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Archive for October, 2010

One of my first attempts at writing was a post titled the Power of the Head Wiggle after I returned from a trip to India in early 2009.  I first posted it as a note on Facebook and received favorable feedback from my friends and contacts.   After I started my blog, I soon re-posted the write-up on this blog.  It has by far been the most popular post I’ve made.  Most noticeably, it had been cited as a reference on Wikipedia under the term Head Bobble.   It has also been cited in other people’s blog post such as Mind Your Decisions.

This week, I shared my story of the Indian Head Wiggle on the Canadian Broadcast Center (the Canadian equivalent of NPR) program Definitely not the Opera (a program like NPR’s program This American Life).   (more…)

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Last week, I attended the Virtual Goods Summit 2010 in San Francisco.   One of the presentations I listened to from Flurry Analytics presented estimates of revenue per visitor (or user) for different sites or platforms.   See below.

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Recently, I attended a World Affairs Council event in San Francisco titled Is Africa the Next China?. James Manyika, Director of McKinsey & Company and also Director, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s economic research arm presented the findings of their study on recent economic trends of the continent of Africa.  McKinsey released the report titled Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies in June 2010. (pdf documents of the entire report and executive summary can be downloaded here). (more…)

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Earlier, I wrote about my experiences using public transportation from the Peninsula to downtown San Francisco, including my Caltrain ride each morning.   My Caltrain ride is usually on an express train line, which has 3-4 stops before reaching the city in about 30 minutes, or occasionally, a later, all stops line that takes 45 minutes.

Now, among all of the 10 stops between, Hillsdale and the end of the line in San Francisco, there is only 1 stop (South San Francisco) where passengers upon departing the train, will have to cross the tracks to reach the platform.

From where I’m sitting on the train at that stop, I’ve noticed that there are some differences in how various people approach those tracks:

  1. Some people will step on the tracks to propel themselves to the platform.
  2. Others will step over the tracks and then step on to the platform. (more…)

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