Human Assumption Behavior

A couple months ago, I returned from a cross-country trip during which I met with business and education leaders in Raleigh, New York, and Chicago. It was a busy but useful trip. After returning home, my mind was of course flooded with ideas to sort out and investigate, but I found myself distracted by the memories of what I’m calling “human assumption behavior” I observed.

We humans think of ourselves as advanced, typically right, intelligent, and capable of observing our surroundings. And yet so often when we’re not paying close attention we find ourselves doing some pretty dumb things. We make assumptions; we skip thinking through what consequences will come of our actions (or inactions) because we assume we’re smart, that we’re making wise decisions. We do things that if we saw others doing similar we’d point and laugh. So I’m going to point and laugh (and pretend that I have never, ever done anything similar, which of course is foolishness and an example of human assumption behavior). Continue reading Human Assumption Behavior

Let Me Google That For You

There are times both personally and professionally where I’ll get asked all manner of questions that could have been answered with a simple Google search. I suspect you’ve probably had folks ask you to do Google searches on their behalf as well. Now, that’s justifiable in cases like my wife driving and needing me to look-up an address for her. What’s not justifiable are folks sitting behind desktops who want to know Dragonfly Cinema’s weekend showings schedule. The commonality and frequency of these “please do this search for me” requests has spawned sites like Let Me Google That For You [lmgtfy.com]. If you use Chrome as your web browser, you don’t even need to visit Google Search; just start typing a search query into the URL field and you’re off to the races.

Google Search is a quite powerful little tool. (Little and simple on the surface, not behind the scenes certainly.) What you may not know is that there are some ways to tell Google to conduct your search in very specific ways. Most of the time, Google just gets it right. (They have a mind-reading artificial intelligence engine in their Columbia Valley data center.) However, there are times when you want to get more specific. Continue reading Let Me Google That For You

5 Tricks to Maintaining Efficient Productivity

Due to the primary nature of my vocation, but more especially because of the way I established and kept my software company, I tend to do a lot of work behind a bank of computer screens alone in an office. As a self-employed professional, my livelihood (and really, the livelihood of my family) depends on my ability to maintain a certain level of productivity despite persistent distractions from the Internet, the real world around me, and even my own mind wandering off onto undirected brainstorming tracks. Here are 5 of the tricks, 5 keys I use to maintain productivity in isolation. Continue reading 5 Tricks to Maintaining Efficient Productivity