Layman, Rhone and Confucius

Steve Layman quotes Patrick Rhone from his new book, Enough: “ “If one treats the space where they work as sacred then, in kind, all of the items in that space should be there to support the purpose at hand… …Determine those times and spaces that are sacred to you.  Only allow items and tasks within to […]

If your mood is low – Nicholas Bate

He has something for every occasion. Here, Nicholas Bate has the cure for those occasional, but inevitable, low moments: 2. A walk would be good. Long. Rain or shine. And your dog would love it to. 4. Escape into a novel. Read the rest, here.

Politics and science – @mattwridley

A passionate call from Matt Ridley in Monday’s Times: ” It is time for the many brilliant scientists who are discovering great insights into quasars and quarks, Alzheimer’s and allergies, into neurons, fossils, telomeres and ice ages, to “take a public stand and be counted” against the politicisation of some science within their own ranks.” […]

We are not numerate …

Steve Layman reminds us that, in general, we are not numerate: “ most people just don’t understand how [compounding] works. For instance, 10% growth for 25 years is not 250%, it’s 985%!” Douglas Adams understood, of course, and illustrated its power – especially if combined with time travel – in paying your bill at Milliways, the Restaurant […]

I want a tank, too!

Via Anderson Layman’s blog. What other reason do you need?

Brand Loyalty?

Michael Wade’s (Execupundit) post on Brand Loyalty got me thinking. Like him, I find I have very few absolute loyalties in the things I give any thought too. All I can think of are: Fender J Herbin, and The Economist On things I give very little thought too, the list is longer – and probably […]

Santa Claus vs. Father Christmas

Santa Claus was the vanguard in America’s war of cultural imperialism. Who knew?!?! Mark Forsyth has an excellent piece on the origins of both Father Christmas and Santa Claus.  They are not, it turns out, one and the same, but nineteenth century, transatlantic rivals. Forsyth’s new book, A Christmas Cornucopia, is top of my own Santa […]

Honoured, humbled, chastened and inspired

Many heartfelt thanks to Kurt at Cultural Offering for including me on his list of “25 Blogs Guaranteed to Make You Smarter.” I hope to do better. I aim to be more regular. I aspire to be smarter. In the meantime, check out the others on the list.

The stories I’m told

I love my work. A large part of what I do is story-telling, and when those stories are customer case studies, I get to talk to my clients’ customers about their businesses, their challenges and their passions. Some of those are not my tales to tell here. They involve the use of clients’ products or […]

The Fox is five

Grey Fox blog, which I only discovered earlier this year, is five years old today.  

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