Yesterday I had the time to read an excel­lent long form report from Gary Younge—a British reporter for the Guardian—on his upcom­ing depar­ture from the United States, where he has been report­ing for the past twelve years (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/gary-younge-farewell-to-america). Throughout his report he notes that the over­whelm­ing rea­son for his immi­nent…

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Zotero++ Addons and Extensions

For a while now I have had some minor annoy­ances with Zotero and how it inte­grates with Scrivener. A lot of it has to do with need­ing to use Word for the final out­put stage as the RTFScan in Zotero gives you very few oth­er options. One of the prob­lems…

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The OODA loop and Cognitive Biases

This morn­ing I gave a brief talk on sev­er­al of the cog­ni­tive bias­es that have fea­tured on here over the last few months, and their often stormy rela­tion­ship with our rapid deci­sion making/heuristic process­es. During that talk I men­tioned the OODA (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) loop briefly, and a cou­ple of peo­ple asked ques­tions…

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Dystopian Dr. Seuss reinterpretations

Many of you will know that since becom­ing a dad, and read­ing lots of kids books again that I have become a bit of a fan of inter­est­ing rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of var­i­ous kids books and sto­ries. One of our lit­tle man’s favourite series is the Dr. Seuss books, and so we go…

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What Font to Use?

Recently i have been doing a bit of graph­ic design and putting togeth­er a visu­al style guide, and i came across this handy page: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/14/what-font-should-i-use-five-principles-for-choosing-and-using-typefaces/ The author essen­tial­ly goes through his Five guide­lines for pick­ing fonts, and work­ing with them. Even bet­ter though his guide­lines are couched and con­tex­tu­alised in…

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Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol

Came across this help­ful arti­cle today that reflects on some of the top­ics cov­ered in the skills series. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exhaustion-is-not-a-status-symbol/2012/10/02/19d27aa8-0cba-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_story.html In this inter­view with researcher Brené Brown, she looks at some of the out­come from her research on lead­er­ship and busy­ness, and has some great insight into some of the process­es behind…

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