Ready, Fire, Aim. Picked up on this Tom Peters’ adage several times before as the antidote to the rational ready, aim, fire approach to planning. This link is the conlcuding chapter of this Rand Organisation paper “Seeking Nontraditional Approaches to Collaborating and Partnering with Industry” aimed at US Army business needs. Liked this [Quote] The […]
Entries from February 2004
0 February 26, 2004 at 1:14pm by Psybertron
0 February 21, 2004 at 10:15am by Psybertron
Circadian Shift has thousands of interesting links – memetics is a common theme.[Here] [Info Overload] Science Blog Beta looks an interesting start too.
0 February 17, 2004 at 3:53pm by Psybertron
When More Means Less. David Walker’s Analysis in today’s Grauniad. On the theme of not being conned by measuring only the things that are easy to count, and the value of managing more subjective measures. Specifically in relation to evaluating value-for-money in civil service context, but part of that general subject again.
0 February 16, 2004 at 9:39am by Psybertron
Re-usable “Paper”. Blogged earlier link. Didn’t spot this “social life of paper” link from Malcolm Gladwell before though [Stuart's Henshall's previous link.] This is an interesting subject if you’re in an industry where the take-up of electronic “devices” seems to be lagging behind possibilities. People are very attached to the paper paradigm, for very good […]
0 February 13, 2004 at 11:54pm by Psybertron
Extra-Specially Weird. Often browse Rivets for amusement (and general education) around some of the more strange (and wonderful) things the web throws up, without straying into the downright perverted or pornographic, often without any particular reason to link to anything on-topic as far as my blog is concerned, but Lindsay Marshall’s own caption sums up […]
0 February 13, 2004 at 10:45am by Psybertron
Data as Narrative. Post from Gary Murphy on advogato referreing to David Gelernter’s New York Times piece. Can’t see the original piece from here (need my NYT account details !), but it describes “scopeware“. Basic point is organising (and persisting) data sets (files) accoring to things like mime-types or source technology types, is much less […]
0 February 12, 2004 at 8:48am by Psybertron
Relevance vs Orthodoxy. A bit of a whinge by someone who didn’t get the job at Harvard Business School, [via Seb Paquet], but that same subject again …. Orthodoxy – classical reasoning, logical positivism – just doesn’t cut the mustard in real human / social / organisational / business life. In fact it’s almost irrelevant […]
1 February 10, 2004 at 11:08am by Psybertron
Nietzsche and Joyce. This seems to answer my earlier puzzlement about how Joyce had read and been influenced by Nietzsche before Ulysses. No doubt about it.
0 February 10, 2004 at 9:25am by Psybertron
Saw The Cooper Temple Clause blow Black Rebel Motorcycle Club away, supporting them at the Cambridge Corn Exchange last night. TCTC may be a bunch of poseurs, but they had variety and imagination on their side. Great bass performance, and slick changes and finishes showed them well rehearsed and experienced on the road. BRMC started […]
0 February 10, 2004 at 9:11am by Psybertron
Attitude to Change. Paper by Allan Jacobsen [via s.norrie]. Very much the subject of my own dissertation. Interesting observations on pejorative linguistics used by those involved as agents or objects of change. Usual stormin’, normin’ curve, vicious / virtuous cycles. Kirkegaard and Machiavelli in the reference list.
0 February 8, 2004 at 11:34pm by Psybertron
Passive Orkut Watch. Sorry, I guess it’s obligatory for a blogger to have an opinion on Orkut. I’m just keeping a watching brief at the moment. [See Stuart Henshall if you need an opinion.]
0 February 8, 2004 at 11:30pm by Psybertron
Not That Easy [via Ton] In this [Steven Covey] interview he declared management of people superfluous. One manages money, stocks, portfolios, and the like, not people. Give people purpose and a course, and then stop interfering with them. The interview ended with this quote [emphasis Ton's]: In most organisations there is a lack of trust, […]
0 February 8, 2004 at 11:11pm by Psybertron
Rational Ignorance [Jo Ito] [via McGee]. Interesting. On the balance between academic and detailed “rationale” in the language a 12 year old could understand (O-level theory as I call it) on the one hand, and inspired (and interesting, and involving, and rhetorical, and aesthetic) brevity on the other. The former is of course Pirsig’s death […]
0 February 8, 2004 at 7:23pm by Psybertron
Intent is part of Knowledge – Official. Hans Blix [via BBC] talking with David Frost about the government spin (both US and UK) in WMD intelligence saga says [Quote] “It was to do with information management. The intention was to dramatise it,” [Unquote]. Dramatise, sex-up ? Intent all the same. Interestingly he is publicly stating […]
0 February 5, 2004 at 10:38am by Psybertron
Classical-Rational Decision Making. Got an interesting search hit on the site which threw up these items. Impact of the evidence-based health care “movement” on health service strategic planning, 1995-1998. by Dr Jane Farmer Department of Management Studies, University of Aberdeen. Note the scare quotes in the title, not quite daring to accept evidence-based-management approach. Good […]
5 February 4, 2004 at 3:11pm by Psybertron
Just started reading James Joyce’s Ulysses yesterday (it had to happen one day, Jorn). I’m about six chapters in (two chapters into the second part) and surprised to find it not too hard going. Plenty of unintelligible neologisms, but they don’t interrupt the already strange prose-poetry flow. Plenty of intriguing throwaways that presumably hint at […]
0 February 4, 2004 at 12:09pm by Psybertron
That “Wardrobe Malfunction” Moment. Tee Hee.
8 February 4, 2004 at 11:51am by Psybertron
Been worrying about this since Northrop’s references to Aryan, and the 20th century “PC” difficulty of attributing the language to an Aryan “race”. Since Sir William “Indiana” Jones proposed a common Aryan or Indo-European language in 1786, with linguistic similarities having been noted by European travellers as early as the 1500′s, the idea of a […]
0 February 3, 2004 at 5:09pm by Psybertron
Murdoch’s News. Check out the Fox News story about BBC and the Hutton report [via bloggerhead]. Check out the pejorative language and 100% anti-BBC tone, emphatic repetition of “lied”. Balanced reporting – I think not – scary. Anyway, so it really is Murdoch behind all this.
0 February 3, 2004 at 8:30am by Psybertron
To Oppose Thumbs is Human. But to communicate is creative. Rory Blyth [neopoleon.com] via Leon.
0 February 1, 2004 at 10:29am by Psybertron
Knowledge is Human. Well no prizes for that, but in fact this IBM research paper by Dueck, relates Human “views” of knowledge with their personality types a la Myers-Briggs. The conclusion is easy too – KM is about managing humans – but this paper leaves some nagging doubts that the “rational” way to manage knowledge […]