Cultural Prep: Soda Stereo & the World Cup Final

Cultural Prep: Soda Stereo & the World Cup Final

So we're down to Argentina and Germany in this year's World Cup final match. I'll save the postulation about football for another time and place. This post is about one of my favorite bands, who hail from Argentina. Seems like a good opportunity to write about their music, and for you to have a listen! Soda Stereo. Most non-Spanish speakers haven't heard of them. Any Spanish speaker from South America, Spain, the US, or anywhere other corner of the Spanish-speaking globe undoubtedly has. They were pioneers of rock en Español, effectively setting the gold…Read more …

What does the Equinox look like from space?

The Vernal Equinox. It's not the longest day of the year. It's not the shortest. It's the...well...what is it? Check out this visual representation using satellite data: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUW51lvIFjg Then read a further explanation from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day Blog: >> APOD: 2014 March 19 - Equinox on a Spinning Earth. Happy Spring Equinox!Read more …

What is a “math person” anyway?

I'm struck by how many people will readily disavow their math skills with a single statement of "I'm not a math person." You've heard it many times from friends, or perhaps from yourself. Maybe you've excused your way out of situations requiring calculation, geometrical thinking, or ratios. "I'm not a math person" seems like a fine excuse. But what if in a social situation you were asked to explain yourself more clearly and you replied "oh, I'm not a verbal expression person"? Would that fly? Certainly eyebrows would raise. What is it about…Read more …

Primate at the Piano, or Music Is Trans-Species

This video of a bonobo playing the keyboard (with a bit of background music accompaniment) makes me think about just how powerful music really is. There's something about music that resonates deep inside all of us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM9YTlF_ErY Thanks to Peter Gabriel's YouTube channel for turning me on to this.Read more …
Airplane Cockpits : Operating Rooms

Airplane Cockpits : Operating Rooms

What management principle do airplane cockpits and operating rooms share? When it comes to managing risk from human error, specifically fixation or lack of awareness of a problem, both environments demand the "Two Challenge Rule." >> Cockpit culture and using the two challenge rule in the OR | Kevin MDRead more …