Reach Out And Touch Someone (Remotely)

This article on FastCo gives useful context on how we got used to remote work in the last century — and in the process crashed the telephone system.

Categorized as COVID-19

COVID Regulations By Country (and by U.S. State)

I started searching for the above today and recognize it should be “COVID-19 regulations by country” but the shorthand seems to work well enough. What I found was a lot of information that covered similar territories. And as a result, it becomes unclear how to figure out the most up-to-date info. That’s not a criticism… Continue reading COVID Regulations By Country (and by U.S. State)

Classifications of Risk

A 2014 report from the CDC lays out the six principles of crisis and emergency risk communication (“CERC”) as: Be first Be right Be credible Express empathy Promote action Show respect

Sentry Mode in the Tesla

I’ve been tracking the self-driving space ever since I got into one of the demo cars at Google long ago in Silicon Valley. The press around “sentry” mode of the Tesla is quite interesting. Why? Because it points to how a defense can become an offense — apropos to the famous Sun Tzu saying.


I was thinking the other day about how President Trump uses ALL-CAPS in his tweets to the world. And given how there’s a movement afoot to promote all-lowercase afoot, I THOUGHT IT PRUDENT TO LINGER ON THE THOUGH OF ALL-CAPS FOR A MOMENT.

Categorized as Alerting

Safety Eats The World Blog

Similarly to how software seems to have eaten the world, safety has eaten our world — to the effect that our desire for safety has gobbled up a lot of our thinking. Well, at least my thinking. How about you?

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Categorized as Context

Alert Fatigue

In many parts of the world there’s “crisis fatigue” — which isn’t a good thing because it means that one’s numbness to an emergency can result in not doing anything about it. False alarms make it even harder for folks to respond well to a real crisis — and it’s not uncommon right now.

Categorized as Alerting

Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Knowns, Unknown Unknowns

Donald Rumsfeld in a 2002 press conference fostered the birth of the memes of “known knowns” and “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” which, to be frank, has long been a mystery to me. So I thought I needed to unpack it today as I can see it’s pretty important when considering the nature of black… Continue reading Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown Knowns, Unknown Unknowns

Categorized as Antifragile

Microsoft Auth Outage

Today there was a major outage of Microsoft services. It lasted roughly for an hour, and it created a great deal of mayhem across all users who use Microsoft products … which is A LOT of people.

Categorized as IT