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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Morning Routine

The brilliance of XKCD shines through once again. I read that today morning, and instantly thought “God, I do that every morning” and “Yeah that is seriously weird!”

I’m secretly reassured now that I’ve found out I’m not as strange as I thought I was.

On the bright side, now that Gareth isn’t around as much, I actually brush my teeth most mornings before spending an hour on MSN catching up with everyone dispersed globally.

Progress comes in small steps, but it does come.


People are at their most creative late at night with 10.04pm the most likely time for a eureka moment, research has shown.

Brainwaves are least likely to strike in the afternoon, according to a survey that suggests office workers have little chance of solving problems after lunch.

The least creative time in the day is 4.33pm, with 92 per cent of people admitting to feeling uninspired in the afternoon.

The poll of 1,426 people showed that a quarter of us stay up late burning the midnight oil when seeking inspiration.

Taking a shower is the most popular way of getting our creative juices flowing, with 44 per cent of us heading beneath the nozzle when in need of a mental breakthrough.

The Telegraph

A phenomenon I’m rapidly becoming familiar with. Except that in my office, there’s no chance of anyone solving anything until they’ve had their first cup of coffee either. That important variable seems to be missing from this summary.

Chaitanya Safaya’s comment has bought my budding dilemma to a sharp focus.

For the last month, the most popular post on my blog has been my post about the new 2009 Jessup problem. It’s getting a lot of views, and I suspect I know what people want.

They’re looking for insight into the law and facts of the problem.

That’s my dilemma.

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It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself. – Thomas Paine

These past few weeks have been difficult for me.

Difficult in a way I’ve never experienced before.

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Pepsi Machine A husband and wife were getting a divorce at the local court.

However, the custody of their children posed a problem. The mother jumped to her feet and protested to the judge that since she had brought the children into this world, she should retain custody of them.

The man also wanted custody of their children. The judge asked for his side of the story.

After a long moment of silence, the man rose from his chair and said “Judge, when I put a dollar in a vending machine and a Pepsi comes out, does the Pepsi belong to me or to the machine?” (Source)

featuredPhotoJessup The compromis for the Phillip C. Jessup Moot 2009 was released on the 30th of September, kicking of  another Jessup season.

Today I found the time to read the compromis and form a first impression, as well as to map out the issues that seem to lie embedded in the declarations, so that the mish mash of facts can be honed towards a target.

The compromis sets out the dispute between the neighbouring states of Alicanto and Ravisia, and concerns a military operation undertaken by Ravisian forces, first under a UN peacekeeping mandate and then unilaterally, to enforce the peace in the Northeast province of Alicanto, which, under the threat of ethnic strife and religious factionalism, threatened to break down into genocide.

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A very famous tin.

WILTW is my new short feature, and stands for What I Learned This Week. It’s an opportunity for me to share a short sentence or two, on a valuable life lesson that I’ve learned in the past week.

Basically, it does what it says on the tin.

This week, I’ve learned that when someone puts forward a perspective or a point of view that I don’t agree with, the wrongest thing to say is “you’re wrong and let me now list all the reasons you’re wrong”.

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