I have a problem

I have a problem: I like to learn a lot from a lot of different domains.

If we’d meet today, I could discuss on a variety of topics such as: science, design, history, geopolitics (including current events), economy, psychology, neuroscience, food, cultures, pop culture, writing, leadership, technology, society, medicine, nutrition, philosophy, parenting (although I stay away from it most times), organization, business, foreign policy, innovation, complex systems, cinema, marketing. That’s without including my main specialties: software development, process optimization and making knowledge work work.

While all these ideas are very interesting to me, and they help tremendously in my work, they stay somewhat in the background.

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The case for tinkering

When I was a boy the most common car in Romania was Dacia. Compared with modern cars, it is awful. It looks quite bad, you need a lot of force to steer it, putting it into reverse gear is a mix of force and accuracy and you are lucky if it starts when it’s cold outside. It requires a lot of maintenance or it will stop working. The bodywork erodes in a few years and it needs special treatments to stop it from falling apart. Its performance is low too; often when it got to 100 km/h it starts trembling like a rocket just launched to the outer space.
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Yes, I’m a sinner

I am sure that by now you have heard about Steve Jobs and his premature death. Here’s something you probably haven’t heard about.

Dennis Ritchie died this week. You probably never heard of him. I never heard of him until today, showing once again that I’m guilty of the developer sin #3. And the sad thing about it is that Steve Jobs might not have become the person we know if it weren’t for Dennis Ritchie.

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