Just picked up a copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman at the Newton Free Library book sale. Have you read it?
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For the first installment of Think Group I decided to share Kirby Ferguson’s amazing video series entitled “Everything is a Remix“. If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you know I’ve shared these videos before here and here.
Mixed in with those videos I shared a few other clips and mixed in some discussion questions. We watched a 10-minute video, discussed it for around 10 minutes, then moved onto the next clip. It was an effective way to cover a lot of content while breaking it into small chunks. I …
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One page book summaries, like this one from Made to Stick, are a great way to keep the concepts of a book fresh in your mind. I have several one pagers around my desk at work to serve as constant reminders. When I looked for a one pager for The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman, I couldn’t find one, so I decided to make one instead.
Please download and enjoy: The Ten Faces of Innovation
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The key to Google’s efficiency was buying low-quality equipment dirt cheap and applying brainpower to work around the inevitably high failure rate. It was an outgrowth of Google’s earliest days, when Page and Brin had built a server housed by Lego blocks. “Larry and Sergey proposed that we design and build our own servers as cheaply as we can—massive numbers of servers connected to a high-speed network,” says Reese. The conventional wisdom was that an equipment failure should be regarded as, well, a failure. Generally the server failure rate was …
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A close friend of mine is pregnant and travels frequently for work. She always refuses the full-body scanners and opts for a pat-down instead. She jokes that she’s been felt up in almost every airport in the US. Every time she refuses the full-body scan, the workers insist that it is completely safe. Yeah, that’s what they said about the x-ray machine too.
We know a lot less than we think we know. One mind-boggling example of this is baby formula. In his book “In Defense of Food”, Michael Pollen traces …