Seen, Heard, Said Archives

Things I’ve seen, heard, or was told by someone. Item in this category usually originate from the Internet.

  1. In Greek legend, Icarus flew too close to the Sun, and the heat melted his wings and he fell to his death. But “melting” is a phase change which is a function of temperature, a measure of internal energy, which is the integral of incident power flux over time. His wings didn’t melt because he…

    Randall Munroe

  2. Somebody once told me, “Manage the top line, and the bottom line will follow.” What’s the top line? It’s things like, why are we doing this in the first place? What’s our strategy? What are customers saying? How responsive are we? Do we have the best products and the best people? Those are the kind…

    Steve Jobs

  3. Humans Need Not Apply

    Just as mechanical muscles made human labor less in demand so are mechanical minds making human brain labor less in demand. This is an economic revolution. You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t. This time is different. Automation is here, and it’s been expanding in cognitive ability. We already have self-driving cars,…

  4. What Is a Photocopier?

    How would you explain a photocopier, in lay terms? If someone asked you if your office had a photocopier, what would your answer be? Apparently, this was a challenge for a $64,000-a-year Cuyahoga County worker which the NYTimes has crafted into a rather gripping Op-Doc.

  5. Most Problems Never Have To Be Solved

    When a problem is presented to me, I typically make a quick determination if needs my personal attention or not. Despite what others may desire of me, I generally let a majority of problems sit for a bit. If the issue does not arise again then I have saved myself from wasting time. I like…