Posts Tagged ‘ego’

Wedded Or Divorced?

January 4, 2014 2 comments

Wedded Or Divorced

So, which do you prefer? A wedding or a divorce? If you prefer the latter but are stuck in the former 24 X 7 (like BD00), what’s your strategy for achieving the transition, even if only temporarily? AFAIK, the practice of meditation is one healthy approach for distancing oneself from one’s thoughts. Is it the only way?

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Designed To Be Fooled

Taleb FBR

Bravery, courage, self-confrontation, acceptance-of-limitations? WTF! BD00 doesn’t possess any of those attributes. But when the ink dries on this blog post, he’ll go back to foolishly thinking he does (what about you?). Mr. Taleb is right – mother nature is a tricky be-otch.

Posing For The Camera


That tweet was triggered by this exchange within the confines of one of the C++  groups:

Poser Example

Now granted, BD00 may come across as being a poser to some/many, but he actually tries to fend off the strong, innate desire to impress others with his self-proclaimed “expertise“. Of course, as the content of this blog confirms, he often fails miserably. How about you? How often do you find yourself posing for the camera?

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Nobel, Or Un-Noble ?

January 27, 2013 2 comments

From Nassim Taleb’s “The Black Swan“:

And now a brief history of the “Nobel” Prize in economics, which was established by the Bank of Sweden in honor of Alfred Nobel, who may be, according to his family who wants the prize abolished, now rolling in his grave with disgust. An activist family member calls the prize a public relations coup by economists aiming to put their field on a higher footing than it deserves. True, the prize has gone to some valuable thinkers, such as the empirical psychologist Daniel Kahneman and the thinking economist Friedrich Hayek. But the committee has gotten into the habit of handing out Nobel Prizes to those who “bring rigor” to the process with pseudoscience and phony mathematics. – Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. The Black Swan: Second Edition.

One example (out of several) that Mr. Taleb uses to back his disrespectful opinion of the vaunted Nobel prize in economics is the tale of prize winners Robert Merton, Jr., and Myron Scholes. Robert and Myron worked for Long Term Capital Management LP in the late 90’s. Of course, since they had a rigorously tight and academically peer reviewed modeling strategy, they were touted as geniuses and lots of people threw money at them in the hopes of making a killing in the financial markets. However, a combination of events lying outside of their impeccably rigorous, Gaussian-based, award-winning, often-copied, financial models caused the company to go ka-boom! Because of the massive 4.6 billion dollar loss (suffered in only 4 months) authored by these perceived Gods, the US Federal Reserve sensed that an LTCM bankruptcy could topple the entire financial system. Thus, the Fed orchestrated a huge bailout by a consortium of Wall St. and international banks.

The attempt by the guild of economics to elevate themselves to a level of respect higher than they deserve reminds me of this quote by Sam Culbert about the Gestapo, uh, I mean (in)Human(e) Resource departments in “Get Rid Of The Performance Appraisal” :

So in return for being the cheerleaders for management, the (HR) department that permits management abuse and cleans up after its mistakes, it gets a seat at the big boys’ table.

But so…. freakin’…. what! Every individual, group, and institution has an innate need to survive and thrive before the grim reaper comes a callin’ fer us down the road. It’s simply that the tactics and methods that we use to achieve our needs differ. Obviously, BD00 (and most likely you too) are “above” all the unfairness and inequity in the world. We’re fair and just and we deserve better. We’re not like the guild of economists or the Gestapo HR departments in corpocracies. Damn it, we’re better than “them“! The behaviors we exercise in order to survive and thrive are always noble; never un-noble (cough, cough).

Better Than You

War Of The Bookheads

November 21, 2012 2 comments

I stumbled upon a brilliant drawing on Ido Lanuel’s blog and decided to pilfer and paste it here:

It certainly blows away this and this, no?

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Humbled And Overjoyed

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m humbled and overjoyed that some people actually appreciate and want to hear what BD00 has to say:

If you don’t overcome the fear of publicly expressing yourself somehow, then how else can you experience the same warm feelings – outside of your small, bounded, circle of family and friends? Why, daily, at work, of course.

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Ego Battles

July 14, 2012 3 comments

21st Century Buddha

June 28, 2012 3 comments

I’ve changed my mind. Instead of a “System Thinker“, I wanna become the…..

How about you? What do you wanna be?

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Request For Fashion Help

April 21, 2012 8 comments

In a few hours, BD00 will be boarding a plane for sunny Melbourne FL to participate in “Golf Camp 2012“. As he did in 2010, BD00 would like to ask for your help in picking out his opening day outfit for a bogey free Sunday. Err, since BD00 plans to go shirtless to highlight his Hans-and-Franz guns, you can at least pick out the shorts part of the ensemble.

The figure below shows BD00’s paltry wardrobe selection back in 2010.

Of course, due to prudent stock picking, sold out speaking appearances, consulting fees, and master leveraging of massive tax loopholes, BD00 has been able to expand his links couture commensurate with the growth in his girth and enlargement of his ego. Thus, BD00 has added the following “design patterns” to his Kardashianesque wardrobe:

So, what’s it gonna be dear reader? Charlie? Pisces-dude? Lorraine? Bird? Mark? Other closet readers?

Self Made Myth

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Western societies, especially the good ole USA, revere the myth of the “self-made” man. Even though many people might consider some of my greatest influencers; Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Hugh MacLeod, and Scott Berkun self-made men, all of them depend on what Godin defines as “tribes” for their livelihood. And they’ll all humbly admit it – which is why I’m a fan.

I recently listened to Leo interview Seth on the subject of tribe-building for writers. Here are some tidbits of sage advice served up by Mr. Godin:

  • Don’t get upset by the fact that you don’t have a vision and can’t tell what’s coming next.
  • The core of any worthwhile, enduring business is not about maximizing profit.
  • You’ve got to embrace a willingness to fail.
  • Get that voice out of your head so you can do your best work. (D’oh!)
  • Don’t write for strangers – you don’t need a huge “tribe“, and thus, you don’t have to dilute your message.
  • Forget about writing “how to” books anymore. People just look it up online.
  • People hate reading, so keep it short.

The first four bullets are not just applicable to aspiring writers, no?

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