In the book "Thinking, Fast and Slow", by Daniel Kahneman, the author recounts a scientific experiment known as the Gorilla Study. Researchers recorded a video clip of two groups of basketball players - a team wearing all white and a team wearing all black - passing ball one ball each amongst their respective groups. Observers … Continue reading Blind To My Blindness
Revisiting Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on a recent vacation, the following excerpt from "A Study In Scarlet" rung a bell: "You see," he [Sherlock] explained, "I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. … Continue reading Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That
I had the opportunity to hear American hero, brilliant engineer and intrepid astronaut Captain Mark Kelly speak a couple of years ago. Thoughtful and engaging, Captain Kelly talked about a phrase that was written on a whiteboard at NASA after the Columbia shuttle disaster that read, "None of us is as dumb as all of us." It … Continue reading None Of Us Is As Dumb As All Of Us
In a classic interview touching on the perception of his street photography, Garry Winogrand once remarked that he would just as soon "not exist". Was he trolling the interviewer, in effect saying that he would just as soon not sit around responding to trite questions about what a particular photograph "means"? Or, was he suggesting that when he's on … Continue reading The Invisibility Cloak
Shortly after I got my drivers’ license, my dad handed me the keys to a life lesson on wheels: a 1977, four-door Lincoln Town Car. Rusted from the hood to the tailpipe, it got about 8 miles to the gallon and the drivers’ side door wouldn’t open, but hey, I had wheels. More importantly, I had … Continue reading Inception.
So I'm sitting in an airport, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to start a blog. Seems easy enough; add a "/blog" to my "http://www.brianday.org" site, and start banging out some content. Ah, but "content", "brand", and all that good stuff. What to write? Hey, maybe I should talk about gear? After all, … Continue reading Resistance is futile…