City views, cityscapes: Top 18 skylines in world.
Wall Street Folly: clipping service for the aspiring beta banker.
The positive psychology of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Between anxiety and boredom there is a satisfying range
where challenges match the skills.
And if illegal aliens were jailed ...
Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, dismissed
arguments made by President Bush and business leaders who say the
United States needs a pool of foreign workers. He said businesses
should be more creative in their efforts to find help and suggested
that employers turn to the prison population to fill jobs in agriculture
"Let the prisoners pick the fruits," Mr. Rohrabacher said. "We can do
it without bringing in millions of foreigners."
via Reason Hit and Run.
Defence attorney team for Scooter Libby has impressive advisors.
Greg Mankiw opines economically, mostly on current events, for
the benefit of his undergraduate Economics class.
Under the Counter tracks who's who in investing.
A PIPE is an alternative available to publicly traded companies that
need to raise money but don't want to go through the complexity
of selling shares through a secondary offering. Instead, the company
finds an investor and sells him a block of newly issued shares at an
agreed price or a block of debt which can later be converted into
shares (a structured PIPE).
Ed Tufte adds,
DEAS FOR MONITORING BUSINESS AND OTHER PROCESSES
(1) See Peter Drucker's new book, The Essential Drucker,
for a thoughtful chapter on "the information executives
need today." That is, you should start by considering the
intellectual problems that the displays are supposed to
help with. The point of information displays is to assist
thinking; therefore, ask first of all: What are the thinking
tasks that the displays are supposed to help with?
(2) It is essential to build in systematic checks of data
quality into the display and analysis system. For example,
good checks of the data on revenue recognition must be
made, given the strong incentives for premature recognition.
Beware, in management data, of what statisticians call
"sampling to please"--selecting, sorting, fudging, choosing
data so as to please management. Sampling to please occurs,
for example, when the outflow from a polluting factory into
the Hudson River is measured by dipping the sampling
test-tube into the cleaner rather than the dirtier effluent.
(3) For information displays for management, avoid
heavy-breathing metaphors such as the mission control
center, the strategic air command, the cockpit, the dashboard,
or Star Trek. As Peter Drucker once said, good management
is boring. If you want excitement, don't go to a good
management information system.
Simple designs showing high-resolution data, well-labelled
information in tables and graphics will do just fine. One model
might be the medical interface in Visual Explanations (pages
110-111) and the articles by Seth Powsner and me cited there.
A model for tables might be the supertable, shown in The
Visual Display of Quantitative Information, p. 179. More generally,
see chapter 9 of The Visul Display of Quantitative Information. The
displays should often be accompanied by annotation, details from
the field, and othersupplements.
"Sparklines" show high-resolution data and also work to reduce
the recency bias prevalent in data analysis and decision-making.
More on that in the next book, Beautiful Evidence, probably out by
2003, I do hope.
Trust me, they don't care. I designed gyms for years,
for the bigest in the business. They are after their own
workout experiance, not interested in giving you the
same gym you came from. You can be sure, everything
including, The placement of of the machines, has been
reviewed at corporate, without the Gym's manager's
input or knowledge. There are reasons for everything.
Missing drink machines...= cleaner workout floor, and
drive up the juice bar sales.
No personal TVs at carrdio=, cut down on replacement
overhead (they do break)and quicker turnaround, studies
show people use cardio machines for longer time with
a personal TV station.
This is common stuff in gyms with high peak times.
You will not be tripping over bottles, and waiting for
machines to open up. But if enough people complain
about the TVs they will put them in, but only if the
membersip numbers don't hit target.
See also kizmeet's missed Equinox connections.
Wall street fighter is an E/N site which mentions
investments and stock movements.