Carrer analyst Dan Pink’s 2009 lecture at TED (link to YouTube) should be required watching for anyone in management. Dan Pink shares clinical psychology research on Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Motivation.

  • Extrinsic motivation – elicited by a goal-based reward, like a bonus for processing x widgets per hour.
  • Intrinsic motivation – driven by internal factors, like curiosity, professional pride, or a feeling of ownership in the project.

Extrinsic Motivation has been found to increase productivity for non-creative or repetitive tasks (eg. assembly line work), but actually decreases productivity for creative tasks (eg. programming, design). Perfomance-based initiatives are not effective with employees in more esoteric roles that require creativity or problem-solving skills; Instead, Intrinsic Motivation determines performance in these areas. Bottom line: if you need employees to use their brains, all you have to do is back-off and treat them like human beings.

A good long article on “The Shield” by Jason Matloff at It’s all interview snippets from cast and crew, organized by topic. A must-read for any fan of the best television series of all time.

La Princesse

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Apr 102011

La Princesse is a 15-metre (50-foot) mechanical spider designed and operated by French performance art company La Machine. The spider was showcased in Liverpool, England, as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture celebrations, travelling around the city between 3-7 September. In 2009, it was on display in Yokohama, Japan, as part of Yokohama’s 150th anniversary of its port opening. – wikipedia

La Princesse in Liverpool


According to various internet and print media sources, Britney Spears has been enslaved by her management, ala “Interstella 555“.

“She’s not allowed to quit or even change her style because Dad’s in charge and Britney’s not legally allowed to make those decisions on her own anymore…
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For all those people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves.

Let Me Google That For You

This comparison at rates personal firewalls for Windows based on a rigorous security challenge. Definitely worth a look.

Aug 192010

There are a surprising number of things that can be turned off to boost performance and improve security.


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All utilities below are free for  personal use and contain no spyware.
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Jun 172010
Michael Ruppert lights a cigarette

Meet Michael Ruppert, a different kind of American. A former Lost Angeles police officer turned independent reporter, he predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter. From the Wilderness, at a time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Director Chris Smith has shown an affinity for outsiders in films like American Movie and The Yes Men. In Collapse, he departs stylistically from his past documentaries by interviewing Ruppert in a format that recalls the work of Errol Morris and Spalding Gray.

Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert recounts his career as a radical thinker and spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. He is especially passionate about the issue of “peak oil,” the concern raised by scientists since the seventies that the world will eventually run out of fossil fuel. – Link

oil gushes out of damaged wellhead on the floor of the gulf

The Deepwater Horizon’s damaged wellhead may be on the verge of a catastrophic failure, according to an editorial that’s lately been making the rounds on the internet. On June 13, a forum post by “dougr” painted a bleak picture of the situation on “The Oil Well,” a site frequented by many professionals in the oil industry.
BP, with the help of the US government, has kept a tight lid on information regarding the catastrophe, even going so far as to restrict access to journalists and keep unauthorized aircraft away from the area. However, based on BP’s actions to control the spill, dougr believes the situation may be far worse than has been publically disclosed, and presents an ominous possibility: the pipes beneath the sea floor are broken and leaking.
If this is true, the wellhead cannot be plugged or capped from the top, and the only possible solution is clogging the well bore from the bottom via a relief well that is months away from completion. Worse still, as the oil pushes up around the damaged casing, its incredible pressure could cause massive erosion around the casing. If this surrounding layer of cement and rock is sufficiently compromised, the entire well could collapse, leaving simply a “big hole” in the sea floor through; the ensuing geyser of crude oil would dwarf the current flow from the broken wellhead.

Scary stuff. But for now it’s merely speculation. Until we learn more, all we can do is watch and wait.

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