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Lots to go.

So I finished reading The Starfish and the Spider. Hizzah.

The Starfish and the Spider

I don’t typically read, but my uncle sent the book to me, saying that the ideas in the book would be useful to me in my career. I felt a bit obligated to read it. Regardless, he was right. It was actually a pretty good read. I’m happy I got through it.

Here’s a quick summary… The authors of the book compare organizations to spiders and starfish, spiders having a centralized structure in that they have a head and legs. Starfish, on the other hand, don’t have a special place for their brains. Instead, their decision-making parts are throughout the starfish itself. If you take down the head, you kill spiders. If you chop up a starfish, it grows more limbs, and even the pieces can grow to become new starfish. Through countless examples, the authors make the case that starfish organizations are advantaged in many ways. They thrive.

The internet is the prime example of a starfish. Today, this concept is well-known and utilized constantly with sharing, social media and the like. And, unfortunately, the read was pretty repetitious since the authors illustrated the same point over and over again. Still, the concept is worth meticulously analyzing, as it can be applied to many aspects of life. It’s useful in business, politics, war, religion, or just friendships in general. The key to these flourishing groups is decentralization and a common ideology.

If anyone ever cares to read something that’s non-fiction, it’s only 200 pages. Give it a shot.

Now on to learning about wine, and spending hours coding.

Rob / October 2, 2011 / Life / 0 Comments


  1. Finish watching wine videos
  2. Finish update to PickOne
  3. Finish reading The Starfish and the Spider
  4. Finish REIRS
  5. Work on Zom-bees
  6. Work on Achievement Academy
  7. Finish watching Game of Thrones
  8. Become addicted to Diablo III
  9. ???
  10. Make millions

Rob / September 25, 2011 / Life / 0 Comments


So XKCD is one of the best things ever. I recently downloaded an XKCD iPhone application for my iPod, and I’ve officially read through every single comic. Sometimes they’re hilarious. Sometimes they’re insightful. Sometimes they’re random drawings. Sometimes they’re too nerdy for even me. If you didn’t know it, there’s more to the comic if you check the tooltip. (Hover your mouse over the image if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)

Comic #874 (Time Management) struck a chord with me. The tooltip essentially reads, “never trust anyone who’s more excited about success than about doing the thing they want to be successful at.” Perhaps this is why I have a hard time diving into my personal money-making schemes.

Oh well. Thought I’d share.

Rob / March 31, 2011 / Cool Stuff, Life / 0 Comments

Thank You, Readers!

I recently checked the status of my blog and realized that hits have shot up considerably! Not only am I getting visits, but people are actually leaving comments! Rather than going through and approving all of them, I decided to pick out a few that really meant a lot to me, and actually write a post about them. So here goes…

Here are a few nice short ones:

Excellent blog post, I look forward to reading much more. -Yan Condello

I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before. -Malvina Garelik

Such nice things to say… Thank you, Yan and Malvina.

I received particularly lengthy and thought out comment from Mr. Aprender a Tocar Guitarra:

What i do not realize is actually how you are not really much more well-liked than you might be now. You’re very intelligent. You realize thus considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs nice. Always maintain it up!

Thanks for the compliment, Mr. Guitarra. It’s good to be liked. As you say, I’ll always keep maintaining it up, and I certainly agree with your thoughts on Lady Gaga. She’s one interesting dude. I think that’s one point of view most men and women can get behind.

And finally, Mielkie writes:

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Mielkie, thanks for you objective opinion regarding the content of my site. I’ll be sure to construct each post near to complete, and support with other former to make the experience actually good. I do my best to keep my content important, and I always try to be nice to the newbies. Glad you found the site helpful.

Keep posting, readers. Comments like these are inspiring.

Rob / March 31, 2011 / Life / 0 Comments

My Birthday Present

Whelp, after much deliberation and procrastination, I’ve finally decided on and purchased a new receiver for my sweet new surround sound system! For my birthday (in August), my friends pitched in and got me a rather large gift certificate from Amazon to aid me in my purchase. I have to say, it was a lot of fun seeing a fairly expensive item have an extremely low price once I applied the gift card code. Long story short, thanks, friends.

My Pioneer VSX 1120 7.1 Home Theater Receiver will be arriving soon. I’ll be interested to find out more about the advertised “PC-Control” feature, and I’m sure it will pair nicely with my Kef speakers. In related news, I’ve also recently purchased a MIDI interface for my Yamaha clavinova. Music composition will be occurring soon, and snail mail just became more interesting. I will also undoubtedly be annoying my neighbors a lot. One can only hope.

Rob / November 24, 2010 / Cool Stuff, Life / 0 Comments