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my theory of social networking

I know lots of folks who like to have everything they share on one social network (eg Google+) magically appear on all others they use, too (eg Twitter & Facebook). While I sometimes share identical content out to several networks, I rarely want precisely the same thing going everywhere all the time. In fact, while I [...]

June 3, 2014 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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disdain things you cannot have: ignoring them is the best revenge – law 36 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 36 By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you [...]

May 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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master the art of timing – law 35 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 35 Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends will carry you to [...]

May 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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what to automate

I have been in the world of automation for quite a while. Specifically in the realms of server, datacenter, and cloud automation – but I’ve been interested and/or involved in other tasks that tend towards automation (even for a short period of time) for far longer than just my post-college time in the world of [...]

May 6, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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be royal in your own fashion: act like a king to be treated like one – law 34 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 34 The way your carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a [...]

April 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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why nations fail by daron acemoglu and james a robinson

I first came across Why Nations Fail at my local Half Price Books. After seeing it on the shelves a couple times, but still being unsure about whether I really wanted to read it or not, I reserved it at my local library. Now I wish I had bought it (and likely will) – Daron [...]

April 16, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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discover each man’s thumbscrew – law 33 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 33 Everyone ahs a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usually an insecurity, and uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

April 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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don’t blog

to “compete” with others. There are great reasons to blog – but there are also lousy ones to do it. If you’re writing because you’re trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’, so to speak, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t blog because others do. Don’t blog because others do it better. Blog because you want to. [...]

April 11, 2014 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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the “best” industries for starting a business?

I generally really like Inc magazine. But this article is kinda ridiculous: “The Eight Best Industries for Starting a Business.” By the time an industry has landed on a list like this, the odds that you’re really going to be able to capitalize on it are super slim. There’s nothing “wrong” with starting a business [...]

April 8, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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group admin in the era of facebook

Along the difficulties of initially building a good group/community, comes the hassles of managing said [virtual] community – especially on the book of the face. I am a coadmin on the Ontario & Western Railways Historical Society Inc Facebook group. My friend Peter is a coadmin of the Linux Mint group. Something both of us have noticed [...]

April 4, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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