We had Howard Lederer come to Harvard and talk. We're sponsoring Annie Duke at UCLA on Friday, I guess that's tomorrow. She's talking about gender roles and psychology.
We had Mike Sexton in to talk, and Jim McManus, an author, all talking about the ways in which poker communicates skill that have allowed them to succeed in a poker table, but also communicate skills that allow you to succeed in the larger world. We've also convened conferences, we had an academic conference last year and we're going to do another one in the Spring, probably here at Stanford. And the idea being that let's call some academic attention to these games. And the fourth thing we're doing is just providing students a place to have some fun, play in amateur poker exhibitions, playing games where schools take on schools.
Harvard played Yale last week, UCLA is playing USC tomorrow. Next year we'll have Stanford playing Cal in their version of the big game. And the idea being that these games are fun and is a great opportunity for people to explore the types of strategic thought that are in poker, while being able to have some fun and engage in a game that can really engage students in learning and continuing to develop types of thinking. So, that's basically what the GPSTS has done so far and kind of where we're moving going forward. >> NESSON: But let me focus on the thinking part this website.
In my class to my students, I don't start with poker. I start with the idea of what truth is in a rhetorical environment, how two-sided it is, how there's always two-sides to a story, and how important it is in trying to persuade someone else that you're capable of seeing their story from their point of view and articulating that to them so that they understand that you understand their problem. It's only at that point that they start listening to you. Before that they're just tuning you out. And I use poker as a way of focusing this thought of seeing from another's point of view. But first I start with a riddle that I would love to give to you and see how you do with it.
So, here's the riddle; once upon a time, a queen lived in a kingdom that she ruled with an iron hand. You are supposed to laugh when the queen lives in the kingdom. She had a son that she wanted to marry the most intelligent, perceptive, woman in the kingdom. So, she gathered all the eligible women together and gave them the Law School Aptitude Test. >> WOODS: [INDISTINCT] lawyers.
>> NESSON: And three of them scored perfectly. So, she had to choose from amongst these three. She brought them to the palace and sat them around a round table and gave them the following instructions, "I'm about to blindfold you. Once you're blind folded, I'm going to put a hat on your head, a small little hat, so that you won't be able to see the hat on your own head, but when you open your eyes with the blindfolds off, you will see the hats on the heads of the other two. Now here's what you must do, when the blindfold is taken off, I'm telling you in advance, I am going to place on your hat--your head either a red hat or a white hat.
When your blindfold is taken off, if you see one or two red hats, you're to raise your hand." All right, now do we understand the set-up? The blindfold is going to come off, I'm not going to be able to know what colors the head--on my hat, it's either red or white. If I see one red hat, I raise my hand or if I see two red hats I raise my hand. And the queen says, "The first of you that can tell me the color of the hat on your head, take your hand down and stand up and marry my son, explain why." She then put red hats on each of the three.
And then took off the blindfolds and immediately, of course, seeing two red hats each. Each of them raised their hand. And they sat at the table looking at each other for five seconds, ten seconds, fifteen seconds, and then one young woman took down her hand, stood up and said. "I have a red hat on my head," and she explained why. How did she know? Put your hands up when you get the riddle, I just want to just see how fast it happens here.
So, let me say about poker, as you're letting this noodle in your heads, the point in poker where you become a poker player is the point at which you look up from you own hand. When people start learning poker, their first pre-occupation is their own cards. Is it--if I got a straight or a flush, or does two pair beat up one pair, what is the--all these things. They look--they're like this. The point at which you start to play poker is the point at which you are more interested in what is happening around you.
You've got time, wait, you can look at your hand just about anytime. That point where you start to look and see what's happening in the environment and as the game unfolds, you start to see how the others at the table are seeing you, that's when the poker game really starts. So, how many hands up with the red hats? Who's going to explain it to us? Stand up over here, loud and clear.
In today’s workplace, it has become common for employers to run background checks on all candidates for open positions.
Last week, I joined in a discussion about this topic with a lab tech from our local hospital and a friend of mine. The lab tech was talking about the background checks being conducted on all hospital employees to validate of their education credentials and professional certifications. My friend spoke about the policy at our local church that mandates that background checks are done routinely on anyone working with children in any capacity…even volunteer work.
What does this mean for job seekers?
Here are five tips to pass a background check with flying colors:
1. Make sure all the information you put in your résumé, cover letter and related marketing documents, job applications, and any other public documents, are truthful. Also, to check an information you can use resume editor.
2. Carefully consider what you post in online position applications, LinkedIn, Facebook, or anywhere else online. Be courteous, professional, and…accurate. Recruiters and employers alike will “google” your name to learn what’s in your digital footprint. Make sure your online presence is “squeaky clean.”
3. Watch the content of your responses when you comment on blogs and forums. Don’t post anything that could be considered derogatory against the writer or other commenters that could reflect negatively on you.
4. Offline, keep up-to-date files of all your professional information, including college transcripts, job descriptions, employment performance reviews, endorsements, training courses (“in-house” or “public”), seminars, certifications, media mentions, publications, news articles, press releases, awards, etc. Should any questions ever arise, you’ll have your records for proof.
5. In the community, always behave professionally and gracefully to preserve your public reputation. Your community presence is just as important as your online presence. You never know who will mention your name to someone in professional or civic circles, and how they will interpret your actions.
What would you recommend job seekers do to pass the background check? Please share your thoughts so we can all learn from your insights!
Picture an unpleasant experience you’ve been through in your life. If you knew while going through it that the unpleasantness was a one time or infrequent event, did that make it much easier to accept and deal with?
