Infreemation: just the facts

July 2nd, 2007 | by ian |

Apologies to RSS subscribers who will no doubt be affected by my blog consolidation. I’m pulling in all of the posts from and rebranding this blog Infreemation. Why the consolidation? Most of what I write in both blogs is about information: technology, policy, analysis, visualization. I haven’t been making too much time lately for my blogs, as I was making time for growing my businesses (more on this later), attending lots of interesting conferences (Mesh, Interop, Web2Expo) and most importantly…getting married and disappearing on a “lune de miel!” I’ll be blogging professionally soon which will move some of the more internet-geek type posts out of the personal blog and allow me to talk about my tangential, hobbyist interests here.

For the one or two of you who are still with me, let me reward you with one of my favorite exchanges caught on film as inspector Clouseau schools his sidesick in some of the finer points of deductive reasoning:

Clouseau: Facts, Hercule, facts, behind them lays the whole fabric of deductive truth. Now, Hercule let us examine these facts: 1 [holding up 1 finger]
Clouseau: she was found with the murder weapon in her hand, 2 [holding up 3 fingers]
Clouseau: the murder weapon was fresh with blood, 3 [holding up 4 fingers]
Clouseau: there were no fingerprints on the murder weapon other then hers and 4 [holding up all 5 fingers]
Clouseau: all the members of the Ballon household staff have perfect alibis. Now then, Hercule what do these facts add up to?
Hercule LaJoy: Maria Gambrelli killed Georges the gardener.
Clouseau: You are an idiot, only a fresh faced novice would come up with a conclusion like that.
Hercule LaJoy: But the facts.
Clouseau: Listen, who even killed Miguel, killed Georges the gardener and he did it to cover up the first crime. Now what he is trying to do is lay the blame at the foot of this, this poor servant girl.
Hercule LaJoy: Well who do you suspect?
Clouseau: I suspect everyone.
Hercule LaJoy: Well I suppose that is possible.
Clouseau: Possible? What do you mean possible? I deal in certainties.

I guess you kinda have to see it for yourself…If you haven’t already I recommend checking out “A Shot in the Dark”

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