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Sunday, May 12, 2013


I'm reading The Most Human Human and ran across the following:
I tend to think about large projects and companies not as pyramidal/hierarchical, per se, so much as fractal. The level of decision making and artistry should be the same at every level of scale.
I really like this way of looking at things, and it matches my personal experience very well. I can easily imagine our company this way. At large scale you can see big departments and projects and the decisions that guide those. Zoom in to the level of one department or project and you find more interactions and decisions, which have smaller significance, but which still take time and creativity to perform well. Zoom in even further and you find individuals, who are applying themselves to small portions of a problem space, making decisions and looking for elegant solutions to whatever bit of the problem they're working on. Every level matters.

I'll leave you with the following lyrics from Mandelbrot Set by Jonathan Coulton. The song really has nothing to do with the above (other than being about fractals), but it's fun.
Mandelbrot Set, you're a Rorschach Test on fire
You're a day-glo pterodactyl
You're a heart-shaped box of springs and wire
You're one badass fucking fractal
And you're just in time to save the day
Sweeping all our fears away
You can change the world in a tiny way

Saturday, May 11, 2013

signs of life

The following flowchart describes the life cycle of the typical blog:

Step 1: Start blog. Yay!!
Step 2: Write things. This is going to be so much fun!
Step 3: Run out of ideas/time/motivation/chips.
Step 4: Think about how long it's been since you posted.
Step 5: Do other stuff.
Step 6: Decide it's time to start writing again. Yay!
Step 7: Go to step 2.

I have been in step 5 for a long time, but I'm happy to say that I reached step 6 today. I also decided to not worry about hitting step 3 again; it's probably inevitable, but since the whole thing is a loop, I can just keep going around as many times as I need to.