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#163

The Great Voidspace Computer Sale

emoticon:nanagram Well, not exactly, but I've finally got round to selling a couple of unneeded items on ebay. The selling procedure was pleasantly straightforward. In order to retain PayPal seller protection (and minimise the possibility of fraud) I can only sell to buyers in the UK, and only send to a registered PayPal address.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-22 15:12:19 | |
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#162

Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

emoticon:film Two of my favourite authors are in London next week. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Smile

I discovered this via Neil Gaiman's Blog.

So at last there is some benefit to working in London [1], I'm going to both events. Even better, I can buy a copy of Good Omens and get it signed by both of them. Laughing

[1]Other than the job, which is still great. If I didn't have to work this is what I would be doing anyway.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-20 23:14:19 | |
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#161

Geniuses, IQ and Passion

emoticon:rogue A recent New Scientist Article [1] runs with the headline You Could Be a Genius Too.

It suggests that brilliance, whether academic or in music or sport or anything else, is not innate. Instead it is partly based on support and environment in the early years, but mainly on plain hard work.

This is a reassuring message for most of us, who are not yet geniuses, by applying the 99% perspiration we have lacked.

Apparently the majority of real achievers in almost any field have an only moderately high IQ. Conversely, those who have an exceptionally high IQ tend to only live moderately achieving lives.

The article concludes that almost anyone can become a real achiever, a genius in their field, if they are prepared to put in the hard work.

This sounds at least partly true, but I don't think its the whole story. Personality still determines success or achievement (however you want to define success and achievement). I think the missing factor is passion. Passion is the intellectual or emotional force that drives people to achieve, and IQ is probably much less of a factor than we suppose.

It is this fact about the human soul [2] that makes it much more relevant to human endeavours than the mind. We achieve when we get passionate about things. Smile

It's also why I find the blog Creating Passionate Users so interesting. Good programming isn't just about cold rational choices...

[1]The article is by David Dobbs, and although it cites 'studies', a quick scan of the article didn't reveal any specific references.
[2]Perhaps a controversial word, but a word that encompasses human emotions and subconscious drives as well as the rational mind.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-20 23:11:18 | |
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There was so much ancient wisdom distilled into my old blog, that I couldn't let it just creep ignominiously into the pages of cyber-history. More to the point I'm still getting some hits from google with the old entries. Here are the archives of my previous Blogger based blog.

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