Archive for category: Geek

Career Advice or The Next Big Thing

A recent article in Wired Magazine by Jonah Lehrer entitled, “The Brain, Revealed” points out the massive research project underway to map the entire human brain.  The project is funded by one of the founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen.  And with any large contribution to a particular scientific endeavor one usually gets a research building named after them, so the [...]

How The Use of Statistics Killed the Banking Industry or How Statistics Can Fool You

How The Use of Statistics Killed the Banking Industry or How Statistics Can Fool You

If you’re fully engaged in the modern world then you’ve probably used statistics to make arguments and push a particular interest (like predicting orders or market conditions, if you work at a consumer product company, for example). Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in both his book, The Black Swan, and more recently in his essay, THE FOURTH QUADRANT: A MAP OF THE LIMITS [...]

What is Google Up To or What’s Google’s Future Strategy?

What is Google Up To or What’s Google’s Future Strategy?

Google, Google and advertising, google agency, google radio, google tv, google print, google gadget, google strategy, google stock, Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, Giorgio Armani, Armani, C Class, S Class, 2009 S Class, 2008 C Class, MB, Google Search, Google Search Engine, Google stock price, Google SEM,

User Experience Design Versus Usability

User Experience Design Versus Usability

If you make your living working on the web then you’ve most likely heard of the terms, user experience, usability, human factors, user interface, etc.  And for the most part, the terms all have something to do with making it EASIER for the end user to interact with a web page or application.  The folks at Human Factors International, a usability consulting firm, [...]

Using Your Brain or Thoughts to Control Actions

Using Your Brain or Thoughts to Control Actions

Obama’s Web Site and Strategy and How It Will Win Him the Election

Obama’s Web Site and Strategy and How It Will Win Him the Election

The NY Times ran a profile piece on co-Facebook creator, Chris Hughes this morning, including his new position with the Obama campaign as “online organizing guru.” Hughes set up Obama’ web site, which is a social networking wet dream, including tons of interaction points focused on email, text messaging, donate, and the ubiquitous Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, etc. calls to action. Obama [...]

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer: NY Times Revives Debate

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer: NY Times Revives Debate

The NY Times recently ran an article on the age old debate of whether cell phones cause cancer.  The most shocking info to come out of the article concerns three prominent neuroscientists who all claim not to hold their cell phones to their ear!

Are You Interested In Some of the Best Blogs on the Web?

Well, the search is over! Heather Armstrong runs a blog called, Dooce.com which has recently been all over the media.  Armstrong also just published a collection of essays entitled, “Things I Learned About My Dad“  I read Heather’s blog pretty regularly and I’m not quite sure why, but I think it has something to do with how engrossing and ever changing the [...]

Why is the New Yorker the Best General Interest Magazine in the US

I’ve always told friends, colleagues, and family that the New Yorker is essential reading.  After all, where else can you, as an amateur intellectual, get the best in short stories, profiles, feature stories, book and movie reviews?  The New Yorker is not only essential reading, but critical to continuing one’s life-long education. The latest book review from The New Yorker [...]

Apple, New Graphical User Interfaces, and Minority Report

New applications of Graphical User Interfaces will flood the market in coming years, for example, a gesture based interface is starting to become ubiquitous on Apple devices (iPhone, Macbook Air, Touch, etc.). New Scientist recently ran an article on mobile devices using non visual feedback so drivers do not have to take their eyes off the road while driving. And, of course, [...]