Bruce Jack's blog

A stream-of-my-thoughts blog. Whatever pops into my mind. I'm starting out in the world of (project) management, so there might be some posts about that too.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Inventors of Careful Consideration and Analysis

After reading this post by Seth Godin, I feel like I work for the inventors and market leaders of Careful Consideration and Analysis.

I'm sure not everyone around here does that (I'm sure someone out there is innovating, given our growth), but I don't think I've ever been that close to it. I may have been close once, but I showed up right after the decision to take risks were made.

That doesn't really make me happy. I'd like to be in a 'let's risk it' kind of environment. My biggest question is: how do you find that place?

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Apparently, blogging requires dedication, which is something I've been lacking for the past few weeks. I wonder if I need to be in more of a routine to post. I haven't been in a routine for a while now...
I haven't even had enough dedication to read all the blogs I generally read.

OK, I'm going to make an effort to post a little more often...

Monday, July 03, 2006

a few cool new words

(ok, i admit it's been way too long since i posted. mea cupla.)

I really like Matthew Stibe's collection of phrases. My favourite might be administrivia...

Monday, June 12, 2006

big brother might be watching

Don't forget that someone might look up your myspace or friendster account before they try to hire you. Could schools start doing this for applicants too?

This might be something to think about before posting that you like to get really drunk, or perhaps something worse.

It's not surprising that this is happening, but how many people going to get looked over because they like the Arctic Monkeys?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

wanted: a rubber duck

I've noticed a few times in the past that I tend to find the solutions to my own problems when I describe them aloud (before the person I'm speaking to has time to answer). So, after reading this post from Kenneth W. Davis, I might just try experimenting with my own rubber duck.

The principle is simple. Get a rubber duck. When you're stuck, tell the duck what's wrong. The act of talking to the duck will get you to look at your problem from another angle, and you'll probably discover that you knew the solution all along.

Although in his post, he describes this as a method for getting over writer's block, I can imagine this idea as being very helpful in a multitude of situations.

Does anyone have a rubber duck to spare?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

kind of like a bubble

Here's an interesting post from Nicholas Carr.

Don't get me wrong, I see the use of the Web 2.0 (I have a blog after all, don't I?), but we don't have to turn everything into something similar with comments and trackbacks. Maybe it's just me... but people who want everything to work like the Web 2.0 remind me all too much of the dot com bubble of the late 90s, whereby everything can be improved if we Web 2.0-ize it.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

yesterday, i had 84 problems.

How very fitting... just yesterday I was complaining that I had more problems than everyone else. Seth Godin puts a link to a 'fable' of a discussion between two people. One tells the other that everyone on the planet has 83 problems. After you solve a problem, another arrives, and you still have 83. There are, however, people that have 84 problems. Those people think they're the only people with 83 problems.