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Old 04-02-2014, 09:17 AM   #431 (permalink)
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Haven't read ring World in ages. Right now I'm about 1/2 way through Dune.
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:15 AM   #432 (permalink)
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Old 04-02-2014, 10:30 AM   #433 (permalink)
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:40 AM   #434 (permalink)
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I'm about halfway through Leviathan Wakes, awesome book so far. Will have to get the other ones in the series. Also pretty excited to start the Atlantic Gene when I'm done, that one looks pretty interesting. Also have the Wool series to go through as well.

I'm glad I finally picked up an eReader, I was hesitant for so long, but I'm loving my Kindle so far.
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:47 AM   #435 (permalink)
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I'm currently reading Robinson Crusoe - Danial Defoe [1719]

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"The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates."
Like reading Shakespeare there is a little difficulty with the writing style/spelling, different meanings/use of words and the timbre of the authors voice in his writings, but you get used to it within a couple of chapters. I remember reading an abridged version [and must have been "translated" too] in Middle School but it did not do justice to the book so far.

Side not - anyone here familiar with William Edwards Deming, "the Toyota Way", Six Sigma,...etc will get this. These statistical approaches to process improvement theories are always pandered off the newest greatest concepts....etc. Well Robinson Crusoe in the book was doing 5S, PDCAs, Kaizans and the rest of it back in 1659 according to Danial Defoe, he just did not call them by those names. Crusoe, took stock of his situation, established a stable day to day process to ensure his immediate survival, set his assets in order, calculated needs verses supplies, made plans for improving situation and systematically worked at improving his processes. So the next time my company brings in the latest consultants with their "new" ideas on how best to improve the business I'm handing them a copy of Robinson Crusoe for their "homework".
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:20 PM   #436 (permalink)
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I'm in the process of reading The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. It's been fairly eye-opening so far.
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Side not - anyone here familiar with William Edwards Deming, "the Toyota Way", Six Sigma,...etc will get this. These statistical approaches to process improvement theories are always pandered off the newest greatest concepts....etc. Well Robinson Crusoe in the book was doing 5S, PDCAs, Kaizans and the rest of it back in 1659 according to Danial Defoe, he just did not call them by those names. Crusoe, took stock of his situation, established a stable day to day process to ensure his immediate survival, set his assets in order, calculated needs verses supplies, made plans for improving situation and systematically worked at improving his processes. So the next time my company brings in the latest consultants with their "new" ideas on how best to improve the business I'm handing them a copy of Robinson Crusoe for their "homework".
Tell them that you reject case studies as being likely to be unrepresentative and to be too likely to present confirmation bias. Ask them to present data, method, and level of analysis from a representative sample and control group that were not cherry picked using experiments, field studies, or at least surveys representing an effective response ratio to avoid confirmation bias.

Then sit back and wait for your so called "experts" to reveal that they have likely built an entire career off information that represents a tremendous confirmation bias and is likely not representative of the actual results of the method they are experts in.

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I'm currently reading Robinson Crusoe - Danial Defoe [1719]

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Like reading Shakespeare there is a little difficulty with the writing style/spelling, different meanings/use of words and the timbre of the authors voice in his writings, but you get used to it within a couple of chapters. I remember reading an abridged version [and must have been "translated" too] in Middle School but it did not do justice to the book so far.

Side not - anyone here familiar with William Edwards Deming, "the Toyota Way", Six Sigma,...etc will get this. These statistical approaches to process improvement theories are always pandered off the newest greatest concepts....etc. Well Robinson Crusoe in the book was doing 5S, PDCAs, Kaizans and the rest of it back in 1659 according to Danial Defoe, he just did not call them by those names. Crusoe, took stock of his situation, established a stable day to day process to ensure his immediate survival, set his assets in order, calculated needs verses supplies, made plans for improving situation and systematically worked at improving his processes. So the next time my company brings in the latest consultants with their "new" ideas on how best to improve the business I'm handing them a copy of Robinson Crusoe for their "homework".
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