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Four hours to record a ten minute presentation, I know how sisyphus felt. Cartoon courtesy of Gaping Void I've neglected this blog over the last few weeks, partly due to travel (A Round the World ticket, followed by a side trip to the US) and partly due to the intensity of some of the work. […]
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An all too brief conversation with Tom Stewart this morning (he was the opening keynote at KM World here in Washington) produced a gem of an idea, namely what poems are appropriate to give an insight into the different cynefin domains. I have long used Robert Frost's Mending Wall to illustrate complexity. Its evocative use […]
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Entering the smog of Los Angeles
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I had been planning to post my frustrations at yesterdays travel schedule and may still do so tomorrow. Suffice it to say that we had to put down in Chicago before making Dallas three hours late; would someone please tell the airlines that an aircraft is a Faraday Cage. Two hours to get through immigration […]
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Another silly survey to test your stress levels and coping mechanisms, from the BBC of all people not the Sun. It turns out my stress levels are medium and I tend to blame circumstances when things go wrong and I have a healthy habit of not blaming myself. I love these things, spend five minutes […]
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The New Statesman has been running a weekly competition for intelligent quips of various types for as long as I have been reading it, which is over 40 years now. Number 4077 asked readers to come up with factoids which means believable comments that become true through repetition. popular examples include the number of words […]
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So I come back from the US and I hit my normal problem at this time of the year with the first flowering of rapeseed. The fields around us are becoming a patchwork of yellow and blue, the former from rape the latter from linseed. I have a long standing allergy to rapeseed flowers and […]
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If you don't like ants, do not follow this link. On the other hand, you would be missing some fascinating pictures and great bye line comments.
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I don't know about you but I think this is probably a step too far (Brain researchers open door to editing memory). Aside from the dangers of loosing material around the edges there are wider ethical issues. Are you still responsible for actions of which you have no memory? What are the implications for emotional […]
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