Unusual Subroutines

The blog and musings of Christopher Allen-Poole

When do you look for tomorrow?

For the last two days, I've been in a codeathon at work. Our team has been working on creating a new project which helps fans get better insight into Fantasy Sports data. It's not terribly impressive (yet), has raised an extremely important function: when do you start thinking about tomorrow? There are features in this project which we're not going to be able to flush out. For ... Continue reading »

Ars Scrib… nevermind

So… I think that the time has come for me to publicly examine why I write. Well, perhaps not the time, but at least a time. I have little doubt that I will pretend at introspection at some date in the distant or not-too-distant future. I make no pretension that I will never have the feeling that I have come upon some momentous discovery about myself and come to feel that somehow I have radically changed who I am and what I believe because of some latest whim or whiff of a thought. I've read too many of my own journal entries from ages past to think that I am ever really in the midst of a revolution.

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Priority is the Key

If you want to be productive, then you need to know your priorities. It's a fact of life. Without prioritization, then people (including me and you) start defaulting to "whatever seems the most urgent right at this very moment." That leads to increased rate of re-tooling, which leads to waste. This also means you have a perpetual "work in progress" list, causing all sorts of slow-down, confusion, and pile-up.

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Negotiating Fairly

The Nash Game

Let's play a game, well, more of a thought experiment. Let's say that we are both hunters, and that we are both interested in getting the most meat possible. That makes sense, right? OK, so now let's imagine that we can either carry a spear, which is good for wounding a deer, or a net, which is good only for catching rabbits. You and I both know that we'll need to cooperate in order to catch that deer, and that if one of us brings rabbit net, then that person will get all of the rabbits. What do we choose?

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