Escaping From Gilligan’s Island

August 2, 2014

Specifically about software project management, but generally useful as well.

“As that old software proverb goes, the first ninety percent of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the other ninety percent.”

Outdoor Grilling Tips – How Long Do You Grill? – Esquire

May 26, 2014

“Form the “okay” sign, touching the tip of your thumb to the tip of your forefinger. The pad of flesh at the base of your thumb will feel soft and squishy — exactly the same way a rare steak feels when you poke the top with your forefinger. Now move the tip of your thumb to the tip of your middle finger: That’s medium-rare. Thumb to the tip of your ring finger: medium. Thumb to pinkie: well-done.”

Geoff Dyer’s 10 Rules for Writing Fiction

May 26, 2014

Never ride a bike with the brakes on. If something is proving too difficult, give up and do something else. Try to live without resort to per­severance. But writing is all about ­perseverance. You’ve got to stick at it. In my 30s I used to go to the gym even though I hated it. The purpose of ­going to the gym was to postpone the day when I would stop going. That’s what writing is to me: a way of ­postponing the day when I won’t do it any more, the day when I will sink into a depression so profound it will be indistinguishable from perfect bliss.”

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence

May 21, 2014

“My religion is not to be ashamed of myself when I die.”

Jeremiah Johnson

May 21, 2014

“You’ve come far, pilgrim”, to which Johnson replies, “Feels like far”. Lapp asks Johnson: “Were it worth the trouble?” Johnson’s ironic, enigmatic reply – “Eh….what trouble?”

Technology is not the future, it’s the now!

May 10, 2014

Relatively speaking, we are still in the very early days of utilising technology, so I have suggested a few things to Curriculum Managers to be doing whilst we await the FELTAG recommendations to be examined by Government.

2. Ensure that all staff have the basic skill set to perform their duties by undertaking the mandatory training.

3. Start spending some CPD time developing your understanding on how to purposefully use technology in the classroom. This can be done via sharing best practice sessions within your team, or by the TLA team.

4. Start by selecting one or two resources recommended by the TLA team and try to consistently use them both in and outside of the classroom. A simple place to start is with the college VLE – give the learners small activities to complete at college/home. Alternatively, you could try giving the learners the opportunity to use their own devices in the classroom (perhaps the easiest way is for them to complete research online).

5. Liaise with all employers in your sector to determine what digital skills your learners require for those industries and make learners aware of this in tutorial sessions.

6. Explore ways to work with the employer in the design and delivery of your programmes using digital technologies.

7. Empower learners by creating Digital Leader scheme, whereby learners who have shown excellence in using digital technologies can support their peers or staff in their use of technology.

8. Evaluate the impact of technology on the learner via the learner voice and increase their influence in the use of technology within your area.

9. Encourage learners to take ownership of their digital skill development (through tutorial PPD logsand assist them in displaying these skills to employers.

A Personal Reflection On Google+ | TechCrunch

April 25, 2014

“One of the key lessons I learned from the experience that I have drilled into every founder I have worked with is that focus is absolutely everything. As soon as you have two goals, even one that is minor, you start heading toward the center of the convex set of solutions, and your product deeply suffers.”

Designer Duds: Losing Our Seat at the Table – Mokriya – Quora

April 25, 2014

“Design is about solving problems that humans have, not problems that products have. We start with problems people have —how do I get clean water to drink, how do I fill my bathtub, how do I water my plants— and find the best practicable solution. It’s not a more comfortable bucket.”

How to teach a dog to read using an iPad

March 21, 2014

“When I clock the carefree shiba inu next to us, who has already progressed to creating her own artworks on a specially designed painting app, I begin to question whether my dog is quite as bright as I have always liked to believe.”

Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 | Ithaka S+R

March 19, 2014

“In the Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report we examine how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in our 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 we also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.”

Man Walks Nearly 3000 Miles Through China. His Before & After Photos Will Shock You.

March 13, 2014

Christoph Rehage started walking on November 9, 2007 and stopped in October 2008. He traveled over 4500 kilometers (2796 miles). All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completely on foot. The times where you can see him in the video riding a boat or sitting on a plane are during breaks Christoph had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal issues.”

