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David Amerland
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Author, Speaker, Analyst.
Author, Speaker, Analyst.

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Increased Use of AI Leads to a More Nuanced Approach

Google's expansion in usage of its word vector model to include concepts, sentences and thoughts (!) is leading to an accelerated understanding of usage of natural language in search.
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Black Magic

I kid you not! #Espresso ;) Some grains and a little steam make incredible things happen.
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To My G+ Family

There are days when the research, the notes, the writing and life all get together and become too much. I know I struggle to reply to all of you all the time, yet it is your focus, questions and comments that drug me out of my malaise when it strikes. To all of you. Thank you! I wish I could just hug you all.
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"The Space Between Emotion and Action"

Meanwhile, over at The Sniper Mind community ... the conversation is getting pretty real. If you've read the book and want to jump in or even if you're going to read it and have an opinion, this is the place to have in-depth conversations of lasting impact.
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Mood For Today

Track playing in the background as my consciousness navigates spacetime, today.
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Day Before Spa

Bennie needs a monthly treatment at the spa. As his hair grows just like hours (and the weather is getting very sunny and warm) maintaining optimum look for Terran Defender standards requires at least three hours plus. For posterity I have, here, evidence of the day before. :) Tomorrow I will update you all on the new look for the next four weeks. ;)
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Mind, Technology, Money and UBI

At first glance this is an unlikely post to be in this collection. Yet it is apt because much of what we talk about when it comes to Universal Basic Income (UBI) revolves around power, responsibility and the human condition and The Sniper Mind aim is to empower the individual to become a better version of themselves.
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The Art of Hiding in Plain Sight

Snipers are master manipulators of our perceptions. Their uncanny ability to hide in plain sight has a lot to do with how our brain works (and their grasp of it). The thing is businesses can actually learn a lot from this.
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Boundaries

In the latest edition of the Daily Boost (http://bit.ly/2HPOzXk), daily snippets distilled from studies and research from The Sniper Mind (https://amzn.to/2HP9iu7), I looked at the way failure defines either our capabilities or limitations. While these two may sound the same (the glass content question again - http://bit.ly/2HPQvPA) they most definitely are not.

The first (capabilities) shows us just how far we have got and gives us a handy measure of what we need to do next in order to go further while the second (limitations) serves to remind us of “our place” (http://bit.ly/2HQj6nM). Fear of failure (http://bit.ly/2HRcpSB) is a thing precisely because so many of us experience it (http://bit.ly/2HQ8N3b).

Overcoming it is neither easy (http://bit.ly/2HkTuP0) nor without effort (http://bit.ly/2Hm8xaT) which suggests that in trying to change a cognitive approach to uncertainty we have to take stock of our identity and dig sufficiently deep to realign our motivational drive (http://bit.ly/2F6XKQ5) so we can do what is difficult because the goal we have set ourselves is suddenly more desirable than our aversion to uncertainty and risk.

This is exactly why, sometimes, we need to hit rock bottom before we can truly rise as J. K. Rowling (http://bit.ly/2HhRkPY) points out in her commencement address to Harvard University students (http://bit.ly/2HhJbew). It is perhaps our habituation to fear (http://bit.ly/2HhK5rq) that diminishes the inhibitory effect it has upon us and liberates us from our self-imposed prison: http://bit.ly/2F3JwPP.

As Andreea Elena Vasile explains in her TEDx Talk acknowledging failure and coming to grips with it is quite a liberating experience (http://bit.ly/2HjJwgB). Yet failure, by definition has to be part of success: http://bit.ly/2HnsvlW. Just as there cannot, reasonably, be an understanding of light without darkness (which is, essentially the absence of light in varying degrees) there cannot be a pathway to success without a foundation of failures based upon exploration and innovation: http://bit.ly/2HhUfbu.

It is sometimes very public, very personal failures (http://bit.ly/2HjK325) that become the fuel that drives us to push against the boundaries of perception that hem us in. We are all living in cultures that are still young and locked in rigid behavioral modalities (http://bit.ly/2F7gxdV) and values that stem from our cultural conditioning: http://bit.ly/2HikoGZ. As a result we constrain our curiosity, shy away from failure and misunderstand success not recognizing that failure is an option (https://n.pr/2F6m1FX) when it holds the potential to help us improve so we can become more than we are and we see failure as the opposite of success instead of the integral part of it that it actually is.

Success, we are beginning to realize, cannot begin until failure occurs: https://adobe.ly/2F3O1db or to put it a little differently, we must give ourselves permission to fail so we can learn what is required of us to grow into people who are destined to succeed. Ed Wood (http://bit.ly/2F5eRlt) who was lambasted in his lifetime has a cult following today (https://lat.ms/2HmH9tl) his particular vision of film making having finally caught on.

In becoming better versions of ourselves there are three requirements we need to have in place: 1. The willingness to keep on trying and not give up. 2. The bravery to face our fears and 3. The ability to embrace failure, analyze it and learn from it. It’s no accident that some of the most successful people have had failure as their springboard: http://bit.ly/2F5ttRO.

Very recently I trained with a friend who’s an amateur boxer as he was preparing for his fight. We were taking turns running 400m laps on a treadmill set to a 15% incline (http://bit.ly/2F6mEiW) and a speed that was constantly being increased as we ran. As I was pushing his speed to the 14km/h I was conscious of the possibility that he would reach his limit and started to slow it down, “Keep going!” he gasped, “better to bottom out here than in the ring.”

It stayed with me afterwards. Courting failure is how we get past our limits and discover new ones, and for that we must be willing to develop the mental strength to take it. Without that the limits we live in become the fear-built walls that will forever contain us.

Coffee must be at hand today and you obviously have plenty of donuts, croissants, cookies and chocolate cake so the only thing left for me to say is have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
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Cushion Distribution

When Nike recovers from last night's slumber (when this picture was taken) she shall have to see exactly what the deal is with this inherent inequality lark where all the best cushions go to the undeserving ;) The struggle, my friends, has never been more real. Have an awesome #Caturday!
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