Evidence-based policy FAIL

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UK government sacks government’s chief drug adviser It’s good to know that the UK government doesn’t feel the need to trouble itself with inconvenient facts.

The evolution of the Formula 1 design process

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Spent most of my time at Te Papa’s Formula 1 exhibition imagining the design meetings, and how the process has changed over time. For the 1959 Cooper T51. A combustion engineer and a mechanical engineer sit at a table, drinking tea. Combustion engineer: “I’ve got this new engine.” Mechanical engineer: “Right, we’ll put it in …

The Great Clay Hunt

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We’ll be filling our house with mud, and not just by going mountain biking in winter. The floor of the main level and the plaster on the walls will be mud, from on site. This weekend we’ll be sorting through several piles of fill and moving the good clay into the gimp cupboard for later …

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NZ Courts Disaster With GE Fodder Crops – a press release from GE Free NZ Before I chime in, what are people’s thoughts about this? (Friend-locked coz it’s rather related to my current work.)

Free stuff

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1 bottle of soft contact lens solution, unopened, still in packaging. Who wants? Will exchange for large amounts of QI, or similar British comedy, or for general goodwill and a pony.

Going native in NZ

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The first time I realised I was going native was when I found myself at a seminar on innovation in electric fencing, and it was really interesting. The second time was earlier this month, when I found myself having a high-level strategic discussion about the structure and organisation of the wool industry, and I had …

No names, no pack drill

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[A particular organisation] has somehow misplaced their collective arse. They have set up a strategic advisory group tasked with considering processes to be used for selecting which hand to use when looking for their arse, along with a process for developing a goal-oriented outcome measurement framework, all of which has been communicated through a widely …

A slight burning smell…

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I’ve just had laser eye surgery. I am slightly disappointed that it was not like this: Their laser was weedy. Nothing caught fire, nor did anyone have to dive for cover in slow motion. While it lacked in dramatic impact (or car chases, coz that’s the same thing) it made up for in improving my …

Economists stop eating kittens, briefly

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I know it’s just me, but I’m more excited by Elinor Ostrom winning the Nobel prize for economics than for Obama winning the peace prize. Who, you say? Elinor Ostrom, however, kicked off the whole school of community-based natural resources management. What, you say? CBRM is the idea that the Tragedy of the Commons is …

I’d pay good money to see a Dim Post – Kiwiblog cage fight

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“It would be irresponsible in the extreme for my department to encourage bold, radical change when it is obvious to all that we have no idea what the outcomes would be. We urge extreme caution and insist that any change be carefully assesed and based on empirical evidence, not some crackpot ideology.” My fantasy about …

Going to Hull, part 924

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So, so wrong: “The Diary Of Ann Frank”, filmed by Jerry Bruckheimer:

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Can everyone stop telling me how hot is? It’s not like I don’t know. Can you tell her instead?

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Thanks all for a good night. And in return, have a pic:

Further policy discussions, translated into normal language:

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Him: “That issue is mainly being raised by NGOs.” Translation: “Bunch of hippies. We don’t give a shit what they think.” Me: “The same issue has been raised by Wall-Mart. They’re not an NGO. The same issue has also been raised by JP Morgan, who called it one of the major sources of corporate risk …