Seen, Heard, Said Archives

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

  1. You’ve Just Gotta Fight Your Way Through

    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential,…

  2. The Five Cognitive Distortions of People Who Get Stuff Done

    Michael Dearing is the former chief engineer for Sun Microsystems and has PhD in computer scientist. He gave a presentation on some “common patterns of automatic thought among those who get a lot of stuff done [and/or] create tons of value” in Silicon Valley. Here’s my distilled version: Definition: cognitive distortions are strong patterns of…

  3. The Four Horsemen and The United States →

    I’m not sure what to say about this article, other than it’s immediately relevant for everyone. I know the author personally, though will respect the authors anonymity. I believe this will end up being a seminal reading for me as it so expertly addresses and focuses the political feelings and worries I’ve had towards all…

  4. The Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

    [ted id=848] Another great video shown at the Emerging Leadership Development Program meeting I was at last week was Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action. The take-away point for me was this part1: Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how…

  5. Feynman the Explainer →

    I love stories about Feynman — probably because I love his style and try to emulate it — and Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) remains one of my favorite books of all time. Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine, by W. Daniel Hillis for Physics Today1, is a new story…

  6. Making Friends Post College →

    “As Brian and his wife wandered off toward the No. 2 train afterward, it crossed my mind that he was the kind of guy who might have ended up a groomsman at my wedding if we had met in college. That was four years ago. We’ve seen each other four times since. We are “friends,”…

  7. Ditching the Resume →

    “If résumés are a bunch of claims, badges are a bunch of evidence.” We need this. School is so often knowledge based that it’s incredibly tough to hire engineers who actually can do things. Badges could help solve this.