I’ve been meaning to blog about “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global ” by Fawaz Georges for quite some time. The book is a fascinating look at the internal debates of the various Jihadist sub-groups, and takes its title from an argument over targeting the “near enemy,” or local government, or the “far enemy,”…Read More "The Far Enemy"
There’s an interesting contrast between “The Problem With Brainstorming” at Wired, and “Here’s an Idea: Let Everyone Have Ideas” at the New York Times. The Problem with Brainstorming starts out with some history of brainstorming, and then moves to its soft underbelly: The tendency of groupthink to emerge from groups: Thinking in teams, and pitching…Read More How New Ideas Emerge From Chaos
Edward Tufte’s new book, Beautiful Evidence, is now at the printer and should be available in May 2006. The book is 214 pages, full color, hard cover, and at the usual elegant standards of Graphics Press. (Thanks, Mr. X!)Read More Beautiful Evidence
Simson Garfinkel sent me a copy of “Security and Usability: Designing Secure Systems that People Can Use,” which he co-edited with Lorrie Faith Cranor. [Updated spelling of Lorrie’s name. Sorry!] I was really hesitant when I got it because I tend to hate collections of academic papers. They’re often hard to read, heavily redundant, and…Read More Security and Usability