On Parasites and Delusions

I echo Paul Kedrosky, a fantastic read:

This might just be the best blog post I have read this year. It’s nominally on patients with delusions of parasitic infestations, but it’s so much more.

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Book: How to Measure Anything

Book: How to Measure Anything

I’ve been slowly reading through Douglas Hubbard’s How to Measure Anything.

So far it’s been a good read, nothing terribly groundbreaking. The advice seems to come down to this simple process:

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A 2009 Video Forecasting Today’s Tablet

I’ve had this post sitting in my draft pile since mid-2009. This is pre-iPad and the world is knee deep in Kindle. It’s a shame I didn’t find + post this earlier, the mockups from the Harper Studio video are almost prescient of Flipboard, TweetMag, or Zite.

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The New Yorker: The Truth Wears Off

The decline effect and the scientific method: the exact same scientific tests and experiments become less and less consistent over time.

But the data presented at the Brussels meeting made it clear that something strange was happening: the therapeutic power of the drugs appeared to be steadily waning. A recent study showed an effect that was less than half of that documented in the first trials, in the early nineteen-nineties. Many researchers began to argue that the expensive pharmaceuticals weren’t any better than first-generation antipsychotics, which have been in use since the fifties. “In fact, sometimes they now look even worse,” John Davis, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told me.

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ForkBombr: Cultered Code Still Doesn’t Get It

absolutely true. ForkBombr:

From the Cultured Code’s FAQ page on cloud sync:

We will be doing a large scale test with quantifiable data to estimate server and bandwidth costs. It is not yet clear whether or not it will be necessary to pass any of those costs to the user base. This should not be taken as indication that there will, or will not, be any cost. A final decision will be made later based on the aforementioned testing.

They need to offer a cloud service for free. Its like they don’t understand how unhappy many of their customers (and former customers) are.

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Scrolling on Twitter for Mac feels backwards

Open Twitter for iPhone. Tap and drag from top to bottom and the list scrolls up, as you’d expect- as if you’re dragging the list of tweets up.

Now open Twitter for Mac. Tap and drag from top to bottom on your Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad and the list scrolls down- as you’d expect for any normal Mac app. Except that Twitter still feels like an iOS app even though its on my Mac, and this won’t change anytime soon.

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A Call to Arms: wpSearchMu developers!

Do you use the wpSearchMu wordpress plugin? If wordpress.org is to be believed, thousands of you do. And each of you has likely requested new features like:

  • searching custom fields
  • searching categories

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