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A Love Letter To New Zealand Oct 2, 2021 observations It was less than a year ago that New Zealand was heralded as the country leading the way in the fight against COVID. A beacon. A North Star … “Look Careful What You Wish For Jan 21, 2021 observations Two newsletters hit my stoop inbox back to back …. You want it. You want it badly. The promotion. To win that higher office. To get called up. To Marketing Help Nov 20, 2020 ↩️ & observations I wrote this in response to someone asking a question in a group I belong to. As always with long detailed responses, capturing it here so that I Why I Write Nov 20, 2020 ↩️ & observations Someone posted into a Facebook group about the trepidation they had when they first started posting. It resonated. This is a bit of a ramble - 2020 - So Far Jul 14, 2020 😂 & 💬 & 📜 & observations This is not my writing - and have no idea where it came from … but if I find out - I will credit! In ❄️ January, 🔥 Australia caught on fire. I Legacies of my distant relatives Jun 17, 2020 📚 & 🔗 & 🗒 & 🎵 & #️⃣ & observations Cartoons (Jon) Criminal Profiling (John) Doctor Who (Harriet) Donkeys (Violet) Music (Five) More to come … hopefully The Tesseract Jun 9, 2020 🗂 & 💡 & 🔍 & observations I wrote a newsletter (kind of) about it … Think of it this way a single point has zero dimenions two points joined together make a line in one One Of Those Important Pieces Of Clarity That I Like To Read Jun 1, 2020 🗂 & observations “To raise … means to lift or move something or someone upward. It also means to increase.” whereas To rise … means to move upward or to Design May 30, 2020 💬 & 🔗 & observations “If you care about design, I would posit that the most pressing evolutionary challenge it faces is not design systems or design-to-code or even There’s Teams That Work - And There’s Teams That Don’t. May 28, 2020 💡 & 🔍 & observations The nature of what I do finds me working (all be it remotely) with different teams. Turns out that different teams - are different kinds of teams. We’ve Got What We Deserve May 25, 2020 💬 & 🔗 & observations “In The Atlantic Tom Nichols writes that Trump is not a manly president. I don’t particularly care for that approach, I think honor and modesty are No Job Is Safe May 14, 2020 💡 & 🔍 & observations In the early days of the internet; “If you can deliver your work, value, ideas, product … through the internet - so too can your competitors.” … and Second Guessing Your Key People May 14, 2020 💬 & 🔗 & observations “The reason America can’t handle the Coronavirus is the same reason we can’t do anything else right. We don’t let the people who do the work have The 4 Lessons May 14, 2020 💬 & 🔗 & observations The Elephant in the Airport Tom Evslin on why we should focus on single issues at our peril. He concludes with 4 lessons : Pilots are taught never British Pub Culture | ANON May 14, 2020 📜 & observations NOT my original words. They came to me through the ether and the only credit I have thius far found is : ‘KJMB’, for now planted here for posterity. KK : New Rules For The Economy May 12, 2020 💬 & 🗒 & observations Main Site 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice New Rules For The Economy A Data Manifesto Embrace the Swarm. As power flows away from the center, the KK : A Data Manifesto May 12, 2020 💬 & 🗒 & observations Main Site 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice New Rules For The Economy A Data Manifesto I have highlighted in ‘red’ the bits I immediately question. KK : Unsolicited Advice May 12, 2020 💬 & 🗒 & observations Main Site 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice New Rules For The Economy A Data Manifesto • Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even Crony Capitalism Apr 15, 2020 💬 & observations Daring Fireball: ‘Capitalists or Cronyists?’ ”The thing to remember is that if allowed to fail, the cruise ships won’t sink to the bottom of the 🎵 What Might Have Been Apr 6, 2020 🎵 & 💬 & observations ”The group that might have “done a Radiohead” if they’d had a single like Creep. And if they’d been younger when they started making proper headway. Anger In A Covid World Apr 6, 2020 💬 & observations “Sprinkle in some f-bombs and add a large container of assorted curse words, let marinate in a 21 day quarantine and BOOM… you have……. me.” Paul Detachment Apr 5, 2020 💬 & observations Keanu Reeves: ‘Grief and loss, those things don’t ever go away’ Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of an English mother and Sometimes Isolation Brings Out The Best In You Apr 5, 2020 💬 & observations ”Isaac Newton did some of his best research when Cambridge closed due to the plague. Shakespeare wrote King Lear while he hid out from the plague as People That Live In Glass Houses Apr 2, 2020 observations ”We all knew that our healthcare system was teetering but didn’t think it was in total shambles." This the opening line in a post called An Observation I Just Made In An Email That I Thought Worth Sharing. Apr 2, 2020 💬 & observations The email was prompted in response to someone who was delaying a press release by two weeks. The release was about helping small businesses in their Your Welcome America - You Had A Good Run. Mar 31, 2020 observations & politics Interesting to read in the NYT that For autocrats, and others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power. Interesting because of course The Some Educated Guesses. Mar 30, 2020 🗒 & observations Another living document - this time thinking about predictions. USA residents won’t be travelling abroad in May. Another major stimulus into the Adversity Mar 25, 2020 observations “Adversity is a test of character and a source of empowerment. I use the sword as an example. They all start as metal ingots. Plunged into fire, A Letter | Groucho Feb 2, 2020 💬 & 😂 & 📜 & observations ”Dear Junior: Please excuse me for not answering your letter sooner. But I have been so busy not answering letters lately that I have not been able Just Some Links Aug 30, 2019 observations Caveat - I don’t ‘curate’ Make of them what you will …. DaveNet : We Make Shitty Software A pertinent question: Do we put convenience before ethics No Names To Protect The Innocent Jul 30, 2019 observations Two years ago a good friend delivered a ‘pitch deck’ to a deeply technical company that was trying to humanize their otherwise bland, cryptic and An Early View Of A New Series Jun 19, 2019 observations This is an extract from a shortly to be published 4 Part series on Data. Not a deep analysis of data, but rather a simple ‘Exploration for the Dressed to Distress Jun 10, 2019 observations By Jess Cartner-Morley June 4, 2019 The Guardian So good I had to reproduce in full. My red highlights. — For the Trumps, the optics of this state Seen many of these over the years, but never this one - and certainly not one as long as this. Jun 10, 2019 observations Very clever. Later (12th June 2019) … this was an I started to write a response to this in the comments - but I obviously want on too long, and got cut off … so I am making a post, and will make it as long as I want! May 23, 2019 observations I started to write a response to this in the comments - but I obviously want on too long, and got cut off … so I am making a post, and will make it It’s A First - I Have Been Censored May 6, 2019 observations I mean, I don’t mind, it’s a private group, the owner / moderator can and should do exactly what they think fit for their community. And they did. I Job Disatisfaction … However You Cut it. Apr 4, 2019 future.of.work & observations & people.first From Stowe Boyd’s ‘Workplace Newsletter’: CNBC and Survey Monkey worked together on a Q1 2019 @Work Survey “85% of respondents say they are very or This is Not Your Father’s VC Uniform Apr 3, 2019 business.of.tech & observations & people.first A while back Business Insider reported that a vending machine selling vests in SFO was raking in $10,000 per month! Turns out that for all these VC Cute | JPhilpin Apr 2, 2019 📜 & observations Every Tuesday a friend in this group puts up a picture against which he invites member to write a story. This weeks’s picture He’s so cute. I could Living The Dream Apr 1, 2019 observations “Tip: before you loosen your grip on your shitty job, go read Michael E. Gerber’s excellent book “Awakening the Entrepreneur Within”. If you do, you Interesting ‘Laws’ Mar 26, 2019 🗒 & observations Named after Stetson University mathematician Erich Friedman, is a number that can be calculated using its own digits, such as 736 = 36 + 7 or 3281 = 5 Calendar Problems That Eat Your Productivity Mar 26, 2019 business.of.tech & observations You know how I sometimes go on about the word content. Even writing; Content is a horrible, generic, cheap, ‘anything will do’ kind of word. Which Rules To Live By Mar 23, 2019 💬 & observations Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come Gig Worker, Freelancer, Independent Contractor … Whatever you call yourself - this is important … Mar 23, 2019 people.centered.economy & future.of.work & observations Both these extracts taken from Stowe Boyds’ Newsletter today If you sent already track him … you should. ”These requests put Uber in a bind. The Outsourcing Helps You Manage Your Business. Mar 23, 2019 observations True. But this advice is just plain wrong. Let me explain … Rampton writes: ”One of the best ways to CEO Pay Is Still Growing Mar 20, 2019 observations ”Big-company CEOs have seen a median pay raise of about 40 percent since 2010. Ordinary workers have seen a pay raise of 20 percent. Adjusted for Mike Trout Doesn’t Care About His Online Brand. Mar 20, 2019 observations … because he just made $430 Million. “I got in some hot water a few years ago for writing a New York Times op-ed in which I argued that young The Present Of Work Mar 13, 2019 people.centered.economy & observations & people.first The present of work is not just about ‘when’. Look through a different lens and suddenly we realize that it is exactly that. A gift. We are The Man | JPhilpin Feb 2, 2019 📜 & observations Every Tuesday a friend in this group puts up a picture against which he invites member to write a story. This weeks’s picture Nobody quite knew Tangential … or Random Jan 28, 2019 observations Either way, I think there is a connection, I read this and wondered .. do I care? Rich dudes who are ready to be suckered in to buying something Please - Do Not Call It Content Dec 15, 2018 🥇 & 🖋 & observations Somewhere a while back I wrote a post (or maybe it was a comment when someone else was rambling on about ‘content’) , that went something like … Are Millennials “Just Poor”? Dec 15, 2018 observations “No. It’s not. This is something I gripe about periodically, but when you say Millennial everyone immediately thinks of a bright, young The Yield Curve Has Inverted! Dec 15, 2018 observations “That all makes sense, but why do investors think the Fed will shortly be reducing interesting rates? Because a recession is coming.” Kevin Drum On Blogs in the Social Media Age Dec 15, 2018 observations “Succeeding in this market, like succeeding with a business venture, can be ruthlessly difficult. There’s lots of competition for the attention “It’s not the most important thing in the world but after March I’ll need a visa to travel across Europe again. Dec 15, 2018 observations I won’t be able to leave and move to SpaceX Announces First Private Passenger for Moon Trip Dec 15, 2018 observations “Yusaku Maezawa is the creator and chief executive of the online clothing store Zozo. Maezawa wants to take a trip around the moon using the planned News Is A Commodity Dec 14, 2018 observations I think I have worked out why what The Correspondent is up to resonates so well with me. "News is to the mind what fast food is to the body. It Tsunamis vs. Waves Nov 29, 2018 politics & observations “As soon as it became apparent that Democrats would win the U.S. House, analysts began asking whether this was a “wave” election. It wasn’t. It was End Of Worlds? Nov 26, 2018 observations “During 2019 prices will rise because Trump’s tax cut party must be paid for. An annual deficit of over $1 trillion and rising, placed alongside An Endless Black Friday of the Soul Nov 26, 2018 observations “As a writer, I am part of the 35 percent of the American work force that now works freelance in some capacity, either as a main source of income or J.J. Abrams Nov 21, 2018 observations Now he is creating an Indie Music Label … it’s name is Loud Robot. "Company will focus on both emerging and established artists Ryan Reed The Bond - As Done By Herzog Nov 21, 2018 observations “Director of Belfast thriller ’71 is among the favourites to take over the franchise film following exit of Danny Boyle.” Vanessa Thorpe The Why I Stopped Listening To ’Tech’ Podcasts Nov 21, 2018 observations OK. Not completely, but I used to listen to a lot more than I do today. I stopped and was asking myself why. Sure, I remain subscribed, but in Thinking Nov 21, 2018 observations … I might have ‘Ghosts in my Machine’. Might. Might Recent Customer Service Response Times and Experiences Nov 21, 2018 observations Maybe it is time for some of America’s ‘fine’ institutions to take some lessons from the indie web movement. For