Sunday, August 9, 2009

Gladwell to find them

Over the christmas break, a friend slipped me a copy of Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. I consumed that in my festival of literature this year, which lead me to listen to Outliers from Audible. And finally, Tipping Point via the library. Completely out of sequence, but none of the effect was lost.

Firstly, I would like to point out that these other methods of consuming books, audio or hiring from the library may share the risk of getting a bad book, but the good books will still need to be purchased. I have saved nothing here.

Anyway, if you are looking at a way to re-evaluate the way you think about thinking, well Gladwell is as good a place as any. Some other good books that have kept me interested this year, of a similar ilk are:
  • The opposable mind - Roger Martin
  • Did you spot the gorilla? - Richard Wiseman
  • Quirkology - Richard Wiseman
  • Tribes - Seth Godin
Finally, my obsession with mind mapping has lead to the included representation of Tipping Point

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Public Enemies

With a quality cast including cult classics Johnny Depp, David Wenham, Christian Bale, Billy Cruddup and Branka Katic; Michael Mann told a tale of crime in the mid to early 1930s. Strangely, this a film that Julie and I could agree on (there really aren't many). Although, Julie probably was drawn to the Indianan references and the vague familiarity of John Dillinger because she really did shy away from the blood.

What cinched to film for me was the not so subtle relevance to the 'War on Terror'. The formation of the FBI to combat crime from a national standpoint, which exploited the power vacuum to use methods preminscent of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib.

I am left with a Watchmen reference; Who watches the G-Men?