False Memories

Apparently, I never posted about my complaint that one cannot replace a compromised Social Security Number the same as you can a bank card. I was sure I had written about it. One possibility is that I did write something, but I deleted the draft without posting. About two-thirds of what I write suffers that… Continue reading False Memories

Solving Internal Communications With Blogs

Through the grapevine, a coworker heard in another organization a top administrator wants the rank and file to start blogging. My coworker was opposed. I thought it could be a cool way of internally communicating. Though the conditions to make it work very much depend on the organizational culture: Encouragement not forced. Managers are asked… Continue reading Solving Internal Communications With Blogs

Expression Costs

(This started out as a blog comment for Sania’s post Facebook Killed Your Blog. I’m posting it here first.) We share blogs with the whole world. So our blogs get lost in the noise, bolstering the need for a whole industry optimizing getting found in search engines. Its a concerted effort just get noticed. That’s… Continue reading Expression Costs

Athensdating.org

I noticed a little black and white sign: “Single? athensdating.org” a while ago. A couple weeks ago it came up in conversation. Today I saw it again. So I visited the site. First impression: A local site should have images to represent something about the locality. Generic stock photography doesn’t cut it for me. The… Continue reading Athensdating.org

Enrolling Administrators

One of the challenges of having 42 institutions is managing the administrators. (Actually we created some 12 spare institutions but why is anotherĀ  post.) So my challenge was how to not drive myself insane trying to enroll the 6 same admin users to each institution. The best way in my opinion is to create the… Continue reading Enrolling Administrators

Trust and Transparency

One of the books I am reading, Gut Feelings, made a statement: Transparency and trust are two sides of the same coin. without much elaboration. To place the statement in context, Gerd Gigerenzer was writing about moral systems. Specifically, how the Ten Commandments was so effective because it they are so simple. The American tax… Continue reading Trust and Transparency

Shoghi Effendi Internet Quote

Many Baha’is hold this quote predicts the creation of the Internet. A mechanism of world inter-communication will be devised, embracing the whole planet, freed from national hindrances and restrictions, and functioning with marvelous swiftness and perfect regularity. — Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 203 Perhaps what we know as the Internet is… Continue reading Shoghi Effendi Internet Quote

Marbles in the Mouth

Dava Sobel on John Harrison in Longitute: Harrison, according to those who admired him most, never could express himself clearly in writing. He wrote with the scrivener’s equivalent of marbles in his mouth…. The first sentence [of his last published work] runs on, virtually punctuated, for twenty-five pages. I propose we call long winded typing… Continue reading Marbles in the Mouth

The Golden Compass

I didn’t have any interest in this book (or the His Dark Materials trilogy books of which TGC is the first book) or the movie. Then I heard about Vatican objection to the movie despite the references to the Church being removed. This kind of objection made me curious. Does being an atheist make Phillip… Continue reading The Golden Compass