About David Bridgeland

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  • David shared from Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley
    Monk had no playlist, and Rouse never knew what his new boss was going to play until he started playing it: “The first chorus might sound like spaghetti until I got it. He didn’t stop though, he just kept going.”94
    Note: figuring it out on-the-fly
  • David shared from The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace by H.W. Brands
    He added, sagely but counterintuitively: “I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.”
    Note: president-elect grant
  • David shared from The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die by Niall Ferguson
    are the glorious privileges of liberty’: that was the formulation of ‘Cato’ (the nom de plume of John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon), writing in the early 1720s. Third, mind your own bloody business. ‘The taste for making others submit to a way of life which one thinks more useful for them than they do themselves’, John Stuart Mill explained to the French liberal Alexis de Tocqueville, ‘is not a common taste in England.’4
    Note: the rest of the quote.
  • David shared from The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die by Niall Ferguson
    My undergraduate reading at Oxford persuaded me that the real point of English history was to establish, for the first time, three sacred principles. First, an Englishman’s home is his castle. In the case of Entick v. Carrington, Lord Camden ruled against the government for raiding the home of the radical journalist John Entick. ‘The great end for which men entered into society was to secure their property,’ declared Camden, quoting John Locke. ‘By the laws of England, every invasion of private property, be it ever so minute, is a trespass.’ Secondly, do what you like as long as you...
    Note: English values
  • David shared from The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen
    There are many different types of queueing processes, but we can gain enormous insight by looking at one of the simplest of queues, what is called an M/M/1/∞ (infinite) queue.
    Note: M/M/1/infinite
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David Bridgeland