I’ve made a few references lately to avoiding Jurassic failures. In some tech circles, including cryptocurrency projects, it seems very popular to make bad decisions and not claim responsibility. And yes, I’ve been writing and talking and thinking a lot about crypto this year. I’m not alone, but I’m the only one on this blog who you’d be able to make that observation about.
The Jurassic reference of course is to Jeff Goldblum’s character Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park.
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
The Jurassic Park reference is a bit more universal than the one I used to use, which was to Wangdi something. I had a Nepalese classmate in college named Wangdi, and the main thing I remember of him from those years was his disc soccer/disc golf prowess. Well, that, and the time he had someone spread three soccer discs in a throw which he would normally have caught with ease, but in this case he tripped over a sprinkler head about two steps into his run and faceplanted in the quad.
- Don’t always do things just because you can
Corollary: Don’t always do things just because you saw them on the Internet
2. Don’t try to start out at full speed; watch where you’re going and work your way up
Corollary: Set a reasonable plan and try to follow it. Don’t get distracted by squirrels
3. Plan to spend at least one minute for every $100 spent, learning how your item works
Corollary: If you can’t do that, don’t expect others to do it for you for free
Between these two warnings, you can take something away. First, don’t always do things just because you can (or because you saw them on the Internet). Second, don’t try to start out at full speed; watch where you’re going and work your way up.
And third is my One Percent Rule, not to be confused with Arthur Conan Doyle’s Seven Percent Solution. For every $100 you spend on an endeavour, spend at least one (1) minute learning or trying to understand it on your own before demanding help in free volunteer forums or from overworked support staff. So if you’re spending $3,000 on a GPU, but you’re not willing to spend 30 minutes learning how to use it, maybe don’t spend it. See also the first and second rules above.Continue reading