Sunday, 6 December 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
For me, the lack of comfort stems from my weight being on my perineum rather than on my bum cheeks. The reason there isn't better support for the cheeks is that they need to move as the legs move. So the solution that suggests itself to me is a hinged saddle with one cushion for each cheek. These move independently on a hinge that goes across the bike and is supported by the seat post. Each cushion is a curved l-shape to support the bum cheek and the top of the thigh. Some molding of the cushion (higher at the side than in the middle) would help stop any side-to-side movement. A woeful attempt to communicate this idea visually is below.
- a complete list of all elements/pilots/projects of the change programme
- an annual report (detailing elements/pilots/projects brought forwards from the prior year, elements/pilots/projects terminated/finished and carry forwards to the next year)
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
There seem to be no end of 4-box leadership and management models, so I thought a 5-box model was necessary.
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What am I doing today, tomorrow, etc?
How can I satisfy my needs and get the best out of myself?
What are my team doing today, tomorrow, etc?
How can I satisfy the needs of and get the best out of my team?
What are we going to do with this surplus of widgets?
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
So globes are where it's at. But whilst we have Google Maps etc, we don't yet have the equivalent in globes: it's a hardware rather than software problem.
What would the ideal globe hardware look like? Spherical, obviously. A lcd-like sphere that is levitated and rotated by an electromagnet, and powered by some kind of wireless energy transfer (e.g. induction). The lcd would be able to show varying maps of the world with different layers: physical; political; historical political; weather; sunlight (like a geochron); etc.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Control - I mean control in the internal control sense of the word: systems and processes, checks and balances, locks, etc that enable management to control the business. The reason it's an "it's all about" is that this kind of control takes up a huge amount of the resource in our society: we spend a fortune trying to prevent behaviour (whether accidental or deliberate) that we want to avoid.
Data - the reason data is an "it's all about" is that so many of the problems we encounter in society are the result of people making decisions without knowing the likely outcomes. Whilst it's not possible to predict the future, there is a huge amount of past experience and scientific data that we could use in making a decision but don't. The reason is that we cannot process that huge volume of data.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
This concept makes the best use of smartphone technology: the screen displays a map, and puts you and your opponents on as (labelled, different coloured) dots (using GPS technology); you can call you friends whilst playing to coordinate tactics (a bluetooth headset is preferable); flip the phone's camera forward to video (or take stills of) the action (for upload via 3G); automatically log scores online (using 3G) to a national competition database or just a score table of you and your mates.
Man is half animal, half god. We must strive for our godly side.
|Actee||Animal||Trys to best||Trys to educate|
|God||Trys to best||Cooperates|
So when designing laws and policy, we need to identify all the things society wants to achieve, and what all perverse incentives.
To ensure equality we may wish that there is no ownership of land (which is the only thing that doesn't depreciate or expire). But we also want land and the buildings on them to be maintained and no damage done.
The individual's incentive to own land is to make profit through both use and appreciation. The individual's incentive to maintain assets is linked to the ability to make profit from them.
So against these criteria for achievement and these individual's incentives we could perhaps: tax profit (after inflation) on the sale of land at 100%; annually tax land in proportion to area or perhaps value extracted (e.g. for mineral extraction); and fine people for polluting land. Individuals still have incentive to maintain buildings as tax on profit would be at a lower rate, allowing personal gain.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
As some information in an organisation is confidential, sections of the wiki could be locked-off (similar to a file system). Similarly, some documents could be declared as records (e.g. internal policies) to prevent tampering.
The user should be able to filter the information by tags, such as appointments (showing when board members were appointed and left) and publications (when a document was published). An internal intranet timeline should act as a wiki so any staff member can add events.
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
All of this brings me neatly on to an idea about washing-up liquid dispensers. All that I have seen on the market are like soap dispensers: a pot with a push-down spout. The only problem with these is you want the washing-up liquid in the middle of the bowl, not at the side, so you need to life the dispenser. If the dispenser instead had a long delivery arm pivoting at the bottom, this could pivot over the sink and deliver the washing-up liquid to the middle of the bowl. If the pump action is only triggered as the arm approaches the horizontal, then no liquid would be dispensed until the dispensing end is over the centre of the bowl. The image below spectacularly fails to illustrate this:
What people need is a template to make it easy: a list of eventualities and a list of countermeasures that people can pick and chose from.
The list of eventualities may include: loss of employment; unexpected pregnancy; divorce; death (oneself or family); damage to house (fire, flood, etc); moving house; theft of key assets (e.g car); loss of savings (e.g. bank goes bad); negative equity; larger civic disasters (Katrina-type flooding; earthquake; tidal wave; meteor; nuclear holocaust).
The list of countermeasures may include: insurance; savings (spread between several institutions); reciprocal temporary accomodation arrangements with friends and family.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
A person may have to go to an external course to learn a topic, but this cost to the organisation is repaid (to an extent) by this person passing on what they have learnt.
Obviously, the organisations need at least one person whose specialism is teaching, i.e. they can teach people to be teachers.
Whilst the organisations would typically be a business, this concept could be applied to whole societies, or the world...
How long before all of the world's people have reliable access to basic needs (balanced diet, clean water, shelter, sanitation, education, healthcare, employment)?
How long before all of the world's people have their human rights protected?
How long before we have zero crime?
How long before the notion of nationality dies?
How long before the falasy of religion dies?
Am I impatient? Yes. So are the many who will suffer and die before this dream becomes a reality.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
These can be unified into a moral theory whereby the first priority is the perpetuation of intelligent life, the second priority is ensuring the physiological needs (bottom of the pyramid) of the existing community of intelligent life (greatest number), the third priority is ensuring the safety needs (next level of the pyramid) of the existing community of intelligent life, etc.
The obvious interpretation of this theory is that it is a moral traversty that the rich worry about their self-actualisation needs, whilst the poor worry about there physiological needs. But then we knew that anyway...
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
All we need now is some data, and we can start predicting how much people are prepared to do...