An Owed To The Swell Checker

I have a spelling checker – It came with my PC
It plane lee marks four my revue Miss steaks aye can knot sea

Eye ran this poem threw it, Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh – My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing. It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me awl stiles two reed, And aides me when aye rime.

To rite with care is quite a feet Of witch won should be proud.
And wee mussed dew the best wee can, Sew flaws are knot aloud.

And now bee cause my spelling Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite; Of non eye am a wear.

Each frays comes posed up on my screen Eye trussed to be a joule.
The checker poured over every word To sum spelling rule.

That’s why aye brake in two averse By righting wants too pleas.
Sow now ewe sea why aye dew prays Such soft wear for pea seas!

Lessons from a Starfish World

I found a very interesting document over at ChangeThis, Lessons from a Starfish World written by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom.

Summary:
Such seemingly dissimilar groups as the Apache Indians, music swapping programs, Wikipedia, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al Queda have one thing in common: they are all starfish. According to Brafman and Beckstrom, each of these resilient groups succeeds because they are absent any hierarchy (head) and conventional organizations (spiders) best watch their backs.

I like this phrase in their text: Size matters. There is power in being small.

Lesson to learn: small and agile organizations can beat the big guys.

Update May 1, 2007.
Jason Alba has posted Book Review: The Starfish and the Spider.

Update April 7, 2008.
I have written a book review at The Starfish and the Spider.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Turning the pages

Turning the Pages at the British Library is a fascinating service that lets you access some rare books in a new way.
Among the books you will find the Diamond Sutra, Jane Austen’s History of England, the Leonardo Notebook, the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Mercator Atlas of Europe.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Rethinking Poverty

At TED talks is a very interesting speak by Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen Fund.

Jacqueline Novogratz persuasively argues for a new approach to foreign aid: “The question isn’t ‘how do we fix this?’ The question is ‘How can we help Africans to do this for themselves?’”

Watch more:
Jacqueline Novogratz: A third way to think about aid
Jacqueline Novogratz: Investing in Africa’s own solutions
Jacqueline Novogratz on an escape from poverty
Jacqueline Novogratz: Tackling poverty with “patient capita

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

Creativity and education

At TED talks is an interesting and entertaining speech by Sir Ken Robinson, author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, and a leading expert on innovation and human resources.

In this talk, he makes a case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.

The Medici Effect

The Medici Effect is a book about creativity and innovation written by Frans Johansson. The name alludes to The Medici family that helped to spur the beginning of the Italian Renaissance.

The Medici Effect is about what happens at intersections, crossroads between different and often unrelated knowledge areas. Frans Johansson argues that innovations occur when people see beyond their expertise and approach situations actively, with an eye toward putting available materials together in new combinations. The book contains examples from different areas plus tips around how to achieve the intersectional effects.

Update on January 16, 2008.
Brian Clark at Copyblogger got inspired by this book and wrote The Content Crossroads: Supernatural Success at the Intersection of Ideas.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Dolphin Stress Test

READ THE FULL TEXT BEFORE LOOKING AT THE PICTURE!

The picture posted here has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at Loma Linda Medical Center.

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins are identical. A closely monitored, scientific study of a group revealed that in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins. The number of differences observed matches closely to the amount of stress the observer is experiencing.

If you find more than one or two differences you may be experiencing stress. Look at the photograph.

Last man standing

Last man standing is the name of a new CD by Jerry Lee Lewis. They played it when I visited a record shop today. I was hooked and bought it. The CD has 21 tracks, different guest on each of them. Among the guests are several of my favourites like Eric Clapton, BB King, Mick Jagger, John Fogerty and Buddy Guy.

There is history behind the name of the CD. Fifty years ago Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee was the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Among these founding fathers of rock and roll, Jerry Lee is the “last man standing”.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

If you want my body – Hanne Boel

It is the title of a song on the CD “Dark Passion” with one of my favourite singers, Hanne Boel from Denmark. Part of the lyrics goes like this: “If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind”. That rings true to me too. There’s a video below the lyrics.

Lyrics

I’m aware of you, see you around sometimes,
Casual talk and neither one ever steps over the line.
But it’s crossed my mind, it’s crossed my mind.
And I might sometimes, except for the fact that,
If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind,
If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind.

Got your high position, and your BMW
You got big money ways and baby that’s cool
But you ain’t playing with a fool
Oh I’ve paid the price, and I’m feeling nice, about myself,
And I don’t think twice, about telling you that,
If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind,
If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind.

Oh, I’m a sensitive girl,
And I love it when it’s feeling right,
And I could take you to paradise
If only just for the night
Youll remember it, you’ll remember it,
But don’t forget, the fact still remains,

If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind,
If you want my body, you got to make love to my mind.

Video with Hanne Boel

Watch it below or on YouTube at Hanne Boel – If You Want My Body

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

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