As I wind down my first stint as a blogger, I’m thinking back to other milestones. In 1977, I used my fax machine. It had an acoustic coupler and was located in Congressman Mann’s office in the U.S. Capitol where I was an 18 year old intern. I was blown away that you could put […]
While I’m on this poetry binge, I thought I would introduce two poems for the more mathematically inclined readers of this blog. These were two entries in a Math Poetry contest. The second entry was the grand prize winner. I hope you enjoy them. Untitled (by William Gasarch) We’re always eager to produce a new […]
In the Poetry Society of America’s Journal, there is an article in which poets speak about complexity. I particularly enjoyed Susan Mitchell’s entry: “The poets that interest me most, that excite me to return to them again and again, all share a single characteristic: they are remarkably attentive. They see, hear, smell, taste and feel […]
The blog on Anonymity generated some really great responses. Thanks to all who contributed. In particular, Michael Cheveldave sparked my thinking about the relationship between trust and complexity. In the last book I wrote, Managing Interactively, I talked about the relationship between trust and speed in organizations. My informal observations over the years have shown […]
I would like some feedback on a phenomenon that I think is more dangerous than helpful: the prevalence of anonymous comments in social media. I wholeheartedly believe in strong opinions and useful (even sharp) criticism, but I believe that feedback should be attributed, period. I find that allowing anonymity in blogs and other media leads […]
Some days I’m just blown away by the universe. There I’ll be, zipping along through my life worrying about all the things I’m forgetting to do, picking up after a party, opening the shades in the early morning, or picking up milk at the grocery store and then BAM the infinite variety and wonder of […]
I’m always interested in companies that share stories of their mistakes because (as Dave Snowden quite frequently points out) we learn more from mistakes than successes. An article I ran across a few days ago said Red Wing Shoes initially failed at trying to move out of its traditional realm of work boots into the […]
It’s 11:00 pm on October 31st here in Connecticut. I’ve just finished hosting a party that started at 6 pm for approximately 60 people (about 30 adults and 30 kids). My posting will be brief because I’m exhausted from putting my sugar-charged 4 year old to bed, and then running around picking up glow sticks, […]
Dave Snowden has been extolling the virtues of Apple machines almost ad nauseum to me. He constantly tries to convince me that if only I had an Apple like his, my life would be complete, easy, comfortable, luscious. So I took the bait and clicked when I saw this CNET headline, “More security, less safety […]
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