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Archive for June, 2011

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When in doubt, ape the mirror. Sit. And reflect. See everything. Stay still. Give back exactly what you get. Nothing more. A little less in case of surface irregularities. But not for long. Just when in doubt. Sit. Reflect.

Go ahead, make a list. Make a chart. A diagram. Be your pupil and teach yourself. Metaphorize. Visualize. Be a mirror. In front of a mirror. Be a good student of yourself. Listen to yourself. Clear your thoughts. Categorize problems. Arbitrate solutions. Re-wire. De-wire.

Redundancy is important. Single-point failures are detrimental to any system. Especially if it is a fragile point. Do not duplicate points of failure, diversify them. Make them mutually exclusive if possible. Avoid ambition. Have goals and dreams. Ambition lacks redundancies.

If your mind is not very orderly, it is okay. Ape the mirror. Re-wire and restart. Brains have that facility. Relax. It is all going to be just fine.

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Incredible Credibility

Will you believe me if I said businesses are mathematical models just like everything else? Would you let go of the belief that there is more to business than mathematics and analysis? Will my graphs and curves and tables on a ‘business template’ powerpoint presentation convince you that the behaviour of the parameters represented on the three axes of a pseudo-holographic representation of the characteristics of product sales v/s market penetration v/s production costs is actually an all-encompassing, time-invariant model of a business? You probably will believe it if a senior project manager at McKinsey & Co. showed it to you.

According to Jobs uncle, in a very low-profile talk, “utter bullcrap” is a state of mind. He says that when person hears a thing about something he gives a little attention to, he will choose to believe and accept it or not believe and not accept it. His choice depends on who is telling him about it. He claims that if he says the (past tense of) iRun sports a quantum-nuclear processor that will eliminate (the use of) fossil power sources, it will. Even if it is a generic silicon-nitride based chip that requires lesser energy than half a wall clock to run for a year. “Let’s face it,” he said, “I don’t know what either is. But if my lesser famous engineer’s fiance’s gardner said what I just did, it will be dismissed as “utter bullcrap”. ” Now isn’t that true!

What makes a good reference? A popular book may be. Or a paper on cutting edge technology perhaps. An instruction manual? How good a reference is a theory that is all abstract? How much are we willing to buy a person’s theory? People who did buy such ideas did profit in a few cases. But then, credibility doesn’t come with tenacity and labour alone. What contributes to credibility is the way a person builds on a gamble, or if at all there was a gamble. There are several other things that I do not know that contribute. It is difficult to guage or ‘model’ credibility. People will not buy ideas because the ideas are good alone; they will probably buy them because the person with the ideas has a track record of good ideas. There are always better ideas given the population. It is probably the credibility that matters more then.

By the way, Jobs uncle hardly gives low-profile talks.