Angelo Stavrow [dot] Blog

Missives and musings on a variety of topics.

I keep thinking about this particular logical fallacy, summarized beautifully by this quote:

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes.

The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading.

The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness.

The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide.

— Daniel Yankelovich, “Corporate Priorities: A continuing study of the new demands on business” (1972).

I first came across it in business school, nearly twenty-five years ago. It’s interesting that we still don’t seem to have learned anything from it.

I am beyond humbled that the Pacific Neuroscience Institute includes Thought Detox as a way to reduce anxiety in this incredible resource for Parkinson’s Disease caregivers to maintain wellness during the pandemic.

Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • Universal health care is a fundamental human right, but it has to come hand-in-hand with accessibility to be truly universal. Quebec has a long way to go.
  • This Twitter thread tries to describe what systemic racism feels like to folks that have never experienced it.
  • No, we don’t really swallow spiders in our sleep.
  • If you really want to understand a subject, it’s not enough to read about it — you also have to read around it.
  • As a sometimes-photographer, I understand both the value of, and the sheer work involved in, culling a set of photos down to the “keepers.” Some now offer their photo-curating skill to the general public.”
  • And what's much more concerning, quite frankly, is [Tesla] are using consumers, bystanders, other passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists as lab rats for an experiment for which none of these people signed up.”

#elsewhere

Saw a bunch of red-winged blackbirds and Canada Geese during my morning walk today. I don't know why, but seeing (and hearing!) them is the harbinger of spring in Montreal — not the mild weather.

Just testing something — nothing to see here. 🙂

I guess the second day of spring is probably a good day to take down the Christmas lights. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

#elsewhere

I've officially been working in SwiftUI for long enough that I forgot what a pain it is to set up a UITableView. 😅

We started watching the (four-hour!) Zack Snyder cut of Justice League last night, but gave up about two hours in. Snyder's style just doesn't work for me, I've realized.

I’m going to be sending these out twice a month from now on. Enjoy!