Coffee achievers:

Loaded with useful sidebars and diagnostic quizzes, this user-friendly manual offers advice on the optimal ”dosing” that will make us smarter, calmer, safer, thinner, healthier, sexier, less bored and ”hostile.” The trick is for each user to ride the Yerkes-Dodson Biophasic Curve, which tracks that mystical point beyond which caffeine’s benefits begin to reverse themselves. Though too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness and insomnia, the authors dismiss the notion that caffeine is harmful – or even truly addictive. The only real risk is falling into ”caffeinism,” as psychiatrists have labeled compulsive and self-defeating overconsumption of the stuff.

Link found at qdbp. And some whimsy from MSNBC:

That’s when Weinberg told me about something called the Yerkes-Dodson Biphasic Curve, which, in layman’s terms, is shaped like an inverted “u.” The curve basically shows that a little caffeine gives you a little jolt, more caffeine gives you more jolt, but even more caffeine gives you less jolt. (And Jolt Cola just gives you rotten teeth.)

Mitch Kapor's Weblog:

One aspect which has to be thought through are read/write/edit permissions. The Wiki we use internally is completely open to everyone. I think some kind of moderation and/or editorial control would be appropriate, but I’m not familiar with what the Wiki (or other tools) afford.

After support for tables, and probably file uploads/attachments, the number one thing people seem to want with Wikis is permissions for users.

If the Wiki is not behind a firewall — as is the case above — then I have a feeling that desire is, well, “right” in the sense that it should be satisfied. Behind the firewall, of course, there’s not much of a need for editorial control. At the very least, if an employee does something malicious, you just restore your backups, track-down, and then wrist slap the offending employees.

Link found at

The Need for Leeway:

By bending the rules we’re not violating fairness. The equal and blind application of rules is a bureaucracy’s idea of fairness. Judiciously granting leeway is what fairness is all about. Fairness comes in dealing with the exceptions….

That’s why in the analog world we have a variety of judges, arbiters, and referees to settle issues fairly when smudgy reality outstrips clear rules….

Matters are different in the digital world. Bits are all edges. Nothing is continuous. Everything is precise. Bits are uniform so no exceptions are required, no leeway is permitted.

The McMurphy Nietzsche:

There can be little doubt of how Nietzsche would have been managed by psychiatrists of today. He would have been diagnosed with manic depressive psychosis (current terminology uses the less meaningful term bipolar disease). He would have been loaded with drugs from the armamentarium of psychotropic medications, which no doubt would have suppressed some of the more bizarre symptoms that he displayed during his fourteen months of institutionalization. If, in spite of medications, Nietzsche continued to show signs of psychosis, his diagnosis would have been changed to chronic schizophrenia, a common switch in long term manifestations of psychosis. In either case, Nietzsche’s unique creative life would have come to an end, as it did in the actual course of his illness.