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Engineer, entrepreneur, & proud Canadian. An ISTP controller of complexity.
Engineer, entrepreneur, & proud Canadian. An ISTP controller of complexity.

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excerpt from Richard Hamming's You and Your Research, March 1986

Now for the matter of drive. You observe that most great scientists have tremendous drive. I worked for ten years with John Tukey at Bell Labs. He had tremendous drive. One day about three or four years after I joined, I discovered that John Tukey was slightly younger than I was. John was a genius and I clearly was not. Well I went storming into Bode's office and said, "How can anybody my age know as much as John Tukey does?'' He leaned back in his chair, put his hands behind his head, grinned slightly, and said, "You would be surprised Hamming, how much you would know if you worked as hard as he did that many years." I simply slunk out of the office!

What Bode was saying was this: "Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest.'' Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity - it is very much like compound interest. I don't want to give you a rate, but it is a very high rate. Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime. I took Bode's remark to heart; I spent a good deal more of my time for some years trying to work a bit harder and I found, in fact, I could get more work done. I don't like to say it in front of my wife, but I did sort of neglect her sometimes; I needed to study. You have to neglect things if you intend to get what you want done. There's no question about this.

http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/YouAndYourResearch.html
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Went to 🇯🇵 Japan two weeks ago. Gorgeous!
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polysnapper.js: I built a #googlemaps   #javascript  polygon vertex snapping library. Hard to believe this is not native. clone away!  #js
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Our company, SemiosBIO Technologies made it into +Smithsonian Magazine this week! Semios deploys M2M pheromone-based pest control technology to fruit & nut orchards. We help growers mitigate pests, frost & disease by taking hyper-localized weather measurements. Please share with your favourite orchard manager. #m2m   #agriculture   #organic   #iot   #farming   #apple   #almonds  
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A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good. 
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Tom8a Tom@a!
Fresh out of my backyard. 🍅
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The Future of Agriculture. Robots.
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love the pep in pep love.
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bright kid
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