Friday, April 10, 2009

Villa to Chelsea, then what?

I just don't see it.

Chelsea already have a world-class front man (Drogba), and since the next manager will likely play a 4-2-3-1 as well it seems unlikely that they have room for two front-center strikers.

Villa is a great player and is going to be picked up by a power team, but he needs to think carefully about what his role will be at whatever team he transfers to.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

I always suspected this, based on my own observations of human behavior, but now I learn that there is both evidence for it and that it has a name! Awesome!

Kruger and Dunning noted a number of previous studies which tend to suggest that in skills as diverse as reading comprehension, operating a motor vehicle, and playing chess or tennis, "ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge" (as Charles Darwin put it). They hypothesized that with a typical skill which humans may possess in greater or lesser degree,

  1. Incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill.
  2. Incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others.
  3. Incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy.
  4. If they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Manchester United

Man Utd will need to win or draw the next leg 3-all. What a hurdle. I think this will be a stiff test.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Music notes

Listening to Technotronic's ground-breaking Pump up the Jam - The Album, which sadly has not stood the test of time. I am remembering why I did not keep a copy on my computer.

In a different genre, I remain surprised at how under appreciated Mighty Day on Campus remains. Under appreciated when it was released, and almost impossible to find (in a day and age when almost anything can be had through a quick Google search). Yet The Chad Mitchell Trio's first album, recorded live in front of a college audience, at the peak of the folk craze, is I think one of the best albums ever recorded.


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