Tac Anderson

The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

Change Agents Still Have To Deliver Results
Eventually though, if you’re not able to deliver something tangible from all of this change, people will start to realize that you don’t actually do anything. Talk of change, and plans for change, don’t mean anything unless something new and stable emerges from the chaos, you will have only managed to waste a lot of time, resources, and energy.
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Change Agents Still Have To Deliver Results

Eventually though, if you’re not able to deliver something tangible from all of this change, people will start to realize that you don’t actually do anything. Talk of change, and plans for change, don’t mean anything unless something new and stable emerges from the chaos, you will have only managed to waste a lot of time, resources, and energy.

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Advice For Entrepreneurs Working At Big Companies
Entrepreneurs, turned intrepreneurs have to be able to give up some of their ego. They have to face the people pushing back on their ideas, put themselves in their shoes and understand what it is that they’re afraid of. They need to understand what’s going to motivate those people. What’s going to make them look good, what in your plan is going to drive their metrics, and what part of your idea can they own. You have to believe that the idea is more important than you getting all the credit.

Advice For Entrepreneurs Working At Big Companies

Entrepreneurs, turned intrepreneurs have to be able to give up some of their ego. They have to face the people pushing back on their ideas, put themselves in their shoes and understand what it is that they’re afraid of. They need to understand what’s going to motivate those people. What’s going to make them look good, what in your plan is going to drive their metrics, and what part of your idea can they own. You have to believe that the idea is more important than you getting all the credit.

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The GalaxyDouglas Adams, 1979. 

The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)

Pretty much all apocalyptic scenarios are about wish-fulfillment on some level, even as they also explore our deepest fears. We all fantasize about being among the rugged handful of survivors, who immediately become the most special people in the world purely by virtue of still being alive. There’s also something alluring about the idea of no longer having to go to work or worry about Twitter drama, and having a simpler life.

Basically, at some level, everyone thinks that the world is so bad we’d rather burn it to the ground and start over than try and fix it. Fixing is hard, burning is easy. 

The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)

Pretty much all apocalyptic scenarios are about wish-fulfillment on some level, even as they also explore our deepest fears. We all fantasize about being among the rugged handful of survivors, who immediately become the most special people in the world purely by virtue of still being alive. There’s also something alluring about the idea of no longer having to go to work or worry about Twitter drama, and having a simpler life.

Basically, at some level, everyone thinks that the world is so bad we’d rather burn it to the ground and start over than try and fix it. Fixing is hard, burning is easy. 

Productivity Is The Enemy of Creativity | A Contrarian’s Guide 
Everyday you go to the same place to work, in the same environment. You see the same people and you are surrounded by the same sensory inputs (beige). And you usually have to solve the same, or similar, problem over and over again. Your company makes most of its money selling the latest version, of the same product, to the same set of customers. Yet when those same things don’t bring in the same results, you’re expected to come up with new ideas. How are you supposed to come up with new “creative” ideas when you see the same people, in the same buildings, after driving the same route to work, sitting at the same desk, or in the same generic conference rooms? Our brains don’t work that way.

Productivity Is The Enemy of Creativity | A Contrarian’s Guide 

Everyday you go to the same place to work, in the same environment. You see the same people and you are surrounded by the same sensory inputs (beige). And you usually have to solve the same, or similar, problem over and over again. Your company makes most of its money selling the latest version, of the same product, to the same set of customers. Yet when those same things don’t bring in the same results, you’re expected to come up with new ideas. How are you supposed to come up with new “creative” ideas when you see the same people, in the same buildings, after driving the same route to work, sitting at the same desk, or in the same generic conference rooms? Our brains don’t work that way.

There Is No Such Thing As A Failed Entrepreneur 
To me being an entrepreneur is binary. You are either an entrepreneur or you aren’t. You either started or took ownership of something, or you didn’t. Thinking about starting something, doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. Your startup might (probably will) fail gloriously, but you are still an entrepreneur.
via The Contrarian’s Guide to World Domination 

There Is No Such Thing As A Failed Entrepreneur 

To me being an entrepreneur is binary. You are either an entrepreneur or you aren’t. You either started or took ownership of something, or you didn’t. Thinking about starting something, doesn’t make you an entrepreneur. Your startup might (probably will) fail gloriously, but you are still an entrepreneur.

via The Contrarian’s Guide to World Domination 

Plugged In: My Month-Long Mission To Beat The Effects Of Technology With More Technology

Adding another charging cord to my desk isn’t ideal, and I already have a small collection of wearable devices that I abandoned days or weeks after purchase.

This is the biggest problem with the future of tech IMO, and why mobile phones are so useful. Fewer cords and fewer devices. I already have too many cords on my desk. 

Plugged In: My Month-Long Mission To Beat The Effects Of Technology With More Technology

Adding another charging cord to my desk isn’t ideal, and I already have a small collection of wearable devices that I abandoned days or weeks after purchase.

This is the biggest problem with the future of tech IMO, and why mobile phones are so useful. Fewer cords and fewer devices. I already have too many cords on my desk. 

Welcome to The Contrarian’s Guide
The last 10 years have been crazy for me (for most everyone really). But personally and professionally, I could never have predicted or planned how the last 10 years have gone. I’ve learned a lot, and lately I’ve felt a desire to return to blogging (and yes that includes my random Lego pictures). I stopped seriously blogging about two years ago (although I still keep an active Tumblr), but blogging has been a special medium for me. Without it the last 10 years never would have ended up as well as they have….
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Welcome to The Contrarian’s Guide

The last 10 years have been crazy for me (for most everyone really). But personally and professionally, I could never have predicted or planned how the last 10 years have gone. I’ve learned a lot, and lately I’ve felt a desire to return to blogging (and yes that includes my random Lego pictures). I stopped seriously blogging about two years ago (although I still keep an active Tumblr), but blogging has been a special medium for me. Without it the last 10 years never would have ended up as well as they have….

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The dark side of drones: Chris Anderson address privacy concerns

“It will be our job to keep the jackasses from doing stupid stuff,” said Chris Anderson, the CEO of 3D Robotics. “We can’t stop them, but we can let them know what the rules are.”

I imagine Chris making airplane dive-bombing noises in this picture. 

The dark side of drones: Chris Anderson address privacy concerns

“It will be our job to keep the jackasses from doing stupid stuff,” said Chris Anderson, the CEO of 3D Robotics. “We can’t stop them, but we can let them know what the rules are.”

I imagine Chris making airplane dive-bombing noises in this picture. 

The Wrist Of The Story: A Brief History Of Forgotten Proto-Smartwatches, 1975-2004 

For all the attention they got, most of these devices didn’t sell in vast quantities. Many were commercial failures by any definition. The moral of some of the devices you’re about to get acquainted with is, basically, that just because you can build something into a watch doesn’t mean that you should do so.

Such technology. Much advanced. 

The Wrist Of The Story: A Brief History Of Forgotten Proto-Smartwatches, 1975-2004 

For all the attention they got, most of these devices didn’t sell in vast quantities. Many were commercial failures by any definition. The moral of some of the devices you’re about to get acquainted with is, basically, that just because you can build something into a watch doesn’t mean that you should do so.

Such technology. Much advanced. 

Tech-Friendly Cities Are Battlegrounds for Startups

For companies like Uber and Airbnb, some of the most important fights are being fought in cities that champion new technology.

It’s like Startup Thunderdome! Two startups enter, one startup leaves! 

Tech-Friendly Cities Are Battlegrounds for Startups

For companies like Uber and Airbnb, some of the most important fights are being fought in cities that champion new technology.

It’s like Startup Thunderdome! Two startups enter, one startup leaves! 

It’s Time To Look Beyond The Smartwatch

There will be plenty of people who will benefit from smartwatches, but there won’t be many people who will be worse off for not having one.

I’ve said it before, but for me, the interesting thing about smartwatches is the dissagregation of computing function that has been aggregated into out smartphones. This is just the first step. Eventually the computing functions currently in our phones will be disseminated to wherever they function best. They’ll be in our clothes, our watches, our glasses, jewelry, embedded under our skin; wherever it serves the best purpose. Eventually the smartphone as we know it could be broken up and absorbed into our very being. 

It’s Time To Look Beyond The Smartwatch

There will be plenty of people who will benefit from smartwatches, but there won’t be many people who will be worse off for not having one.

I’ve said it before, but for me, the interesting thing about smartwatches is the dissagregation of computing function that has been aggregated into out smartphones. This is just the first step. Eventually the computing functions currently in our phones will be disseminated to wherever they function best. They’ll be in our clothes, our watches, our glasses, jewelry, embedded under our skin; wherever it serves the best purpose. Eventually the smartphone as we know it could be broken up and absorbed into our very being. 

Sherlock Holmes gives the best description of what it’s like to have ADD.

I really enjoy the Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes movies. I also love BBCs Sherlock, and the original Doyle stories, and I read and review a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. So, yes, in general I’m a big fan, but there’s something special about the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies I especially like. 

In the first movie there’s a scene where Sherlock is waiting for Watson and his fiancée, and you see him taking in everything around him, seemingly unable to not soak everything in, he’s so distracted by his surroundings that he doesn’t notice Watson’s arrival. 

In the second movie there’s a scene where he’s dancing with Simza and she asks him what he sees. He replies that he sees everything. That’s his curse. 

For me that’s one of the best descriptions of what it’s like to have ADD. We are unable to filter out all the random noises and things happening around us. Our brain takes everything and in and we have to sort each one as it comes in. It’s exhausting. 

I’ve dealt with ADD my entire life. I’m 42 and I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed at a young age, so I’ve had several decades to figure out how to compensate for it. My medication and my GTD planning system make work and life easier - to a point. But it never goes away and it’s always there.