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Why I'm Very Skeptical of Genius

Gosh, I like the Wall Street Journal a lot. I like this piece, too -

No You Can't: "Is genius a simple matter of hard work? Not a chance"

I like the whole piece, except I disagree with the conclusions.

You'd need a certain baseline to be able to do the kind of work or craft you want to do. Enough to understand the discipline. But that's not such a high bar.

If you can understand the discipline, then, is it possible to make incremental progress every single week? Could you tighten your fundamentals, study related disciplines for synergy and crossover, and experiment on the hardest problems every single week?

How Windows' Games Kicked My @%^#&

On Chasing a New Dream

Just look at those fun little icons many of us windows office workers have come to love. I know the Spider Solitaire and Minesweeper icons are kinda tough looking, but they are tough in a "fun" way. That's why the sucker punch they gave me was so unexpected. I mean they are just a nice little games to give me a break when my brain is a little tired or when I need a break before starting the next project. How could it turn out like this?

I noticed this after winning a quick game of FreeCell...

And this after the computer beat me in a friendly game of Chess Titans...

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