Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for September, 2007

September 10, 2007

Miscellaneous Museums

I was looking around on the web for some of the works of the Japanese printmaker Hokusai. Here is The Great Wave of Kanagawa, from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. but if you are unfamiliar with his work I urge you to seek out a larger version and study up on the techniques […]

September 5, 2007

Quirky Units

Sitting around, waiting for an event to start, two new units of measurement occurred to me. Name50 – Size of the group required for the given Name to have a 50% chance of being first on an alphabetical listing. Late50 – Size of the group required for an event having an equal chance of being […]

September 5, 2007

“Your Call Is Important to Us”

“Your Call Is Important to Us” Why is it that whenever I hear those words on an automated voicemail system, I react viscerally? If my call were important to the recipient, there would be a live person saying, “Hello,” and asking me how they could help me. That’s what you do when a call is […]

September 5, 2007

Eight Years in the Making

The little man had taken his blanket into the living room and I brought it back to him at bed time. As I was leaving he said, “Love you, Dad.” Without betraying his confidence, I’d just like to thank everyone who made this moment, and all of the similar moments of the past months that […]

September 4, 2007

Ron Mueck

Heve, via Monoscope is a long-for-the-web documentary about the work of artist Ron Mueck. This is the look of an expert in action.

September 4, 2007

The Expert Mind

How does one become an expert and once you are an expert, what does that mean? These to be important questions. For reasons I’ll go into below, I think that achieving expert knowledge in at least one field is critical for every thinking person. As the final paragraph of this Scientific American article has it, […]