Monthly Archives: April 2010

hypnotizing chickens

Great cover story at the NYT on Powerpoint: Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti. …“When we understand that slide, we’ll […]

April 27th

Here’s some events that happened on April 27th: 1124 – David I becomes King of Scots. 1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade. 1810 – Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für […]

The Peter Principle

from Wikipedia: It holds that in a hierarchy, members are promoted so long as they work competently. Sooner or later they are promoted to a position at which they are no longer competent (their “level of incompetence”), and there they remain, being unable to earn further promotions.

the Japanese Hate/Love the iPhone

Brian Chen for Wired GadgetLab, 26 Feb 2009, Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone: What’s wrong with the iPhone, from a Japanese perspective? Almost everything: the high monthly data plans that go with it, its paucity of features, the low-quality camera, the unfashionable design and the fact that it’s not Japanese. Bloomberg Businessweek, 23 April […]

easy listening

The trouble with easy listening: In other words, I considered listening to an album an activity in and of itself. It was not something I did while working on homework, let alone while checking e-mail or thumbing out text messages.

Ignorance is also bigger in Texas

From the NYTimes: In recent years, board members have been locked in an ideological battle between a bloc of conservatives who question Darwin’s theory of evolution and believe the Founding Fathers were guided by Christian principles, and a handful of Democrats and moderate Republicans who have fought to preserve the teaching of Darwinism and the […]

Awesomeness

Jay Parkinson’s Awesomeness Manifesto: The vast majority of companies — in my research, greater than 95% — can only create what I have termed thin value. Thick value is real, meaningful, and sustainable. It happens by making people authentically better off — not merely by adding more bells and whistles that your boss might like, […]

Tufte on WP7

Edward Tufte on Windows Phone 7: The WP7S interface has an extra sequence/layer added by big-button opening screens for the new ways of organizing stuff. Compared to the IPhone, most of the WP7S organizing screens have lower content resolution, which violates flatness and leads to hierarchical stacking and temporal sequencing of screens. In day-to-day use, […]

The Goldman Bubble

This piece by Matt Taibbi on Rollingstone.com makes me feel angry and helpless: The first thing you need to know about Goldman Sachs is that it’s everywhere. The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. […]