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How a Coin is Solving One of the World's Great Explanation Problems

Posted by: leelefever on January 9, 2012- 10:07am

Topic: Explanation

Categories: coin, explanationproblems, olympics


I grew up playing soccer and over the past few years, Sachi and I have become bigger fans than ever, especially for our hometown Seattle Sounders.  The rules of soccer came pretty easily to Sachi who didn't play as a youngster - with one huge exception: the offsides rule.  I tried to point it out at matches, explain the idea, etc.  Eventually, visuals did the trick and now she's the one throwing her arms in the air. Indeed, the offsides rule has a serious, worldwide explanation problem. It's... Continue Reading

Discovering the RSS Explanation Problem

Posted by: leelefever on January 22, 2008- 4:00pm


Categories: conference, Explanation, explanationproblems, rss


I remember the exact moment when it first became apparent to me that there was such a thing as an explanation problem.  I was at a small conference on Silicon Valley in early 2004.  There was a CEO of a start up there and during his talk, he mentioned RSS.  Someone raised their hand and asked the question "What is RSS?" This CEO's responses to the question, and I'm not kidding, was "RSS is an XML-based content syndication format." As you might expect, this was met with a look of bewilderment.... Continue Reading