NYT – Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/smarter-living/eisenhower-box-productivity-tips.html I'll be the first to admit I'm a 1st class procrastinator … fun article to read Your brain is working against you, and it's because of a phenomenon called the urgency effect brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards people more likely to perform urgent, smaller tasks with a deadline than more … Continue reading NYT – Why Your Brain Tricks You Into Doing Less Important Tasks

NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/smarter-living/how-to-finally-just-make-a-decision.html Fear of Better Options. Researchers call this phenomenon maximization -  relentless researching of all possible options for fear that you'll miss out on the "best" one maximizers tend to make better decisions less satisfied with those decisions than are people who make quicker ones based on less research (called satisficers)  maximizers less satisfied because they … Continue reading NYT – How to Make Tough Decisions Easier

NYT – Review of “In Praise of Wasting Time” Speaks Ominously of a Digital “Grid”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/business/dealbook/review-in-praise-of-wasting-time-speaks-ominously-of-a-digital-grid.html M.I.T. professor Alan Lightman's (eclectic physicist, novelist and essayist) book "In Praise of Wasting Time," proposes "that half our waking minds be designated and saved for quiet reflection."  targeting the subversive impact on civilization of the increasingly frenetic pace of life Failure results in the collective destruction of "our inner selves and our creative … Continue reading NYT – Review of “In Praise of Wasting Time” Speaks Ominously of a Digital “Grid”

NYT – A 4-Step Guide to Ranting Productively

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/22/your-money/how-to-rant-productively.html Hmmm I'm not sure I agree with any of this … #metoo, parklandsurvivors, US revolution, etc etc  ranting is a good … only if you do it right if wrong … lose job/friendships/marriage follow four rules Do. Not. Send. if even the tiniest shadow of a doubt about whether or not you should really send … Continue reading NYT – A 4-Step Guide to Ranting Productively

WSJ – Oracle Wins Court Ruling Against Google in Multibillion Dollar Copyright Case

https://www.wsj.com/articles/oracle-wins-court-ruling-against-google-in-long-running-copyright-case-1522164091 So lame…so many years old. Does this even matter at this point? Plus, not even Oracle engineers that produced this tech…but rather some company they bought Federal appeals court revived Oracle Corp.'s multibillion-dollar copyright infringement claims against Alphabet Inc.'s Google  Google's use of Oracle's Java programming technology wasn't "fair,"  a case that dates back to 2010 (ha ha ha … … Continue reading WSJ – Oracle Wins Court Ruling Against Google in Multibillion Dollar Copyright Case

NYT – How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/technology/personaltech/protect-yourself-on-facebook.html Audit your Facebook apps  On Facebook, go to the settings page and click on the Apps tab I was dumbfounded to see 10 apps enabled. Multiple I knew I'd done but all were multiple years old and related to music concerts. Remove any apps that you find suspicious or no longer use Sometimes these … Continue reading NYT – How to Protect Yourself (and Your Friends) on Facebook

WSJ – How Jeffrey Immelt’s ‘Success Theater’ Masked the Rot at GE

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-jeffrey-immelts-success-theater-masked-the-rot-at-ge-1519231067 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-leadership/wp/2018/02/22/a-lesson-from-ge-the-power-of-telling-hard-truths-and-the-peril-of-avoiding-them/?utm_term=.163098e3a5f9 Executives and management hate to hear “bad news” or actual aspects of being able to realistically achieve a goal (engineers especially hate being over optimistic) Immelt, the longtime boss at General Electric was a polished presenter “This is a strong, very strong company,” Mr. Immelt said at the event last May. GE’s precipitous fall, following … Continue reading WSJ – How Jeffrey Immelt’s ‘Success Theater’ Masked the Rot at GE