Monthly Archives: July 2005

Doe We Need More Intelligent People?

The Scotsman – Top Stories – The three questions that will show how clever (or not) you really are
Interesting how obsessed how people can be at quick ways to judge people’s “intelligence.” One would think that there’s a lot more in finding the right person for a job than whether or not one can solve simple logical problems. Ah, well…
On the other hand, those questions bankers seem to ask of job applicants (with the infamous “how many pingpong balls would fit in an Airbus 330”) are more interesting because they have more to do about process and access to information (you’re allowed to ask questions) than about accuracy of the answer.
FWIW, did think about the correct answer but that’s probably just because it was mentioned in a mailing-list with a mention of the incorrect answer. In fact, like all bar tricks, they work only when you catch people unprepared.

US Influences on OZ Terminology

Telegraph | News | Strewth! Americanisms flush Aussie lingo down the dunny
Interesting case, especially in terms of linguistic identity. Some ideas that specific terms have a causal effect on society. Mention of linguistic insecurity.

Podcasting Through iTunes

Tried several podcasts in the last several days, using iTunes as an “aggregator.” Had only listened to a couple podcasts before iTunes 4.9 (first version to support podcast).
Interesting concept, some amazing possibilities. For someone who doesn’t like radios for many reasons (time-specificity, homogeneity, advertising…), am finding some of these things surprisingly enjoyable. Yes, some parallels with blogs, with community and pirate radios, with push technologies, with commercial broadcasting, etc.
One well-known issue, at this point, is lack of bandwidth. Adequate peer-to-peer technology exists to alleviate this problem (e.g. BitTorrent) but iTunes doesn’t support such technology and many sites have been having problems because of extreme numbers of access.
More surprisingly, some of the so-called “professional” podcasts have been unavailable or incredibly slow.
The RSS format used by iTunes has also been taken to task.
Yet overall, there seems to be something happening in podcasting now.

Dites «33»

Ai eu 33 ans, le 10 juillet 2005. Certains disent «comme le Christ». Journée d’anniversaire à travailler (sondages), spectacle de Pat Metheny en soirée. Tout va.