Friday, December 03, 2010

And God said ...

... I need something interesting to do this afternoon... I think I will make ...

A tiny chameleon sits on a human thumbnail with room to spare. The minuscule creature is rarely spotted in the wild, and doesn’t need to change colour to help hide from its enemies. British wildlife photographers Matt and Will Burrard-Lucas were lucky to spot the tiny Brookesia during an expedition in Amber Mountain Park, Madagascar.

Picture: / BNPS (via Pictures of the day: 3 December 2010 - Telegraph)

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A Norman Rockwell painting... Southern Justice

Southern Justice (Murder in Mississippi) (1965)

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Great Complexities

Consider the following qualities:

Confident Humble
Courageous Prudent
Tenacious Gentle
Honest Compassionate
Decisive Flexible
Disciplined Playful
Strong Vulnerable
Deliberate Spontaneous
Discerning Intuitive
Outgoing Introspective

Which quality do you value more in each pair?

Is there any doubt that most of us tend to choose up sides between qualities, valuing one in preference to its opposite? Or that most organizations often value the whole constellation of qualities on the left over those on the right?

Many companies now build leadership programs around developing "competencies," a list of core qualities they expect all their leaders to embody. It's one size fits all, and the aim is to help people get up to speed wherever they fall short.


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Thank you Rosa Parks

55th Anniversary: Rosa Parks refuses to move
On this day 55 years ago, a woman named Rosa Parks kick-started the modern civil rights movement when the then-42-year-old refused to leave her seat in the colored section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama

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Better if we don't name it...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

∆x∆p ≥ h/4π

... All the [ Uncertainty ] Principle actually says, in its entirety, is:

∆x∆p ≥ h/4π

That’s it.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The next great crash will be ecological...

The next great crash will be ecological - and nature doesn't do bailouts

Posted by Johann Hari 

2 days ago

Why are the world's governments bothering? Why are they jetting to Cancun next week to discuss what to do now about global warming? The vogue has passed. The fad has faded. Global warming is yesterday's apocalypse. Didn't somebody leak an email that showed it was all made up? Doesn't it sometimes snow in the winter? Didn't Al Gore get fat, or molest a masseur, or something?

Alas, the biosphere doesn't read Vogue. Nobody thought to tell it that global warming is so 2007. All it knows is three facts. 2010 is globally the hottest year since records began. 2010 is the year humanity's emissions of planet-warming gases reached its highest level ever. And exactly as the climate scientists predicted, we are seeing a rapid increase in catastrophic weather events, from the choking of Moscow by gigantic unprecedented forest fires to the drowning of one quarter of Pakistan.


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