the four universal graphs
the unseen apollo 11
german WWI grave designs
This is my 2002 journal.
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Also available: 2001 2001 2000 1990s 1980s
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Copyright 1985-2002 by Thane Plambeck, except where obviously not.
31 May 2002
Two five letter words
28 May 2002
The Universal Graphs
In today's New York Times, "A Sudden Host of Questions on Bell Labs Breakthroughs", by Kenneth Chang:
In a ski slope in Utah in March, Paul Grant and Rick Greene made a bet—about superconductors.Where is the surprise here? Anyone who has ever used PowerPoint knows every idea, no matter how complex, can be explained using an appropriate combination of the four universal graphs representing growth, limitation, hierarchy, and exchangeability.
23 May 2002
The Unseen Apollo 11
The trouble with epoch-making events is that they tend to be represented over and over in the media by the same images and catchphrases. Over time, even history's most astonishing events and greatest heroes are reduced to platitudes.
For example, who can think of anything Martin Luther King said except some portion of his "I have a Dream" speech.
The Apollo 11 moon mission in July 1969 has been similarly reduced to a few images:
21 May 2002
Repeat, Reassure, Resume
Life presents many challenges. How can we overcome the objections or complaints that are inevitably to be found blocking us from our goals?
Telemarketers and customer service representatives know that it is a three step process:
1) [Repeat] "Yes, I understand you think new aluminum siding is too expensive and not needed for your home..."Together with the trick I learned in graduate school, which is to answer questions about things you don't know by instead talking at length about things you do know, what you have here is a useful pair of tools for getting through the day.
You can thank me later.
18 May 2002
I put together a little page on the subsequent fortunes of the founders of PostModern Computing Technologies, Inc which was a computer software company I helped start in 1991.
7 May 2002
Not an Albanian kind of mistake
Mr. Milosevic then produced a leaflet handed out in Kosovo after the NATO bombing started in March 1999 supposedly signed by Mr. Rugova and endorsed by the Kosovar army, in which Kosovo Albanians were called to leave for Macedonia and Albania. Mr. Rugova dismissed the document as a forgery and pointed out a number of linguistic mistakes "we don't make in Albanian."Rugova continued:The New York Times, 7 May 2002
(Note added 9 May 2002) I have a strong conviction that it should be possible to write something funny here. However, I've decided that my first attempt at doing so is not so funny after all. Soon, I'll try again. Sorry for the troubleThane.