The Risks of Not Learning, Part I 2

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Penny wise, pound foolish has rarely had so direct a demonstration. Let’s say that you’re a director at a large food products company. Imagine the chaos that ensues when deep within the bowels of the organization, an HR troll FIRED your right arm, your executive secretary, your “Man Friday” while you were on Christmas holiday, ...

An Open Letter to the Stanford Selection Committee

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2012 is just starting and I’m snorting like a bull in a rodeo. MBA, Schmembeeaye. One of my twitter friends highlighted a position recently posted at Stanford: The SEED Case Writer is responsible for researching and writing new case studies and teaching notes related to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing economy countries. Respectfully, ...

Solving Hard Problems:
Software, Part III

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More advanced search and replace techniques for MS-Word After a couple of weeks off for seasonal holiday, let’s round out the year with another example of advanced formatting searches. What would you do if you needed to change every occurrence of movement or direction (separate from content or dialog) in a 300 page manual, stageplay, ...

Cultural Prejudice: When even the real doesn’t seem real

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Had a very close call yesterday: I almost ignored a Wall Street Journal request for interview! Like most everyone you know, I get spammed daily. One of the tradecraft hazards of being in the risk mitigation field is the dichotomy of second guessing. I will not claim to solve the issue in this post, merely ...

Solving Hard Problems: Software, Part II 1

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The Cascades aren’t just in Washington State these days This week we’ll switch from search strategies in off-line documents to a couple of web nuances that you can actually see in last week’s post. In the aftermath of the Turkey Feast we in the US call Thanksgiving, a tweet sent me to the light-hearted GEICO ...

Solving Hard Problems: Software, Part I 1

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Advanced search and replace techniques for MS-Word If you needed to to reformat your text to find every title that was in all caps, longer than three characters and add an additional line (carriage return), how would you do it? Having spent the better part of the year on technology and cultural commentary, we’re going ...

O.c.c.u.p.y Hearts & Minds 3

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IMAGINE if the One World Scheme anarchists (which some call Occupy Wall Street, OWS) had developed a coherent set of beliefs and a community-oriented strategy. IMAGINE if they had respectfully approached neighboring homeowners and businesses with a well-though-out and well-articulated proposition (run with me here): We would like to peacefully protest what we see as ...

In-difference II: Organically Deriving y.o.u.r. Path to Profit 1

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In last week’s post, I opened with the idea that those stuck as permanent teenagers have trouble distinguishing such basic concepts as right and wrong. Moreover, they reject the concept of objective truth, because they realize that any objective truth binds them to the discipline of growing, however slowly, even imperceptibly, toward that apex of ...

The Risk of In-difference, Part I 2

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Thanks to Jonah Lehrer for the delightful post in Wired that is the source idea for the first installment in this series. To keep my high school English teacher happy, here is my topic sentence: If you can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, how do you expect to recognize risk when it is ...

The Risk of Good PR

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After a busy week and a conference all weekend, the new faith-based blog (Enchiridion Texanae) is up-to-date, yet I was wondering what I was going to write about for the personal/tech blog. Thankfully, the talented, erudite and oh, so articulate Umair Haque solved that for me with a lovely burst of world-wide attention. Seriously, what ...