whatever reason, this past week, I 🎵 Black Sabbath to be honoured by the City of Birmingham Nov 20, 2018 🎵 & observations “Any fan of Black Sabbath knows the band formed in 1968 in Birmingham. To this day, despite the arrival of groups like The Spencer Davis Group, the Owning Your Own Work Nov 19, 2018 💡 & observations Before I start my article, I am dropping this short paragrpah and link here - after publication. I only became aware of it it recently, through my Sweetbridge Network Operators Nov 17, 2018 observations “Sweetbridge is not a company. It’s a federated network.” Read More A Party For Time Travellers Nov 2, 2018 observations For Sale: An Invitation to Stephen Hawking’s Cocktail Party for Time Travelers ”There were balloons. There was champagne. There was a giant banner, The Climax State Nov 2, 2018 observations “There are going to be many, many casualties over the next few years, both economic and real. A lot of investors who, like me, thought themselves Perception .. Is It Reality? .. Nov 1, 2018 observations ”The level of ambition out here (California) coupled with the complete lack of irony just blows my mind.” A fellow Brit passing through ‘the Kurt Vonnegut on the Role of Artists in Society Oct 30, 2018 🔗 & 💬 & 🖋 & observations “Artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long Opportunism Oct 19, 2018 💬 & observations Never let tragedy get in the way of success … “Meanwhile British and French investors were forced by their governments to sell off foreign assets Odd … Isn’t It? Oct 16, 2018 🥇 & 🔗 & 💬 & observations When you were aged twenty to thirty years old, you were told that you did not have sufficient experience to do the job. Now you are forty to fifty It Didn’t Have To Be That Way Oct 8, 2018 quotes & observations ”Unlike ‘blockchain’ or ‘digital twins’, ethics and privacy are not at all new concepts. They’ve been discussion topics for philosophers and The JFK Memorial at Runnymede Sep 14, 2018 observations & around.the.world “Following the assassination of the former President in 1963, the British government decided to commemorate his life with a monument. The sculpture I Am Using Micro Blog and Blot.IM To Replace Corporately Owned ‘Social’ Spaces. You Should Too. Jun 4, 2018 🖋 & observations This Started As An EMail, in response to a question posed by Doc Searls on the ‘Project VRM mail list’ … and as I finished it - I realized that it Google Has Lost It Feb 28, 2018 business.of.tech & observations Not a lot to disagree with here …. “You can look at Google’s entire portfolio of launches over the past decade, and trace nearly all of them to When Good Is Bad Feb 28, 2018 observations The good economic news is actually bad. Here’s why. ”Between 2008 and the third quarter of 2017, the net worth of U.S. households surged from $56 Trump Repeats Nixon’s Fateful Panic Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations “The Republican Party is so infected with Trumpism, so fevered in its defense of him, so completely compromised by its alignment with him, that its For People of Color … Feb 28, 2018 people.first & observations … banks are shutting the door to homeownership “Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African If It Feels Too Good To Be True Feb 28, 2018 observations … it probably is. “While Uber Could Theoretically Pay No Fees For Three More Years, 46 Private Hire Firms Have Stopped Trading Since The TfL hiked Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse Feb 28, 2018 observations “The world’s task is this. Should the world follow the American model — extreme capitalism, no public investment, cruelty as a way of life, the The Good Economic News Is Actually Bad Feb 28, 2018 💬 & observations ”Today, 104 months after the recovery from the Great Recession began in June 2009 (when the savings rate was 6.6 percent), 2.5 million homes are Let Them Eat French Fries Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations ”It’s such an obvious scam that you might think either that its perpetrators would get embarrassed or that the public would get wise. But the first What Makes A Smart Speaker Smart? Feb 28, 2018 business.of.tech & observations ”Maybe if Apple had called the HomePod a “super speaker” or something else and more directly avoided the comparison to “smart” devices like the Echo The Hoodie Kings Feb 28, 2018 business.of.tech & observations ”My journalistic spidey sense tells me that a new wave