Learning · Smart Thinking

Starting and finishing, and the bit in between

We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all have a strength for starting projects, or for finishing them, or for the bit in between (maintaining or managing projects). Similarly we all have a weakness in one of these three areas. You might be one of those very rare people who is equally good at all… Continue reading Starting and finishing, and the bit in between

Health · Reading

More about Micromorts and Microlives

Earlier this month I wrote about Micromorts and Microlives, referencing a New Scientist cover feature from May 2015. Since then I have read the book mentioned in those pieces, “The Norm Chronicles: Stories and numbers about danger” by David Spiegelhalter and Michael Blastland). It’s an entertaining and detailed look at risk and the different ways… Continue reading More about Micromorts and Microlives

Word of the week

Word of the week: decimate

I stand corrected. The Oxford Dictionaries website now defines decimate as a verb meaning to “kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of”, as in “the inhabitants of the country had been decimated”, and also defines it as “drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something)”, for example “public transport has been decimated”. The way… Continue reading Word of the week: decimate