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Entries from August 2015

Lying and Liars

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments

by  Dwayne Phillips Verbs sometimes lead to nouns. Some of which we should seek to avoid. If you lie, you become known as a liar. That verb leads to that noun. Funny how that works. Once you are a liar, can you erase that? Can you do anything to remove that noun from you. Perhaps […]

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Tags: Communication

Sentences and Paragraphs

August 27th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I learn what a technical writer does (now that I are one). I have been working in a job titled “technical writer” for about a month now. I wasn’t sure what that job title meant or what a technical writer actually does. After an entire month or so, I have concluded that […]

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Tags: Work · Writing

Find the Disconnect

August 24th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips News is happening when there is a disconnect in the pattern A leads to B. Consider this: A leads to B. So, find A, and when it leads to something other than B, you have a news story. For example, more money spent on schools leads to better student performance. When it […]

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Tags: Communication · Economics · General Systems Thinking

Looking for New Ideas

August 20th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is one technique for finding ideas. It is based on four archaic tools: a flat surface, a book, a pencil, and a piece of paper. Looking for ideas? Here is a technique. sit a flat surface (desk, dining room table, McDonald’s, bar (yes a bar)) put a blank sheet of paper […]

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Tags: Ideas

Remote Sensing and not-so-Remote Sensing

August 17th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Recent experience with Pluto shows us once again that all the expert ideas about remote things are usually wrong. Sensing something from a distance, a.k.a., remote sensing is difficult. I’ve written about this before. Everyone seems to know this, but that doesn’t stop people from acting as if they are exceptional. I […]

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Tags: Estimation · General Systems Thinking · Learning · Science

I Know How to Start the Windows Task Manager

August 13th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Knowing how to repair a system indicates something about its quality. I know how to start the MS Windows task manager. You press the Crtl-Alt-Del keys at the same time. A window pops and displays option. One option is the task manager. The task manager allows me to kill processes that are […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking · Management · Problems · Systems · Technical Debt

The Meeting is Over

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The meeting is over. Hereafter, we are having a friendly chat.

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Tags: Management · Meetings

Write the Worst Last

August 6th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes the best thing to do as a writer is to skip the difficult parts and only do the easy things. Writers, why kill yourself? Write the easy stuff first. You may learn how to write the difficult stuff in the process. And then best of all, you may decide that the […]

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Tags: Writing

The Kids can See

August 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Kids today are anxious to move one to something better. That frustrates us old folks. We have a solution, if we choose it. This is one of things that bothers us old people about young adults: They want to move up and move on and do something else (too quickly) They haven’t […]

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Tags: Adapting · Adults · Agility