I’ve become somewhat addicted to the Cloud Atlas soundtrack and fear the movie won’t live up to it.

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More than this?

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"The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: a novel by Haruki Murakami, cut paper, 40.5 cms circumference, 2008" by Stefana McClure, an artist from Northern Ireland (now in New York). This piece is a copy of the book, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, taken apart, cut it into strips, stuck all of the strips back together again in a continuous line and then wound the whole thing back up into a ball.

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Early ideas tend to have disproportionate influence over the rest of the conversation. They establish the kinds of norms, or cement the idea of what are appropriate examples or potential solutions for the problem.

Loran Nordgren. Kellogg School. “Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead

When doing any group discussion, it’s vital to give everyone the opportunity to capture their own experience, in their own language, prior to sharing. This is a part of how I work that often frustrates client - for it means that there are portions of the group or interview where the only person talking is me. This can feel like a waste, but this insight dates back to the Asch conformity studies from the 60s or 70s.  There’s great video here.

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Particularly good advice.

I tried to do this while a teaching assistant on an undergrad geography course - despite not knowing more about group facilitation than I’d read in a few blog articles - mostly just to get more contributions. It can be hard to get people to speak up in seminars, and so I wanted to make sure that every single person had a thought ready before I asked them to share. It also gives shyer or more introverted people more time to gather their thoughts before speaking.

But it’s interesting & useful to think of this in terms of not just getting more contributions, but getting a better debate overall - because norms aren’t set too early, and therefore a wider range of ideas can be considered by the group.

Pretty cool. One for all us researchers to makes sure we build into our methods, of course.

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The worthwhile problems are the ones you can really solve or help solve, the ones you can really contribute something to…
Richard Feynman

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What good is efficiency if you’re solving the wrong problem?

The Accidental Tourist

I’m re-reading The Accidental Tourist. Like all good books, I see something totally different than I did when I read it almost 20 years ago. It was just a fun romantic story when I was young. I appreciated the wit and humor and the traveling but not so much the depth of the relationships. There are things you just don’t get until you’ve lived through them. Not having had kids, maybe I don’t relate as much to the lost child part. Well, not that I can’t relate or imagine the loss, and enjoy experiencing something foreign, but that’s all it is, a foreign experience I don’t plan to have. But having been married and in some long relationships, I feel a lot like Macon, and empathize with so many of the characters. I notice and understand Sarah a lot more this time around as well.

I’ve seen the movie of course. I’m not sure whether it was before or after my first reading. But it was quite a long time ago. I have to admit that as I read I still picture William Hurt and Geena Davis.


Don’t add sugar or milk to your tea. Or your companions. Appreciate the bare essence.

Finding out wherever there is comfort there is pain, only one step away…

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*History as clickbait

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9,550 years old tree Fulufjället, Sweden. Click through to see some other very, very old living things.

"All maps are always subjective…. Even today’s online geospatial applications on all your mobile devices and tablets, be they produced by Google or Apple or whoever, are still to some extent subjective maps."

Google already shows different maps of disputed areas to Indian and Chinese users. Crimea could become the same.


The simple way Google Maps could side-step its Crimea controversy

Now that Crimea has joined the “gray areas” of the world – the disputed territories that no one seems quite sure how to portray on a map – its cartographic status is suddenly a matter of importance.
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Creepy yet powerful sculpture in Berlin by Isaac Cordal depicts politicians discussing global warming.