Monday, August 31, 2009

Higher Incentives Lead To Worse Performance

Daniel Pink is a business consultant and the best career counsellor you never had. His TED talk is about how behaviour scientists discovered why offering incentives for a quicker outcome resulted in a slower outcome. This is a very interesting talk and one that has very Human reasoning behind it all.

After watching the talk I wanted to see if he had written any books. I loaded up Amazon and let-out a rather audible gasp! It turns out I have already read one of his.

I read The Adventures Of Johnny Bunko when I started working fulltime. It is an excellent book for anybody who finds themselves in a job where they ask themselves 'is this it?'

He also wrote A Whole New Mind which is more about what his TED talk was about and is now on my reading list.
I will leave you with the trailer for Jonny Bunko.

Johnny Bunko trailer from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

DUST 514

CCP, makers of EVE Online did a Press Release for a game called DUST 514 that is somekind of bridge between EVE Online and console FPS gamers.

But both screenshots look brilliant.
Command Pit
Staging Area

And a video Presentation (Thanks Evil).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Star Wars Dance Off

It is something called the Star Wars Dance Off that is part of a weekend event every year at Disney's Hollywood Studio.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fox News Says The NHS Causes Terrorism

Fox News is the devil. There should be a law against miss representing facts to this degree.

[Derren Brown Art]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

For Entertainment Purposes Only

There are a lot of unnecessary legal disclaimers in the world, but I think the one on DVD commentaries is a shinning example. I am referring to the message at the start of DVDs that reads 'The commentary tracks on this DVD are for entertainment purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the views or options of the studio, parent company or partners.'

I am no legal professional, but if an Actor, Actress or Director says something slanderous on a commentary track like 'Our wardrobe department stole all the cloths from a local gym to save money!' Then no 'for entertainment purposes only' message is going to protect them from an order to pay damages to the wardrobe company's image and loss of business.

I understand that managers follow what advice the legal department gives them and that the legal department is trying to cover themselves in a very sheepish manor, but you wouldn't find a legal disclaimer like that at the start of an encyclopaedia.

The contents of this encyclopedia is for entertainment purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.

Or even

The publisher has taken reasonable care to make sure the contents of this encyclopaedia is accurate, but takes no responsibility for any mistakes.

In July I Posted about how Amazon cleaned customer Kindles of a few novels. Well I am sure they thought they where legally covered, but they also deleted one Justin Gawronski's Summer Homework. He is as American tradition dictates, suing Amazon for damages. And rightly so because that kind of thing might conform to the letter of the law by Amazon giving itself the right to do that kind of stuff in it's terms of service, but it is very unreasonable.

*Note this Blog Post was for entertainment purposes and is not to be retaken orally or in a tart.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Walking Into Death

Dr Temple Grandin is an expert in animal behaviour and works as a consultant for Slaughter Houses. One of the problems facilities can have is, (as you can imagine) getting animals into the facility calmly so they can be killed.

She has a YouTube Channel with everything you ever wanted to know about leading an animal to it's death in a way where it will just walk right into the facility and be calm right through the process. I found her videos to be morbid, but interesting.