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January 2014

Gang aft agley

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 22, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides

I had planned to announce the first part of my Round Wales at 60 walk today covering the North Wales Coast and Anglesey.  Detailed planning of the various stages meant that I had already cut out the From the source of the Dee section as I realised some sections of the walk would not allow a nineteen mile a day average to be maintained and 60 days seemed realistic for the coastal path but I would have to add another ten for Offa's Dyke.  Not real issue there, the 60@60 was always a bit artificial and the idea was to enjoy this, and...

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2014 Education + Sydney ALERT

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 21, 2014  ·  News

A core part of Cognitive Edge's mission/business is education and our courses have developed over the years in a messily coherent way.   In the early days it was a two day moveable feast and I ran them all with a co-facilitator at most of them.   Then we stabilised the content for a few years and I backed off leaving it to others running the odd advanced programme when I was in town.  I regret that period a bit, not because the course was not well run but (i) it meant I didn't know everyone we had trained any more and (ii) the...

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Patterns & significance

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 20, 2014  ·  Polemic

A series of emails and skype calls today built up a head of frustration with some people's obsession with statistics and data. An obsession that attempts a substitution for sense-making, rather than as a tool to support it.   One conversation with a research head of a British local authority who had been passed a HBR article which said data was more accurate than human judgement in recruitment and sooner or later all recruitment would be a big data algorithm.   Another with a colleague frustrated by people talking about the validity...

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Cwm Sere Ridge

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 19, 2014  ·  Walks & Bike rides

My original plan for today was to Head for Glyntawe and complete a 14 mile circuit of Sinc Giedd and Bannau Sir Gaer but the friendly publican at the Hendrewen Hotel really wanted breakfast to be at 0900.  That would mean I would get off at around 1100 and the last time I did that on a shorter walk I ended up descending in the dark.  I really need to keep the resolve of finding impersonal places to stay when I want an early start!   Mind you I recommend the place.  I plan to go back if only to walk the valley in which it is...

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Australasia on the horizon

By Dave Snowden  ·  January 18, 2014  ·  News

I slept in this morning, catching ip after a difficult couple of weeks.  It was good last night to get the wood burner going in the sitting room and settle in with a curry to watch television, enjoying the new Sky high definition box (well worth the investment) and satisfying the cat's need for attention.  This morning I had to sort out options on flights to Israel and Sydney/Auckland which are coming up in a couple of weeks time.   I'll be flying Gulf Air I think - not seen the booking yet, but they are new members of One World and...

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