Saturday, March 22, 2014


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

How the Brain interprets stuff


talking faces talking faces (Photo credit: solsken)


The human brain is quite a bio-engineering master piece. By using electricity to shoot chemicals back and forth between an intricate number of connected brain cells, it allows us to think, feel, see and wonder how this all works.


Not only is it evolving like a magical spider web when we are born, it also keeps us alive when we are sleeping at night. Imagine what it would take to always remember to have your heart beat and to breath in and out – we would not get anything done :-).


And with all the crazy and amazing technologies we have now-a-days, we still don’t know how we actually remember ‘stuff’.


Even more amazing – at least to me – is the ability to comprehend and to assimilate. Do me a favor and read the following text:


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Quite amazing – isn’t it ? Don’t forget though – learning correct spelling is still important ! Yet it seems not critical to our survival. Just in case you were not able to read the text above, this is the text in ‘normal’ writing. Read it and then read the text above again: THIS MESSAGE SERVES TO PROVE HOW OUR MINDS CAN DO AMAZING THINGS! IMPRESSIVE THINGS! IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS HARD BUT NOW, ON THIS LINE YOUR MIND IS READING IT AUTOMATICALLY WITH OUT EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT, BE PROUD! ONLY CERTAIN PEOPLE CAN READ THIS.


A great book – I can personally recommend – to learn more about the brain, is BRAIN RULES by John Medina. An amazing book with simple rules that one can follow and understand (as well as the genetical biological details for the nerds in us).




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How the Brain interprets stuff

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wikipedia - the crowdsourced 'truth' of things ?

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Wikipedia is a great reference for quickly looking up anything. This has been my experience so far. Be it a city, a software, really anything – I typically was able to find something that got me started in my search of understanding more about the topic in question.


With the caveat that I understood that I can not fully rely on information on Wikipedia to be 100$ true and verified. It has been created by people like you and me, and then added or changed over time.


A legal court in Germany has now ruled that Wikipedia is legally responsible for some disputed content. It is NOT that Wikipedia now has to confirm and verify everything. But if something is disputed to be wrong, they’ll have to look into it.


Bummer for Wikipedia ? Bummer for open source referencing ? I think the effect benefits the end-user. There have been circumstances where I ran into some things that I knew to be not accurate ( :-) ) on Wikipedia. Now there is a process to correct that. A step towards making Wikipedia more reliable.



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Wikipedia - the crowdsourced 'truth' of things ?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gen-X, Gen-Y and Gen-Z & Social usiness

Tibbr, one of the business social network solution vendor, keeps posting interesting articles on the cultural and social aspects of online social interation.


This article talkes about the different perspectives of three different generations: X, Y and Z (aka Millenials).


Key take-aways from this article on the benefits each generation can have from engaging online:


  • Gen X
    • More visibility

    • Wider range to motivate, empower and recognize


  • Gen Y
    • Effective collaboration with distributed teams

    • Easier knowledge sharing


  • Gen Z
    • Easier to brainstorm with others and gather a wide range of feedback

    • Easier to connect with experienced subject matter experts


http://www.tibbr.com/blog/topics/enterprise-social-network-topics/how-gen-x-y-and-z-think-about-social-business-and-what-the-differences-mean-to-you/



Gen-X, Gen-Y and Gen-Z & Social usiness

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The No More Landmines Trust

The No More Landmines Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


How Google Maps is helping clear landmines in war-torn countries


HALO Trust are making the most of online mapping software to build a safer life for post-conflict communities


Halo Trust is using Knowledge Management to capture and analyse all relevant data and information – with the understanding that organizational knowledge is their biggest asset. http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2013/oct/07/halo-trust-google-maps-landmines



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The No More Landmines Trust

The No More Landmines Trust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


How Google Maps is helping clear landmines in war-torn countries


HALO Trust are making the most of online mapping software to build a safer life for post-conflict communities


Halo Trust is using Knowledge Management to capture and analyse all relevant data and information – with the understanding that organizational knowledge is their biggest asset.


http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2013/oct/07/halo-trust-google-maps-landmines



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Saturday, September 07, 2013

A new way of building bridges - the rescue for deteriorating infrastructure ?

English: Suspension bridges are suspended from...

English: Suspension bridges are suspended from cables. The earliest suspension bridges were made of ropes or vines covered with pieces of bamboo. In this picture the suspension bridge, which is now only for human use, is in Astore Valley. This type of bridge is found in the Gilgit-Baltistan area of Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-05/innovation-a-startups-faster-cheaper-way-to-build-bridges


is a great article about a new innovation. Using huge plastic tubes filled with concrete to quickly and cost-efficiently build new bridges. Worth reading to appreciate the ingenious idea.



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A new way of building bridges - the rescue for deteriorating infrastructure ?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Good discussion on how to make ones commute more productive

Listen

Listen (Photo credit: Johan Larsson)


I posted a response to this discussion:


http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-make-my-commute-more-productive-1200044920


and mentioned that Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) has a listen function, the Economist has an audio edition and Umano is an app that read news articles out loud. These are what I use when I walk, jog, take public transportation or via bluetooth and car speaker system listen to when I drive.



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Good discussion on how to make ones commute more productive