Janus (2): DC stats 2020

DC visits year-on-year Year Visitors Change Page Views Change Views/day 2018(6 months) 229 – 700 – 3.8 2019 1,542 +573% 2,827 +303% 7.7 2020 8,094 +424% 11,196 +296% 30.7 2021 projections As of today, DC is a little short of 15,000 all-time views (14,833). Another year’s worth of traffic at the 2020 average of 30.7 view per day would add…

9k

… views of DriverlessCroc as of 2nd September 2020. That’s 1000 views in almost exactly a month, with an average of 32 views per day in August and the best ever “normal” month (with no particular promotions or spikes via twitter). There were five days above 40 views, with an unusually high high of 95 and a low of 14.…

8k

DC hit 8,000 views on 3rd August 2020! July was our best month so far,* with an average of 28 views per day, even with no significant twitter retweets (as was the case for May and June). Conclusion: DC is slowly building momentum, which might be the best way. Thanks as ever for coming. *Not including the Tyler Cowen spike,…

The Mundanity of Excellence (3): technique, discipline, attitude

The Mundanity of Excellence is a 1989 paper by sociologist Daniel Chambliss. In it he draws on his ethnographic research among elite swimmers – and his wider experiences as a swimming coach – to explore the meaning and causes of excellence, and particularly to question the role (indeed, the existence) that talent plays in outstanding performance. Excellence in competitive swimming…

The Mundanity of Excellence (2): demystifying talent

The Mundanity of Excellence is a 1989 paper by sociologist Daniel Chambliss. In it he draws on his ethnographic research among elite swimmers – and his wider experiences as a swimming coach – to explore the meaning and causes of excellence, and particularly to question the role (indeed, the existence) that talent plays in outstanding performance. … I am suggesting…

Daniel Chambliss: defining excellence

The Mundanity of Excellence is a 1989 paper by sociologist Daniel Chambliss. In it he draws on his ethnographic research among elite swimmers – and his wider experiences as a swimming coach – to explore the meaning and causes of excellence, and particularly to question the role (indeed, the existence) that talent plays in outstanding performance. Although by no means…

Speed x time

When someone overtakes you – or you cruise past someone else – there are things you need to know before you can feel bad or good about yourself.* How long have they been running?How far have they come, and how far are they planning to go?How far did they run yesterday?Is “fast” even their aim?Is it yours?What did they have…

When “normal” feels like winning (or losing) – Danny Kahneman on regression to the mean

Danny [Kahneman] was then helping the Israeli Air Force to train fighter pilots. He’d noticed that the instructors believed that, in teaching men to fly jets, criticism was more powerful than praise. They’d explained to Danny that he only needed to see what happened after they praised a pilot for having performed especially well, or criticized him for performing especially…

Yardstick: more capacity

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or that progress is slow, it may help to look back at last year, when you probably felt the same. A good question to ask is “How much capacity do we have now, compared with this time last year?” Ultimately, this question is about contribution and impact – are you getting more done, to a better…