February 2005

Marginal Revolution: The African Cliff – the saddest diagram I’ve seen; life expectancy in Africa is plummeting.

rodcorp: How we work: Edward de Bono, psychologist – how to organize big sets of data? “His flat is filled with piles of stuff, but on top of each is a white tile with a number, rating it in importance.”

Make No Little Plans – “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized.”

beyond bullets: Why Board Members Should Ban Bullets – “Removing the text [from Powerpoint presentations] increases retention, or the ability to remember the information, by 28%. Even more significantly, removing the text increases transfer, or the ability to apply the information, by 79%.”

Permalinks to every bit of content is more important to me than links to more information from every bit of content; purpleslurple comes to mind. Can you dynamically wrap everything in an anchor tag, but only have those with “href” attributes show and work as links? Then you could click/reference every item on the page.

Purseuing: Ellington Europa Field Bag – man’s bag goes vertical rather than horizontal; steps toward the Sling…

Purseuing: Man bags – if they keep adding them it’ll be a good resource for the Sling

A possible grand cycle of life? Biology->Morality->Society->Design ->Biology again?

Trust in Nations and Companies

From my 2002 notes of the Becoming Human conference at Stanford: In the Soviet Union, everyone believed in an unjust society, so you’d better take advantage of that or you’ll be left behind. In the U.S., society is based on trust, so you can’t have cheating because it breaks down the trust. Reminds me of […]

In the Soviet Union, everyone believed in an unjust society, so you’d better take advantage of that or you’ll be left behind. In the U.S., society is based on trust, so you can’t have cheating because it breaks down the trust. Reminds me of different ways to run companies today: trust the employees or not? […]