Monthly Archives: January 2011

Muslim Brotherhood equivalent to SWP – slow, stolid gerontocrats

This from an excellent Financial Times article entitled “Army will craft post-Mubarak era” (behind a pay-wall, of course) caught my eye. Nice to see gerontocrats are the same the world over… Leaders in Cairo and Washington worry about Islamists taking … Continue reading

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The Age of Involuntary Transparency, transparently…

A little while back I wrote about “the age of involuntary transparency“. Saw this from Charlie Brooker of the Grauniad; We’ve entered an era in which private conversation is impossible. Ever since Gordon Brown was caught calling Gillian Duffy a … Continue reading

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These are the only ones of which the news has come to Harvard….

and there may be many others but they haven’t been discaaarvaaard. Dum dum de dum dum dum, DUM DUM!! The Hidden Traps in Decision Making Harvard Business Review November 2000 by John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, and Howard Raiffa … Continue reading

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Vigilance, Viagra and … failed alliteration

When Dutch drugmaker Organon International Inc. was conducting clinical trials for a new antihistamine, the secretary in charge of registering the trial volunteers for their medical checkups noticed something: Some volunteers were unusually cheerful. An extraneous observation, perhaps, but one … Continue reading

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Davos again – species’ future thrown in “too hard” basket

This is a sequel of sorts to a blog post where I took a recent cartoon about Davos by Chapatte and posted the end of the notorious 2003 Laurie Garrett email underneath. Today’s Australian (Jan 31, 2011, page 22) had … Continue reading

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Isle believe it when I see it.

Marc Roberts, the fantastic cartoonist, has been playing with (i.e. recycling) the “desert island” cliche. Here’s his latest (and last, for now anyhow) desert isle cartoon. Two propositions a) many people have now backed themselves into such a corner, and … Continue reading

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Repost: Evolutionary Psychology game

Over at “Blag Hag” Jen McCreight has just posted a seriously fun game proposal for geeks… My friend Jason and I accidentally invented this game while at a party last week. The rules are simple: 1. Make an observation about … Continue reading

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