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Building A Factory vs. Discovering A Goldmine

I've gone back and forth on how much an idea is worth a few times. At first, I thought ideas were worth a lot. Then, I thought it was all execution, and ideas are worthless. I've been thinking about it some more in light of some recent deals, and I've come around a little to believing in the value of ideas again -- with a caveat.

But first, let's check out the best post written on the subject. Here's Derek Sivers --

To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.




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Just so you all know, (in case there is a you all ( in case I actually have any readers, or will eventually get any readers )), I am not only capable of writing hyper-Markov chain type blog posts. I am also capable of coherent sentences! Well, a little. 

I don't know why I have a propensity to make up crap that makes absolutely no Goddamn sense (ok, maybe I have a few theories), but I like to, so that's mostly what this blog has consisted of up to this point. 

So yeah, I seem to want to regale you with my theories now. There was this game I played, from the VSGames 1000+ Games shareware CD back in the '90s, called "Curses". Not to be confused with curses, which, from what I understand, is a DOS UI framework. I could be wrong. I've never programmed in it. Anyways, Curses was the first thing that exposed me to Markov chains. Now, for most of you, that probably still makes absolutely no Goddamn sense, so I guess I will explain it.

Let's take a sentence. "Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water." Ooh! Interlude. I just thought of the perfect analogy for Markov chains. This will make sense to people who aren't CS majors. It's kinda like Before & After from Wheel of Fortune. So anyways, Jack and his sister, or lover, or whatever, it's not really explained in the text, were up on the hill. Now there is another phrase that uses the word water. Let's say water fountain. So one basic example of a Markov chain would be "Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water fountain." 

Now, this is probably easier to understand, but the problem here is that this Markov chain is stupid. It doesn't make any sense, and more importantly, it's not very funny. But, there are some better examples on this site. Crap. That site is gone. Well, here's a stupid example from Garkov. http://codinghorror.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a85dcdae970b0120a86dce82970b-pi

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