MLP – Thinking Constructively Friday, Dec 2 2016 

After you set yourself a task involving construction (e.g. writing an essay), you can zone out a little, but don’t play minesweeper (or anything else, really) for more than five minutes. Give your mind time to gather, but then set to work before the “gathered” intangible information is “drained” into some task which acts as a substitute for action.

Five minutes okay, ten minutes is right out. Direct to the task is okay, also. You can spend the first five minutes rewriting the “working space” in your own words, or even copying it and considering the meaning of the query requested. This occupies the functional, operational, parts of the living mind, to allow the subconscious mind to rally for support.

However, They are many potential lessons which could be learnt here.

Source URL:

The surprising habits of original thinkers , presented by  Adam Grant. TED Talk.

Overpopulation is a myth

As explained in ten minutes here:



10 Things Professionals Must… Wednesday, Nov 23 2016 

A reading over some notes on private-professional duality, and considering whether more could be done to help in the general case, I came across an article about being professional; but I am making up my own list based on what I often find lacking.

  1. Say “no” as quickly as possible. It causes a domino effect when people are expecting that a maybe, or even a discussion, is the same as a contract, or a mutual agreement. Break these connects as soon as possible, to free up resources on both sides. For this reason, you also need to:
  2. Consult with your “back office”. This is especially true if you work alone, for the most part.
  3. Know the differences between a hustler and a provider of service. A hustler is more interested in having your attention and assets, but a provider is interested in improving your living experience in some way. The provider makes themselves worth the money, but the hustler is too focused on the money to develop relevant skills.
  4. Show up to key places. Distribution is key. This is a whole topic, but every sale involves service (human subjective experience), availability (distribution), and creation (manufacturing). Distribute your own attention according to what is key for your business process.
  5. Revenue is made by skill, and won by fortune, not earned by effort. Thus, focus on the application of skill and accept that fortune can be influenced, but not controlled.
  6. Don’t force yourself to do ten things, when you can only do five ;).


It may sound strange to heard the advice to basically talk to yourself, as a solo actor. However, every firm has limited resources, and explicit management of them is the responsibility of the firm, rather than the potential customer. Customers may always request more for less, but the “back office” has to thus pre-set the asking price and activity schedules to prevent that from draining resources.

If the main resources is a single human being, then keeping the drains low is the most important thing. This requires planning, refinement, and building skills of environmental influence.

Secondly, As a representative of your firm, you need to ensure that the image isn’t tarnished by entangling with the “wrong” opportunities. Whilst pushing for sales or creating opportunities, you’ll often forget that resources are always limited, and might get caught up in the “potential” rather than the “practical”.

So, make a routine of consulting with resource management, and confirming that things can go as you hope. Then confirm or cancel as soon as possible, to keep customers in the loop, and raise your Goodwill with them through politeness.

Drafted: Sat. 19th Nov. 2016.

Python – Properties and Accessors Monday, Nov 21 2016 

Python avoids some of the problems with JAVA, by having “soft variables”(my term for them). These are variables which are actually processes (“methods” or “class functions”) in disguise as simple variables present within objects (“attributes” in the case of simple variables, and “properties” in the case of the more involved) .

They are a lot of articles online about them. [ Here is a link: ] to one of the best articles I have found.


MLP – LINUX command shell stuff Saturday, Nov 19 2016 

To change the bash command prompt, use

PS1=”<bash prompt DSL-ish string>”

Put it in .bashrc (or .bash_profile) in ~ (home directory) and it won’t work. For that you need to prefix “export “, as in:

export PS1=”usless_example>”

For more detailed info that makes more sense, check out this link:

  2. This other page is better illustrated, but they don’t explain what export does. Which is why I explained, above. Same domain, though:

Technically they’re four strings and stuff but that article covers it all. It is more “advanced” than the old dos PROMPT=$p$g type stuff.


MLP – Jokes and Android emulators Tuesday, Jul 12 2016 

Feel free to ignore this, but:

  1. Funny jokes based on real life experiences (sugarless snacks eaten as a meal rather and desert).
  2. Android Emulators (perhaps running them on a Celeron based laptop isn’t the best idea, but it is what I have now so was hoping I could make it out).
  3. IDLE RPG (a bizarre concept but the thing I notice the most is the change in UI from this to the next, and how it is functional but flawed, and not at all attractive. So I want to make a better UI for my own projects. Whilst at it, maybe also an idle RPG since it seems to be a rite of passage, and is easier than some of the other projects I am working on… but I’m just linking it here because I’m fascinated by the concept).


MLP – Linux Lockup Woes Thursday, Apr 28 2016 

Sometimes, Ctrl-Alt-Backspace doesn’t work for me on Linux Mint 17.3; but SRK+K might, but I am not sure as the lockups seem to happen when I have been lulled into a false sense of security and don’t really want to go into ‘sysadmin mode’.


Economics verus Prosperity (Draft, MLE) Sunday, Apr 24 2016 

I should be in bed[2], trying to get better. However, reality is never enough for the progressive man (of any gender), aspirations greater than reality[1] are always needed. In any case, this is an incomplete draft.

  1. The new Astrology: Economics
  2. Busy and distracted (just a distraction, FOMO is a nice term: Fear of Missing Out, but that second article suggests we can escape from that fear-based system)


MLP – Professional Pseudo-Science Thursday, Apr 21 2016 

The scientific method is great, but professional scientists don’t often follow it. Having focused on paying mortgages, many systems are designed to maximize fiscal profits at the lack of compassion, and take along their members on this ride deeper into walking death.


Prior Priorities (Draft,MLE) Sunday, Apr 17 2016 

They are two articles which I came across, which illustrate the silent problem with the dragon’s social “science”. One of them was all I could find now, so this is just a short note.

The author of this article at aeon disputes the value of coders, or says that he does, but he really buries the real issue, which is that an idea and a viable business plan are separated by an abyss which the employee system, rather than the developmental process, fills.


MLP – DJGPP and DOSBOX Sunday, Apr 17 2016 

You can ignore this for now.


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