Words are Hard

“Paradigm” is one of those interesting words.   The ascribed meaning of the word”paradigm”  drifted so far away from the intended meaning that it lost it’s potency. 

Originally a paradigm was a form of an optical illusion.  We’ve all seen the pictures of the old grandma with the big nose, but when pointed out to you, you see a young lady with a fur coat.  This example below is particularly interesting: 

When showing this to my 7 year old she saw the dolphins and she tried to count how many there are.  My 12 year old saw two people doing a modern dance…what ever that means.   The most fascinating thing about paradigms, as stated earlier, is that you can understand the surrogate meaning better by knowing the intended meaning.   

Signal and Noise

In media we work with the concept of signal to noise.  Expressed in a ration like 1:3.  It describes the ratio of useful info in relation to nonsense.    Photographers will think of this as the subject against the background.

The Shift

Paradigms, unlike other optical illusions, interchangeably uses the signal as noise and the noise as signal.  Consider the example above.  When you see the dolphins, the “dancers” becomes the background.  When you see the “dancers” the dolphins becomes background.  Your mind refuse to put both on the same plane.  It snaps almost like magnets does.    The “paradigm shift” is when you mind switch from the one to the other.  

So Who Cares?

Knowing the true meaning of the word paradigm and knowing the origin in philosophy, helped me tell the forest from he trees. Even more so having the clear illustration of a picture that your mind can only see or not see depending on the context.

The take-away? Context is as important as content.

Money Made Us Lazy

This post is  an amalgamation of conversations I had over the last few months with potential partners in the sister company LUPR .

Uniquely, this tech venture, LUPR does not need any (more) monetary investment.   What it does need is capital in expertise,  leadership, intelligence, initiative, etc..

Maybe it’s  this novel approach in asking for help in advice and mentorship,  that have almost every last one of the handful of people I offered the partnership to so skeptical.   In their own ways each said;  what basically comes down to: I will invest money,  but can not get otherwise involved.

Is entrepreneurship dead?  Did money make us so lazy that we expect it to roll up it’s sleeves and do the work for us?  Can money think and make discussions?   Are people so afraid to try and fail that they would rather have the buffer of money to blame if things don’t go right right-away? 

My contention is that the modern entrepreneur is lazy, cowardice and decadent.  Change my mind. 

Doodle vs. Do!

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.   I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  Michelangelo


I’ve always wondered what this speaks to?  Did the great renaissance artist Michelangelo plan exhaustively or did he doodle until he got it right?    It is hard to Imagine block of marble just laying around to play with.


“Just do something so we can change it.”


This is a saying from the world of theater that spilled over into film and TV production.  Where there is value in experimentation and incrementalism it has to happen within the constraint of temporal and monetary budgets.  

Have a clear idea of what the statue must look like at the end  and you will only need one block of marble.