data'ismA new word turned up in my weekly read of random pages. David Brooks wrote in the NY Times about “The Philosophy of Data“. Instead of the buzz word “Big Data” he used “Data’ism”.

“We now have the ability to gather huge amounts of data. This ability seems to carry with it certain cultural assumptions — that everything that can be measured should be measured; that data is a transparent and reliable lens that allows us to filter out emotionalism and ideology; that data will help us do remarkable things — like foretell the future.” Continue reading

Go and repurpose ideas!

(1) Creative Rituals

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a blog post by Justine Musk that talked about Creative Rituals. I love creativity and always thought it’s the opposite of habits. Creativity is doing something new, different, and exciting. And habits or rituals is doing things the same way, consistently and repeatably. I thought, aren’t creative rituals an oxymoron?

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The impact of recurrent catastrophies

Christchurch, 23 December, 1:58 NZDT

a 5.8 earthquake struck 23km north east of Christchurch’s harbour Lyttleton. It was followed by 6.0 80 minutes later even closer to the city. I was in the second story of our building just joining a webinar. The monitors started shaking, the earth rumbled like a lorry coming through your living room, but nobody got physically hurt and we had a roll count outside the building just 5 minutes later.

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