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In 2018, I discovered the idea of a certain personality type, one called “scanner” or “multipotentialite” by various authors.

Here are the other articles in this series:

On Being a scanner personality (Scanner Series I)

6 Strengths of being a scanner personality (Scanner series II)

5 Patterns and tips for scanner personalities (Scanner series III)

4 challenges of my scanner personality that I still encounter regularly (Scanner series IV) (you are here)

I’m super motivated to start new ideas, but when it comes to getting feedback and putting things “out there”, I feel like I fail miserably. Getting praise for my work is not my main motivation, since I do the work regardless of feedback and getting some recognition…


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In 2018, I discovered the idea of a certain personality type, one called “scanner” or “multipotentialite” by various authors.

Here are the other articles in this series:

On Being a scanner personality (Scanner Series I)

6 Strengths of being a scanner personality (Scanner series II)

5 Patterns and tips for scanner personalities (Scanner series III) (you are here)

4 challenges of my scanner personality that I still encounter regularly (Scanner series IV)

After some years now, I’ve developed a number of patterns that help me thrive as a scanner type.

Remember the problem that many scanners don’t seem to finish anything, because they are always moving on to the next project? Even if you recognize this behavior in yourself, it might still be painful to “never finish anything”.

One possible approach is to learn, as mentioned in…


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In 2018, I discovered the idea of a certain personality type, one called “scanner” or “multipotentialite” by various authors.

On Being a scanner personality (Scanner Series I)

6 Strengths of being a scanner personality (Scanner series II) (you are here)

5 Patterns and tips for scanner personalities (Scanner series III)

4 challenges of my scanner personality that I still encounter regularly (Scanner series IV)

Quick recap: what is a scanner (multipotentialite, polymath) personality? John Williams from the business/ entrepreneur company “The Ideas Lab” sums it up nicely:

Do you have varied interests that don’t often group together very neatly?

Do you have more ideas than you can possibly execute in one lifetime?

Do you find that you love learning…


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Quickly, answer this: what is the most challenging task in your work right now?

Maybe it’s figuring out a certain solution to a coding problem, or you’ve been puzzling over your business model, or you need to decide whether to hire or fire an employee.

Perhaps for you, it’s “all a bit muddy”, the problems and challenges are related and influence one another. It’s not clear what needs to be done first.

A while ago, I stumbled across a company named “X” who are a part of the Alphabet Inc., the legal entity behind Google.

X is a research division…


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Eine Vision

Der Weltraum ist die lebensfeindlichste Umgebung, die man sich vorstellen kann. Die sich der Mensch vorstellen kann. Die anderen Lebewesen auf dem Planeten Erde machen sich die meiste Zeit keine Gedanken über das, was sie nachts am Himmel sehen. Kein Affe hat je über die Sonne nachgedacht und welche Weiten zwischen seinem Stück Dschungel und dem glühenden Gasball liegen.

Die Menschen hat nicht nur darüber nachgedacht, sondern so lange Theorien entworfen, was außerhalb der Erde liegt, bis sie in der Lage waren, sich dorthin zu katapultieren.

Es dauerte weniger als eine Lebenszeit von der Entdeckung des Flugzeugs bis zum ersten…


Hearts, Crosses and Biscuits? Nah, Love, Death and Robots!

This past friday (March 15th 2019), Netflix released a science fiction anthology called “Love, Death & Robots”, a collection of 18 short movies. The episodes are all made in a variety of animation and CGI styles, ranging from anime-style to hyperrealistic computer animation.

At first, I thought it was purely cyberpunk, but the stories are set in different flavors of scifi, including a steampunk episode (where not electronics and computers are the major technology, but gears and steam engines) and a more horror/ fantasy-oriented one.

Interestingly, many episodes are based on short stories by prolific writers such as John Scalzi…


I couldn’t decide on an appropriate image.

My masculinity isn’t threatened…

When I like to cuddle with my girlfriend.

When I watch videos of fluffy cats and dogs.

When I cry because my heart was touched by happiness and awe or by sadness and grief.

When I look through clothing in the “women” section in order to find something for my girlfriend.

When I go shopping for shoes.

When I don’t particularly like soccer.

When I use body lotion that smells like coconut.

When I sit down to pee.

When I bake a cake, and clean up the kitchen, too.

When my girlfriend makes more money than…


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Are you trying to gain insights, communicate or make art?

With the advent of Big Data, visualizing data has been increasingly popular. The idea of using a visual channel to think about data and to gain insights isn’t exactly new. In 1854, a London physician by the name of John Snow had been one of the first people to use a dot map to identify victims of the cholera. By plotting the victims of the cholera as a dot on a map and referencing it to nearby water wells, he could draw conclusions that the wells might be the source of the infectious bacteria.

Nowadays, however, data visualization often consists…


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If you want to build an app, but have little experience doing so, read this.

In the past years, everytime I helped a company develop something app-related, the results were similar in an almost uncanny way. Companies who want to make an app but have no experience with app development often get poor advice. Software firms don’t educate their customers, either because they don’t see the need, or (more likely) because they don’t get paid to do it.

Invariably, the results are a mixure of suboptimal choices in regards to functionality, features and usability or utter chaos. It’s not rare to have decision makers who have absolutely no clue on what’s important in an app.


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Whites, black and grays for the win!

I’ve had endless discussions with my friends and colleagues about design, especially about graphic design. Good design should be invisible, they say and I tend to agree. On the other hand, the more you learn about design, the more you will get sensitive to bad design. But most of us are communicating visually, presenting ideas on documents and slides and web pages.

Here I’d like to share some core techniques that designers use to make their products more visually appealing.

White is the ultimate non-color. …

Sebastian Martin

Multi-potential renaissance man & writer & reader & coder & lifelong learner, from Munich.

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