of startups is sloshing around and forming now. I hope it’s looking at cost of the toxic An Open Letter To My Alumni Feb 28, 2018 😂 & observations I Am Very Successful, So Why Haven’t You Featured Me In the Alumni Magazine An Open Letter to My Alma Mater ”I’m important. How do I know that? I Has Trumphoria Finally Hit a Wall Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations ”Meanwhile, the current secretary of the Treasury — who declared of Davos, “I don’t think it’s a hangout for globalists” — may be the least Why Paper Jams Persist … Feb 28, 2018 observations “Engineers tend to work in narrow subspecialties, but solving a jam requires knowledge of physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, computer Tiny House Living As A Community Feb 28, 2018 observations I came across these words recently in a bulletin board system I belong to and I liked them. I get and have seen the Tiny House movement develop from Constitutional Crisis Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations ”For him, this is the ultimate game of Machismo Monopoly: The properties are at stake and there’s a “Go To Jail” square in Robert Mueller’s Do As I Say - Not As I Do Feb 28, 2018 observations 3 Trump properties posted 144 openings for seasonal jobs. Only one went to a US worker. “A Vox analysis of hiring records for seasonal workers at Solar Power vs. Pumpkin Feb 28, 2018 observations “At least some countries are trying to make a world where humans can live in a few decades. The American plan appears to be, choke the excess Constitutional Crisis in Slow Motion Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations ”Firing Mueller is a definite possibility. People say that that would create a constitutional crisis, but I say that we are already trapped in a Privacy Is Not Absolute Feb 28, 2018 business.of.tech & people.first & observations The US is among a consortium of nations calling for encryption back doors. “The privacy of Internet users”is not absolute," according to a Investing In WW1 Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations “Meanwhile British and French investors were forced by their governments to sell off foreign assets to raise dollars for war purchases, and American He’s Such An Idiot - But Still There Feb 28, 2018 observations Nunes Memo Accidentally Confirms the Legitimacy of the FBI’s Investigation “Rather than one side or the other cherry-picking facts, all Americans Guns For The Mentally Ill Feb 28, 2018 observations One of Trump’s first acts as president made it easier for the mentally ill to buy guns. “In February last year, the president signed a bill to Work. Though Not In Praise Of It. Feb 28, 2018 💬 & observations “Why do we work so long and so hard? The mystery here is not that we are required to work or that we are expected to devote so much time and energy The Future Of Funding Feb 28, 2018 business.of.tech & observations An early Facebook exec explains why investing in startups without meeting them is the future of venture capital “It’s ludicrous the idea that you One On Chuck Feb 28, 2018 politics & observations “In addition to openly refusing to pressure his caucus to unite against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Minority Whopper Neutrality Feb 28, 2018 observations The Burger Based Version of Net Neutrality “If you are still having trouble understanding why Net Neutrality is important, Burger King has made an Has Anyone Seen the President Feb 28, 2018 observations “Back when he was president, Barack Obama told me that only two people treated any interaction with him as a zero-sum game. One was Vladimir Putin, Think About That Feb 28, 2018 observations In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it. ”Claims of large-scale voter fraud are Taxi Chronicles - Travis | JPhilpin Feb 2, 2017 📜 & observations Morning Guvnor - where too then ? ‘Eathrow it is then. Terminal 5. That’s BA then. And where in this glorious world are you ’eading to ? Sydney ! Taxi Chronicles - We’re All In It Together | JPhilpin Feb 2, 2017 📜 & observations “Hello ? Hello ?” Bloody marvelous innit - someone actually asks you a question - and you give them a thoughtful and considered reply and you look Taxi Chronicles - Boris | JPhilpin Nov 2, 2014 📜 & observations You got to love Boris - friend of London - friend of Cabbies - and now sticking it to the Yanks. Love it. Love, love love. Seems like he is ignoring