My Hair is Itchy, or the 29 Stages of a Twitterstorm

January 19, 2018

It’s long, but you have to read it all. It’s hilarious down to the tiniest details. From BuzzFeed, The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm in 2018.

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Monstrous and Ahistorical

January 17, 2018

Maybe this Kasparov guy knows a thing about dictatorships and immigration. Just maybe…


Strange Bedfellows

January 17, 2018

I try to avoid politics on this blog, but it is difficult. As a fairly liberal guy, I found it strange to be following David Frum, Jennifer Rubin and Max Boot. But lately Bill Kristol has become the voice of reason.

Strange times…


Culture Can Be the Antidote To Selfishness

January 12, 2018

I read Seth Godin’s blog pretty much every day. Today’s hit home with me:

The witnesses and the participants

Every history student knows about the tragedy of the commons. When farmers shared grazing land, no one had an incentive to avoid overgrazing, and without individual incentives, the commons degraded until it was useless.

We talk about this as if it’s an inevitable law, a glitch in the system that prevents communities from gaining the benefits of shared resources.

Of course, that’s not true.

Culture permits us to share all sorts of things without having them turn into tragedies. People are capable of standing up to the short-term profit motive, we’re not powerless. We can organize and codify and protect.

It requires us to say, “please don’t,” even more than, “not me.” Culture can be the antidote to selfishness.

In fact, it’s the only thing that is.


Origami Rocks RMIS Report (again)

January 11, 2018

I don’t typically promote our company on this blog, but the 2018 version of the RMIS Report came out and Origami Risk killed it again, just like last time. For those not in the insurance industry, RMIS stands for Risk Management Information System. Dave Tweedy and Pat O’Neill are the two leading independent consultants in this area and they put out a full review of RMIS software.

There are four major independent RMIS vendors, Origami Risk, Riskonnect, Marsh ClearSight and Ventiv Technology. First the vendors were rated on Customer Experience, Implementation Experience, System Wide Functionality and System Attributes. The first two categories were determined by actual client responses, the last two are based on the evaluation by Tweedy/O’Neill:

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From the client responses, they also calculate the Net Promoter Score (NPS).

The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a prominent customer satisfaction metric. User Survey respondents were asked “How likely is it that you would recommend the system to a friend or colleague in the industry? (Scale: 0 – Not at all likely to 10 – Extremely Likely).

A promoter is someone who answers 9 – 10 and a detractor is someone who rates you 0 – 6. Passives are 7 – 8. NPS is simply the percentage of promoters minus the percentage of detractors:

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Boom.

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Falcon Heavy – January 2018

December 29, 2017

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket is basically three times more powerful than anything they’ve launched before and is the most powerful rocket today. It was raised vertical for tests at Kennedy Space Center:

When it launches, the two outer boosters will detach and land almost simultaneously at Cape Canaveral, while the center core will attempt to land on the floating barge in the Atlantic. Almost like this:

Because  Elon Musk has a sense of humor, he will be sending his very own original Tesla Roadster into space:

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And Elon thinks there’s a fairly real chance the first Falcon Heavy launch will explode:

“I hope it makes it far enough away from the pad that it does not cause pad damage. I would consider even that a win, to be honest,”

This is crazy cool stuff, whether it succeeds the first time or not.


You do have the right to remain silent

December 29, 2017

Preet Bharara is the former US Attorney fired by Donald Trump, supposedly due to not returning the president’s phone call. He now has a very interesting podcast:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/preetbharara/episodes

I highly recommend the one with Garry Kasparov (who I also highly recommend). Preet also has a prosecutor’s wit on Twitter: