Perth Leadership Institute - Popular Culture https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/categories/popular-culture Sun, 20 May 2018 10:47:25 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Space is actually for making ourselves more beautiful https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-is-actually-for-making-ourselves-more-beautiful https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/space-is-actually-for-making-ourselves-more-beautiful
Did you notice the news about Scott Kelly, the US astronaut? His DNA changed while he was in space, 7% of it to be exact. Actually it turns out that the report wasn’t quite correct; in fact the way his DNA was expressed changed for 7% of it . Whatever, his body changed.   How so? Well for a start he got 2 inches taller (but that was temporary). And...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Cosmology Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:18:00 +0000
Are selfies dangerous? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-selfies-dangerous
There’s nothing more feel-good than selfies right? Taken with friends, family, colleagues they are the paragon of amicability, friendship, togetherness. What’s not to like? Selfies are big. These days there’s whole articles about the best smartphones to take them. It's crucial right? After all these have become the core of their online identify for...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 11 Nov 2017 13:28:56 +0000
Does streaming music reduce productivity? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/does-streaming-music-reduce-productivity
Well, whadya know? US worker productivity growth rose sluggishly in the last quarter (at 0.9%). So what? This is kind of boring stuff after my usual posts on quantum brains, love force-fields and the like. What could possibly be of existential interest here? Productivity growth is usually said to be caused by eye-glazingly boring phenomena such as ...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 26 Aug 2017 13:16:04 +0000
The End of Restaurants? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-restaurants https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-end-of-restaurants
I just returned from one of my regular trips to China. Air quality worse, even more traffic. BUT a Cambrian-like explosion of bikes and bike-sharing (see Ofo ) and now, lots more yummy takeout. Americans invented takeout right? How dare the upstart Chinese try to beat us at our own game? But they have: massively. China and the US are on different p...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:04:03 +0000
Is reading bad for you? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-reading-bad-for-you https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/is-reading-bad-for-you
As a book writer myself I’m always interested to see who might want to read my books, or for that matter, any books. The bad news is that the book market is essentially flat, so doesn’t look like I’m going to make out with my book, even if it were a best-seller, which it’s not. The slightly better news is that e-books are growing a little faster bu...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Uncategorized Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:15:56 +0000
Are celebrities better venture investors than the professionals? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-celebrities-better-venture-investors-than-the-professionals https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-celebrities-better-venture-investors-than-the-professionals
We Americans are obsessed by celebrities. Many of them have lots of moolah. So I’m sure you took notice of the recent announcements that Leonardo DiCaprio has joined a Boston VC firm . Maybe you also happened to notice another recent announcement that Kobe Bryant had launched a $100 MM VC fund, with one Jeff Stibel . This is just the tip of the ice...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Entrepreneurship Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:30:56 +0000
“Happy Feet” - can animals fall in love? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/happy-feet-can-animals-fall-in-love https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/happy-feet-can-animals-fall-in-love
OK so I went whale-watching recently, my token conversion to greenery. I actually saw several whales! Humpbacks actually. The interesting thing is that all the ones I saw were in pairs. Our helpful guide told us that these were always couples, male/female. But, she added disapprovingly, the male escort was always temporary; they have their way with...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:48:28 +0000
No Thrills Mom - Towards the Giving Car https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/no-thrills-mom-towards-the-giving-car https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/no-thrills-mom-towards-the-giving-car
All this stuff with new-fangled autos has become overwhelming. Self-driving cars, connected autos, car-sharing, electric vehicles, and so on. But the big question is, what does it do for me? Self-driving cars will change everything. It used to be all about thrills. Hmmm, if I have a high-performance car, I want to drive it myself. Don’t trust anyon...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Technology Sat, 28 May 2016 12:31:19 +0000
Could Genetically-Modified Humans Re-Ignite Global Growth? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/could-genetically-modified-humans-re-ignite-global-growth
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Vermont law that says that all foods that include genetically-modified ingredients must be disclosed on the label starting July 2016. Of course most of Europe doesn’t allow GM foods. China officially bans GM crops, although in fact the vast majority of them are in fact GM . So the movement to ban all GM foods is pret...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Economics and finance Sat, 14 May 2016 13:09:33 +0000
What’s Your Next but One Career? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-your-next-but-one-career https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/what-s-your-next-but-one-career
I guess you just saw that Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million for having his sex videos publicly uploaded by Gawker? My thought on this is I wonder whether this will form the basis for a new career. Celebrity litigant? Sexpert? Another reality show? The Hulk has had a few careers so far , starting with his wrestling career. Naturally dropped out of...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:20:47 +0000
Gravitational Waves Reveal We’re Worth Reconnoitering https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/gravitational-waves-reveal-we-re-worth-reconnoitering https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/gravitational-waves-reveal-we-re-worth-reconnoitering
See that scientists have just discovered the existence of gravitational waves ? Well, hopefully. They also announced the same discovery a couple of years ago but then retracted it (see my post “ Dust on Your Lens: Gravitational Waves and Cognitive Biases ”). But assuming this time it’s for real; it’s a pretty amazing feat. To wit, they detected two...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 05 Mar 2016 14:24:23 +0000
Are women smarter than men – but only after babies? https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-women-smarter-than-men-but-only-after-babies https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/are-women-smarter-than-men-but-only-after-babies
So while Trump disses women, the women are nonetheless showing their mettle a la Hilary and Fox's Megyn Kelley. That brings me (well, kind of) to an article I read recently in New Scientist “Busting the baby brain myth: Why motherhood makes minds sharper ”. The author (a woman btw) is out to debunk what she sees as being the myth of the “baby brain...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Decision-making Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:23:04 +0000
The Latest “Star Wars” – Utter Rubbish and Utterly Uplifting https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-latest-star-wars-utter-rubbish-and-utterly-uplifting https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-latest-star-wars-utter-rubbish-and-utterly-uplifting
So yep, went to the “The Force Awakens” really no choice, you’re a pariah or worse if you snub it. In a word it’s awful, utter rubbish. So how come it’s the highest-grossing film of all time? What’s wrong with me? Let’s dispose of the plot; worse than infantile. Content banal and repetitious, old-hat way past a million faults. Acting: total crud. S...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Sustainability Fri, 08 Jan 2016 23:04:17 +0000
Self-Driving Hoverboard Flash Mobs are the Next Big Thing! https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-hoverboard-flash-mobs-are-the-next-big-thing https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/self-driving-hoverboard-flash-mobs-are-the-next-big-thing
I guess you’ve seen all these new-fangled hoverboards? Clearly a totally new and superior form of transportation. As usual the powers-that-be are trying to shut them down. Like planes banning them coz their batteries may catch fire . What a bunch of sissy-poos. I mean think of all the new stuff you can do with them. Walking – oops – hoverboarding i...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sat, 02 Jan 2016 15:41:02 +0000
Antibiotics cause obesity – not fast food! https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/antibiotics-cause-obesity-not-fast-food https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/antibiotics-cause-obesity-not-fast-food
Ok since its Thanksgiving it’s ok to eat too much. But some time you gotta pay the piper. That’s the case as revealed by the latest survey from the National Institutes of Health about obesity . It shows that obesity is still rising even further and that women now have overtaken men as being most obese. The headline is that obese individuals are aro...]]>
etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Health Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:15:46 +0000
The Beatles’ Leadership and Innovation Lessons https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-beatles-leadership-and-innovation-lessons https://www.perthleadership.org/easyblog/entry/the-beatles-leadership-and-innovation-lessons etedprince@perthleadership.org (etedprince) Popular Culture Sun, 09 Mar 2014 01:22:20 +0000