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Will Critchlow
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I'm no longer using this account. I'll migrate it with Google finally lets me (a couple of weeks? Yeah, right). In the meantime, you should encircle me(bleurgh) over here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/106858636547986185729/posts
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Ah, was wondering where you went on my stream...
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It's been interesting to see the emergence of "Black Friday" in the UK lexicon as well this year (mainly Amazon, but also the press)...
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I've not had that much to do with MBA students, but have read a couple of interesting articles suggest that they teach a particular type of management, and that it's the type we should be getting away from, as it tends to lead to short-term profit hunting rather than long-term value building.

But, like I said, it's just something I read as I've really not that much experience of them. One of the guys in the office is doing one at the moment so I plan to see if he transforms into a vacuous suit
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I'm doing Movember. Until there is more evidence, I'm going with the Guinness 'stache. I'd appreciate any sponsorship here: http://mobro.co/willcritchlow . We do pro bono work @Distilled for a breast cancer charity and the guys @Distilled are doing Movember together...
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Whoa!!!! We share the same last name :)
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I'm moving over to using my Google Apps G+ account. You can find me over here: https://plus.google.com/u/1/106858636547986185729/posts
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A tad confusing when both the names and pictures are the same. Might be worth defacing your old profile picture :)
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I feel like the answer has to be "no" but that would be uninteresting so I await the real(badaboom!) answer tomorrow. cc +Tom Critchlow +Tom Critchlow (which Tom should I be encircling?)
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I've been away from the internet in general for a while, but I wanted to share a math puzzle I heard recently. There are several problems that involve two envelopes, but this one is my favorite. As with all my favorite puzzles, it doesn't rely on tricky or intentionally deceptive wording—I'm stating the premise as clearly as I can:

I pick two real numbers through some process unknown to you. It might be random and it might not. Maybe I always pick "3" and "100". Maybe I roll two dice. Maybe I write C code by mashing a keyboard until it compiles and prints two numbers (or produces Windows ME). Maybe I always use 0 for the first number, and for the second I call my aunt and ask her for a negative real number, which I multiply by the estimated number of protons in the universe. (At this point, my aunt is used to that kind of call from me.)

I put these two numbers on slips of paper and put them in two envelopes. I thoroughly shuffle the envelopes, and then you choose one via a fair coin toss. You open it and look at the number. You are now given the option (as in the infamous but very different Monty Hall problem) of switching to the other envelope.

Your goal is to pick the envelope with the higher number. Can you come up with a strategy that guarantees you a better-than-even chance of winning?

It has to do better than 50% no matter how I picked the numbers--if your strategy includes the rule "switch if the number is a 2", it's wrong, because I could always be picking 2 and negative 100, and in that scenario your strategy will fail at least 50% of the time. This means your strategy must work even if I have guessed what your strategy is and am cherry-picking numbers specifically to defeat it.

I cannot emphasize enough that you do not know anything about my process. Not only do you not know the numbers, you don't know which random distribution I am picking them from—or whether it's even a random distribution at all—and there is no deductive basis for estimating the odds that I'm using any particular method. (This gets at what is sometimes called the difference between risk and uncertainty.)

I'll post again tomorrow with the correct answer and a bit more about the puzzle.
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I thought I had an interesting answer, but after rereading, the problem... I don't.
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So I read this article after someone shared it on the twitters: http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/wolf37/English - I was intrigued by this claim: "hardcore pornography’s effectiveness in achieving rapid desensitization in subjects has led to its frequent use in training doctors and military teams to deal with very shocking or sensitive situations." [citation needed].

It's a hard thing to search for information about - for example:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?gcx=c&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=training+doctors+pornography+desensitizing

returns a bajillion copies of the original article.

Anyone know if this kind of thing is actually done? Or is Ms Wolf making it up?
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Those scandals have nothing to do with impulse control, they involve powerful men who believe they are above consequences for such actions. If pornography were having that big of an impact on impulse control in men you would expect to see a correlating increase in rape and sexual assault. There's at least one study I know of that showed a significant negative correlation between access to pornography and incidence of rape:

http://www.toddkendall.net/internetcrime.pdf
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Doing a great job too...
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I'm live tweeting the #searchlove conference in NYC. Follow the hashtag #searchlove on Twitter for updates live.
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Director of Distilled
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  • Distilled
    Director of Distilled, present
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    2002 - 2004
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    2004 - 2005
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  • Cambridge University
    1998 - 2002
  • St. Aidan's High School
    1991 - 1998
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