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Entries from March 2013

A Day at a Co-Working Place

March 28th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I spend a productive day at a co-work location. A few weeks ago I spent a day at a c0-work location – WeSpace in Reston, Virginia. I had read about co-work locations for a few years and knew that one existed in my town.  Since I am currently unemployed, why not try […]

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Tags: Work

Is This What They Mean by “Writer’s Block”

March 25th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I often have to wrap my head with duct tape to block it from exploding if I don’t write fast enough. Is that writer’s block? I often read about writer’s block and how to prevent writer’s block and work around writer’s block and such. I am not sure what those writers mean […]

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Tags: Writing

The “Oh Yeah?” Writing Test

March 21st, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips When writing management tips, I always try to apply the “Oh Yeah?” test. I sometimes write about management and how to manage better. One things I try to apply at the end of such writing is the “Oh Yeah?” test. In applying this test, I ask myself something like, Oh yeah? Really, […]

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Tags: Communication · Management · Writing

Electrons Can’t Hear

March 18th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have met managers who acted as though electrons, concrete, steel, wood, and other things could hear them screaming, “Work Right!” I never quite understood that, but the idea seems popular. I have overseen and managed many projects in the last few decades. Back in the mid-1980s (yes, I am that old), […]

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Tags: Management · Work

xOS Compatible

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Same song, “x” is replaced by something else. It is called “software compatibility.” A little history in the field of computing. In the beginning, the dominant cost was hardware. Two or three programmers could occupy the most expensive computer in the world. The computer cost a million times more than the programmer’s […]

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Tags: Change · Computing

Public Funding of Research

March 11th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once again we have a controversy about who owns publicly funded research. There is much debate recently about who owns the results of research that is funded by the public. See here for one article on recent policy statements. The simple answer is that when the public funds research, the public should […]

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Tags: Government · Learning

Reston, Virginia – No Bookstores

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Reston, Virginia – a planned community – now has no bookstore. What is wrong here? I live in Reston, Virginia. It is a planned community. It is a good community. There is a lot of educated, money-holding people in Reston. There is no bookstore in Reston, Virginia. Yes, we have a fine […]

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Tags: Writing

The Driver’s License and Alcohol

March 4th, 2013 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips It seems odd that to purchase alcohol a person must show they have a license to operate a motor vehicle. There are things in society that seem odd to me. One is the relationship we have established between obtaining alcohol and having a license to operate a motor vehicle. If you want […]

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Tags: Culture · General Systems Thinking · Health · Judgment · Logic