…And read William Langeweische’s dissection of “Columbia’s Last Flight,” wherein he delineates the (mostly organizational) pressures that lead to the failing of the space shuttle Columbia. You probably won’t learn anything new, but Langeweische’s clear presentation lays out the sequence of events making crystal clear how and where the communication breakdown occurred. Particularly valuable for [...]
So, I’ve been doing some research on information retrieval, visualization, social navigation, blahblahblah. And one of the recurrent themes is that we are awash in information, and need tools to find the good stuff. And it made me think. My problem isn’t finding the good stuff. The web has inundated me with good stuff. There’s [...]
A pedestrian homage to Jenny Holzer. And an ongoing project. It is impossible to take seriously anyone drinking Corona Extra. (this is doubly true, if something can be doubly impossible, if there is citrus in the bottle) You overhear the word “gynophobic” only in a college town.
I recently finished reading Charles Wheelan’s Naked Economics, an engaging primer on the discipline. Economics is everywhere, and we’re made to feel out of touch if we don’t understand the signficance of the latest unemployment report, the gross domestic product, why people hang on Alan Greenspan’s every word, etc. etc. This book introduces you to [...]
For those who followed along with my notes from the About, With, and For conference, you’ll be interested to know that notes for every session have been written up and posted. Not super deep, but give a great overview of the experience.
So, I just found a website that supports personal publishing with extensive comments, a la blogs, and allows you to make explicit connections to other people, a la Friendster. It also takes those ideas a step further — it utilizes your network to recommend content that will likely be of interest to you. And it [...]