Big News, Economy Meets Financial Forecast: A Fantasy Tale

I do have to apologize for the rant I am about to go on, but I have something to get off of my chest.

Why do the financial experts even bother to forecast what will happen?  At this point, they are right less often than long term weather forecasts.

The rate at which the economy will grow?  I think I would have as good of a chance of estimating it as I do of picking the score for the Super Bowl at half time (and we still have about 3 months of football left to decide who is going to play in that game).

How about the unemployment rate? Here, I’ll make a guess, 7.8% at the end of Oct.   Continue reading Big News, Economy Meets Financial Forecast: A Fantasy Tale

Too Many Good Games, There I Said It

I do have to start this piece with a small disclaimer.  I used to be a game developer and I was disillusioned by my experience in the field, so I moved on to a more traditional job.

That aside, I want to ask a simple question:  Can you have too much of a good thing?

Traditional wisdom would indicate that yes, too much of a good thing is a horrible thing.  Food is good, but eating too much good food is bad for your health.  Having a life partner is great, 27 might be a challenge.

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Productivity Through Tech

Quick disclaimer: I am currently quite pleased with the amount of tech my employer provides me with and fully appreciate the beast of a machine I use to do my job.  Now, let the rant begin.

What is the easiest way to make your employees more productive?  There’s many schools of thought, prescribing a more focused working environment, a more streamlined process for your employees to do their work, better means of communicating business pertinent information and all kinds of other contrived ways of selling expensive products that will in fact result in some gains, but really just serve to sell stuff that people market to businesses.  However, that’s not really what I am talking about here.

My approach to making your employees more productive is much simpler, throw more powerful tech at them and they will have more time in an active work role and less time in a passive work role.   Continue reading Productivity Through Tech