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ref: life-0 tags: NYTimes genius talent skill learning date: 06-27-2009 18:36 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/opinion/01brooks.html?_r=1 -- the 'modern view' of genius. Makes sense to me.

  • quote: "By practicing in this way, performers delay the automatizing process. The mind wants to turn deliberate, newly learned skills into unconscious, automatically performed skills. But the mind is sloppy and will settle for good enough. By practicing slowly, by breaking skills down into tiny parts and repeating, the strenuous student forces the brain to internalize a better pattern of performance." -- exactly!!
  • quote: The primary trait she possesses is not some mysterious genius. It’s the ability to develop a deliberate, strenuous and boring practice routine.
  • It's not who you are, it's what you do. (law of the cortex: you get good at what you do).
  • The subconcious / ability to push skills to the subconcious should not be neglected. Insight apparently is mostly subconcious, and rapid decisions are too - the rational/concious brain is simply too slow and deliberate to form realtime behavior & reactions, but as the above quote highlights, it is also too 'lazy' and accepting to carefully hone a true skill. This requires attention.
  • From the guardian -- "Sometimes an overload of facts is the mark of a dull and pedestrian mind, the antithesis of intelligence."
    • also: "Intelligence is a matter of output, not scores on a test." We know genius & talent by it's output.

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ref: notes-0 tags: wireless spectrum FCC regulation nytimes date: 10-13-2008 22:52 gmt revision:0 [head]

My comments on this blog post, preseved here for posterity:

I agree with William’s first point, spectrum is ‘owned’ by everybody; the government’s only purpose is to regulate it so that it remains an effective communication medium. Like the bandwidth that it uses, the communication system is optimally owned by users, hence it is a bad idea to auction off segments of spectrum for exclusive use by corporations.

Examine at what happened to the 2.4 GHz band, an area where water absorption is high and most households have a 1kw noise generator (microwave oven): EVERYONE USES IT because it is FREE and OPEN, no licenses required. Just look at all the innovation created for this band: 802.11, bluetooth, ZigBee, cordless phones, wireless remotes, and others. If 802.11 was in the 700-1GHz band someone or a company could easily make long-distance wireless repeaters & mesh-network nodes, sell them to consumers, and everyone could SIP for FREE without paying Verizon / ATT etc. This could set it up as a pyramid scheme, where to get on the network you simply have to buy a mesh node repeater, and with it became part of the ‘corporation’ which provided your wireless services. A certain part of the purcase & access price would, of course, need to go to pay for backbone connections, service, matenance and extending connection to remote areas, but this too can be solved and managed efficiently with something like 1 phone = 1 share.

With coprotations, you either have redundancy (two networks w/ twice as many cell towers) or a monopoly; neither are economically efficient. A re-allocation of prime wireless spectrum back to the correct owners - the citizens - would spur American Innovation greatly and simultaneously cut communication costs. The technology is changing, and the policy should too!

Anyway, i’m sick of paying $0.10 for 100 bytes of data (txt messages) when audio data costs ~1/500th that.

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ref: -0 tags: gore curibata pencil art NYTimes magazine travel brazil date: 05-20-2007 16:35 gmt revision:1 [0] [head]

An awesome pencil drawing of al gore, in May 20th issue of NYtimes magazine.

Curibata, Brazil - a city unusual for its urban planning, ecological mind, bussing system, affluence (compared to the rest of Brazil, and ratio of parks to buildings. I would like to go there.