Jason Z. has a great post about John Cleese.
The amazing John Cleese shares his wisdom on writing, creativity, getting in the zone, and interruptions. It’s great to see advice that we hear all the time reaffirmed from outside the tech industry.
I love this video as I use many of these ideas to think of things, but don't do all of the things.
Watch the whole video as it gets even better at the end, and many of the frustrations John Cleese discuss applies to the challenges of a green data center. At 9:02, John Cleese makes a point that is quite insightful.
Absolutely awesome: To know how good you are at something requires the same skills as it does to be good at those things. Which means if you're absolutely hopeless at something, you lack exactly the skills to know that you're absolutely hopeless at it. This is a profound discovery. that most people who have absolutely no idea what they're doing, have absolutely no idea that they have no idea of what they're doing. It explains a great deal of life.
Creativity in the data center is rare, and as John points out at 10:15 the problems for creativity when management feels like they have to be in control.
The video is here.