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Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books

From Mark Zuckerberg’s status update: My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. It’s a good challenge, and he has started a page for it here. I’ve joined but I’ve set myself a much more appropriate target – I’m aiming to read one book from his...

Too much to ask

Reply from Malcolm Gladwell when asked about a child’s birth month being an advantage (emphasis mine): Question: In Outliers, you discuss why a hugely disproportionate number of professional hockey and soccer players are born in January, February and March. I can’t begin to imagine how many to-be parents you influenced to try and have their offspring be born in those months! MG:...

Startup Reviews

I’m thinking of starting a new tech blog called Startup Reviews*, where I review every single new startup that I hear about. Without exception I’ll predict they will fail, and I’ll further predict they will fail within 2 years. Regardless of how good their product idea, what their business model is, or previous success. I’ll just blanket predict they will fail. After a...

Feels

Why is that stories like the following really get to me: This Story Of A Dog’s Last Day On Earth Is Beautiful And Utterly Heartbreaking Photoshop Request: My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo? The...

Precious Way by The Machinations

Back in the early 80s when I was just finding my way as a struggling teenager The Machinations were a fave. Imagine my disbelief and surprise, when I found out just last night that the song is not actually called Precious Way and is in fact Pressure Sway. And to further destroy any self-belief I had about knowing 80s music I also learned that they are just Machinations – there’s no...

The Right Thing To Do

I've been a fan of John Gruber's blog for a while, but never really listened to his podcast (The Talk Show) until now. Part of the reason for not listening (to a lot of podcasts, not just his) is when I see that the episodes are usually more than an hour long I just give up - when am I ever going to listen all of that? Turns out though, that if the content is interesting enough you'll find the...

Google Calendars not showing in iOS7

I had a reasonably frustrating time with this issue this morning, and it took me about 2 hours to finally solve. So here’s hoping the following might save you a few minutes… Problem: Google Calendars (eg from Google Apps) no longer show in iOS7 Calendar apps. Also Contacts don’t sync with Google contacts. Solution: You need to completely delete your Google account from your...

The Junk Food Remedy

I’ve mentioned this previously elsewhere, but thought I’d note it here because it seems to work :-) Back at the start of July I could feel I was coming down with a cold. Normally at that point I’d be dosing up on the Vitamin C, echinacea, garlic and trying to eat super healthy. But on this occassion I decided to try my new ‘junk food remedy’. It basically amounts to...

Taxi Drivers

I’ve been using taxis a lot more lately (purely as a business efficiency improvement – as a consultant I am basically selling time, so saving an hour or more by catching a taxi instead of public transport each time I go to a client meeting really adds up after a while). Sydney, whilst not a terrible city for traffic in global terms, can nonetheless be a pretty frustrating place to...

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