Drops from the Fire Hose – August 24, 2012

Why Too Much Data Disables Your Decision Making — Fast Company

We like to think that more information drives smarter decisions; that the more details we absorb, the better off we’ll be. It’s why we subscribe to Google Alerts, cling to our iPhone, and fire up our TweetDeck.

Knowledge, we’re told, is power. But what if our thirst for data is actually holding us back? What if obsessing over information actually reduces the quality of our decisions?

A Shot Clock For Getting You Out Of Work On Time — Co.Design

Tom Chung is a designer who’d like to bring athletic deadlines to office environments. His project, Shotclock, is a boom box-esque timer that “aims to re-create the dying seconds of a basketball game, on your desktop.” It ticks away the moments of your day to keep you efficient and, sure, maybe just remind your boss that your workday needn’t be your work night.

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