Saturday, March 21, 2015

English, as she was and is spoken

Whether or not English is your first language, or perhaps your second or third one, I’m sure that you’ll learn a lot about the origins, the spread and the current usage of the language from the following excellent Vox article by Libby Nelson:

25 maps that explain the English language

“Fifty-eight countries have English as an official language. This doesn't include most of the biggest English-speaking countries — the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom don't have official languages. This map shows where English is either the official or the dominant language. Particularly in Africa, it also doubles as a fairly accurate map of British colonial history.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sale by Tender of the Copyright to Clive Finkelstein’s Enterprise Architecture Workshop

In my first years with IBM Australia in the early 1970s, I was fortunate to have as one of my systems engineering mentors Clive Finkelstein.

From the mid-1970s onwards Clive concentrated on what would occupy the rest of his outstanding IT career, the field of information engineering.

Read more about this at Clive's website.

Having now retired, at LinkedIn Clive has announced sale by tender of the copyright to his outstanding Enterprise Architecture Workshop which is a rare opportunity for anybody specializing in this field of IT to take over these excellent teaching materials.

If you know anybody who might benefit from this opportunity, please pass on the above info.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Are women perfect for online business?

The battle of the sexes continues! Go read 10 Reasons Why Women are Perfect for Online Business (a new blog post by Paul Smithson):

It reminds me of being taken by my mother to see my first ever Hollywood musical, the 1950 comedy Annie Get Your Gun

And particularly its memorable hit song:

I Can Do Anything Better Than You Can

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Find the cat!

Somebody just sent me this via e-mail. Usually I don’t pass on such things, but it’s harmless and an amusing diversion so here it is.

Locate the grey and white cat in the photograph below. (Sorry, I can’t give any attribution for the originator of this little test of observation powers.)

Don’t pass it on until you’ve found the moggie, and don’t tell anybody else where it is!

Click image to see an enlarged version.

It took me about 15 to 20 seconds.
How long did it take you?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

On the matter of asking useful questions

One of my other blogs is all about asking Basic Questions.

Hopefully they will be “the right questions” rather than just any old questions.

Josh Kaufman has written a pertinent blog post:

How to Ask Useful Questions

Sunday, December 28, 2014

At last I believe in the Theorem of Pythagoras

Pythagoras was right! Here’s the definitive, rigorous mathematical proof:

See boring proofs at Wikipedia (or elsewhere).

View a collection of other interesting dynamic GIFs here.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Possibly getting eaten by a shark, versus winning the Lotto?

I keep telling members of my family that buying Lotto tickets is a “mug’s game” and that they would better spend their hard-earned money on something else.

They even think that buying a Lotto ticket each week increases their chance of a win. I’ve given up on trying to persuade them, it’s like talking to the proverbial brick wall.

Earlier today I was reading Response to the latest shark bite is fuelled by myth and retribution and reading the various interesting opinions of commenters.

One of them pointed to a web document that turns out to be a real gem, and I encourage you all to read right through its six pages:

Shark attacks and the Poisson approximation by Byron Schmuland


As well as gaining valuable insights about your chances of being gobbled by a “Noah’s Ark” you will also learn about the theory of coincidences: winning the Lotto, having the same birthday as someone else in a group, and the true nature of Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretsky’s amazing batting average.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks, ever

We all like the freebie, something given away for free, don’t we?

Well then, Eric Ligman (who is Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager) has accumulated this big list of free eBooks from Microsoft

He also reported in July 2014 about Over 1 Million FREE Microsoft eBooks Given Away in 2 days!

A couple of other interesting eBook sources are here and here.

That lot should keep you busy for a while!