Archive for October, 2011


Dunning-Kruger Effect, concept of the month

October 28, 2011

The Dunning–Kruger Effect is a cognitive bias on which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to recognize their mistakes.  The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority.

Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others




pigs in a cage ….on antibiotics

October 27, 2011


trampled underfoot

October 18, 2011

If you reside in America and it is dinnertime, you have almost certainly broken the law.   In his book Three Felonies a Day, civil-liberties lawyer Harvey Silverglate estimates that the average person unknowingly breaks at least three federal criminal laws every day.

The Economist had a similar article entitled “Too many laws, too many prisoners”  which states that 1 in 31 American adults are under correctional supervision (jail, prison, parole or probation) – by contrast in 1970 less than 1 in 400 Americans found themselves in this predicament.

Why are you, an average person (and daily felon) more vulnerable to arrest than at any other time?  And why is this phenomenon so uniquely American?

Last question, Why are more or us not outraged about how the New York City Police Department has been conducting itself on the worlds largest media stage?  For weeks they have been roughing up the non-violent, constitutionally protected, protestors and watching their greatest hits go viral on YouTube.

In response to the backlash NYPD instituted a new policy: Possession of any video recording device, which includes phones, is grounds for arrest and the media device shall be seized.  Which at its most basic level makes sense, ultimately people will  be less agitated not having to watch New York’s finest live up to every single negative stereotype that we have of the police Third World countries

When I encounter a police officer  99 times out of 100 I felt a tiny bit safer, like someone had my back, the bad guys couldn’t get me….  but the video clip below (and dozens of others all over YouTube) demonstrate that the police are acting like the violent thugs I assumed they protected us from – it shows a group of seemingly peaceful professional-looking women being rounded up and detained in some sort of pen until the cowardly Deputy Inspector Anthony V. Bologna of the NYPD Patrol Borough Manhattan South, point blank maces them and slinks away.   Click below to see for yourself.

Interestingly, most of those arrested or detained at the Occupy Wall Street protest are being charged with “Refusing a lawful order”


“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither” – Thomas Jefferson



October 12, 2011

Before you write your next word, snap your next photo or whatever it is that you think makes you creative. know this Almost everything I’ve ever done has been done better, before me, by someone else – this is true and its applies to all of us.

Everyone has a voice now – everyone has a camera, too …and  every picture at every monument has been taken better by someone with better equipment.  The picture itself is no longer interesting, because it has been taken already and is available on Google images

Objectivity is not useful and the information is not what is interesting to most people – the story is.  The story is something that people can relate to.  The subjective and personal is human.  Human is relatable.  Information is not.

The best storytellers are translators (manipulators) of information.  They take an experience and create layer on top of it, like an onion, that get peeled and reveal deeper insight.


its a media crush

October 10, 2011

First, writing was invented; then television, and now the web.

The whole environment has changed, but our brains have not. We are still made for jungles and plains but we interact more with iPhones and computer screens than anything else. Surely, this has had an impact.

A long time ago, the only things we interacted with that we couldn’t see were ghosts and gods. Now, we interact with more invisible people than we ever have. What happens as a result of this is indescribably complex and will likely take generations to truly understand.

But there’s something else.  This is the first generation when most of us have interacted so much with our own media. We used to think of Dan Rather as exemplifying trust. We believed in his story, had faith in his myth.

But now it’s ourselves we’re seeing on a screen. What happens then?  Are we starting to believe our own myths? Is producing, and watching our own media leading us to believe the images we create?

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Discovering a new home on Columbus Day

October 9, 2011

My task for this long holiday weekend was to find a new apartment.

I took to the streets in search of the ideal housing discovery.  Once I discovered a spacious home with a large yard, owned by the Jones family, I walked in the front door and proclaimed the home mine.    While relocating the Jones’s to a far more comfortable living space inside of the garage I gave them some blankets and informed them that going forward they shall be referred to as the Snizzstumps- Happy Columbus Day!


oh captain, my captain!

October 5, 2011

The world has lost its first technological poet.  Below is a clip of Steve Jobs at the Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005.  If you ever find yourself in need of an answer or some wisdom….watch this!

Steve Jobs changed the world, dead at 56

Partial transcript:  “…Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart….”

Click for entire transcript