Tuesday, June 29, 2010

When you know the answer, but not how to solve it, improvise! Force fit.

Many people are like this, especially in business. Given a problem, and our own personal biases and experience, we will always tend to favor a certain answer. Then what would normally happen is that we force fit the scenario to make our preferred answer the right one. 

Did the folks at BP experience this, during that fateful project? 

Not sure how many ideas have been killed because of this thinking.

Take a look at the alt tag of that image: 

Handy exam trick: when you know the answer but not the correct derivation, derive blindly forward from the givens and backward from the answer, and join the chains once the equations start looking similar. Sometimes the graders don't notice the seam

Thanks XKCD! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Seriously, this woman is 43 years old.

Meet Araceli Gonzalez. A few facts about her:
1. She's Argentinian.
2. She's a model, actress, and TV host.
3. She's 43 years old!
4. She has a daughter, who was born in 1988!!

Imagine that - not only is she 40+ but she also has a daughter! How can a 40+ year old mother look like this? Wow. Some pictures of Araceli Gonzalez:

And here's her daughter. I actually like Araceli more.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The color strata

For those who are obsessed with color names:

Here are some weirdly-named colors that aren't necessarily in this infographic. (Thanks toptenz!)
1. Malachite 
2. Gamboge
3. Fallow 
4. Razzmatazz
5. Falu red
6. Arsenic 
7. Feldgrau
8. United Nations Blue
9. Xanadu
10. Caput Mortuum 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Talking to a prisoner serving 500+ years

This is sad. A man convicted of several home invasion robberies, serving time totaling to 521 years and 11 life sentences! Listen to Louis Theroux interviewing him.

Or watch Louis Theroux interview two brutal, wanted criminals in South Africa. They talk easily about how they'd force people to give up their money. Some excerpts from what the criminals said:
"I don't feel ashamed (to kill a cop)... I will die for my job... to do crime... I like crime"
"only money that I want... I will show you with your last born if you don't want to give me money... to the oven, microwave oven. I put him like this to the oven. Then you see I want money... I make oven on... What will you say?"

Monday, June 14, 2010

Well, George, we knocked the bastard off.

This is probably the shortest "speech" ever made, spoken by Edmund Hillary (first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest) to his friend George Lowe on returning from Everest's summit.

Once more.

Well, George, we knocked the bastard off.

The secret powers of time - Phillip Zimbardo

Please watch this.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Beer, men, girlfriends, and a transporter

I think every bar in the Philippines needs this. But I won't be using it. :)
In any case, take a look at the video, it's amazing marketing!