Category Archives: Observations

Systems Are More Than The Sum Of Their Parts

Yesterday I was reacting to the way a health agency minimized a terrible problem by presenting data in a misleading way, and I framed it as predictable behavior by a bureaucratic system.  While I may find the charts fascinating, this is a terrible way of introducing people to the healthcare challenges of people living in…
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What’s News With You?

Sometimes the most astonishing aspect of news isn’t in the headline or the fine print, it’s the priority we give to certain stories. Last month I was in Victoria, the capital of our third biggest province.  On the front page of the daily paper I read that an octopus had attacked a bald eagle in…
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To profit, or not to profit?

Of the few people who ever form a corporation, even fewer spend much time contemplating whether they want it to make money or lose money. What could be less relevant than a post about a few of the few?  It matters because almost everyone gets almost everything from companies, and every company is formed either…
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End of the beginning, 2018

Past practice was to review a year of blogging and report on what had caught the attention of our readers.  It was occasionally surprising to learn how little my obsessions coincided with the casual interests of human and mechanical web browsers.  As everywhere, the analytics offered more support than illumination (like a lamp post to…
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