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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-10-31 06:29
Subject: [links] Link salad says Happy Halloween
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Tags:business, cancer, healthcare, japan, links, occpuy wall street, oregon, personal, photos, politics
Tumors closer to committing "cellular suicide" are more sensitive to conventional anticancer drugs.Tumors closer to committing "cellular suicide" are more sensitive to conventional anticancer drugs.

What’s Luck Got to Do With It? — My personal experience with very successful entrepreneurs is that they often confuse luck for skill. Interesting stuff.

Gorey Manor: 1939

Pa. Researchers Unable to Unearth Irish Mass Grave — Labor history.

Japan nuke radiation higher than estimated

Occupy protesters arrested in Texas, Oregon — Ah, Portland.

Republican House Majority Vulnerable In 2012: Poll — Not in this economy, no. Even though the long-running freakshow that is GOP party politics is finally getting acknowledged in the press after all these years.

?otD: Boo?




10/31/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo fatigue)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 9.5 hours (fitful overnight plus napping)
Weight: 217.4
Currently (re)reading: Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2011-10-31 13:58 (UTC)
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Keyword:lyles constant
Heh, a kind of blatantly bogus argument at the start of that luck article:

Wow, Bill Gates was really lucky, right?

Yes, he was. But luck is not why Bill Gates became a 10Xer. Consider these questions:

• Was Bill Gates the only person of his era who grew up in an upper middle-class American family?

• Was he the only person born in the mid-1950s who attended a secondary school with access to computing?

...

The difference between Mr. Gates and similarly advantaged people is not luck.


So by that reasoning:

This man who one the state lottery was really lucky right?

Yes he was, but consider these questions:

• Was he the only one who bought a lottery ticket?

• Was he the only one born in a time when lottery tickets were available?

...

The difference between this lottery winner and similarly advantaged people is not luck.



(Note: I'm not arguing for or against Bill Gates just being lucky, just saying that this argument against him just being lucky seems bogus and unconvincing.)
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oaksylph: green
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-10-31 20:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:green
Thanks for the Irish grave link. I'll share it with the local Occupy and other friends. Few Americans realize that the Irish and Chinese died in huge numbers due to neglect, abuse, and outright racist murder to build the iron network that made fortunes and turned a third of a continent into a country.

Still angry about the potato "famine," too -
me
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