Posts Tagged ‘amateur’

Unconscious Unethical

The Johari window is well known in teaching and learning circles and can be a useful way to illustrate various cognitive limitations in thinking. Most frequently, it is used to show what attributes you and other may know about you (see Figure 1.) An individual interested in personal growth would presumably work to shrink the […]

“If You Have The Ability to Create Your Own Currency, How Can You Ever Be Broke?”

So asks commenter, “Yavin4,” over at DemocraticUnderground.com. Let’s say that you have the ability to print your currency using your computer printer, and every merchant accepted your printouts as a valid exchange for goods and services. You need to pick up your dry cleaning? You printout a $20 bill and your cleaners hand over your […]

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dörner makes the following observation: In our political environment, it would seem, we are surrounded on all sides with good intentions. But the nurturing of good intentions is an utterly undemanding mental exercise, while drafting plans to realize those worthy goals is another matter. Moreover, it is far from […]

Generous Threats – Aussie Style

Seems more than a few Aussies are receiving fake death threats via SMS: Police and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have warned that the messages – which typically read “Someone paid me to kill you. If you want me to spare you, I’ll give you two days to pay $5000. If you inform the […]

Mountain Lion

While on the way back from an extended bike ride up to dinosaur ridge, my wife and I were shouted a warning from a man in a minivan parked on the opposite side to Rooney Road. “Mountain Lion!”, he shouted, pointing to a tree we were just about to pass. We stopped and crossed over […]

Art Criticism 101

Remedial education may be in order for this budding critic: A 36-year-old Denver woman, apparently drunk, leaned against an iconic Clyfford Still painting worth more than $30 million last week, punched it, slid down it and urinated on herself, according to a criminal case against Carmen Lucette Tisch. Surprisingly, alcohol was involved. At a different […]

The Evolution of Software Bloat

[This post was originally made in the discussion forum for a graduate class titled “Multimedia Technologies and Design Principles”.] The evolution seems to go something like this… A great idea is hatched for a simple program to do “A”. Easy to use, easy to learn and it does “A” very, very well. Bunches of people […]