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Short Thort

28/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Slogans & Emotions Brexit:

Trump:

Red Bull:

 

 

 

 

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  1. Best of the Month – Win Bigly
  2. Not So Funny – Feedback Loops
  3. Can You Have Your Cake And Eat … Read More

Investments – Breath Biopsy

26/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

A clinical trial has been launched to see if a breath test could detect the presence of cancer. Researchers want to find out if signals of different cancer types can be picked up in patterns of breath molecules. … Read More

Generational Cycles – Political Impressionability

23/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

This from the Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt book, ‘The Coddling Of The American Mind’ (the one referenced earlier in the ezine in the second article):

“Here’s a quirk about American politics: the majority of white Americans … Read More

Wow In Music – Shine On You Crazy Diamond

19/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

After writing Dark Side of the Moon, their most commercial album to date, the four members of Pink Floyd were introduced to all of the trappings of international stardom. It is perhaps no surprise, therefore that the band’s … Read More

Safety & Safetyism

16/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Last month I felt inspired to write something (Reference 1) in defence of the ‘Nanny-State’ accusations increasingly being thrown at, usually, individuals who appeared to be offering up advice over-protecting others. For example, people like celebrity chef, Jamie … Read More

The Worst of 2018

12/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Finding bad things to write about increasingly feels like shooting large fish in small barrels with large Howitzers. That said, 2018 felt a bit like a year of flux. The focus of the rubbish-ness is shifting. Customer service … Read More

Patent of the Month – Hysteresis Bearing-less Motor

09/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

It was a close-run thing for our Patent of the Month award this month. We nearly gave the honour to US10,177,688 from a joint university/industry foundation in Korea. It offers the world the potential for a really simple, … Read More

ICSI & GCSI – Call for Submissions and Participation. Liverpool

08/06/2019 |

The 10th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI) & Global Competition on Systematic Innovation (GCSI) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS & PARTICIPATION

Date: July 08-11, 2019, Liverpool, UK

Web: http://www.i-sim.org/icsi2019

E-mail: icsi2019@i-sim.org

 

Co-Organizers:

Best of The Month – AI Superpowers

05/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

One of the scariest findings from our ongoing innovation research is the amount of innovation (i.e. ‘successful step-change’) that is meaningless. Products or services that make our lives more convenient at the expense of stripping away the things … Read More

Mediocrity Rules

02/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Does anyone remember Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy story of the Golgafrinchans and ‘Ark B’? Just in case you’re not a British person growing up in the 1970s, the Golgafrinchans were a race that got sick … Read More

Short Thort

29/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence … Read More

Biology – Cat Tongue

26/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Cats love to groom themselves almost as much as they love to sleep, spending up to one-quarter of their waking hours cleaning their fur.

The secret to their self-cleaning success? The spines on their tongues are curved and … Read More

Investments – Cheap Nanoparticles

22/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

An inexpensive way to make products incorporating nanoparticles – such as high-performance energy devices or sophisticated diagnostic tests – has been developed by researchers. The process could speed the commercial development of devices, materials and technologies that exploit … Read More

The Zero-Variation-Manufacture Contradiction

19/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I spoke at a Robust Design conference last month. One of the other speakers was extolling the virtues of ‘zero-variation’ manufacture (Reference 1). The concept immediately struck me as one of those naïve, ill-conceived motivational posters the manufacture … Read More

Wow In Music – Horses

15/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Pipping the Ramones’ first album to the post by five months, Horses is generally considered not just one of the most startling debuts in rock history but the spark that ignited the punk explosion.

Exactly forty-three years ago … Read More

Generational Cycles – Irony

12/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’m a sucker for Generation Cycles books. Part attempt to find evidence to (one day!) negate the Strauss & Howe model, part smug self-satisfaction. The most recent venture was Tiffanie Darke’s ‘Now We Are 40’ romp. A great … Read More

Patent of the Month – High Refractive Index Nanocomposite

12/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

A rare trip to Maryland for our patent of the month this month. US10,144,482 was granted to a trio of inventors at Pixelligent Technologies (pixelligent.com) on December 4. Here’s what they have to say about the problem addressed … Read More

Definitely Not Funny – The Iron Law Of Unintended Consequences

08/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Not so long ago I proposed a new rule: No-one should be allowed to run for public office or work in a management position unless they’ve successfully passed a Complex Adaptive Systems 101 course.

If we don’t understand … Read More

Kano & Intangibles

05/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’m never sure whether the Kano Diagram (above) has fallen from favour and disappeared, or whether it has become so ubiquitous that no-one feels a need to talk about it anymore. If I had to … Read More

Best of The Month – The Genius Of Desperation/Inverting The Pyramid

01/05/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Something of an either/or choice this month as far as reading recommendations go: football or football. American or Association. While the specifics might be different, the themes are both the same: an author with a steely determination to … Read More