When I saw this headline I thought they meant something else...
Freedom, system thinking, politics, science, education, economics, pirates
Thursday, 22 October 2009
This is a nice little book. Chetan is a systems thinker and he uses this technique to analyse the behaviour of bosses. I'm pretty familiar with this way of thinking and the worldview that goes with it, but possibly someone who is new to it would take more convincing of Chetan's argument.
The conclusion of the book is that to change managers' behaviour you need to change the way they are appointed. Sadly this is unlikely to start happening any time soon where I work, so it leaves me a little depressed to think that there is nothing I can do about it, other than leave.
Thinking about the boss problem, a cause is the ownership structure. Not only, as Chetan says, are all the bosses afraid of their bosses, the CEO is afraid of stock market analysts - maybe this is an idea Chetan could explore further.
Chetan is not able to propose easy fixes, because the causes run deep, but perhaps this book will be the beginning of a movement.
The book is an easy read and entertaining with a good selection of anecdotes & stories to illustrate his points.
If you liked "I want you to cheat" by John Seddon you'll like this.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
In the Telegraph
"MPs are to be offered a pay rise to make up for a loss of income from expenses claims under plans drawn up by Gordon Brown to quell a growing back-bench rebellion."
They can't miss a chance to show off their they-just-don't-get-itism, can they?
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Over at Samizdata there is an excellent post:
about the Legge report. I so hope the MPs refuse to pay and try to take the whole thing to court - they'll look like a bunch of tools and never ever see public office again.
Did they not read this part of the form
There are major doses of they just don't get it to be found everywhere. Even my favourite socialist Frank Field is whining about his cleaning & gardening bills.
So I popped over to Frank's to give him some advice, from a non-party voter.
Update: Frank hasn't published any comments; I wonder why?
Friday, 16 October 2009
"Jan Moir is a Daily Mail (UK) columnist who wrote a column questioning the circumstances surrounding Boyzone singer Stephen Gately's death. People are tweeting their thoughts on her take, which are largely negative."
Says it all really.
If you haven't done so yet, pop over to twitter.com and click on Jan Moir in trending topics. She is a class act.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Here's a list of the apps on my iPhone:
Facebook - nice interface for simplified facebook access
tweetie - fot twitter - good for managing your account, adding follows
TweetDeck - better for reading tweets than tweetie, but not as good for managing the account
Google reader - newsreader, easy to use
To Do's - very simple to do lists - should come with the iPhone
google app - voice activated search is awesome
Google earth - just like the PC version, but multi-touch control is better
Tunein – iCarRadio - hundreds of radio stations streamed across a GSM signal
TVGuide - now & next tv guide
Evernote - online storage of lists, links &photos
Jotnot - document scanner using the built in camera, squares up a document and ads contrast
Flixter - search for movies showing at local cinemas
Taptu - directory of iPhone optimised websites
iMathematics - maths handbook of formulae with scientific calculator and wolfram alpha access
Sky News - top news stories
Telegraph - simplified news interface
Wikipedia - optimised wikipedia interface
AccuWeather - location aware weather forecasts withhourly and 15-day forecasts
rightmove - how much is the house for sale in your street?
Ocado - online grocery shopping, very nice & simple
Amazon UK - iPhone optimised interface
eBay - iPhone optimised interface
BlogPress - post to your blogspot blog
AroundMe - find shops and sevices based on current location
Yell.com - yellow pages search tool
Yelp - similar to around me , slightly different database
Rise&Shine - bed side alarm clock
WiiTrack - find WiFi hotspots
Bell&Ross - clock based on the famous watches
FREE Wi-Fi - durectory of public wifi access points
RulerPhone - measure the world around you using the iPhone camera
iHandy level - electroic spirit level and angle finder
StepTrakLite - pedometer
Zipix Lite - fixes exposure and contrast in photos with one click
Shopping List Lite - make a shopping list and check off as you go
Flickr - search and upload to flickr
ITN News - similar to sky news app
NetNewsWire - newsreader - I prefer Google Reader, but this is a usable RSS reader
Microsurface - play with the touch controls using your photographs
Jaeger-LC - catalogue of beautiful watches
IcanHasCheezBurger - lolcats
XKCD - web comic
fix my street - complain to your council, it works!
urban spoon - restaurant finder
Tioti TV - tv guide, better than TVguide with more functions
Pirates lite - dualling pirate ships ahoy! Arrr
FreeCell - card game, free because you have to se an advert before each game
ParaPanic - save the cartoon parachutists
Sol Free - selection of patience card games
StoneLoops - match the coloured stones
GumDrops - match the coloured drops
Minesweeper - straight from windows
Centipede - by Atari - faithful recreation of the arcade game
Bejeweled - match the coloured jewels, by Popcap
Paper toss - throw balls of paper in a wastevasket (better than it sounds)
Pac-Man - faithful recreation of the arcade game
DietWordPop - word building game
Distant Assassin - shoot the cartoons
Solitaire city - another patience card game
UNO free - SNAP with a twist
Maze finger - drag your finger around the maze - harder than it sounds
iDaft - play your own mix of Daft Punk
TonePad - your own little Tenori-On
Tap Tap revenge - guitr hero type game
touch chords - learn guitar chords
iShred - guitar simulator
fluid - touch control demo, realistic liquids
Shazam - identified music tracks being played
Guitar rock another guitar hereo type game
Nubi D0 - to do list - more comprehensive than To-Do
Yahoo - search, directory and utilities
Autodesk fluid - another touch demo
Ruler - measure small things with an on-screen ruler
Chain Rxn - addictive bouncing ball game
SketchBookX - draw with your finger
Sky Sports Football Score Centre - real time football results and game information
ECB Cricket - excellent live cricket scoreboards
Yetisport - throw the penguin
RedLaser - fantastic bar code scanner and price comparator
Thursday, 8 October 2009
At last a politician has said it. A lone parent with two children pays a marginal withdrawal rate of 96% at an income of £150/week.
Here is a pile of figures and graphs observing the take home income for people in different circumstances with different incomes: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/TBMT_2008.pdf
Yup, it is the government's own document - they know; yet still they do it.
I'm guessing Call Me Dave was shown page 43, there's Tracey in here council flat with two young children. If she gets a job making £150/week, she'll be allowed to keep 4p in the pound of what she earns. That is like a tax rate of96%! How hard would you work for 4% of your salary?
But it's worse than that: if she lived in rented accommodation, rent paid by housing benefit, until she earns more money, she would need to exceed £450/week to reach a point where working pays more than 4% of gross earned income. They should have shown Dave pg. 58
Hang on! What about the people down the street, nice hard-working married couple, surely they can't get caught in the benefit trap? They're on page 109.
Steve and Wendy, three kids: Aiden 6, Molly 7 and Kylie 13. They live in a rented house.
They have to earn £640/week (£33,600/year) before their marginal withdrwal rate drops from 90% to 70%!!
So, Dave has found this out, he has said he thinks it must stop - I wonder what his policy will be?
Here's the graphs:
Tracey, in a council flat or house:
Tracey, in a private rented house or flat
Steve & Wendy: