The man in the arena

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Roosevelt x-ray“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Continue reading

“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”

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Thanksgiving desserts“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

A special Thanksgiving Day wish to my friends, colleagues, family, and especially to my wife who made the amazing desserts pictured at the right.

“Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.”

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Benjamin Franklin“Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011As many will attest, I am the furthest thing from an Apple “fanboy” (i.e., a rabid disciple of Apple’s goods and services) but one cannot deny the transformative genius that was Steve Jobs.  His list of contributions to technology and innovation are almost too long to list: revolutionizing the personal computer, creating the first mainstream portable digital audio player, delivering on the promise of online digital media, shattering the boundaries of the smart phone paradigm, and finally “cracking the code” of the tablet computer. Continue reading

Stanton’s Law of Social Interaction

A little over 15 years ago a brilliant colleague and dear friend of mine introduced me to the work of one of the father’s of artificial intelligence, information processing, decision-making, problem-solving, attention economics, organization theory, complex systems, and computer simulation of scientific discovery – Nobel Laureate in Econonomics, Herbert Simon.  With it he also introduced me to the concept of attention economics or, in layperson’s terms, information overload.

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” – Herbert Simon (1916-2001) Continue reading

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

Abraham Lincoln boombox“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

I’m not sure what Lincoln would think about this era of Lady Gaga’s meat dress, autonomous cars, deified CEOs, interactive billboards, or insane yo-yo championships but I do know that he was supportive of change and radical change at that.  Please remember, this is a man who committed the majority of his presidency to and who lost his life in the pursuit of a massive change agenda.

As a side note, while I’m pretty confident that Abe would be happy to rock a 1980s era boombox (see photo), I doubt he’d be all that supportive of the new Beastie Boys video for “Dont Play No Game That I Can’t Win.”

[Thanks Howard]

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.”

“There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.” – Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Ernest Hemingway kneels while holding a pair of antelope horns during a African safari much like the ones that appear in his short stories.

Hemingway is arguably one of the greatest novelists and short-story writers of all time and his Nobel Prize for Literature (1954) certainly supports this assertion. That said the aforementioned quotation really requires additional explanation and context to be appreciated. I consider myself a fairly well-versed Hemingway enthusiast but I do not recall reading this line in the works I’ve read. I would be grateful for any additional information about the origin of this quote.

Language visualization

CuriosityI am looking for a few relatively well-read, articulate and – most importantly – opinionated individuals to lend me a few minutes of their time (no more than 30) for an experiment on language visualization.  I’m reluctant to disclose the details about this experiment until I know the volunteers which of course is counter-intuitive and risks dissuading some otherwise perfectly good candidates. That said I’m sure a few souls will be willing to offer up a slice of their life for a (fairly) painless exercise.

What you need to participate:

  • 30 minutes of free time
  • A computer of any kind
  • An intense sense of curiosity

If you meet those minimum requirements, as well as those listed in the first sentence, and you’re interested in helping me out – please drop me a note.  If you do not meet those requirements (especially the third item on the list, please close the browser window now … ever so slllllowly).

Thanks.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

For those great souls who have served this country and for the families supporting them, I thank you deeply for your sacrifice on this Memorial Day, 2011.