Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ray Bradbury loves libraries, despises the internet

From today’s NYT, an article about Ray Bradbury’s ove of libraries with some swipes at the internet. Loving him the library: “Libraries raised me,” Mr. Bradbury said. “I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the […]

Brainstorming: The primordial soup of creativity

There are lots of articles, tools, books, exercises out there about how to generate ideas and all of them deal in one way or another with brainstorms. Over the years, we’ve all read about the various faultlines: how many people, how is it structured, what kind of people, rules of engagement, handling evaluation of ideas, […]

Visual Note-taking

Tim OReilly (@timoreilly) tweeted that an attendee of his talk did visual notes of his presentation. The notes were “taken”/drawn by @jonnygoldstein. More here.

OLPC PC Corps and the importance of owning

Stumbled across the OLPCorps on Flickr this morning. The program is pretty awesome: propose a teaching plan for a 9 – 10 week program in any African country if you get accepted, they help you go, hook you up with equipment, and then you participate in a conference about computing, constructivism and your experience. Best […]

Ditch the word channel, it’ll *&$# you up

In marketing, advertising, and many communications professions, we talk about channel-neutrality, channel-agnosticism, and multi-channel approaches to work. The point of these approaches is to be less TV-centric, or more idea focused. But recently, I’m convinced that the equation of the internet/interactive with TV/radio/print as a channel is a fundamental mistake. A good place to start, […]

Curiosity + Triviality == Discovery

Reading and thoroughly digging Steven Johnson’s Invention of Air and seeing an overlap with discussions about planning and innovation (clunky intro, but accurate). Early in Johnson’s book, he tells the story of how we discovered the Gulf Stream. It was a convergence of vaguely, not immediately apparently, connected things. In the 1760s there were several […]

We are all statisticians now

or should be to a certain extent, if we take recently anointed Google numbers guru Hal Varian’s words to heart. The former economist (a very heavy maths-focused one at that) is frequently quoted as saying that statistician will be the next ‘sexy’ job (just like engineer was), but the line, from McKinsey goes much deeper: […]

The very definition of useless feedback

Ever gotten this kind of feedback from a client, manager, colleague? Right up there with this other bit:

Mindstorm Team-Building: Better than climbing walls together

Interesting read in May 2009 issue Servo Magazine, which I got free at Maker Faire about new ways to teach groups. The writer/editor, Bryan Bergeron, teaches a course on technology and the future of healthcare at Harvard Medical School. Each year, a session of the class simulates the creation of a business to give students […]

The dull fate of all twitterers, even the best