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23rd Jan, 2019

Book: Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Principles: Life and Work is the type of book I want to love - but I don't. It starts well enough: the first part of the book is basically an abridged version of an autobiography. Dalio is certainly an interesting character, and the respect I have for what he and the people close to him have acomplished during their careers has only increased after reading his own account of his rise to being one of the wealthiest men on earth. Describing a combination of perfect timing (starting with computerized decision making just before it became commonplace, perhaps deserving credit for actually starting or accelerating that trend), being an obviously highly intelligent individual, and managing to surround himself with a great team, Dalio does not avoid describing the many mistakes preceding eventual success.

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11th Nov, 2017

Things I've been reading lately

Note: every once in a while I share a couple of things I read with co-workers. I sometimes post them here as an archive. A previous post can be found here.

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20th Mar, 2017

Garbage in, garbage out - reading list edition

Note: every once in a while I share a couple of things I read with co-workers. I sometimes post them here as an archive.

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2nd May, 2016

Charles Duhigg's 'Smarter Faster Better'

As a reader of the, in my opinion, excellent book Habits, the news that writer Charles Duhigg released a new book did not escape me. This time the seemingly elusive concept of 'productivity' would be subject. As I, like everybody, often feel my productivity could be better, I was intrigued by the book and its subject.

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24th Apr, 2016

Release late, release rarely

A lot of my spare time is spent on Bumperdo, a small task management software thingy that helps me and some friends and colleagues to have some illusion of control. I love working on it, not because it's an earth shatterting piece of software (it's good, but there are many like it), but because it helps me gain and maintain some basic programming skills (which I don't need in my day to day work), and because it helps me get some perspective on what building for the web is like when there are people watching and using your app.

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