Archive for September 2010

As you wish: What’s driving you?

If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, you may want to call up a friend and have them apologize for not making you watch it. Seriously, what’s your excuse? Netflix delivers to caves…probably. Whether you’ve seen it or not, please allow me to set the stage. Early on in the movie, we meet Westley, the…

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The way of the samurai: Master something and make it your passion

One of the things I love about Kurosawa samurai films is the way mastery shows itself through so many of the people. The samurai aren’t just into swordplay—though the movies wouldn’t be as much fun if there wasn’t plenty of that—but also show an appreciation for understanding the world around them. That attitude of mastery…

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Terms that make me chuckle: Survivorship bias

Survivorship bias is based on the claim there is a logic error in concentrating on the people or things that "survived"—or succeeded— some process and overlooking all the failures from the same system. It’s often used to beat up on anyone who writes a book on investment or business strategy. The reality is that most…

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