Jon Husband sent me this interesting reference to the value of radio. I generally agree with the points it made and if anything would go further in arguing for the supremacy of radio over television as means of stimulating human imagination. Now before I proceed I need to confess that I starting to realise that […]
Following up on my reference to form and function in yesterday’s blog (number 200 since I started), this Alex cartoon from the Daily Telegraph gives a cynical but all too true portrayal of form over function. For those who don’t know Alex, it’s worth getting hold of some of the collections, published each year in […]
As referenced earlier I was disturbed by a couple of comments by Hubert Saint-Onge at the end of his presentation when we were together in Dallas, to wit: That Blogs and Wikis are publishing tools not collaboration tools, and in the case of blogs the publishing is individualistic/egotistical. That an organisation should mandate one tool […]
In 1676 Newton, in a private letter to Robert Hooke said If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. Stephen Jay Gould in his last book The Hedgehog, The Fox and the Magister’s Pox sees this as the apotheosis of Bacon’s earlier aphorism Antiquitas saeculi juventus mundi which loosely […]
This delightful sketch comes from indexed, a blog which is worth a daily feed. Having spent a lot of time in airports recently the sheer number of shelves devoted to simple guru based recipes is scary. Everything is made simplistic (not simple), reduced to basic steps (normally seven), with off-the-shelf recipes and claims for success […]
I should have been writing this from Zurich, but thanks to BA I delivered an address by telephone from home, drove to Heathrow and back twice for no purpose and suffered 1.5 hours of mobile phone costs listening to music and advertising with promises that an agent would be with me shortly. Now I have […]
One of the 2007 predictions in the I, Cringely column caught my eye. It reads as follows: Remember outsourcing and offshoring? That tide turns for a bunch of reasons but mainly because a new class of CEOs will say the old class of CEOs was filled with idiots. I remember talking with some systems programers […]
One of the other characteristics of any establishment is an unwillingness to accept that they may just be wrong. As I pointed out only a few minutes ago, this has been a major obstacle to scientific innovation, and to change in organisations in general. Richard Standbrook over at SacredFacts points to a Vanity Fair article […]
Language, said Mulla Nasruddin, was devised to describe actions as well as thoughts. That means that all you have to do is to get the words right, and everything will be understood.. But Mulla, said a friend, surely that cannot apply to everything? Yes, it should. Then can you describe to me how the silk […]
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