Skeptics Say Science Has No Obligation to Communicate Clearly

I was just alerted to an odd podcast called The Skeptics Guide to the Universe in which a panel of unpleasant people take things out of context and get angry about them. Apparently I was in their cross-hairs on Episode 502, about 16 minutes in. I can’t link to it directly but the main page is here.

Keep in mind that this is a panel of rational, science-loving skeptics. That’s what makes observing the irrationality extra fun. The psychology of it is fascinating.… READ MORE

The Two Biggest Problems in the United States are Food and Marriage

Here’s the problem with food:

Broccoli is food.

Cake is food.

Those two things are not the same. Broccoli is good for your body and cake is not. When you have two items that are almost opposites, they probably should not have the same name. Would it make sense to have only one word to cover both criminal and victim?

I know you hate big government, so imagine what follows as a thought experiment. Imagine the government passes a law to label all edibles as one of these two categories:


Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Accidentally Agrees With Idiot

When you have a minute, and some headphones, this recent TED talk by Nobel Prize winner George Smoot on the high likelihood we are computer simulations is fascinating.

Then read the same ideas from an idiot, written a few years earlier, here. 

What does it say about the nature of reality when your top scientists and your village idiots have the same hypotheses?

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Top Republican Gets the Outragist Treatment from Mother Jones

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Ever since I introduced the word “outragist” a few weeks ago I have been waiting for the perfect example in the headlines to drive home my point. And thanks to the fine people at Mother Jones, we have a great one.

Take a look at this headline.

[If you can’t see the image behind your corporate firewall. it says, “Mitch McConnell Declares Workplace Sexism Over, Says Women Don’t Deserve “Preferential Treatment”]

Now read the article and look for anyplace that Mitch McConnell used the word “deserve,” or anything similar to it.… READ MORE

Can you Measure Workplace Sexism?

Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not
intended to change anyone’s beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or
link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for
whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.… READ MORE

Flag Hill: Goal or System?

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Dateline: February 19, 2015. Sunol, CA. 

My third attempt to reach the top of Flag Hill.

Background: I tried hiking to the top of this hill in mid 2014. Halfway up I was exhausted and defeated. My younger, better-looking hiking partner was not impressed. She could have sprinted to the summit while texting at the same time. With my manhood in tatters, I slunk down the hill. But I vowed to someday come back and beat Flag Hill. Now it was personal.… READ MORE

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

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This morning, my mailbox was bombarded with the news of tentative agreement of the settlement of the nine-month labor conflict between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The people on the ground–my contacts in the 3PL, freight forwarding and transportation industry–know that the labor strife is only a part of the larger story.

The issues of chassis management, land-locked ports (currently gridlocked with little space), and the requirements for unloading larger ocean vessels confound a tough issue.… READ MORE

Offensive vs. defensive forecasting

By Mike Gilliland

Sports provide us with many familiar clichés about playing defense, such as:

Defense wins championships. The best defense is a good offense.

Or my favorite:

The best defense is the one that ranks first statistically in overall defensive performance, after controlling for the quality of the offenses it has faced.

Perhaps not the sort of thing you hear from noted scholars of the game like Charles Barkley, Dickie V, or the multiply-concussed crew of Fox NFL announcers. But it captures the essential fact that performance evaluation, when done in isolation, may lead to improper conclusions.… READ MORE

4 techniques to manage change in a complex organization

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In the organizational keys to managing a complex supply chain, we discussed the importance of avoiding the over-specialization of operating professionals and the value that greater understanding and transparency bring to the decisions made by each function. Absent these insights, functional processes and performance objectives become isolated, even frozen, and the individuals operating these processes may become reluctant to make the necessary changes. This is because they are used to having one hundred percent control of achieving their performance objectives and may even fail to understand why they need to change.… READ MORE

Renegade Riposte

By Lora Cecere

In the supply chain, the questions do not change; but the answers do.

Quote from a Supply Chain Leader at a Conference in Europe

Yesterday, Peter Bolstorff, //  Executive Director, APICS Supply Chain Council, called to discuss the use of the Supply Chain Index by APICS to measure supply chain improvement. Peter is one of the nicest guys that I know, and I am glad to see him at the council. After spending five tedious years on the SCOR council executive board, I know that the governance model limited the SCOR council.… READ MORE

Robots Read News

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I am experimenting with a web comic about a robot with a bad attitude reading the news. I decided to triple-dip today and use my comic strip practice as a blog post while also pointing to the new bloggers on this site. Efficiency!

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The home sperm test is a real thing, coming to a store near you if all goes well. (I am one of the smaller investors in the start-up. Seems like a huge leap for the economics and convenience of fertility testing.) Read more at  even though they were not expecting any.… READ MORE

S&OP and Culture Change: How To Stay The Course

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We have all read, discussed and used the famous quote from Peter Drucker, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” and S&OP is definitely a strategic approach to managing business outcomes that can get derailed in a culture clash.

For those of us in the supply chain world we all know the value proposition of Sales and Operations Planning. Through the S&OP process, customer and shareholder commitments are integrated in operations plan to simply and transparently align the resources (people, inventory, equipment) to attain the goals.… READ MORE