Total Immersion

I was having a conversation yesterday about how front-crawl is so much more tiring than breast-stroke. The conversation went onto a book I once read on Total Immersion I discovered from reading this book that my swimming technique--- the way I was taught crawl--- was not that effective. Total immersion introduces some techniques to reduce drag and make crawl easier. The book I read is Total Immersion: Revolutionary Way to

Web testing with Javascript

Some people at thoughtworks have come up with a useful test engine for testing web services. Selenium allows all the tests to be run in the browser. Using its javascript engine. As they point out, it offers a way of checking that functionality works in a in all browsers.


Happy valentines.

My heart has made its mind up
And I'm afraid it's you.
Whatever you've got lined up,
My heart has made its mind up
And if you can't be signed up
This year, next year will do.
My heart has made its mind up
And I'm afraid it's you.

---Wendy Cope


People, ritual and wellbeing

Occasionally I read a book that changes my point of view, one of the reasons that I think it’s important to read. One book that did this was Life of Pi, I read this a few years ago now, just after it won the Man Booker Prize. The book advertises that it will make you believe in God. Well as not believing at the time I thought it might be an interesting read, although it didn’t get me to believe in God, it did change my perception. The book quite brilliantly tests why we might believe.


Expectation and reward

Recently I've been thinking about expectation. I remember working with some management consultants once and their favourite turn of phrase was: You have to manage expectations.

They kept saying this. Practically it meant they needed to know what could go wrong, allowing them to manage the situation should it happen.

Recently on British terrestrial television there was a popular psychology program and they illustrated how the expectation of reward affects children; and indeed adults. Three groups of children were asked to paint; one group was left to paint, one after a brief period was given a surprise reward for their work and the third group: were told right from the start there would be a reward for painting.


Let the language be your guide

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face. O, be some other name
Belonging to a man.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title.

Fun with Mistranslation

Remember, or you might not of heard of it. How funny English is often used in the orient to mean a completely different thing. Well it turns out the western world does the same, the recent trend in using chinese characters in tattoo designs doesn't anways say what's advertised.



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