Classical editor in WordPress.com

The new editor in WordPress.com is quite annoying. It is annoying because:

  1. list of categories do not show up
  2. edit area is smaller
  3. “copy a post” is missing
  4. “format” menu is now a drop-down

Unfortunately there is no option to switch back and forth between the annoying and the classical editor, you either have to go via the wp-admin area, or use below direct URLs. Also see Timethief‘s post Navigating the Classic WordPress.COM interface.

Here are the URLs to access the classical editor:

  1. edit post #123456: https://eklausmeier.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=123456&action=edit
  2. new post: https://eklausmeier.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

A similar annoyance is the new statistics page. I prefer the “old” statistics page which can be found in https://wordpress.com/my-stats?blog=2434324. Every blog has a unique number, mine is 2434324.

Two Free Invites for the OnePlus One, #3

I have again two free invites to purchase a OnePlus One smartphone. Below are the codes:

  1. GLFB-GQM2-ZDHX-2XJM
  2. GLQW-0J5G-URN3-ZPIC

The last two invites were just claimed, and were not actually used. This is really a waste of these invites, as there are a lot of people who really would like to purchase these smartphones. So this time, I just mention the codes, without actually given a link, which people can just click and then not do anything with the invite.

These are now expired.

Malcolm Gladwell on the financial crisis

Yet another excellent speech from Malcolm Gladwell given at High Point University, see highpoint.edu. This time on

  1. Financial crisis of 2007–08
  2. Battle of Chancellorsville between General Lee and Joe Hooker during the American Civil War in 1863
  3. Overconfidence and miscalibration, results from Stuart Oskamp (Overconfidence in Case-Study Judgments)

His speech keeps the listener in suspense the whole time. He starts with the financial crisis, then he stashes this theme for a moment to start a story on the American Civil war, its protagonists, its setting, stash this once again, then talk on miscalibration. Now with this topic explained, he gets back to the civil war, and then to the financial crisis.

Here are some of the other characters, events, and phenomena he references:

  1. Military intelligence
  2. James Cayne, last CEO of Bear Stearns
  3. William D. Cohan‘s interview with Cayne

Some noteworthy quotes:

Miscalibration refers to the difference between how good you really are, and how good you think you are. (…) Miscalibration is how experts screw-up. (…) Incompetence are mistakes made by people who don’t know enough, but overconfidence are mistakes made by people who know a lot.

And one quote which can easily be remembered:

Incompetence is the disease of idiots, overconfidence is the disease of experts. (…) Incompetence annoys me, overconfidence terrifies me.

See also Malcolm Gladwell: Don’t go to Harvard, go to the Lousy Schools!, and Malcolm Gladwell on the importance of stubbornness.

Malcolm Gladwell on the importance of stubbornness

A very interesting speech of Malcolm Gladwell on stubbornness in below YouTube video.

He makes references to

Also see Malcolm Gladwell’s article on the Flynn effect: What I.Q. doesn’t tell you about race.