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Entries from May 2014

But I Had a Great Time

May 29th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Once again I delve into the question, but what was the objective? I find myself planning events more than previously. At least I find myself involved in planning events. And, as I have written before, I tend to ask some variation of, “What is the objective?” I have been involved with many […]

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Tags: Learning · Planning

Writing Numbers

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A review of the writing rule about writing small numbers. Sometimes you just feel the need to write a blog post about something in writing that everyone is supposed to know. Then you read a stack of papers and see that almost no one knows it. So here goes: Write small numbers […]

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Tags: Writing

Nouns, Verbs, and Hashtags

May 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The more things change, well, you know, they don’t change. The world is now ruled by hashtags. There are no more standard categories for anything. Everyone makes their own category when they want. This was all described several years ago in Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger. Since nothing has a category, […]

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Tags: Communication · Web 2.0 · Writing

The Discussion Class

May 19th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Many people love a classroom that has lots of class discussion, a.k.a., the discussion class. What, however, is the goal of a class? I am one of those irritating people who ask, What was the goal? I often hear people say, “It was a great event. There was lots of fill-in-the-blank-with-something-that-someone-would-consider-wonderful-at-some-time-in-some-place.” I […]

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Tags: Education

Writing Doesn’t Scale

May 15th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is something about attempting to write a longer piece that makes writing a sentence much more difficult. I’ll start with something that is probably obvious to everyone else in the world: Writing doesn’t scale. Explanation: People who can write a two-page piece, flop when they attempt to write a 20-page piece. […]

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Tags: Education · Learning · Writing


May 12th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Senior managers issue policy. That is one of the more important tasks they do. A misunderstanding of policy statements and their purpose has given them a bad name. A better understanding of policy statements aids everyone in an organization. Issuing policy is one of the more important tasks that managers can do. […]

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Tags: Choose · Communication · Management

Reasons or Justifications

May 8th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is a big difference between reasons for a decision and justifications created after a decision. Justifications, just a farce, succeed unless someone cares and is attentive. Someone announces a decision; then they announce the reasons behind the decision. Question: did they use those reasons in deciding or did they create those […]

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Tags: Choose · Communication

The Death of the PC (In My Family)

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips While the PC dies, home computing continues to thrive. The PC just died in my in-laws home. Not really, it still works, but my in-laws are moving on and participating in the “death of the PC.” Their Windows XP PC still runs along just fine. They, however, don’t want to have it […]

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Tags: Communication · Computing · Family

A False Proposition

May 1st, 2014 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Accepting something that is false leads us all into all sorts of trouble. There is a property in logic that states if you accept something that is false, you can prove anything. For example, if you accept that one equals zero, you can prove anything in math (try it). Recently, I stumbled […]

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Tags: General Systems Thinking