Yes. Whales. But also tangents that have nothing to do with whales.
Why whales? On the 15th of April, National Geographic published a feature on their website, Groundbreaking Effort Launched to Decode Whale Language (link). It is an interesting read; interesting enough that the link made it to Slashdot in their Science and Communication categories.
If you are not in the mood to read the entire thing, here is the summary:
Have you heard? The web is crawling with unscrupulous characters. The web is controlled by those unscrupulous ne’er-do-wells!
For a long time you assumed your up-to-date computer and phone with ad-block installed was enough to keep you safe from their prying eyes and sticky fingers. After all, you have nothing to hide. Then, you clicked on a YouTube video or post from a friend. Perhaps someone in your entourage gave up the Facebook (shock waves of awe rippled throughout the friendgroup).
For the past week I have been using a new (old) phone. The Punkt. MP02. Here are my thoughts on this minimalist designer phone
Introduction If you already know about this phone, you can skip straight to the end for my very short review. If you are of the uninitiated, it might be interesting for you to read about the company and the product before reading my thoughts.
I have only been using this phone for a week.
March is over. The ship is unstuck. Vaccines are rolling out. People are either overjoyed or appalled about a situation.
I don’t know about shipping logistics or vaccines logistics, but I do have some (basic) knowledge on risk assessment. I am hoping that people on both sides of this Internet skirmish have taken a moment to really think about things. In business school we teach students some variation of risk assessment and management, and — at least from my perspective — it looks like people have been skipping steps.
“Don’t judge a book by the cover”
This is a maxim to follow, and any one of us can think of examples ad nauseam. For the sake of procrastination however, let us judge the logos of some popular Linux distributions based solely on their logos.
This is not an exact science, so one would not expect things to match up perfectly. To begin with, I will outline the meanings of different shapes, then I will look at a few distributions.
This week, someone assumed I knew about programming and software development. I absolutely do not. That is not to say I don’t have ideas about what I would like to make. The only thing holding me back is learning how to do it. It is even likely that these things either already exist, or are easy to do.
Here are two tools that I would like to make, both for work-related tasks, both already exist in one form or another.
Overwhelmed by Choice For the past few days I have been considering how we are completed inundated with choice, especially when it comes to technology. I feel confident when I have to make a decision by myself (if I have to buy a new computer or phone, for example), but I am also the type of person who likes reading reviews and comparing things. The little things that struck me recently is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to make a decision when faced with the number of available options, comparison bias and other tactics used by marketers and advertisers, and trends.
Notes on PowerPoint This is not about being anti-Microsoft. I have nothing against them. They did something amazing: getting people to pay for an operating system at a time when the average person could not justify owning a personal computer. This is not really being about anti-PowerPoint. PowerPoint has been around since the late 80s for a reason: there was and still is a need for that software. What this is about is the fact that I have had it with PowerPoint.
“It must be nice,” they say, “to be on vacation all the time!”
Teachers and professors have heard that phrase many times before.
I love complaining, but I will refrain for the moment.
This is not a complaint; this is just stating the facts.
Facts Yes, I am on vacation right now, but I do not get the two weeks like many teachers in France. I work for different Grandes Écoles, so sometimes one of them is on vacation whereas the other is not.
1 Important Shortcuts (Windows)! CTRL+B for Bold
CTRL+U for Underlined
CTRL+I for Italic
CTRL+Z for Undo
CTRL+Y for Redo
CTRL+C for Copy
CTRL+X for Cut
CTRL+V for Paste
CTRL+SHIFT+V for Paste Without Formatting
(This shortcut is maybe my most used keybinding. It is useful when borrowing text from online sources because it will erase the formatting and any hyperlinks too.)
CTRL+F for Find
CTRL+W to Close a Window
CTRL+A to Select all