Smart people don’t think others are stupid | Derek Sivers

The woman seemed to be making some pretty good points, until she stopped with, “Ugh! Those (people she disagrees with) are just so stupid!!”

She could have said Southerners, Northerners, Republicans, Democrats, Indians, or Americans. It doesn’t matter. She had just proven that she wasn’t being smart.

There are no smart people or stupid people, just people being smart or being stupid.

(And things are often not as they seem, so people who seem to be doing something smart or stupid, may not be. There’s always more information, more context, and more to the story.)

Being smart means thinking things through – trying to find the real answer, not the first answer.

Being stupid means avoiding thinking by jumping to conclusions. Jumping to a conclusion is like quitting a game : you lose by default.

That’s why saying “I don’t know” is usually smart, because it’s refusing to jump to a conclusion.

So when someone says “They are so stupid!” – it means they’ve stopped thinking. They say it to feel finished with that subject, because there’s nothing they can do about that. It’s appealing and satisfying to jump to that conclusion.

So if you decide someone is stupid, it means you’re not thinking, which is not being smart.

Therefore: smart people don’t think others are stupid.

via Smart people don’t think others are stupid | Derek Sivers.

Miles Davis and his wit

Davis was a man of few words. When he did speak, his words often had a similar effect to a hand grenade being lobbed into the room. In 1987, he was invited to a White House dinner by Ronald Reagan. Few of the guests appeared to know who he was. During dinner, Nancy Reagan turned to him and asked what he’d done with his life to merit an invitation. Straight-faced, Davis replied: “Well, I’ve changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?”

via Miles Davis: his wardrobe, his wit, his way with a basketball … | Music | guardian.co.uk.

Winners not necessary work harder than others.

I don’t think winners beat the competition because they work harder. And it’s not even clear that they win because they have more creativity. The secret, I think, is in understanding what matters.

It’s not obvious, and it changes. It changes by culture, by buyer, by product and even by the day of the week. But those that manage to capture the imagination, make sales and grow are doing it by perfecting the things that matter and ignoring the rest.

Both parts are difficult, particularly when you are surrounded by people who insist on fretting about and working on the stuff that makes no difference at all.

From Seth Godin’s blog

TextMate folder pattern

I reinstalled my Mac recently. Because it was a new installation a had to install everything from scratch which includes a TextMate. After a while of using it I get annoyed by dialog window for opening a file. It list lots of similar files from vendor folder in my Rails env. So I investigate little bit and find that you can modified settings for that (Preferences -> Advanced -> Folder references -> Folder pattern). When I’m trying to open a file, TextMate is ignoring vendor folder, now. You can see regexp for that bellow.

Looking for Ruby on Rails contract

To follow my passion which is writing my own applications and running, I decide to leave  Unboxed, where I had really great time. I was there almost 2 years and during that time I learn a lot, met lot of interesting people and work on lot of different types of projects. This is list of my projects that I was working on and my role.

education.skype.com

simple platform, designed to enable teachers to connect, share their resources and start collaborative projects. Winner of Core 77 design award 2011. Responsibilities included:

  • Lead Back-end developer and Technical Architect
  • Performance optimisation for current 14000 active users
  • Skype API integration (Authentication)
  • integration with Amazon S3, SES (Emailing service), EC2 (Cloud hosting)

Skype New Year Eve

To bring in 2011 Skype launched an HTML5 site that tracked NYE as it happened around the world. Users uploaded videos to YouTube via the site which, in turn, were displayed on an interactive timezone map of the world. The site was designed to work across multiple platforms in including mobile and tablet optimisations. Responsibilities included:

  • Lead Back-end developer and Technical Architect
  • YouTube API integration with download performance optimisation

Skype Theme

Skype Theme is site where Skype Apple users can upload themes for Skype UI. Responsibilities included:

  • improvement of unsecured parts of application. Based on Security report from independent agency.

Extra special trust

The ExtraSpecial Trust is charity that offers small personal grants towards some of life’s important extras to help make a wish come true. Responsibilities included:

  • finishing of html templates
  • deployment set up for Heroku
  • Amazon S3 integration

Edna (Channel 5)

The Edna is programme database. It has been design to streamline the working processes of the Digital Media team. It provides sources programme, series, episode, cast and VOD availability data from a variety of sources for different sites. Responsibilities included:

  • integration with Movida (programme database)
  • export dat in XML and JSON – contained information are based on type if requested player or platfiorm

If you are interested to work with me you can sand me an email to petr(at)zaparka(dot)cz or if you are just interested what am I up to just follow me on twitter @zaparka