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We're All Thinking About Design Thinking For the past five years, I've had a keen interest on innovation processes, such as "designing thinking." These days the “innovation” and proceses that support innovation like "design thinking" are the buzzwords de jure....
I'm a little behind my book reviews for The Tale of Hodja Nasreddin by Leonid Solovyov and The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins. To catch-up, I'll start on the latest book: The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht. I have read fiction of...
Perhaps the old Conservative (and now Tea Party) concern about the "welfare state" has found a new friend...in China? Al Jazeera's Teymoor Nabili recently interviewed Jin Liqun, the supervising chairman of China Investment Corporation, China's $400bn sovereign wealth fund. Jin...

Intermission: Lana Del Rey

I've been too busy to post, so here's this: If you're confused and feel there's something "too polished" or "too perfect" about her voice, her style, and her video, well there's plenty of discussion about that: We crave a popstar who...
The Atlantic Monthly shared a video on how to make Vietnamese Coffee, but what struck me was the music. Check it out below. How To Make Vietnamese Coffee from High Beam Media on Vimeo. The song is called Ding Ding Dong...
Today, I decided to buy something from the UK, some clothing specifically. After checkout, I received a PayPal receipt from Emmanuel Goldstein to confirm receiving payment from me. The hated Emmanuel Goldstein? The head of the Brotherhood,  writer of The Theory and...
After finishing Mikhil Bulgakov's A Dead Man's Memoir, I found myself needing to move away from my beloved dead Russian authors to living and non-Russian writers. This took me directly to Haruki Marakami's Kafka on the Shore. The writing...
Recently, a friend gave me a copy of Mikhail Bulgakov's A Dead Man's Memoir. As Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita is one my favourite books, I eargerly dug into A Dead Man's Memoir. It is a different beast of a book,...
Via Kottke (via @atenni): An economic paper from Helsinki University on the relationship between GDP and - ahem - "organ" size: The size of male organ is found to have an inverse U-shaped relationship with the level of GDP in 1985....

Adventures in Rhetoric

I'm venturing in to an experiment in discipline and perhaps torture. I've ventured to follow a UC Berkeley Rhetoric 10 class. Specifically, it is a class taught by Daniel Coffeen from Spring 2008. Rhetoric is one of the oldest...