Views of Boston

May 7

Readings on Physically Based Rendering

Crunch is Good for You


These kids have been pulling 60 hour weeks ever since asking to be “crunchatized.”

Work/Life balance has been a hot button issue in the game industry since back before EA Spouse. “Crunch” has become a dirty word, a word that makes engineers and artists shiver and producers hang their…

Didn’t expect to see a cathedral like this in Seoul (view from hotel window).

Didn’t expect to see a cathedral like this in Seoul (view from hotel window).

Growth - Brian K Balfour: How New User Acquisition Channels Drive Change


The Evolution Of Consumer Internet

Over the history of the internet we have seen new distribution and user acquisition channels emerge. With each new channel comes a storm of change in the consumer internet eco-system. Each storm, while it may seem chaotic, follows a similar pattern and cycle….

Nate Silver addresses assembled statisticians at this year's JSM - Revolutions blog


Joseph Rickert of Revolutions blog (about the use of R in analytics, don’t let that throw you though) took some interesting notes from Nate Silver’s recent address to the Joint Statistical Meeting in Montreal.  Nate structured the talk around 11 statistical principles for journalists, which are really quite solid.  And great food for thought.

I found this one interesting, in particular:

4. The average is still the most useful statistical tool. At first, I thought to disagree with Nate here. Journalists often write about the nonexistent average person, and who has not consulted a physician who seems to describe a treatment designed to cure some average patient. However, Nate was going after a more fundamental point here. Because they are looking for interesting stories, journalists often focus on the outliers.

I couldn’t remember the ‘via’ credit on this one but Chase Davis, who sits right by me, saw Nate’s picture on my laptop and mentioned also reading the post as well as retweeting Kendall Taggert about it.  So it’s probably via him.

Alex K.: 45 Life Lessons, written by a 90 year old


1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay…

On Dilettantism and the Virtues of Pursuing Multiple Interests

I really enjoyed this article as someone who enjoys a breadth of experiences over highly specializing in one area. 

Jul 9

Finding Your Passion In Work: 20 Awesome Quotes

Great post by Shane Snow on LinkedIn if you’re looking for inspiration.

Jul 7

Doing Nothing


A Tetw reading list

Good and Bad Procrastination by Paul Graham - The most impressive people I know are all procrastinators.

Waiting versus Idleness by Venkat Rao - When you waste your own time, it’s called idleness. When others waste your time, it’s called waiting. I enjoy idleness. I don’t like waiting.

Later by James Surowiecki - What does procrastination tell us about ourselves?

Minding the Gaps by Melissa Healy - Go ahead and let your thoughts wander: An ‘idle’ brain may be the self’s workshop.

Procrastination by David McRaney - Procrastination is fuelled by weakness in the face of impulse and a failure to think about thinking.

Zoning Out by Carl Zimmer - This one pretty much does what it says on the tin.

The Virtues of Daydreaming by Jonah Lehrer - Okay, so it’s not exactly doing nothing, but close enough.

Jul 7

I think the way to “solve” the problem of procrastination is to let delight pull you instead of making a to-do list push you. Work on an ambitious project you really enjoy, and sail as close to the wind as you can, and you’ll leave the right things undone.


Paul Graham, Good and Bad Procrastination

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