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The young person's guide to extreme success: What I wish I had known when I was 20 - YouTube
Your life is nothing more than a series of choices....you are the compilation of your choices!!
Rule #1: Think carefully about relationships and children.
Rule #2: Learn how to start a business, just in case.
Rule #3: Always think like an investor in every part of your life (investing--Sun Tzu "The battle is won before it begins"; invest your time like its money, learn how to ignore the world when necessary, 1, 3, 5, 10 yr. goals--figure out what you need to do that day, schedule how you will use your time each day)
Rule #4: Educated geeks are now running the world (educational mediocrity is unacceptable); (listen to everybody, stop talking so damn much).
Ruel #5: Protect your mental and physical health [(exercise, keep losers away from the things you value (i.e. mind, body, spirit, family, time, business)] Be miserly with my time.
Rule #6: Stop being normal!!
advice  preparation  life_skills  relationships  parenting  conflict_resolution  Sun_Tzu  owners  self-education  exercise  positive_thinking  affirmations  time-management  Pablo_Picasso  geeks  delayed_gratification  Boyce_Watkins  choices 
september 2017 by jerryking
The Mayor’s Geek Squad
By ALAN FEUER
Published: March 23, 2013

Data — or Big Data, as quantitative analysts will call it — is the tool du jour for tech-savvy companies that have realized that lurking in the vast pools of unprocessed information in their networks are solutions to some of today’s most pressing and convoluted problems. A few years ago, Google, for example, took the 50 million most common keywords that Americans typed in search bars and tried to figure out, by comparing them with federal health statistics, where the H1N1 flu virus was to likely strike next.

According to a new book, “Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think,” the enormous quantity of information whirling through the ether can affect and enhance our quality of life. As the authors put it, “The change of scale has led to a change of state.”

Now the city has brought this quantitative method to the exceedingly complicated machine that is New York. For the modest sum of $1 million, and at a moment when decreasing budgets have required increased efficiency, the in-house geek squad has over the last three years leveraged the power of computers to double the city’s hit rate in finding stores selling bootleg cigarettes; sped the removal of trees destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and helped steer overburdened housing inspectors — working with more than 20,000 options — directly to lawbreaking buildings where catastrophic fires were likeliest to occur.
massive_data_sets  New_York_City  mayoral  data_driven  targeted_enforcement  government_2.0  gov_2.0  cities  geeks  in-house  books  hit_rates  unstructured_data  H1N1  flu_outbreaks  Michael_Bloomberg  quants 
march 2013 by jerryking
Code for America, a Peace Corps for Civic-Minded Geeks | Marvels - WSJ.com
August 24, 2012 | WSJ| By HOLLY FINN.

A Peace Corps for Civic-Minded Geeks
How young techies are saving cities time, money—even lives



CfA fellows have designed more than 35 apps, for everything from urban blight to school buses. In New Orleans, they coded a system to more accurately sort the backlog of properties for demolition. In Santa Cruz, Calif., they're streamlining the application process to open a business. The group runs an Accelerator for civic start-ups. Its work presses governments to make information more visible (530 data sets liberated) and helps communities to mobilize (write-a-thons with 2,500 people). Textizen, a citizen feedback app built this year, has already been repurposed in three cities.

Government spending on information technology in 2012 is set at $79.5 billion federally and $55.4 billion for state and local. Meanwhile, to complete one government project—estimated at two years and $2 million—it took a couple of CfA fellows just 2½ months.
CfA  government_2.0  gov_2.0  cities  geeks  coding  mobile_applications  smartphones  software_developers 
august 2012 by jerryking
After the Green Revolution Comes Farming's Geek Revolution - ProQuest
After the Green Revolution Comes Farming's Geek Revolution
Feder, Barnaby J. New York Times [New York, N.Y] 04 May 1998: 1.
farming  geeks 
june 2012 by jerryking
Goodbye, geek chic: Will glasses soon be history? - The Globe and Mail
Katrina Onstad | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Sep. 23, 2011
eyeglasses  geeks 
september 2011 by jerryking
Web Instructions Open the Do-It Yourself World to Everyone - NYTimes.com
By ANNE EISENBERG
April 23, 2011
Web-based instructions — often designed by hobbyists for other hobbyists
— are now supplementing the often-confounding printed directions that
come with such kits. Bloggers who tinker are creating interactive
tutorials, descriptive videos and step-by-step series of photographs
that make it easier for nontechies to go forward confidently. Dozens of
do-it-yourself Web sites, like Evil Mad Scientist, AdaFruit and iFixIt,
also offer tools, components and kits of their own, many aimed at
beginners.Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make magazine, which
sells kits as well as related books and tools at the Maker Shed store on
its Web site, says a new era is opening for people who want to create
things.
DIY  geeks  hobbies  cameras  tinkerers 
april 2011 by jerryking
Julia Vitullo-Martin: How Geeks and their Transit Apps Get Us Around Town - WSJ.com
MAY 7, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By JULIA VITULLO-MARTIN . Transit-app developers are proving Orwell wrong.
geeks  open_source  transit  mobile_applications  open_government 
may 2010 by jerryking

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