28 Apr

Overthinking It – Overthinking Star Wars: The Economics of Death Star Planet Destruction

What’s the economic calculus behind the Empire’s tactic of A) building a Death Star, B) intimidating planets into submission with the threat of destruction, and C) actually carrying through with said destruction if the planet doesn’t comply?

via Overthinking It – Overthinking Star Wars: The Economics of Death Star Planet Destruction. Not only is this article fun, but it’s interesting.

22 Jan

Rands In Repose – Managing Nerds

In front of you is The Problem. While I don’t know what The Problem is, I do know that you have a bright team of talented nerds working for you, and I know that you don’t have a clue how to tackle The Problem: you need the nerds and you don’t know where to start. The Problem is unique in that your normal leadership moves aren’t going to work. You can already predict the collective nerd reaction and it’s the opposite of what you need to happen.

Rather than attacking this Problem directly, let’s turn it around and explore the inner workings of your nerd’s mental landscape for inspired next steps.

via Rands In Repose – Managing Nerds. How does one go about managing nerds.

27 Jan

Geek Behaviors Present During Conversations – Philip Guo

This article presents some common behaviors I've observed from my past few years of interactions with geeks, nerds, and other highly-smart technical people. For brevity, I will simply use the term “geek” throughout this article as a catch-all term for such people. I don't mean to pass any value judgments on people who exhibit such behaviors; these are simply my observations and personal theories for why these behaviors occur.

via Philip Guo – Geek behaviors present during conversations. I’m guilty of basically every thing mentioned in here.