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My name is sisyphus

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 19, 2011  ·  Surreal


Four hours to record a ten minute presentation, I know how sisyphus felt.
Cartoon courtesy of Gaping Void

I've neglected this blog over the last few weeks, partly due to travel (A Round the World ticket, followed by a side trip to the US) and partly due to the intensity of some of the work. Last week for example saw me in Atlanta looking at human interactions in irregular warfare for the US Navy. That was followed by two days in New York working with one of the founders of Starlight Runner and their editorial lead on...


The muse calls

By Dave Snowden  ·  November 17, 2010  ·  Surreal

An all too brief conversation with Tom Stewart this morning (he was the opening keynote at KM World here in Washington) produced a gem of an idea, namely what poems are appropriate to give an insight into the different cynefin domains. I have long used Robert Frost's Mending Wall to illustrate complexity. Its evocative use of the old proverb Good fences make good neighbours and the two lines My apple trees will never get across; And eat the cones under his pines show the idea of boundaries and diversity well. Tome came up with...


Why would anyone live here?

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 21, 2010  ·  Surreal

P5190012.JPG Entering the smog of Los Angeles


Fruitbats, fellatio & freedom

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 15, 2010  ·  Surreal

Screen shot 2010-05-15 at 16.20.06.png I had been planning to post my frustrations at yesterdays travel schedule and may still do so tomorrow. Suffice it to say that we had to put down in Chicago before making Dallas three hours late; would someone please tell the airlines that an aircraft is a Faraday Cage. Two hours to get through immigration (15 minutes for US Citizens I timed it), three hours queuing to get allocated to same flight next day then a shuttle bus to a Dallas Centre hotel at 0100, exactly 24 hours after I got up. However I got pinged by Dylan Evans first...


Call this science?

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 7, 2009  ·  Surreal

Another silly survey to test your stress levels and coping mechanisms, from the BBC of all people not the Sun. It turns out my stress levels are medium and I tend to blame circumstances when things go wrong and I have a healthy habit of not blaming myself. I love these things, spend five minutes on line and your area assessed and categorised. For an encore I will read my horoscope, I'm pretty sure that will be as accurate and equally useful.