Bouncing between coasts this week, I thought about how to give a flavor here of the things I wonder about. But the bouncing cut seriously into my blogging, hence the first of my last few blog bounces. This week I waxed about United’s new LA-NY premier service, but last week I whined about their inability […]
Today I spent the day drinking good coffee sitting in a comfortable chair (7D) beside a window looking out at the Arizona desert from a height of 33,000 feet. I was supposed to be writing, but on a clear morning, flying from LA to New York, I was mesmerized the stunning topology below. The land […]
“Exponential adoption often comes down to irrational factors such as addiction and codependence. When technologies are imperfect but hackable, users who customize them end up excusing and defending their flaws.” Yes, John, your iPhone. As a device and as my device, its the political issues I resent the most. Its usefulness as a productivity tool […]
I’ve always been fascinated by the processes and professions of design—above all, architecture. Faced with the complexity and multiple contexts of an emergent space, good architects always find ways to blend art and science into craft without compromising either. Last week we attended a talk by the new dean of architecture at USC, Qingyun Ma. […]
Last week, Richard Marrs and I presented at KMWorld about “Intuition’s Role in Decisions and Innovation.” The ideas behind the presentation evolved dramatically between the time our abstract was accepted (over the summer) and our preparations were finalized (an hour before the session). The slides for the presentation can now be downloaded here. NOTE: this […]
Ok, I’m a baaaaad blogger. But things come up. Yesterday I got a frantic call from a friend who has to submit his engineering dissertation next week. He was a nervous wreck. So while I waded through 60 pages of the latest theories on reinforced concrete, I needed him to calm down. I sent him […]
So last week, before a presentation at KMWorld, Dave Snowden dropped a huge carton on my podium. Inside was a Ryobi toolbox: heavy nylon canvas held open by a thick plastic frame and a polished aluminum bar. Ryobi’s popular cordless power tools are available at any Home Depot in the US; but the chain refuses […]
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