Mental Models

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Complete the following by substituting for x and y:

Munger is to Buffett
as x is to y …

If you’re like me – a few months ago, that question would have created two responses – a nonplussed look and an icy recollection of aptitude or reasoning tests.

What happened to me that now means I could now complete it (Merchant is to Ivory, Allen is to Gates, Ben is to Jerry etc.) was as usual a coincidence. I had been thinking that I had too many RSS feeds – still under my psychological break point of 200 but too many. Whilst whittling them down to a respectable hundred it occurred to me that I choose to read people who largely think like me or at least have viewpoints that I share. (Yes – a blinding flash of the obvious).

Secondly, for some reason I cant even remember I was reading about Charlie Munger (the equally successful, wealthy and bufferish ‘partner’ of Warren Buffett – the incredibly rich and respected stock investor) on Wikipedia and it said:

“Munger’s worldly wisdom consists of a set of mental models framed as a latticework to help solve critical business problems. According to Munger, only 80 or 90 important models will carry about 90% of the freight in making you a worldly-wise person.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bear Rammage

Not a very nice man.

Yes its Charles Manson – guru, icon and all round inciter of grotesque and pointless violence and slaughter.

In case you were wondering, he said:

“Do you feel blame? Are you mad? Uh, do you feel like wolf kabob Roth vantage? Gefrannis booj pooch boo jujube; bear-ramage. Jigiji geeji geeja geeble google. Do you begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga?”

If you want to see it all in one go try tofulator

The point of all this?

None really – 2 dimensions of non-entity:

1. “Bear rammage” has become my verbal shorthand for either the rapid decent from lucidity and meaning into gibberish or the manifest use of bollox and passion to hide shortcomings – as in ‘yes I was at that meeting, they were talking a load of bear rammage’

2. It seems to have become a meme at ytmnd and in the intertubes leading to the hysterical (imho) version below:

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That is all. Carry on begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga.


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A more ‘traditional’ and/or useful entry.

Been going through a very minimalist stage particularly with regard to technology. I came across this fantastic desktop scheme on Lifehacker – copied it.

Yes I know I should have removed everything from my desktop but I haven’t quite got to the stage of using only Quicksilver.

I have my Volume and two ‘catchall’ folders called Stuff I and Stuff II where, unsurprisingly, I ‘stuff everything’. Subsequently, I go through and sort their contents into folders on my drive for reference or backup.

All the live data and titles are customised onto the desktop using Geektool and most of the instructions are here It does involve some serious tinkering (for a non-propellerhead) to get the weather displayed.

For the tinkering I am indebted to my friend Sascha at Techniche. As far as I can tell, we used a script within geektool to call via lynx (a free open-source, text-only web browser for use on cursor-addressable character cell terminals), the weather from and update a file every few mins (you set the poll interval from within geektool). So for London Heathrow:

/usr/bin/lynx -dump -width 100 | $HOME/GeekTool/ >/tmp/weather2 ; cat /tmp/weather2

Any technical queries regarding the use of Geektool should always be addressed to a friendly geek. Do not try this at home.