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THE MISMANAGEMENT OF YELLOWSTONE

Michael Crichton & Complexity Theory

 

 

COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS

Westworld and Jurassic Park

 

"Draw"

 

 

"Life Will Find a Way"

 

 

 

RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE

Restaurant Impossible is a great TV series.  It shows how a restaurant can be turned around in one weekend with little money.

 

 

A MIRACLE WORKOUT

Is it possible to work out for 20 seconds (3 times a day) and be in great shape?

 

 

TANAKA & PITCHING

The great Japanese pitcher Tanaka is doing remarkable with the Yankees.  While most aspiring pitchers train to throw hard, he trained to throw accurately.

 

 

NAPA VALLEY

and General Semantics

Robert Mondavi saw Napa Valley and realized:

Napa Valley ≠ Napa Valley.

The geography and soil are such that there are really hundreds of different plots of land, if you look.

"To Kalon"! (Greek for "With Excellence)

 

 

HOUSTON: WE HAVE A PROBLEM

Many Clouds are not Clouds

An explosion aboard Apollo 13.  The spacecraft is damaged.  "How do we get our people home?"

"Turn them around / direct abort"

vs.

"Free return trajectory / slingshot them around the moon".

A Quick Note:  I noticed I take most everything in life for granted.  "Stop and smell the roses" is fine, but try and go one step further and define what you see ...

How does a key unlock my car?

Why does popcorn pop?

Why is there wind?

Where does the word "commercial" come from?

How does a radio work?

Why do I cough?

How does my car go?

Why does my car stop when I push the brake peddle?

Why is the sky blue?

Why are the leaves on the tree green?

How do I hear the voice of someone else?

How does a scanner work?

What's on my credit card that "gets swiped"?

How does my GPS work?

How does my car turn?

Why do I have a headache?

Why does aspirin help a headache?

Why do the lights come on?

What is milk?

Where does "September" come from?

Why do I need glasses?

Why is the sidewalk broken?

Why does blood from a cut stop flowing?

Why is there no moon?

How does a lightning bug light?

How does an automatic garage door open?

Why does a battery go dead?

How can I see through a window?

Why does ice float?

Why do we call "morning" AM?

What is a pothole?

How does a car jack work?

What is rain?

Why does shaken pop fizz?

How do we smell?

How does a shower work?

How does a door swing?

What is high blood pressure?

Why do we sleep?

Why is a quadratic function to the second power?

How does an airplane fly?

What is a lunar eclipse?

Why do I see exhaust coming from the car?

Why do geese sometimes fly in a "V" formation?

Why won't the garage door close when I walk under it?

Why does a person float in the Dead Sea?

Why is the moon reddish-orange during a lunar eclipse?

How does the tower crane lift heavy objects?

Why do leaves change colors in the fall?

How do snow crystals form?

Why do I yawn?

How does a bat hunt at night?

How does the diesel engine work without spark plugs?

Why do Icicles form?

Why does the candle go out?

What are photons?

Why do painters wear white shirts?

How do I get my copy?

How does a hot air balloon rise?

How does a gun fire a bullet?

How does a microwave cook food?

How is wine made?

How does a paper towel absorb water?

Why does the Stradivarius violin sound so good?

What does Gatorade do for you?

How is a rainbow formed?

 

EXPOSURE

Bridges and Pyramids

The Hyperloop

Isn't it Obvious?

Tetanus

Eratosthenes

 

THE PRESENTATION OF INFORMATION

Napoleon's March

The Challenger Disaster

Washington's Hazel Landslide

 

THE ART OF WAR

Napoleon's March

Tetanus

 

CREATIVITY

The Bezier Curve

Chuck Jones

 

LEVERAGE

The Tower Crane

An Automatic Garage Door

Power Brakes

Baseball Players

 

GENERAL SEMANTICS

 

FLOW

 

POOR DESIGN

 

THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN

Baseball

 

EDUCATIONAL GAMES

The TOC Dice Game

The Red Bead Experiment

 

A CLOSED SYSTEM

The TOC-Dice Game

Black Holes

 

CHANGE FROM OUTSIDE

The TOC-Dice Game

Isn't It Obvious?

 

CHANGING CONTEXT

Galloping Gertie

Washington's Hazel Landslide

 

WARNING SIGNS

Napoleon's March

The Challenger Disaster

Galloping Gertie

Washington's Hazel Landslide

 

SAFETY ASSURANCES

Napoleon's March

The Challenger Disaster

Galloping Gertie

Washington's Hazel Landslide

 

THERE'S NO CATCHING UP

Outliers and the Birthday Rule

The TOC Dice Game

Sitting at a Red Light

The Great Escape

 

TIPPING POINT

The Hazel Landslide

 

MULTI-TASKING

Sitting at a Red Light

 

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

Galloping Gertie

Tetanus
 

AESOP

The Challenger Disaster

 

 
 
Random List of Things
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"We'll be there sometime from 1:00 - 5:00"
"Return Customers"
Traffic Flow
 
Gas Mileage
A Burning Candle
Dynamic and Static Nature
Literature
The Fosbury Flop
Control Chart
Traffic Flow
Light Waves
Communication Breakdown
Butterfly Effect and “Outside the System”
Funnel Experiment
Shortest Distance
Things More Complicated than they Should Be
“unintended consequences”
The Goal
Arthur C Clarke / The Sentinel
Wolfram – Sampling the Computational Universe
Pirsig – Static and Dynamic Quality
Eureka / Archimedes
Einstein
The 57-th Street Building
Poor Design
Snowflakes and Cymatics
Artificial Reality
The Art of War
The Current Wars
Article V of the Constitution
Fire Fighting and the Candle
The Large Office Building, Artistically Considered
Paradigm Shift
Shortages / Causes
Viscous Cycles
Racial Profiling and a Camera
Operational Definitions
Outliers
The Tipping Point
Common Things
A Helicopter
Weed Killer and Cancer
Light, Reflection, and Absorption
Great Idea Movements
Montessori
General Semantics
Bruce Lee
Fuzzy Logic
Systems Dynamics
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 
Robert Pirsig
Christopher Alexander
Donald Norman
Buckminster Fuller
Metaphors
The Wright Brothers
Random Research
Pysanky Eggs
Mandelbrot Set
Carpe Diem
Cascading Events
Expanding Universe / Klein Bottle
Covey – End in Mind
Black Swans