design for irrationality

Design for Irrationality?

We humans are very irrational creatures – even this far down the evolutionary path. I recently finished a course on irrationality that was led by Dan Ariely from Duke University (which already inspired posts on the power of default and the IKEA effect). The course covers other fascinating topics like the pain of paying, the strong attachment to…

Barcelona at Night

When in Barcelona …

OK, although Barcelona is one of my favourite places in the world, this story is one that could apply in pretty much any foreign place on the planet. In this case, it was 2007 and I was in Barcelona for the third time in a relatively short number of years. Each would be worthy of…

First Things in Trip Planning

Survey Says …

As Charles Whelan pointed out in Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, statistics can be either entirely boring or really exciting depending on context. They can also be extremely powerful if used in the correct manner. We now have many responses to the travelabulous travel planning survey, likely thanks to many of you…

Sunrise from Diamond Head Crater

Last September, we decided to take a trip to Hawaii and split our time between O’ahu and Maui. Thinking this might be our only time on the island of O’ahu, I figured, why not take the leap and stay at the Pink Palace – the Royal Hawaiian – on Waikiki Beach. Upon waking the first…