Some people like beer.
Some people like wine.
It’s tempting to look at a group and to focus group the heck out of them, then average it up to create something with the widest appeal.
For example, if you were to survey people as to whether they preferred beer or wine you might get half preferring one, and half preferring the other. The average then, is half wine and half beer.
But no one likes beer mixed with wine! The average appeals to no one.
There are very few things that average up that easily. What height you create dining chairs at is one thing, but trying to create something that pleases most people is a great way to please no one.
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.
In summer I walked up to the Rob Roy Glacier near Wanaka.
There are two ways to find the limit.
When I was skiing professionally, I knew that standing on the edge of a cliff for longer didn’t make it any safer to drop.
On Monday I attended the funeral of a good friend of mine from medical school, Andy Greer. He died suddenly while working a shift at Christchurch Hospital. He was 40.