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August 4, 2009

Edward Hall

Edward Hall died a few weeks ago. His obituary was in the Times today. I first learned of his work with non-verbal communication in the early seventies, but returned to it in a visceral way in the early nineties. I read The Dance of Life: The Other Dimension of Time and it worked its way […]

May 6, 2009


Knowing is half the battle. Hypercritical – Ars Technica. So I’m halfway there!

January 14, 2009

The real cause of the financial crisis

See this article: The real cause of the financial crisis, notable for the explanation of the Martingale system. via Giles.

April 27, 2008

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

As someone who has definitely expended too much of my life on the watching of Gilligan’s Island, this is heartening news. Shirky argues that there has been a cognitive surplus in the developed world and for the past 50 years we have been soaking up that surplus with situation comedies and that now we are […]

March 27, 2008

Problem Solving – The Little Man’s Homework

How do you solve a problem? I had two different concrete experiences of problem solving in the past couple of days. I think these examples are interesting because they are so contained, not because they are hard problems. They illustrate how I tackle a problem and provide some generalizable strategies for problem solving. I’ll cover […]

November 24, 2007

Google Ranking Problem

As part of my re-evaluation of my toolkit, I’ve started using MarsEdit. For those who don’t know, MarsEdit is a Macintosh program to write blog posts. There are a couple of small features in the way the Mars Edit works that could have been deal breakers for me, so I was going back to the […]

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 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, […]

July 10, 2007

Gut Reasoning

Reasoning, when we do it, is mostly to find justification for what we already believe. Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia, in here.