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  • Get a good chair, because you can’t always be motivated, and sometimes you have to sit on it until you’re done. — The grandfather of a friend, who had a work ethic that I share.

  • How I learned the NATO Phonetic Alphabet

    Did it ever happen to you that during a phone call you had to spell something? An airline code, an email, an invoice number, etc. At those situations, I always regretted not having learned the NATO phonetic alphabet. Flash forward to September 2019: I found myself in a talk about learning and memory techniques during […]

  • When you go too far up, abstraction-wise, you run out of oxygen. — Joel Spolsky, Don’t let architecture astronauts scare you.

  • To learn to make something well can take your whole life. And it’s worth it. — Ursula K. Le Guin.

  • If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more. — Eric Shinseki. Hat tip: Ann Dunwoody, Automattic Grand Meetup 2018.

  • Make it work, make it right, make it fast. — The UNIX way, resurfaced decades later by Kent Beck.

  • It seems to be much easier to make two small jumps than the one big jump in any kind of mental thinking. — Creative Thinking at Bell Labs (1952), Claude Shannon.

  • Objectives are like a vaccine for fuzzy thinking. — Why the secret to success is setting the right goals, John Doerr.

  • The magician’s assistant

    Review of Ann Patchett’s book, the Reading Club assignment for January 2019.

  • Forest Dark

    Review of Nicole Krauss’ book, the Reading Club assignment for January 2019.