Now picture that event happening every month FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS! How does that make you feel, pretty bad right?
Software jobs tips: they go in cycles with peaks and valleys in the workload as you work through a project. The peak time for our group is always at the end of the month, some month ends are better than others.
This coming cycle looked to be a reasonable one for me up until 2:30 this afternoon when that all changed within a five minute period. First I was informed that a client had just decided they wanted to implement a new feature and wanted it in two days. Shortly after that the on-call pager was dumped on me during the worst possible time, the weekend of month end.
Panicked & Miserable
The thing about events like this is that they happen all the time in the tech industry. In a matter of 5 minutes your life can go from being scheduled and comfortable to panicked and miserable.
The worst thing about it is you have no control over what will happen. If you want to keep working at your job, when your boss says that you’ll have it done in two days or offers you up to carry the pager over the weekend, that’s the way it is. You have to do what they “ask” even though it throws your life into complete disarray.
Quitting Your Job
I don’t know about you but I can’t stand the thought of going through this madness every month for the duration of a software career. Every time a “crisis” like this pops up and I get thrown under the bus I get one step closer to walking out the door. Luckily, I’ve been working on becoming financially self-sufficient outside of my job so the time will come when I really will leave and never look back.
What about you? What are you doing to get out of your bad tech job and prevent it from ruining your life one crisis at a time?
Aptly named for the temperature at which books burn. The title gives us the resounding theme of this classic literature, making it quite apropos.
Ray Bradbury builds a future where firemen start fires instead of quelling them. Where presenting a facade of happiness is more important than actually being happy. Where people rush through life encouraged to never look beneath the surface of things around them.
In this dystopian society common cruelty, blind acceptance and general indifference abound throughout the country’s populace while those who think a little more grow beyond such actions, yet must worry about persecution in their own right.
The tale centers around a fireman, Guy Montag, who after years of loyalty questions the system. His life is touched in many ways that shake his veneer and remind us, the readers, that life is more than just television, music or running from place to place.
The novel questions what makes friendship, love or dedication. Most characters are not particularly filled with depth, which works wonderfully for this book, as they all chase to keep up with the most popular topics and avoid personal growth as society dictates. This is not to say that they are not characters in their own right, they act and breathe as one would expect, but never truly change, which as said works perfectly for this novel.
Personally one of my favorite aspects of this novel is how subtly it is touched upon, that no two people get the same thing from a book. And just like that concept this book itself delivers something a little different to each reader, yet always makes one think.
This is the first post on our classic literature blog!
Welcome, and read about The Road.
It’s a desolate world of slate skies and frozen lifeless landscapes that make up the
scenery of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. The amazing thing to me is that McCarthy
can create such an interesting page-turner in such a void of life. An unknown catastrophe
has wiped out nearly the entire civilization. There are few people, other than corpses.
No wild animals. Crops and electricity are nonexistent. Everything is vacant and lifeless
as the father and son walk along a vast and desolate stretch of road in hopeful search for a
remaining community and weather other than frozen winds and ashy sleet.
Resourcefulness of foodstuffs and materials, such as their few remaining bullets and things scavenged like blankets and fuel, is the way the two survive.
Their few possessions fit into the shopping cart that they push along in front of them. It is fitted with a rearview mirror in case of danger. Everybody is danger. The rules are kill, steal, plunder; do what you have to do to survive. In the dark world of The Road anything goes in the course of self-preservation. At least, this is case in the eyes of the father.
Seemingly every other survivor feels this way too, as death lurks watchfully from every shadow. The boy, counterbalance to the man, sees things through a compassionate eye, and because of the child the father stays within certain moral laws when it comes to outsiders.
The father would certainly be a much different man without the boy around.
The most important survival tool for the two, of course, is each other. Their quiet love in their dark quest for survival and life is what The Road is really all about. It is also why I burned through this book as quickly as I did.
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"The first insight occurs when we become conscious of the coincidences in our lives.” This is the first insight that is explained in the Celestine Prophecy, an Adventure by James Redfield. It is adventure stories about a manuscript; that explains a way of life that can help you achieve immortality, the answer to all life’s questions but more importantly a reason to live. The first insight begins to occur more often when you are aware of coincidences, like when you run into someone or meet a stranger’s eye. You should not just move on, be aware of them, talk to them.
The second insight is view of our world today and how it is going to change. Be a part of the world in Medieval Times, when the church was all-powerful and never questioned. Then along come Martin Luther,who started a revolution, which succeeded, and the whole world was changed again. Then Galileo and Copernicus discovered that man was not the center of the universe, we might not even be significant. They were excommunicated for their finding, but overtime it was written as fact. Then America was discovered, and with it a purer form of Democracy. Now we live in a world that seems like it could never change and we are far from content. The technology revolution has begun, and we forgotten what we are living for. There is going to be another change very soon, and we must be ready.
There are ten insights and an adventure is undertaken to learn and read them all, from The United States to the mountains and valleys of Peru.
Many things are learned from the journey for the manuscript. From where the Mayans disappeared too, to how to fully coexist with the world. It is a book that makes a person think,
speculate and determine their feelings. Without a doubt, this essay deserves an honorable place in the Essay Writer Contest which is organized by Edusson blog.
Author Kelly Wilson
Writer, cyclist, follower of Christ, hand letterer and communicator, collector, connector, creator. Doing at the fulcrum of modernism and purpose to save the world from bad design. German award-winning designer raised in Austria & currently living in London.
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