The 212:The Extra Degree metaphor is fundamentally broken in both its inspiration and its application. Excellence is typically not a state change achieved by just a bit more, but rather, something else entirely.
Just because it’s never been done before is not a reason that someone should fund your research.
WordPress is pretty good off the shelf, but there are some things that are a bit annoying or sub-optimal. For the basics of getting the major kinks out, there are some excellent videos. Matt Cutts, the head of search quality at Google, has a nice overview on how to make the most of WordPress. Tubetorial […]
For this month’s Turtle Index: focus on healthcare in America. The number in square brackets refers to the source, given below. 4 dollars: portion of the cost of a $299 iPod made in China that actually stays in China, according to University of California study . 160 dollars: amount that stays in the United States […]
I was recently listening to someone on the radio who had worked with the Rwandan truth and reconciliation commission and she was saying how one of the things that surprised her was how the people who participated in and fomented the genocide were often the best educated. Priests, doctors, teachers. The heros she found were […]
I am an absolute Roboform lover. It’s gotten to the point that my wife and I can’t bear to use a computer without having Roboform on it and now own three licenses between us. My wife really likes the Google Chrome browser, but refuses to use any browser that doesn’t have Roboform integration. If you’re […]
You’ve no doubt heard of single-issue voters. People who vote for a candidate purely based on issues like abortion, capital punishment, gun control and so on. But what about single-issue customers? That is, customers who won’t patronize your business because it’s so unfriendly to smokers, vegetarians, or whatever. How many of those groups can you […]
If you want to be really afraid, read Tim Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, a prize-winning history of the CIA based heavily on recently declassified internal documents and hundreds of interviews with former and current agents, including most living directors and some dead ones (the author has been covering the intelligence […]
I occasionally think it would be fun to have “business” cards that are just for fun, but I don’t usually want to pay a lot. I recently saw a VistaPrint ad for 250 free business cards, so I wondered: Is Vistaprint really free? Answer: It’s not quite “free” in the end because you pay shipping […]
Windows has had the annoying habit of hiding system tray tooltips behind the taskbar ever since Windows 95. This annoying bug, which MS refuses to patch, has finally been fixed by the brilliant humanitarian at Neosmart.