Wired on feedback loops

Speaking of good articles in Wired … last week I really enjoyed this piece on the power of feedback loops.  The concept isn’t new but he offers some fun examples of new products built around the idea of loops.  I may try out the Zeo headband for sleep...

The real lesson from Duke Nukem Forever

There was some buzz in the last few weeks about a tweet blunder related to the video game “Duke Nukem Forever.”  A PR agency got fired as a result, and as the Ad Age story concludes, it’s a good “reminder to cut off all access to Twitter when...

A plea for more Paradox of Choice research

Like Freakonomics co-author Stephen Dubner, I found Barry Schwartz’s Paradox of Choice very persuasive — even though one of my favorite free market commentators seems to equate Schwartz with the devil (here and here). In a recent blog post, Dubner cites...

Wikipedia’s declining volunteer base

For many people like me, Wikipedia is the most successful example of opening content creation up to the masses and empowering and motivating volunteers to contribute high quality work. So this recent front page story from the WSJ is interesting, and a little...

Patriots vs. Colts and data vs. intuition

I was shocked when I watched the ESPN highlights of the recent Patriots-Colts game. With 2 minutes left in the game — leading by 6 points — and with the ball on their own 28, Pats coach Bill Belichick decided to go for it on 4th-and-2. I’ve always...