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Martin Luther King Day 2013

It seems that last week’s post on Inaction was just setting the scene for this post. Today is Martin Luther King Day [^] in the US.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Dr King was talking about segregation and racial oppression in the 1960s, but this still hold true today. History is full of immoral acts that were allowed to continue unchecked because of silence and inaction.

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

 Martin Luther King Day 2013

Popular PINs

Have you ever wondered how secure your Credit Card or EFTPOS PIN is? We the clever folk at DataGenetics have worked out the most and least popular Personal Identifying Numbers [^], see if you are on the list.

Out of 10,000 possible combination (0000-9999) the top 3 most “popular” PINs (1234, 1111, and 0000) account for almost 20% of PINs used! So for your normal three guesses and it swallows the card Teller Machine, there is a one-in-five chance of “guessing” the right number. Other popular choices are years (19xx) and day and month combinations (ddmm, mmdd), which are probably easy to guess if you know the person.

Leaked PINs

Leaked PINs


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

… injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail [^]

Letter From Birmingham City Jail

Stop Searching

I love the sentiment of this, now to put it into practice.create postcard

Via: Chris Guillebeau – The Art of Non-Conformity – Postcard Project & Creative Voyage – Stop Searching and Start Creating

Conversations – Unintended Consequences

Just recently I have been enjoying the Conversations with Richard Fidler [^] podcasts from the ABC. They are generally around 45 minutes of Richard gently guiding his guest through their life story. And it makes for amazing listening – perfect for the drive home.

There is one small problem though, Richard keeps on opening my eyes to new concepts and ideas. The two that I have heard in the past couple of days are “One good thing about being wrong is the joy that it brings others”, and the law of unintended consequences.

The law of unintended consequences is loosely defined to say that the actions of people always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended. Wikipedia gives some good examples of beneficial and detrimental unintended consequences from the real-world. Consequences can also includes perverse effects – where the action delivers the opposite result to the one desired. The most well-known perverse effect is the Streisand Effect; where trying to block personal information online results in even more publicity!

The law of unintended consequences is a realisation we cannot hope to predict all of the possible outcomes from complex, and indeed not so complex systems. Powerful stuff – thanks Richard.

Conversations with Richard Fidler