Archive for October 2001
The UK government has shut down the Individual Learning Account scheme because of widespread fraud. (source The Register, referred by Scottish lass seeks…)
In his longer article You Are Brighter Than You Think he notes the “first law of psychology” Each time you notice something which others likely have not, even if seemingly trivial, like the play of shadows on the wall or the way So-and-So came into the room–and you don’t express or record that bit of [...]
In “Fourteen Forms of Fun” Pierre-Alexandre Garneau lists the broad categories of entertaining activities, in the context of better computer games design. Co-Working News suggest that these are also fundamental to the design of an effctive co-working experience too. They are: Beauty Immersion Intellectual Problem Solving Competition Social Interaction Comedy Thrill of Danger Physical Activity [...]
In his October Winsights column Win Wenger encourages us to think of ourselves as a rather complex swirl of confluent possibilities, interacting with other streams of possibility amidst larger overall flow. Win has some fascinating ideas, and I find it intriguing how his scientific approach to stretching the human mind seems to have so much [...]
Excellent article in the Observer about the problems divorced and seperated fathers have in getting time with their children, and the way the UK courts seem institutionally biased against fathers.
In The New McCarthyism George Monbiot says: The charge of “anti-Americanism” is itself profoundly anti-American. If the United States does not stand for freedom of thought and speech, for diversity and dissent, then we have been deceived as to the nature of the national project. Were the founding fathers to congregate today to discuss the [...]
HowGoodInBed.com: is a web front end to a neural network. Every piece of data you add trains the network a little bit more. So what does it do? It tries to correlate externally observable factors (such as age, height, build, hair, skin colouring, social behaviour, chattiness, happiness, physical activity level and intelligence) with sexual attributes [...]
“Men Are Back” says Peggy Noonan. If she is right might this be the hidden benefit in all that is happening right now? Many writers have attributed a lot of the current ills in society to a world in which men, especially young under-educated men, have low self-esteem constantly reinforced by the messages they receive. [...]
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) describe themselves as “a political/social organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights in fundamentalism-blighted Afghanistan.”. Certainly they have some shocking photos of the reality of life in the land ruled by the Taliban.
Oliver James writes in the Guardian to argue the case for adults to be playful. He reports on a study by the Gestalt Institute in Italy that studied flirtation and sex among 1,000 employees, and which concludes that office flirtation is good for relieving workplace anxiety and stress and improves relationships with your partner. Apparently [...]
George Monbiot is nudging our consciences again. In his article “Genocide or Peace” he notes “the Afghan winter, like the Russian one, is absolute. Aid workers with long experience of Afghanistan report that after the first week of November, there is nothing you can do” and… One person requires 18kg of food per month to [...]