23 September 2014

Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

Lessig addresses the burgeoning copyright issues that we are seeing spawned by the internet. He argues that we need to strike a new balance between allowing the amateurs to engage in a "read/write" culture and protecting the copyright of artists without forcing modern creatives to run from the law.

Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

17 September 2014

"Why We Make Mistakes" by Joseph T Hallinan

This book provides a solid overview of, and antidotes for, the most common reasons we make mistakes. Some of the more common reasons for mistakes (antidotes) include overconfidence (be less confident), unrecognized biases (take a step back to identify what is influencing your decision) and familiarity (have someone else take a look at your your project). Hallinan keeps the whole book light, but meaningful and includes many, often humorous, examples.

Interesting tidbit: Patients who had a reversible version of a surgery performed were more likely to be less happy than patients who underwent the permanent version of the surgery. Hallinan cites Loewenstein: "Hope impedes adaptation." In other words, as long as we have a chance, we resist adapting even if it means sacrificing our own happiness.

09 September 2014

Rives: Reinventing the encyclopedia game

Rives introduces us to an encyclopedia game that he calls "Chimborazo!" From his website:
1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. Enter any word in the search bar.
3. Read until you find a fun fact.
4. Make note of your fact.
5. Click on the hyperlink of an interesting word.
6. Make note of your word.
7. Read until you see another interesting hyperlinked word.
8. Repeat Steps 5-7 until your current link contains your first word. Your back where you started!
9. Find another fun fact and make note of it.