A fascinating post and a fascinating new blog for me to read. Personally, I subscribe to Heinlein’s observation that “specialization is for insects.” We live in a world that demands flexibility and adaptability. Specializing has become a much riskier strategy than it once was.
A polymath in an age of specialists. Earlier this month, Suw Charman wrote a great essay on her struggles as a polymath. Don’t miss the comments and trackbacks, especially this connect-the-dots entry on the unpredictable emergence of learning by Julian Elv .
[Seb’s Open Research]
I’m back to spending a lot more time in the air recently, so this looks like a fun read. One of my personal favorite window seat experiences is when I come back to Chicago from the East Coast. On the right flight path, I can usually get a glimpse of my house and the boys’ schools as the flight crosses the western shore of Lake Michigan.
Window Seat. Gregory Dicum’s book “Window Seat: Reading the Landscape from the Air” sounds like a brilliant idea:
“Broken down by region, this unusual guide features 70 aerial photographs; a fold-out map of North America showing major flight paths; profiles of each region covering its landforms, waterways, and cities; tips on spotting major sights, such as the Northern Lights, the Grand Canyon, and Disney World; tips on spotting not-so-major sights such as prisons, mines, and Interstates; and straightforward, friendly text on cloud shapes, weather patterns, the continent’s history, and more.”
Did you know that the patterns of the streets in subdivisions lets you know when they were built? Or that the round ponds all over Florida are sinkholes? With Window Seat at your side, you’ll learn these things. Keep it to yourself though–the person sitting next to you doesn’t want to hear it. Link (Thanks, Eric!)
More in the lighter vein. I grew up with these images and I suspect they shaped my worldview more than I might suspect
Tales Of Future Past. Here’s an interesting review that covers tales of future past — a website dedicated to collecting images of distant worlds and futures, as predicted by old magazines and science fiction. And there’s also RetroFuture to help you remember flying cars and smell-o-vision. Ah, yes, remember when computers were predicted to beat us all at chess? Oh wait. [Techdirt]
A much more sophisticated mathematical analysis.
Girls are evil according to math?.
Gary Cornell, who is a math professor at Cornell, came up with an answer to Dave Winer’s recent proof that girls are evil.
[Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger]
Now, all I need to do is find time to put these fixes in place. At least, now I’ll know where to find the answer.
Documents in IE.
Omar Shahine “fixes” the way IE handles Office documents and PDF files. Good stuff, something I’ve always wondered but never took the time to research.
[Steven’s [Mostly] Tech Notebook]
In the interests of equal time, here’s a pointer to why men are worse
Why girls don’t like math. Okay, so sue me, but I thought it was funny. Not sure why it’s making the blogosphere rounds now (it’s apparently fairly old), but I saw it via Dave Winer. If you thought it funny too, you’ll probably enjoy why men are worse…. [IDblog]
I’m convinced that Lilia never sleeps. She had this posted within minutes of the material being available and there’s no way I can possible keep up with the wealth of great material she’s been posting lately.
Anyway, this was a fun exercise and the result contains some useful nuggest and insights. Now that it’s out, I’ll try to dig up some of my original responses to Sandra’s interview questions and post them. I realize that making this promise now sets a clock running that will demonstrate the continuing deficiencies in my own personal knowledge management processes and strategies.
Personal knowledge management in KM Magazine.
Just to let you know – April issue of KM Magazine features personal knowledge management. While most articles are subscribers only, this one you can check for free – Your say: Personal knowledge management by Sandra Higgison with contributions of Mick Cope, Tom Davenport, Jim McGee, David Skyrme and me (delighted to be in such a great company 🙂
While it may be not much new in this article for KM bloggers it is a good sign that personal KM is getting mainstream. And of course I’m very proud :)))
I knew this, but it helps to have proof.
A mathematical proof that girls are evil. [Scripting News]
Stephenson’s new novels are near the top of my read pile so this is for later reference.
Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver novel’s wiki. Reading Neal Stephenson’s novel Quicksilver and need some help in interpreting it or want to contribute your two cents to other readers’ understanding of his work? Try Neal’s Metaweb, a wiki for the novel. By David (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). [The Ten Thousand Year Blog (June 02003-)]