Recently, via twitter, I asked Detroit Lions Lawrence Jackson about what he looks for when viewing film of past games and practices. 

Here is his response.

LoJackson94 Lawrence Jackson @ @bytor99999 I noticed I'm more likely to make a play when im not late off the ball...15 Jun »

LoJackson94 Lawrence Jackson @ @bytor99999 footwork-hand placement-get off-explosiveness-execution-fight-efficiency but I check to see if I would do anything different…

And it reminded me of a basic theory I have regarding what makes a person perform at their peak. There are people out there that have amazing talents that can do incredible things. 

But what allows them to have those moments of incredible feats.

I believe that true talent just shows up. And if someone with talent forcefully tries to use those talents, that is when they get in their own way. I believe that it really comes down to fundamentals and by concentrating on one or two fundamentals at a time, that is when the talent just shows up and happens.

So in Lawrence Jackson's post about being able to "not be late off the ball". I believe that if he concentrates on just one or two of the fundamentals to see when the ball is snapped, he will consistently move at just the right moment and be in better position to make that play. His talents will be there without him needing to concentrate or force them.

Using Kobe Bryant as an example. Do you think in the fourth quarter of a game that he is thinking about his talents and how to make them show up, or is he in the "zone". For him to get in that zone, he has practiced over and over again the fundamentals, so that they become ingrained, just like his natural talents, so he doesn't even have to think about the fundamentals.

This theory can be applied anywhere. I am a software developer, and I believe that my best code is written, not when I try to be tricky, or be too smart, or be talented, but when I concentrate on a couple of fundamentals. I focus on writing very little code to get the job done, focus on clean code that will be easier to maintain later, by myself or someone else. I focus on good naming conventions and design patterns. Little by little it becomes a well running application. But if I try to concentrate on everything at once, force my brain to be extra smart, my code will become unmanageable, unmaintainable and difficult to change later. What do you guys think?

There are so many reasons why I love my Mac. From all the enterprising independent developers writing apps that I just wouldn't have expected to want or need, but yet when you try them out, you find out you do want them and need them. From apps like QuickSilver to Stickies, to GTD apps like Omni Focus and Things. These apps are really cool and always easy to use. 

My favorite app is VMWare Fusion. Yes, there are other apps like it with Parallels and Virtual Box. Get any one of those. I prefer Fusion because it seems faster to me and quick to get Linux OS images with a simple quick download.

Fusion allows my Mac to be three or more machines all in one, and running at the same time to make me even more productive. If I prefer to write slide presentations in PowerPoint, then I fire up my Windows XP Pro image. If I prefer to work on Postgres database and have my own Tomcat, Apache Web Server or JBoss App Server running, then I fire up my Ubuntu Linux image or my Fedora image.

I can run all my apps together with Unity mode, but I still prefer each in their own window/space. So I can hit CTRL-1 for Mac OS, CTRL-2 for Windows, and CTRL-3 for Linux and I am switched to that OS. I can also share directories. So if I have a file on my Mac that I need in my Linux distro, I just copy it there.

One new app that I just got from www.macheist is Writeroom. This is the app that I am using write now to type this. While I never expected to write something in a simple text editor that literally has no menu or buttons or anything, just typing. But it really does free you (I spoke too soon). Free to write without any distractions and the words just seem to flow for me a lot easier. I have a hard time writing and get blocks all the time where I just stare at the screen and write nothing. But right now, with WriteRoom, I am really going fast.

For you GTDers out there, I like Things and OmniFocus the best, with The Hit List third. I prefer the sub projects in Things better than OmniFocus, but both have very fast entry and fast processing of your inbox into contexts and projects. I like that because any app that takes a long time to enter that information will never be used by me. I would get frustrated and cannot get all the thoughts I need to get out into the app. But Things and OmniFocus do very well at simplifying your GTD process.

Well, there are still lots more reasons why I love my Mac, but I have other work to do right now, going to check my Things app and see what those are.

One last thing, by it being 3 machines for me, I find the price tag cheaper than any PC. I also find that I use my Mac a lot more than I did my Windows PCs.

Oh, hey, I guess there is a menu for Writeroom, it is just hidden so nothing shows up when you are typing. That's cool and find.

So it might seem odd to write a blog entry for a website that I am using to host and publish this website. Or maybe not.

Anyway, I really like Weebly. It is so easy to create a website and add blogs, and other pages, and contact pages. It is just drag and drop. Then after you have something put together you just click one button and it is automatically published to the web.

Are there any drawbacks?

While the site builder is extremely flexible and easy to use, there are some odd quirks, but nothing to get upset about.

Things I found
1) If you have a Paragraph and the text you put in it actually has carriage returns and formatting to make it more than just one paragraph and you change the font in any way, then your carriage returns and formatting go Bye Bye. But why have many paragraphs in the same single paragraph widget.

2) For free sites there is a file upload limit, so if you want lots of pictures then watch your limit. The "upload a file" link for a picture becomes permanently highlighted and doesn't allow you upl


So I have this basic theory that all learning curves have the same shape. And if you compare that shape to the evolution of man and our abilities, then two possibilities arise. The first is that we are really still in our infancy and that we have a lot more to discover. And the second is the Battlestar Galatica possibilities, that we have been here before and this will happen again. Or as I would say, we get to a point where we discover some scary things and destroy ourselves to the point where we have to start over again, back to the beginning of the learning curve.