”The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” & Being Persuasive is Important

We’re always so preoccupied with how dangerous the world is around us– often vastly overestimating the odds of murder, terrorost attacks and the like, but in his latest 800-ebook-page heavyweight, author Stephen Pinker (professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT) tells us violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living…

Death by PowerPoint. Killing Good Ideas

Tufte has warned us for years, but now the NYT is getting into the game. PowerPoint kills– good ideas. I personally have sworn off bullet-points for a while now — been clean about two years. But bullet-point thinking continues to rule the ad industry. Yet many problems in the world are not bullet-izable. PowerPoint has ruined many a good…

Now Google is Saving Lives?

Seems they have all the right answers at Google. Last week, Google began offering suicide prevention hotline information to people who were searching suicide-related terms. ‘Ways to commit suicide’ and ‘suicidal thoughts’ trigger this response, however, a query like ‘I want to end my life’ fails to elicit the suicide hotline information. Semantics can kill. This feature aligns…

Texting Sharks warn Life Guards? OMG…WTF?

I’m not sure if sharks are participating willingly, but apparently some beaches in Australia have outfitted sharks with SMS enabled devices that text life guards to warn them when they get too close to land. If something doesn’t seem right here, it’s not. This is technology inserting itself into the circle of life. But I must admit,…