What is time?

What is “time”? What dimension is it? And can it be controlled? These are some of the questions posed in a BBC documentary called “Time Trip”, a look at the idea of time travel. These scientists talk about “stopping time” or that “time travels at different speeds” depending on how fast you’re traveling. The idea [...]

Ideas don’t come out of thin air

Most ideas don’t just come out of thin air. They’re the result of knowledge and experience in a special line of work. When you work in a certain field, you learn about what works and what doesn’t. Entrepreneurs in that field are able to take what they know about what doesn’t work and come up [...]

Write a book. Make a difference.

I’ve always wanted to write a book. Not a novel or tall tale, but something in nonfiction. Writing a fictional book is one thing. Writing a book that will educate or help other people is another and I think that’s what interests me the most. Blogging kind of gives you that opportunity to dip your [...]

Why we put things off, Part 2

We put things off if we don’t feel the consequences. So how do we break the habit? Sometimes we don’t just procrastinate, we actually won’t do something if we don’t immediately feel the consequences. If I don’t brush my teeth tonight, will it matter? Tomorrow I’ll feel the same, but in the long run it [...]

Showers really are idea generators

It always seems like I get my best ideas when I’m in the shower. Strange, isn’t it? It’s funny, in college I used to schedule my showers so that they would correspond with studying plans or while I was working on a hard problem. Whenever I came out of the shower, I almost always had [...]

Write your ideas down

Always carry a notebook around with you. You never know when you’ll come up with an idea! A friend of mine always has his black notebook with him whenever he’s at home or on the road. Inside that notebook are countless ideas that popped into his head at one point or another. It’s a great [...]

The real social operating system

Everyone talks about Facebook being the world’s social operating system. They couldn’t be any more wrong. This isn’t a revolution. This is what I envision as the next step in the design of operating systems. It’s what I refer to as the “social” operating system… a real operating system like Windows or OS X. Except [...]

It’s okay to make a fool of yourself

Even when you’re in front of people you don’t know, it’s okay to make a fool of yourself. Really! I don’t recall where I heard this or who I heard it from, but whenever I’m with a group of people I don’t know, I never worry if I make a fool of myself. “You’ll never [...]

Your oven to the rescue!

The oven can be a great tool when you need a little help In 2006, I dropped my cell phone into a pool (don’t ask). While I usually would have immediately turned it on (destroying it), per the advice of my dad I opened it up, turned on the oven and baked my cell phone. [...]

Thin slicing will help you be more efficient

Studying in high school and college was hard. There is so much information to know and the teacher might ask anything. Here’s a technique I used throughout my entire academic career. Taking a page from Blink (a really great book), thin slicing refers to “our ability to gauge what is really important from a very [...]

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