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Scott’s Thoughts: How to Make Time

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” -Charles Buxton, English brewer, philanthropist, writer and member of Parliament. These holiday months are chock full of social obligations, both formal and informal. Add to this preparations for travel, parties, and your regular work duties, and all of the “relaxation” [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Prevent or Create?

“I decided to spend my time trying to create the things we need as opposed to preventing what threatens us.” Bill Joy, American computer engineer, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. The above quote by Bill Joy was taken from a 2017 interview in WIRED Magazine (“Bill Joy Finds the Jesus Battery“). In the article, he expresses [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Other 90%

“The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.” Tom Cargill, Computer programmer, author of C++ Programming Style This humorous nugget of computer programming wisdom is called the “ninety-ninety rule.” With [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Engaging with Now

“The future is always beginning now.” -Mark Strand, American poet. From the collection Reasons for Moving. Uncertainty isn’t just a fact of life, it is proof of life. Everything alive changes… sometimes slowly, sometimes suddenly. There are changes we feel in real time and those we only observe in contrast, as when an old photograph from [...]

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Organize Your Kindle Notes with Clippings.io

If you use a Kindle, you may like to highlight passages for future reference. While notes can easily be reviewed on a Kindle, there’s no perfect solution for aggregating your reading notes together into systems like Evernote (or other “knowledge base” technology). Clippings.io is a handy little cloud-based app designed to make your Kindle notes more [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Habits vs. Experiments

“You must learn to make the whole world your school.” -Martin H. Fischer, German-born American physician and author. There are no shortage of books about habits, proof that the subject of habit formation (and reformation!) is endlessly renewable. There’s good reason for this. Habits are powerful. And when we say habits can make or break us, we’re typically [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Seeking Constraints

“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Have you ever noticed that you get more done on busy weekdays than you do on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Are you one of those people whose focus improves as your time runs short? [...]

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Meet Fin, Your Magical New Virtual Assistant

By now we’re all familiar with the power of voice-activated assistants like Alexa and Siri. Machine learning and AI development has allowed for tremendous leaps in how we use our phones and home assistants for a wide array of minor tasks. Unfortunately, those assistants are not quite smart enough (yet!) to handle complex tasks. But [...]

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Fix Your Flow with Inbox When Ready

How many times have you opened your email to send a message, only to get diverted by the landslide of waiting messages in your inbox? It’s a common problem, and one of the ways we inadvertently let our inbox run our day. If you use the Google Chrome browser, there’s an extension to help with [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Reduce to the Realistic

“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” -Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, Dutch systems scientist, programmer, software engineer, science essayist, and early pioneer in computing science In Tuesday Tactics we often feature a wide range of apps and [...]

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