Category Archives: Egyptian Crises

Losing Egypt

Let’s go back to the evening of Wednesday, October 18, 1922 – the very first Hollywood red-carpet premiere – the premiere of Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks – the father, not the son. This took place at the brand new … Continue reading

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Managing Reality

Ernest Hemingway was a bit of jerk, always making bold and manly pronouncements that probably got on everyone’s nerves. Yeah, courage may be grace under pressure, but bullfighting is kind of stupid – and one doesn’t talk about manly manliness. … Continue reading

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The Coup Disguised as a Popular Uprising or the Other Way Around

Canada Day is the first day of July every year, and we have our Fourth of July, and of course the French have Bastille Day in the middle of the month. July is a good enough month to start a … Continue reading

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And Then It Had Actually Happened

Friday, February 11, 2011 – you want to remember what people said when a big event happened. The Munich Pact was signed in the early hours of September 30, 1938 (and backdated 29 September). Nazi Germany, France, Britain and Italy … Continue reading

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The Killer Application

Back in the late eighties and into the nineties we were waiting for the next killer application – and we were the propeller-heads deep into systems. We were programming, crudely, but making all sort of information jump through hoops and … Continue reading

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The Unlikely Triumph of Hope

Life would be impossible without predictive abilities. You do have to have a pretty good idea of what’s coming next – if you do this one thing then that other one thing is sure to happen. The hot stove metaphor … Continue reading

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Facebook in the Age of Social Holocaust

The people of Egypt may have used Facebook to start a revolution – which may or may not actually topple the government. There has been much written about that – see Newsweek with Inside Egypt’s Facebook Revolt for example. But … Continue reading

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