Jobs Remembrance Cloud

Quick tag cloud I created of words in Steve Jobs remembrance notes sent to Apple. [Here is the original data source]


Twitter Digest: 2011-10-22

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Ray Dalio on Charlie Rose

Bridgewater’s Ray Dalio on Charlie Rose last night. Good viewing. Click to watch.

Twitter Digest: 2011-10-21

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Positive Contagion in Golf Performance

New paper on contagion in sports performance:

Putting Like a Pro: The Role of Positive Contagion in Golf Performance and Perception


Many amateur athletes believe that using a professional athletes equipment can improve their performance. Such equipment can be said to be affected with positive contagion, which refers to the belief of transference of beneficial properties between animate persons/objects to previously neutral objects. In this experiment, positive contagion was induced by telling participants in one group that a putter previously belonged to a professional golfer. The effect of positive contagion was examined for perception and performance in a golf putting task. Individuals who believed they were using the professional golfers putter perceived the size of the golf hole to be larger than golfers without such a belief and also had better performance, sinking more putts. These results provide empirical support for anecdotes, which allege that using objects with positive contagion can improve performance, and further suggest perception can be modulated by positive contagion.

via PLoS ONE: Putting Like a Pro: The Role of Positive Contagion in Golf Performance and Perception.

Today in Handshakes

Don’t know the context — a hockey game? — but I’ve been both these guys.

Michael Pettis Talks China

Good talk by China skeptic Michael Pettis:

Twitter Digest: 2011-10-20

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Are We Screwed?

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Four Bad Bears. A Goner.

Doug Short has discontinued his “four bad bears” chart, the one that compares the current downturn to prior bad bear markets. His last update is as follows: [-]

Four bears