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Stephen Wolfram's Personal Infrastructure

Stephen Wolfram has published a fascinating long-read on his personal infrastructure. He details all the tech he uses in his everyday life and how he organises and categorises everything, most of which are processes which he has optimised over the last 30 years. It is inspiring how efficiently he organises everything, down to having labelled plastic envelopes of devices, tech and accessories for travelling, hotel stays, car hire trips etc.

One Size Doesn't Fit All

This is a fascinating article that every man should read. An edited extract of Caroline Criado-Perez's book Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men was published in The Guardian this week. Example after example of everyday things that we all take for granted which are inherently biased towards men in their design shocked me.

Walk In Their Shoes

One of Seth Godin's blog posts this week really hit home with me. Seth talks about how the emotion filled arguments on important issues between two sides rarely result in anything constructive. Seeing things from other peoples point of view is how you can work to change the narrative, the position or the issue. This works at all levels, from people to nations. This is how the momentous Good Friday Agreement was ratified by all sides. This is not how Brexit has been executed.

Big Dunc on The Irish Language

Former Munster player Duncan Casey, now at Grenoble, has an excellent piece in The Irish Examiner this week about how being abroad has made him appreciate the Irish language more. He describes his experiences with his Pacific Island team-mates at Grenoble, some of whom grew up in New Zealand, but all of whom are fluent in their respective island languages.

Million Dollar Vegan Campaign

Animal farming is the leading river in climate change, deforestation and species lost. The million dollar vegan campaign has issued a challenge to Pope Francis that if he goes vegan for lent, they will donate one million dollars to charity. The campaign wants to raise awareness for how trying vegan for lent can start the world down the road of halting climate change. Check out the video below fronted by activist Genesis Butler on how the 12 years the planet has to halt climate change isn't very much time at all.  

Deep Water or Big Wave Problem

More platinum wisdom was delivered by Seth Godin in his blog this week when he talks about the perception of problems. If you are dealing with a deep water problem, like swimming in a deeper pool than normal, the effort needed to swim is the same as in a shallow pool. The same effort just a bigger landscape. However, if you usually surf 6 foot waves and try to surf 25 foot waves, a huge additional effort is needed in a similar landscape. Learning to tell the difference is important! :-)

The Prisoner's Dilemma in Real Life

The Prisoner's Dilemma is a game theory scenario created by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher in 1950. Two criminals are imprisoned in isolation and taken to court. There is only enough evidence to convict them on a 1 year charge, however they both have evidence that will result in greater charges. If they both remain silent, they both serve 1 year in prison. If they both betray eachother, they both serve 2 years in prison.

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