What Real-Time Gambling Data Reveals About Sports: Introducing Gambletron 2000

March 13, 2014

Introducing, a tool that uses live in-game gambling data to quantify excitement in sports, write automated game recaps, finally settle the debate about whether the first half of NBA games is even worth watching—and much, much more. It might even make you rich.

The sociopathic 1 percent: The driving force at the heart of the Tea Party

March 8, 2014

“A wonderful, free, light consciousness” born of the utter absence of any understanding of “the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people.” Obviously, Ayn Rand was most favorably impressed with Mr. Hickman. He was, at least at that stage of Rand’s life, her kind of man.

If You Want To Avoid Being Replaced By A Robot, Here’s What You Need To Know

March 8, 2014

Computers are sociopaths.

“When someone asks you how you’re doing, it’s considered a pleasantry. When a computer does it, it’s considerably less charming. That’s because we know a computer doesn’t really care. Getting to know us does nothing to add to a machine’s existence, but human contact is something we crave and, in fact, need.

Richard Florida points out in an insightful article that, as many jobs are becoming automated, social skills are becoming increasingly important—and marketable. Autor’s labor report also bears this out, showing that personal services has been the fastest growing job category over the last decade.

When I was growing up, yoga instructors, personal trainers and personal shoppers were rare, but now it seems like everyone has them. The development of instructional videos, e-commerce and, more recently, wearable devices can’t replace the human touch.”

NetAppVoice: Today’s Office: Smaller, Open, Flexible — And LOUDER

February 19, 2014

“The cloud has changed the workplace. More people now work outside the office. And there’s greater collaboration within it. A smaller, open-plan office design saves money, but it’s also noisier and less private.

Plan carefully, and if you choose open-plan, be sure to include separate spaces for private calls and small meetings.”

The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic

February 16, 2014

He had come here from teaching an evening graduate seminar at Penn on modern German drama. Jarosinski said that he enjoys teaching, but that this is his final semester at Penn. Last spring, he took himself out of consideration for tenure, after realizing that he simply hadn’t published enough research. He started calling himself a “#failedintellectual” on Twitter. “There is kind of an identity crisis that takes place when you’ve been part of a system for a very long time and then, all of a sudden, you see yourself without that,” he said.

David Foster Wallace’s Sharp Letter to His Editor: “Don’t F with the Mechanics of My Piece”

February 12, 2014

“the horrific struggle to establish a human self results in a self whose humanity is inseparable from that horrific struggle. That our endless and impossible journey toward home is in fact our home.”

Apple succeeds where Sony couldn’t

February 9, 2014

But there’s another analysis that applies to the future, for Sony and its competitors. As I asserted in November 2012: “The post-PC era already is over”. The post-PC era is a fiction, fostered by companies like Apple, which profit center is hardware like iPhone and iPad. The new computing era is all about context, something I’ve said since 2007 and Robert Scoble and Shel Israel articulate in their 2013 book “Age of Context”.

Good example: The movie you start watching on a tablet flying home from a business trip but finish in the living room on the big-screen TV. Context of consumption changes but content stays the same.

A Legit Sommelier Rates All the Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chucks. Awesome Happens -

February 6, 2014

Whether you were throwing a dinner for people you felt compelled to not impress, or just hate paying $2.01 and up for literally anything, at some point you’ve likely been in a position to load up a shopping cart with a crapload of Two-Buck Chuck, pray nobody from church sees you, and party down.

Here’s the thing, though: some of it’s actually pretty damn good, and could easily be sold as Nine-to-Eleven-Buck Chuck without anyone being the wiser.

So we brought in two devoted tasters to blindly drink eight different types of Charles Shaw Blend, hit us with detailed notes, and determine 1) which bottles are totally palatable and even enjoyable, and 2) which should be avoided as if they were made by Chuck Woolery, who, it turns out, makes terrible wine.

Wellcome Library Releases 100,000 Images From The History Of Medicine

January 21, 2014

Wellcome Images, one of the world-renowned Wellcome Library’s major collections, has released thousands of pictures, paintings, etchings and engravings on a new website, freely available for high resolution download.

The collection includes early photography, advertisements and paintings from names as famous as Vincent Van Gogh and Michaelangelo.

The earliest item is a 3,000-year-old Egyptian prescription on papyrus and more recent items include a newly added series of photos of hysteric and epileptic patients at the famous Salpêtrière Hospital taken in the late 1800s.


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