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Dame Stephanie Shirley


Dame Stephanie Shirley: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

Oh my god.

What an extraordinary woman!

If you need a dose of inspiration, watch the video at the link. Watch it even if you’re highly motivated!

Two things:

1) Why the hell didn’t I hear about her before today?

2) Why the hell isn’t the BBC doing a mini-series dramatizing her life? Or at least a multi-part documentary?! What a story!


Dame Stephanie Shirley website
Wikipedia: Steve Shirley
UK Independent: Dame Stephanie Shirley: ‘Success has a cost. Women today are so naïve’
Amazon: Let IT Go – The Memoirs of Dame Stephanie Shirley

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Today’s Must-Read Explains Steve Jobs

Narcos Lessons

I couldn’t help thinking about Steve Jobs while reading that. And the next two quotes from it.


If you don’t have the chutzpah to ask for the unthinkable, you’re not dreaming big enough.

Here is the young Steve Jobs, possibly just thirteen, a member of the HP Explorers Club, from Walter Isaacson’s biography:

The kids in the Explorers Club were encouraged to do projects, and Jobs decided to build a frequency counter, which measures the number of pulses per second in an electronic signal. He needed some parts that HP made, so he picked up the phone and called the CEO. “Back then, people didn’t have unlisted numbers. So I looked up Bill Hewlett in Palo Alto and called him at home. And he answered and chatted With me for twenty minutes. He got me the parts, but he also got me a job in the plant where they made frequency counters.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And wait. There’s more:

His work mainly consisted of “just putting nuts and bolts on things” on an assembly line. There was some resentment among his fellow line workers toward the pushy kid who had talked his way in by calling the CEO. “I remember telling one of the supervisors, ‘I love this stuff, I love this stuff,” and then asked him What he liked to do best. And he said, ‘To fuck, to fuck.” Jobs had an easier time ingratiating himself with the engineers who worked one floor above. “They served doughnuts and coffee every morning at ten. So I’d go upstairs and hang out with them.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And people think the primary lesson Steve Jobs learned from his father was doing quality work.

Oh hell no.

I found the one sentence that explains Jobs.

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Snapdragon 615 Hatred

IFA 2015: Lenovo PHAB Plus might be huge but it fits me like a glove

In the post:

Another concern I have is the Snapdragon 615 chipset, I hate this processor with a passion. It is the single reason why I don’t use the Xiamoi Mi4i and part of the reason my Vivo X5 Pro is sitting at the bottom of a draw (or lake, I don’t remember which).

And then in the Comments:

The processor is bad in the phones I have. I have the Xiaomi Mi4i and the Vivo X5Pro and they both use the 615 and it is junk. The LeTV Le 1 with Mediatek is better, in fact any MT6752 phone is better than a SD615.

This is the first I’ve read of the 615 being, um, sub-optimal.

Here’s a list of phones that use the 615. Among them is the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, which hasn’t gotten terrible reviews. But then there’s the Samsung Galaxy A8, which has.

Perhaps this is why Sony and others have gone with MediaTek chips?


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TV: Kung Fu, The Lessons, Two


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Instant Millionaires: Joseph E. Hrudka


I re-read that this week.

I was interested to follow-up on Joseph E. Hrudka. He became rich just about by accident and founded a company called Mr. Gasket. He was an example of someone who succeeded despite the common wisdom of the people surrounding him. School bored him, cars excited him. No one thought he’d ever amount to anything. Yet he showed them all.

Anyway, the follow-up was not a pretty picture. No Wikipedia entry, which is odd.

And this:

New Times: Gasket Case — a divorce from Hell
Biography — so brief
Mr. Gasket Inc. History — on a spammy site with a link sure to die
MR. GASKET – The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

And yes, I recommend this book — and others by Max Gunther — very highly.

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Back To School

Presumption of stupitidy

Where companies do things that diverge from what seems smart from the outside, it’s a much better idea to ask why those companies are doing things from the presumption of intelligence and logic rather than the presumption of stupidity. If you don’t ask these questions, you might find yourself making the same decisions, or ending up in the same place with your own set of rationalizations. I see this all the time.

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The New China Syndrome

A Chinese Entrepreneur’s Rude Awakening at a German Manufacturing Fair

I also noticed that many visitors did not trust products made in China. They either showed contempt or were afraid of them. In order to promote our website, we visited all exhibition halls and talked to many customers. Not many people were interested in Chinese companies. They did not pay much attention. Some even said: “We do not do any business with Chinese companies, please stop!”

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#FuckCancer: Humans Are Stupid


From this YouTube video (which I peeked into but have not yet watched).

I’ll repeat what I’ve said on Twitter. Cancer is not clever. Cancer is not smart. Human beings are stupid and haven’t yet discovered the fundamentals of cancer.

At one time, Nokia was hailed as being the best. Nokia was never the best. Nokia’s competitors were incompetents producing shit. That’s a huge difference.

And I can’t imagine the heartbreak and anguish of that guy, thinking he was being cured — only to have the cancer rage back over eight weeks. It brings to mind this:

“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before…” — Matthew 12:43-45

Previously here:

#FuckCancer: Fuck Rats
#FuckCancer 3-BP Fundraiser
Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End
#FuckCancer: 60 Minutes

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#FuckCancer: Fuck Rats

Deficiency in glutamine but not glucose induces MYC-dependent apoptosis in human cells


Look, I’m an ignorant layman. I’ve read many cancer research papers since February. But even being an ignorant layman, I questioned very early on in my reading what the fuck mice and rats had to do with curing cancer in humans.

Now someone else has come out and said that too — in a research paper.

No, #FuckCancer is not over. Which is why I’m still considering a triage tablet. All that happened is that I got annoyed with the original #FuckCancer post as a Sticky.

Previously here:

#FuckCancer 3-BP Fundraiser
Why There Have Been So Few Posts Lately And I Must Now Vent So Stand By For Language That Will Make Your Hair Stand On End
#FuckCancer: 60 Minutes


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Tiny Houses: No.

Dear People Who Live In Fancy Tiny Houses

Dear People Who Live in Fancy Tiny Houses…

Do you actually love living in a fancy tiny house?

You look so freakin’ happy in that Dwell Magazine article or Buzzfeed post, but c’mon, you can’t tell me that you don’t lie awake at night, your face four inches from the ceiling because the only place your bed fits is above the kitchen sink which also acts as your shower, and think, I’ve made a terrible mistake.

Tiny Houses intrigued me for a while. But as I continued my research, I became more claustrophobic (something I don’t normally suffer from!) when I thought about them and imagined living in one.

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