Don't trust the marketing!

Sun April 29 2012 by Christopher Aedo

The harder someone tries to sell you something, the more suspicious you should be.  Why don't more people realize that?  When something is truly great it sells itself.  When it doesn't, throw marketing at it!  Got milk?  Seen a McDonalds add lately?

If you've ever wondered why food makers switched …

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How the f**k do magnets work?!?

Fri April 27 2012 by Christopher

I LOVE this excerpt from a Richard Feynman interview (transcribed here) where he responds to a question about the "feeling" of magnets repelling:

"Of course, it's an excellent question. But the problem, you see, when you ask why something happens, how does a person answer why something happens? For example …

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Your to-do list

Fri April 27 2012 by Christopher

It's easy to lose sight of your dreams when you're neck-deep in the day to day stuff you need to do just to survive.  If you are at least taking time to make lists of things you need to get done, and prioritizing them at that, Paul Graham makes a …

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Use your brain; lose your religion

Fri April 27 2012 by Christopher Aedo

Those who know me well will not be surprised to see me share a few articles on this topic.  I've said for years that the most dangerous thing about leading a "faith based" life is that it dulls critical thinking.  In order to live that way, you need to actively …

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Work requirement

Thu February 23 2012 by Christopher Aedo

If you have a job, you need to read this.

"Although some meetings are inevitable, even necessary, the principle he's advocating here is an important one. Meetings should be viewed skeptically from the outset, as risks to productivity. We have meetings because we think we need them, but all too …

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Social networking is anti-social

Sun December 11 2011 by Christopher

For a brief time, I was bullish on social networking. I blame it on my natural human need to maintain consistency, since I was working at a company that was tangentially involved with social networking (i.e. if you don't make yourself believe at least a little bit in what …

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Pancakes

Sun August 21 2011 by Christopher Aedo

When I was growing up, almost every weekend my mom would cook these awesome pancakes for breakfast. They were a little different (and way better) than the standard variety, being made with more eggs than usual, and cottage cheese. She never looked at a written recipe when making them, so …

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Watching TV

Tue February 15 2011 by Christopher Aedo

So as much as I wish I didn't want to watch TV, sometimes I just can't help it (it generally feels like I'm shutting my brain down when I watch TV and sometimes I just need that). We cancelled satellite a few years ago, though we still downloaded a few …

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Reading

Tue January 04 2011 by Christopher

I've been meaning to post little links more often, to interesting sites I find or books I really like (instead of saving up for one really big post every few months). This one will be a little bit long just because I've got a few things to note - in the …

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tivo is for suckers

Tue September 21 2010 by Christopher Aedo

OK, that title is unfair. TiVo is pretty great, I bought a series 1 in 2000, and within the first year added a giant hard drive (120gb WAS pretty big in 2001!) and a network card. A year later I got DirecTV and the Philips TiVo that worked with DirecTV …

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