Information overload

With Facebook, twitter, Instagram, news, Line News and more I feel I have information overload.

It is not only the time spent viewing, skipping, but the amount of Data I am exposed.

Rough estimate, I believe 95% (or more) of it is redundant.

What to do about it?

Disconnect from a source and “risk” missing valuable information (FoMO), or trim the sources.

I am currently trying the second approach. Unfollow/Hide information or sources I feel are less valuable to me.

Obviously, I am sometimes too busy to read/check which means I just ignore all sources for a while. Did not experience any loss or problem with that, so hopefully soon I will be able to disconnect from sources.

ヒヨドリ + Cherry Blossom

ヒヨドリ (Hiyodori) or a “Browned Ear Bulbul” is not that pretty, but I enjoy it, especially during the spring when it visits our garden to drink from the plum flowers.

The photo was taken in Nakameguro area, the Meguro river:




By the way, the Israeli Bulbul is called White Spectacled Bulbul and is much prettier.

Skin in the Game – last

Previous posts:

Skin in the Game Part 2

Skin in the Game


Last post and a summary (?)

It was an interesting book, but I did not enjoy the way it was written. I am guessing I will be holding my breath for the next book by Nassim Taleb.

Collected some notes and quotes:

people need to be equal, at least for the purpose of the conversation, otherwise it fails. It has to be hierarchy-free and equal in contribution.

I fully support this, and also relates to my experience in Japan. While in Israel the hierarchy is there but less strong, it is maybe too strong in Japan. Going to drink or eat with a customer and the conversation feels superficial. That unless there is a strong and long relationship between the members.  I am lucky enough to be a foreigner and able to break these walls of hierarchy.

People who are bred, selected, and compensated to find complicated solutions do not have an incentive to implement simplified ones.

Maybe not directly related, but I am almost allergic to the use of the word “elite” in Japan, the branding of people according to their education. It means nothing to me and it does feel sometimes like “smart” people are acting the act and trying to talk or act in a complex way.

Traders, when they make profits, have short communications; when they lose they drown you in details, theories, and charts.

Same goes for Sales. If all goes well, nobody cares. If not, the excuses, finger pointing and theories prevail:  “Political instability”, “Competition is doing this or that” and more

Emails to a fictional Character

Several years ago, while reading “Bad Girl” by Mario Vargas Llosa,  I opened a gmail account with the name of one of the characters.

Not quite remember why I did it, not sure I remember the password to that account, but the emails there are forwarded to my standard account.

There was no activity until a few weeks back when I started getting emails. Surprisingly, these do not appear like SPAM, but actual emails sent to the wrong address.

Now I have a dilemma, do I let the senders know it is a mistake, thus risking getting on a Spammer list, or just wait quietly till the sender figures out the mistake.


I think I will risk the Spam, I just need to figure out the password first.


Skin in the Game Part 2

Continue to reading “Skin in the Game”. As previously wrote , it continues to read like a Blog entry, or rather a collection of Blog Entries.

But nevertheless, I still enjoy reading Nicholas Taleb.
Now reading a Chapter about companies and employment. Why companies choose to have employees over contractors and the “Skin in the Game” for the employees as well as employer.

Example was given about the “Expat” status, which Taleb claims resembles Slavery. Relocating a person to a foreign country and giving a very good package/standard of living for the employee to complete a task which he is unlikely to abandon.

Love this way of thinking.

Overall employment in modern companies is one-sided, where employees get a false sense of security.
Some social countries and regulations enforce more “Skin in the Game” for companies, but there is no equality in the pain of separation and balance of power.


Naked Lunch

Not sure why, but had suddenly an urge to watch the movie  “Naked Lunch”.

As I could not find it in the Streaming platform I am using (Netflix, Amazon Prime), decided to read the book.


Roasted Coffee Laboratory

Roasted Coffee Laboratory is yet another 3rd wave coffee shop in Tokyo.

Great location and space in the Jinnan area of Shibuya. Great space where one can see how they roast the coffee.

Ordered a Jinnan Blend Pour over which was a bit disappointing hence the tone of “yet another”.

Should try it again to form a stronger opinion.




Realise the Potential

“Realise the potential”  is American Express’ slogan in Japan. 

Sounds good, but really bothers me they use “Realise” instead of “Realize”.

As far as I know (and also checked the web), “Realize” is the more common form in the US, so I found it odd that a company called “American Express” uses different spelling

Kafka – short stories

Reading again Kafka short stories translated to Hebrew.
One of my favorite stories is still “A report for An Academy” . 

Hebrew translation is obviously slightly different, but the discussion on Freedom is the part I like best


Incidentally, among human beings people all too often are deceived by freedom. And since freedom is reckoned among the most sublime feelings, the corresponding disappointment is also among the most sublime.

No, I didn’t want freedom. Only a way out—to the right or left or anywhere at all. I made no other demands, even if the way out should also be only an illusion. The demand was small; the disappointment would not be any greater—to move on further, to move on further! Only not to stand still with arms raised, pressed against a crate wall.


And a reminder that the cover uses Yosel Bergner painting that were commissioned for the series.