they ran into a weird problem. They we too fast. Changes were applied to the screen faster than people would perceive them. In order to nudge the brains of their users, they made the screen flash when a change occurred.

Working in an industry where people want high returns on low risk, I find myself at a loss to explain my sense of what is the right or wrong path. On more than one occasion. I have spend days preparing presentations to give decision makers warm fuzzies in dealing with issues which seem perfectly obvious to me. It takes days because there is a long way between perfectly obvious and the breadcrumb laden trail that people seem to need.

Unfortunately, you can’t Google yourself into a state of experience. So the question becomes, you do want to understand or just cover you ass? A paper trail does this quite nicely. At some point, you must make the decision.

If you want to glimpse the process, read the book.


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First Times

I write this sitting in Zeus waiting for my corned beef hash to arrive.

On my way here from the corporate housing that Dell was good enough to provide me as part of my relocation package, it I experienced a feeling I’d not had for some time now. The phrase I associate with it is “first time.”

For me a first time is a very reflective sensation. The first first time I recall occurred this time of year when I had just arrived at Rose-Hulman for my freshman year. It occurs in a quite moment. This explains why it’s taken nearly a week of being here in Portland OR before feeling it.

After nearly twenty years in Austin TX, a certain sameness had overtaken me. Walking these streets in a new city opens my mind to possibilities. Austin had become a place of incremental and marginal changes for me.

I do my best when I have to stretch my abilities and be an agent of change. In this place, I see many possibilities.

Like the man said, “It feels like the first time. It feels like the very first time.”

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I just finished reading Christopher Hayes’ book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy.

Whatever your political or philosophic leaning, this book provides an interesting analysis of the end of the meritocratic experiment.

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In my previous post G5 Leadership – Getting Things Done, a main assist mentioned was to make lists for tracking.

For the past year or so I’ve transitioned from my traditional methodology of filling traditional notebooks to using the LiveScribe system.

Specifically, I’m been using the Echo SmartPen. This allows me to have a digital copy of anything written in the notebook. It also allows for synchronized audio recordings.

It has the ability to OCR your notes (well, not my notes, but most people’s notes). It can’t process mine as I write in fully-connected cursive.

I really appreciate that the system understands when it’s using a different notebook. The pen itself is charged via USB. I charge when the pen whines at me (every two weeks or so). I use the pen on a fairly constant basis. data is transferred off the pen to digital version in a computer-based application. Bits of these can be shared to various online services.

My only real complaints are that the replaceable pens tend to stick for me and that you only get one color at a time. The pen sicking is due to my writing angle. I’m hard on pens. The color thing is just a personal thing. I spent years writing in four colors.


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I’ve updated my work at Dell page to include the images of the OME 1.0 DVD and cover.

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Yet Another Update set

I’ve updated my resume and Dell pages to include my most recent work. I’ve also updated my resume PDF.

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Dell work bits added

I’ve been at Dell now for about 10 months now and thought it was about time to update my site to include that material. I’m also still doing back-fill for the other information.

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