Monthly Archives: July 2009

System Dynamics Conf. – V – Day 3, Part 1

By | July 31, 2009

I’m splitting Day 3 in two, as there were three presentations later in the day in addition to the regular papers. They’ll take at least another hour to write up, and right now, I want to sleep. Here’s the papers, three on insurgencies, one on biology: The Role of Influence Operations in a Counterinsurgency Battle… Read More »

System Dynamics Conf. – IV – Day 2

By | July 30, 2009

I saw six presentations today, three of which were interesting enough to write about: Simulating Pollution from Urban Stormwater in Project Twin Streams Catchment, Auckland, New Zealand by Ines Winz, Gary Brierley As far as I’m aware, the author of this paper was the only other person from NZ at the conference, though I haven’t… Read More »

System Dynamics Conf. – III – Day 1

By | July 29, 2009

The day begun with a keynote by Dennis Meadows on his ‘Limits to Growth’ work. I came away the following ideas: There’s a distinction between global problems and universal problems. Global problems affect everyone and cannot be solved without cooperation from everyone, whereas universal problems affect everyone but can be solved by local groups. Some… Read More »

System Dynamics Conf. – I – Overview

By | July 26, 2009

So, I’m at the 27th International System Dynamics Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the moment and, like any wannabe writer with a blog, I’m going to make an attempt at live blogging it. My flights were nice and comfortable, though the second one, from Phoenix to Albuquerque was seriously delayed. At first, this was… Read More »

On Motivational Momentum

By | July 23, 2009

Another quick observation about motivation: I was lying in bed just now, tired and thinking of sleep. I picked up the book I’m currently reading (the 2008 Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthology, if anyone cares), thumbed to the next story, but barely made it to the end of the second paragraph before giving up.… Read More »

The Bad Day – Motivation & Enthusiasm

By | July 22, 2009

Yesterday was very strange. Do you ever have those days where you just can’t get anything done? Where all of the things you know are important just seem silly and pointless? Where a Herculean effort is required even to force yourself to put your laundry away? Of course you do. Everyone has bad days. If… Read More »

Happy Tranquility Day!

By | July 20, 2009

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and if that’s not worth celebrating, I really don’t know what is. Lots of people are celebrating, of course. Here’s a few sites worth checking out: “Remembering Apollo 11“, a photo set from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture feature. NASA’s official 40th anniversary page,… Read More »

On Music Appreciation – III – Facet Types

By | July 19, 2009

This is the third in a series of posts about music appreciation. In previous posts, I argued that: Explaining our preferences with ‘taste’ doesn’t help a lot. All it really does is hide their complexities and protect us from the challenge of having to explain ourselves. Preferences are better explained using ‘facets’ of appreciation that… Read More »