Part of appreciating health to me, is valuing life. We don't have that long to take advantage of being healthy to do what we want. I have to make sure I am doing that, and not letting distractions sidetrack me.
Peter Scholtes on Managing People and Motivation
In the presentation he discussed the 6 leadership competencies from his book, The Leader’s Handbook
Looking at the Malaysian Economy
Since I am living in Malaysia now, I pay attention to Malaysia’s economy. There are many reasons to be positive but the large consumer and government debt in Malaysia is a serious concern.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (Temple of Green Cloud), Melacca
The Cheng Hoon Teng temple (Temple of Green Cloud) is a Chinese temple practicing the three doctrinal systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. It is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia; built in 1673.
The image shows a close up of artwork in the temple.
The Growing Market for International Travel for Medical Care
Medical “tourism” is a potentially huge market. The size of the market is greatly aided by the extremely expensive and broken USA health care system...
Mistake Proofing and Mistake Making Less Easy
Making it harder to make mistakes and making them more visible is good. Preventing them is even better.
Hyperloop – Fast Transportation Using a Better Engineering Solution Than We Do Now
Elon Musk (the engineer and entrepreneur behind Tesla electric cars and before that he helped create PayPal) has a very cool idea of how to provide fast long distance transportation (faster than a plane). Essentially it is a big version of pneumatic tubes that used to be used to send small packages around a building, as seen in the movie – Brazil
3d Printers Can Already Save Consumers Money
I first wrote about 3d printing at home here, on the Curious Cat Engineering blog, in 2007. Revolutionary technology normally takes quite a while to actually gain mainstream viability. I am impressed how quickly 3d printing has moved and am getting more convinced we are underestimating the impact. The quality of the printing is improving amazingly quickly.
Living Through Your Society Becoming a Police State
I don't like the USA government hiding its actions from the citizens of the USA. I don't believe claims that most of what is hidden is for national security reasons. It is hidden for the simple reason that it is politically unacceptable to admit what they are doing and so they seek to hide what they are doing.
Medical Study Findings too Often Fail to Provide Us Useful Knowledge
A very significant part of the problem is health care research is very hard. There are all sorts of interactions that make conclusive results much more difficult than other areas.
But failures in our practices also play a big role. Just poor statistical literacy is part of the problem (especially related to things like interactions, variability, correlation that isn’t evidence of causation…). Large incentives that encourage biased research results are a huge problem.
Change has to Start from the Top – Presentation by David Langford
You are the top of your system. Change your thinking, change your process – you change your system. As soon as you start to modify your system you are going to have an effect on the larger system: the way you organize, the way you manage what you do everyday, how you process the work that you are doing [will impact the larger system].
Giving and Accepting Advice and Feedback
If the core issue the person raises with feedback is something you should address, do so. Don't have how your respond determined by how successfully they gave feedback.
Setting Goals Can Easily Backfire
I achieved my goal by not my aim. That happens a lot, we honestly translate aims to goals. And then we do stupid things in the name of the goal get it the way of the aim. We forget the aim sometimes and put the goal in its place.
I Can Spy on You, But You Can't Spy on Me
My guess is Germany does nothing, other than making a few harmless noises. Pretty much Europe has been limited to voicing a bit of displeasure occasionally but for anything that requires action acting like a vassal state and going along with the USA (which often means big USA campaign contributors). Maybe Germany, or others, will want to step out from the shadow they have been in basically since the end of World War II, but I doubt it.
Experiment by Cole Porter
The lyrics were included in the book by George Box, my father and Stu Hunter: Statistics for Experimenters.
You all have learned reliance on the sacred teachings of science
So I hope through life you never will decline in spite of philistine defiance
To do what all good scientists do.
Make it your motto day and night.
Experiment and it will lead you to the light.