Up to lately

What have I been up to lately?

I haven’t been very active regarding philosophy or blogging lately. But I have been doing some fun technical stuff – like updating HyperList and mail_fetch.

I have also had great fun with Brendan, Ole Wiik, Kristin Størmer Steira and other friends.

And of course a daily dose of fun with the kids.

I will be writing a blog post soon on Kristin Størmer Steira – she is one hell of a person – one to watch out for this winter.


My homepage, http://isene.com has a new home… here.

Look to the right side of this page. You will see a list of all the static pages that used to be my old homepage. The old stability issues should now be history – with WordPress.com as the platform, everything should be running smooth from now on.

The page isene.com serves as a hub for most everything I do in cyberspace.

I do love my old quirky hand-drawn design, and I may do something similar here, but for now at least the content is safe and sound. Hope you like it.

Old design on isene.com

Got something to say?

I am grateful and humbled by the many intelligent and resourceful people following my blog. I have learned much from widely diverging viewpoints and deep discussion since this blog was born two years ago. Thousands of readers and 20000 comments later, I would like to expand the blog to include blog posts by others – by “guest writers”.

A few months ago, I decided to let the comments on this blog flow unmoderated. I have also published a few times the writings of others. Now I would like to officially invite you to write on my blog.

Maybe you have something on your mind or in your heart that deserves an audience? Maybe putting up a blog is to much fuzz or to much of a commitment. Then you may get an opportunity right here to have your say.

I am open for any suggestion – anything from philosophy to food recipes to fictional stories or puzzles or, or, or. I can’t promise that I will publish it, but I will consider anything seriously.

Simply drop me an e-mail at g@isene.com

Are you game?

Maurice C. Escher – my favourite artist

Catching up

A week’s vacation and here I am. Man, you guys have been busy… 500 comments. To make it easy for myself, instead of wading through the threads looking for questions I should address, it’s far easier to ask you here if there is anything you want me to comment on or take up. So, this is a free-for-all post; You are free to ask any question, direct my attention to any comment, tell a joke or offer a cheese cake recipe… or whatever. Feel free 🙂

Choices, choices…

Looking to buy a new car, a house, an HP calculator or a new telescope. Looking for the perfect job? The perfect employee or the perfect girl? Or deciding between a set of possible choices and having a hard time making up your mind?

There is a simple tool that I have used many times when faced with difficult choices (including that of finding the perfect girl). It requires you to simply list all the important items in a requirement specification and giving each item an importance or “weight” (any scale will do). And then as you are faced with each case to evaluate, give that case a score on each item in the list of requirements. A simple example:

If you are to recruiting a new employee, the specification would consist of items such as “relevant knowledge”, “relevant job experience”, “proven production record”, “communication skills” or “empathy”. You would give each item a certain weight where “relevant knowledge” could be given a weight of “4” while “empathy” for this specific job could be given “2” in weight.

When a requirement specification is populated with a list of weighted items, it’s time to pitch a set of cases against the specification. You figure out the scale you want to use and put a score on each item of the requirement specification for the case you evaluate. The scale goes from “0” to any number you set as the maximum score. A candidate for a job could score a “3” on “relevant knowledge” and a “5” on empathy on a scale from “0” to “5”. You then multiply the score with the item’s weight to get the “weighted score”. So even though the candidate receives a maximum score on empathy, she only gets a weighted score of “10” on that item compared to “12” on “relevant knowledge”.

Finally, you sum up all the weighted scores, divide by the sum of the item weights, divide by the maximum score and multiply with 100. Then you have a total percentage score of how well that case fits the requirement specification.

A tool? What do you mean with “a tool”?

You want a tool to help you create a requirement specification with a list of weighted items and then to easily manage and evaluate many cases against it?

Sure, I have that. Do you have an HP-41 calculator?

I know, I know. It’s a stupid question. Of course you have the best calculator ever made sitting right there on the table and in daily use no less.

Then I will supply you with this neat evaluation program utilizing a new trick; dynamic menus.

What’s that? Well, head on over to my calculator’s page and check it out. Choosing the perfect girl is at right your fingertips.

Change of pace

I am trying out less moderation on this blog. This means that posters with previously approved comments will have their new comments auto-approved – they will show up immediately. This should make for a more dynamic and smooth discussions as I will not have to read and approve every single comment.

Go frolic!