6 good reasons why you should start big projects on a Friday

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Everyone starts new things on the first of the month, or on a Monday. This is the wrong approach. Here’s why you should start something big on a Friday. Starting things is hard. Starting on a Friday lets you put in a full day of hard work in the knowledge that you’ll have the weekend … Continued

Wordle: Revised mathematical analysis of the first guess

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Yesterday’s mathematical analysis of the popular word puzzle Wordle was flawed. It assumed that the words used in the puzzle were similar to other word lists, but they’re not — and that changes everything. What word list does Wordle use — and why does that matter? Wordle actually uses two word lists (or properly speaking, … Continued

A mathematical analysis of the best first guess for Wordle

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Wordle, the simple word-guessing game, has become insanely popular. Your job is to guess a common five-letter English word and see which of the letters in your guess are in the unknown word, either in the correct or incorrect location. You can only play once a day, you have six tries, and everyone is guessing … Continued

Meta Token? GriftCoin? Meta is even stupider than we thought.

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Did you know that Facebook’s parent company Meta is now releasing a crypto token called Meta Token? Actually, it isn’t. But the same scammers who placed Facebook ads for the Amazon Token are now advertising a Meta Token, supposedly backed by Mark Zuckerberg — advertised, of course, on Facebook. Same scam, different day If you’ve … Continued

Metablogging

What does it say that the first day after I quit daily blogging, I considered writing a blog post about how it felt to give up daily blogging? Old habits die hard.

Lessons of Theranos

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I’m halfway through listening to the audiobook of John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. It’s an interesting time to be learning about this company, as Theranos’s CEO Elizabeth Holmes was just convicted of lying to investors. I’ve helped launch or participated in my share of startups and been briefed … Continued

Changes

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This post is about the changes in my work and this blog starting in 2022, including two new books. Time to reexamine my work Historically, I’ve remade my career every seven to ten years. Things change in your life and your work; it’s best to be thinking about it before it gets stale. I’ve remade … Continued

Without Bullshit: A 7-year retrospective

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On Friday, March 27, 2015, I made my first post on this blog. I recommend starting large tasks on a Friday. It allows you to have the weekend to consider where you are going. I made my next post on Sunday, March 29, and I have posted every weekday since then. Since this blog is … Continued