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Great lies of our time: “journalists and coders should sit together to create amazing stuff” (updated)

The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say


The Thomson Reuters newsroom. Note papers stacked all over the place. No idea if journalists and developers “sit together” here – but I’d bet they don’t. Photo by Targuman on Flickr.

I keep seeing people saying “you know how journalism and the internet can work better? Have the news org’s journalists and coders sit beside each other. Wonderful things will happen.”

Postscript, but at the top: this post generated a lot of reaction – so be sure to read the followup, which pulls together the many people saying that it can and does work./Postscript.

Let me tell you: when someone spins you this line, it’s pure unadulterated 100% bullshit. Anyone who says this has never looked at what happens when you do this, or considered the differences in work patterns between the two. (It pains me to point out that Wolfgang Blau is only the latest to suggest…

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A new way to Fayolism 

  Henri Fayol (Istanbul, 29 July 1841 – Paris, 19 November 1925) was a Frenchmining engineer and director of mines who developed a general theory of business administration that is often called Fayolism.[1] He and his colleagues developed this theory independently of scientific managementbut roughly contemporaneously. Like his contemporary, Frederick Winslow Taylor, he is widely acknowledged as a founder of modern management methods.

Henry Fayol esthablished 14 Principles of Modern Management which was 

DADUUSSSEEEFOI” or FAYOL14

The 14 principles were…..

  1. Discipline 
  2. Authorities & responsibilities 
  3. Division of Labor
  4. Unity of Command 
  5. Unity of Direction 
  6. Scalar Chain
  7. Subordination of Demand
  8. Stability in Wages
  9. Equality 
  10. Esprit de Corps 
  11. Effective Centralization 
  12. Fair Remenurations
  13. Order
  14. Incentives

Remembering Memorial Day

True Boots

Memorial Day ceremony on the deck of the USS Intrepid, 2009 Memorial Day ceremony on the deck of the USS Intrepid in 2009, where veterans of many generations unfurl an American flag to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice

I have to admit that I bristle every time I hear someone say “Happy Memorial Day” or see an ad for Memorial Day car or furniture sales covered in American flags.  On one hand, it’s great to have a long weekend where a large share of American working families get to have time off together–we work hard, we sacrifice, and we build the best quality of life we can in this country.  We love the beach, the lake, the river, the backyard, or wherever we choose to celebrate that.

But it’s also well worth taking some time to remember why Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States.  This isn’t the same as Veteran’s Day, where we honor and…

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Why women talk less

language: a feminist guide

This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked, are women so often un- or under-represented in public forums? Are they reluctant to put themselves forward? Are they deterred by the adversarial nature of the proceedings?

The women offered some alternative suggestions. Women don’t get asked, or if they do it’s assumed you only need one. Women aren’t seen as experts, unless the subject is a ‘women’s issue’. The age-old prejudice against women speaking in public means that any woman who dares to voice her opinions can expect to be deluged with abuse and threats.

But while all-male panels are obviously a problem, they’re only the tip of the iceberg. Just ensuring that women are represented on a panel does not guarantee their voices will…

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Good Bye Messenger!!!

I am not talking about the Facebook Messenger but I am talking about NASA MESSENGER SPACECRAFT. See what happens to it!!!

Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system and the closest to the sun. Temperatures on the surface can range from a sweltering 840°F during the day to a frigid -290°F at night. Such extremes make the planet especially intriguing to scientists, but a challenge to study. In 2011, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft entered orbit around Mercury. Equipped with a giant heat-protective blanket, the spacecraft made detailed observations at close range using a suite of scientific instruments. The mission came to an end four years later on April 30, 2015, when the spacecraft exhausted its fuel and crashed on the planet. By the end of its survey, MESSENGER had collected more than 250,000 images, allowing scientists to produce the sharpest map of Mercury ever created. Its measurements also revealed many of Mercury’s hidden secrets, including the structure and composition of rock formations seen on its surface. Explore the images to learn more about Mercury and see views taken by MESSENGER.

No more Ozone Holes

Good news: The next three decades will see an end to the era of big ozone holes. NASA scientists report in a new study that the Antarctic ozone hole will be consistently smaller than 8 million square miles by the year 2040. Man-made chemicals in the atmosphere cause a hole to form in the ozone layer over Antarctica each year. Although emissions of these chemicals have been declining in recent years thanks to the 1989 Montreal Protocol, which bans the production of ozone-depleting substances, max ozone hole sizes have remained larger than 8 million square miles since the early 1990s. Using data collected by NASA’s Aura satellite, scientists were able to determine how chemical levels in the ozone hole varied each year, and predict how hole sizes would change in the future.