Monthly Archives: June 2012

Who Are These People? [FP]

Ever heard someone say, “I love my work, it’s the people I can’t stand.”  Everyone has just been lumped into one formless category, but you’d rather not inquire into further detail.  However, we do evaluate people every day:  are they … Continue reading

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Puns, the Pareto Principle, and Generalizations

I was hoping now to be able to venture off into lots of really useful observations about people we meet in life and career, only to realize that a couple of lesser factoids needed to be first defined and described.  … Continue reading

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Russian Dolls, Businesses, and Games

One of the more unique souvenir items in the world is what are known as Russian nesting dolls – a doll in a doll in a doll, perhaps nested up to seven in a set.  When we travelled in Russia … Continue reading

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The Positive Sum (+Σ) Game [FP]

You’ve probably already guessed what the 3rd member of the category is but you also probably don’t believe it could possibly exist.  After all, life is basically unfair, right?  True, possibly when talking of random acts of nature, but here … Continue reading

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The Negative Sum (–Σ) Game [FP]

The Negative Sum Game (–Σ), which we will call Fundamental Principle 4b.  By all superficial measures this starts out looking like a Zero Sum (0Σ) game (see previous blog entry), but it’s not.  It comes with a twist – namely, Some … Continue reading

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