brainblurb – the most useless product

Warning. This is a rant post.

Today is one of those few days where it actually rains in Sydney.

In case you would like to know, Sydney has 236 days a year sunshine. The remainder being days with rain. However, a shower only ever lasts 30-60 minutes.

With that and the general environment in mind I would like to introduce to you the most useless product ever invented. At least in my opinion.

Drum roll.

Here comes the umbrella bagging station usually found at entrances of larger offices, banks or shopping Centers.

If it is raining and you enter the building you are supposed to fold up your umbrella and bag it in one of those long plastic cover condoms.

To avoid water dropping from your wet umbrella onto the precious floor. Yes.

What an utter bullshit. Such a waste of money and resources. Especially following the plastic shopping bag ban you now get a free plastic bag for your umbrella; which you’ll use for 15min and then dispose of 👍

Anyone giving me any of this, “yeah but this is about safety, someone might slip and break their neck because of your water drops…” bullshit, please consider this: you just managed to walk through the rain without falling on your face.

If you ever met my grandma you know how to properly shake an umbrella dry before you enter a building.

Rant over.

PS – don’t use these things.

brainblurb – humans eat plastic

Humans don’t run on information.
Humans don’t make decisions on facts.
Humans don’t spend money based on data.
Humans run on feelings.

It has always been like this and will never change. Never.

Much more intelligent people than me figured this out. Dead and alive. Freud, Bernays, Plotinus, Socrates…

Here is only one example why the above is true.

The majority of the people in first world parts on this planet are aware of the fact that we have too much plastic in our oceans. That in itself is pretty uncool. 

You know the swimming in plastics, poor fish and turtles dying and so on. Then you add the fact that micro-plastics make their way from the ocean (via fish, rain or drink water) into the human food chain and you know that plastic in general is a pretty crap product.

At this very moment the majority of the people mentioned above will be shopping for plastic wrapped products and carry them home in plastic bags.

Humans don’t run on information.
Humans don’t make decisions on facts.
Humans don’t spend money based on data.  

Humans run on feelings.

brainblurb – book “everything is f*cked…”

Another book I finished this week is Mark Manson’s “Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope“.

This one follows his mega bestseller “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” which I also read.

These type of books sell very well at airports. Colourful cover, right on the POS table next to the cash till. The title obviously does its thing.

This one I like.

Some of his stuff is very well researched, some not so and seems a bit oversimplified. Still I like his writing style.

Mark mixes philosophy, literature, opinion, self-help, inappropriate jokes, and thought experiments through the chapters.

He defines what he calls “The Uncomfortable Truth” and takes you through an explanation of the Thinking Brain vs. the Feeling Brain.

7/10

brainblurb – book “the happiness paradox”

Just finished Richard Eyre’s “The happiness paradox”.

The book argues that the very things most of us chase — control, ownership and independence — are making us unhappy.

To be happy we need to shift to a happiness paradigm in which these three “joy thieves” are traded for three “joy rescuers.”

Good read, well written, although a bit repetitive, chewing on about same things towards the last third of the book.

Slightly confusing is the flip format, paradox and paradigm parts start on opposite site of the book (cover) and there is no indication where to start.

6/10

brainblurb – the education revolution

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth learning can be taught.” (Oscar Wilde).

This is the core of Greek learning or paideia. The goal of education is not mastery of subject matter, but of one’s person. Continue reading “brainblurb – the education revolution”

and the oscars go to…

Wow, 2018 was a tough year, really tough. I can’t say 2019 started much better and just the simple fact that I am writing this list near end of March shows how much time has already passed.

Such list is usually best written at the beginning of the new year because it covers the previous year but I simply didn’t have enough time.

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brainblurb – future of education is changing

Educational outcomes will become more predictable

The writing is on the wall. Education providers will have to change their approach to how they deliver content and personalise the learning experience. They will most likely be able to deliver much higher results based on such an individual approach to education. Historically, no one could predict the outcome of any educational program but providers start shifting the focus from groups of students to each individual student, conduct ongoing individual content alignment more often and select suitable mentors according to the student’s personal goals. Knowledge and skills obtained in this way will become much more predictable.

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brainblurb – the fools of alexander

The fools of Alexander is the derogatory name used by scholars to describe anyone who has wasted time searching for buried treasure in Alexandria, Egypt.

It is said that in Alexandria everybody has a theory about Alexander the Great and the location of his coffin of “hammered gold”. In most parts of the world, people buy lottery tickets. In Alexandria, they buy shovels.*

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brainblurb – why we keep the lights on?

The advantages of IOT in large buildings are pretty obvious – when heating and cooling systems, lighting, elevators and security are connected and controlled by a centralised solution, the potential returns on investment — in time and money saved, in more efficient usage, and in environmental impacts — are great. Continue reading “brainblurb – why we keep the lights on?”