• californiacation

    Do Deadlines Help Productivity?

    A “deadline” is a scary word. It comes from an imaginary line in the ground in civil war prisons, the crossing of which would lead to death. Sometimes the dead line was not even marked; it was just an arbitrary point at which the guards would fire and kill a presumed prison-breaking inmate. Today, deadlines […]

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  • WozThiel

    The Lone Genius and the Startup Founder: a Tale of Two Styles

    The tension between the the Lone Genius and the Startup Founder is one I’ve found myself personally struggling with throughout my life. Is it better to create, even in isolation, for the sake of creation  – or to build something large, regardless of the impact I might have upon the actual product? Some very smart people would advocate for […]

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  • Rodney Yee, a well-known teacher

    Can Yoga be Used for Building Muscle (Strength Training)?

    It seems well established in the popular mindset that yoga is great for developing a svelte physique. If you go to any yoga studio, you’ll no doubt see support of this theory: most practitioners are thin, lithe and flexible. In contrast, many people (particularly men) seek to add muscle to their frame, seemingly at odds with […]

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  • Data and the Self

    Tiny Data is Hugely Powerful (and Easy to Obtain)

    Tiny data is the reason I made this blog. What is tiny data, and why is N=1 so powerful? Read on to find out… Odds are, you’ve probably heard of “big data” by now, the means by which companies and governments are collecting massive amounts of data on… everything. One of the key insights of the […]

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  • The (Un)Lost Generation?

    Dear my generation: What gives? Where did all the love go? Are we too pragmatic, too jaded? Or are we more aware of the real workings of the world? How can we possibly reconcile the romantic tales still embodied in our media but absent from our lives? Are we broken, is our culture broken, or […]

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  • Mind Control

    Building Focus

    I’ve received a few requests for this post, so here it is: my approach to focus. It is not an end-all be-all solution for everybody, but rather a look at the key underlying ways you can keep yourself moving towards a task. The tricks here should work well for anybody, but some may need to […]

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  • Outliers

    How to Be an Outlier and Remain Unusual

    Malcolm Gladwell uses the term “Outliers” to describe people who are exceptional in some way. His point is well made, but at the end of the day we tend to forget that outliers are people who are different. Strange. Weird.     To have unusual success, you need to be unusual. Rare exceptions aside, you […]

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  • Activation Energy: The Science of Getting Started

    How many times have you put off starting something? How many times did that same task end up being relatively easy, once you finally got started? In chemistry, activation energy is the “minimum energy required to start a chemical reaction.” What is fascinating about the concept is that this initial energy typically far exceeds the […]

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  • Spontaneity is (Also) Spotting Opportunities

    A while back, I made the statement that spontaneity is wanting what you get. Recently I had another adventure which has caused me to append to this statement: spontaneity is also knowing how to spot an opportunity.   Too often, we are paralyzed by the fear of the unknown. When something good comes along, this […]

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  • Sciences vs. the Humanities in Schools

    I love a good debate, but it has been a while since I have had the opportunity to flex my “verbal discussion” muscles. Last night, an Australian friend and I got into a heated debate about the places of art and science in the worldwide educational system. She felt that there was an unfair bias […]

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