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Making Obama

Been listening to the Making Obama podcast by WBEZ. What a terrific oral history of former President Barack Obama’s pre-Presidential years. Really brings to light a lot of his early public service career and the perspective those who knew him.

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Switch strategies

Derek Sivers really hits home here:

Early in your career, when you are searching for success, the best strategy is to say yes to everything. Reach way outside your current circles. Do it all, and give it your all, no matter how small. The more things you try, and the more people you meet, the better. (They’re a little like lottery tickets.) You never know what random tiny connection could become your big break.

He has an excellent site, by the way. You can get lost for hours reading there.

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Why ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Sound So Similar in So Many Languages

As different as so many languages tend to be, it’s remarkable they all start in the same place: how to pronounce ‘Mom’ and “Dad’.

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The white man in that photo

I remember seeing this photo, but I never knew the full story behind it. Especially the part about the white man who gave up everything to do what was just and right. 

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Dyn alumni branching out

Very proud of some Dyn alumni who are branching out and helping build some fantastic companies, not just here in New Hampshire but all over the country.