Archive for June, 2012


PowerPoint Lessons

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 26th, 2012

In today’s business world, few of us have been spared that rendition session known humorously as the PowerPoint from Hell—a uniquely painful experience that was, unfortunately, perfected too recently to be included in the Geneva Conventions. These wonders of enhanced interrogation feature dense, incomprehensible text—worthy of a detailed report on bauxite mining in the mid-1920s—coupled [...]


When Less is Moore

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 24th, 2012

The rule of thumb known as Moore’s Law is at the heart of our problem of exponentially growing collections of information. Because digital capacity is supposedly doubling every 18 months, our natural inclination is to collect and process more data—because we can. Human capacity, meanwhile, does not follow such a growth curve, and the gap [...]


Senses and Sensibility

Posted by: by John Parsons on June 8th, 2012

Just when I think that our over-consumption of data could not be greater, some technophile comes up with a new way to pile it on. GM’s new Cadillacs now have something called a Safety Alert Seat. When the car’s cameras and whatnot detect a dangerous condition—like drifting out of one’s lane or oncoming rear cross [...]


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