I have had a great week. I have been an investigative reporter, spotting such anomalies as gravel for the train tracks in B&Q packaging and misleading statistics on the train (see posts below). I have also been playing with some fantastic technology. The wonderful augmented reality browser for smartphones called Layer . I sat through a great presentation of a new consultant for hire/resource type company called MinuteBox which I thought was a truly great idea, I have just finished playing with Lockerz , what a great idea ! Having done all of this, I lay in the bath and began to feel slightly concerned. Because not only have I not really been very productive (whilst playing with these new found ideas), but I began wondering how productive some of the great Internet start-ups really are ? It reminded me of a paper I read some time ago by the economist Buamol, who looked through history and found that there were really three types of entrepreneur in any given society. One who is
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Have you ever noticed the barrage of meaningless stats that are ever present in our modern day lives ? From economic forecasts with no methodology to irresponsible reporting comparing for example "opportunity" in 2011 to that of 1950 (oranges and apples). Here is a sign post I saw on my travels today ... I wonder which genius came up with these stats ???