Author Archives: Jim Edmonds

About Jim Edmonds

I am a husband, father, mentor, who once was a chemist turned physicist turned marketer turned executive turned missionary turned professor. And survived it all.

The Last Why

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep not getting what you’ve always not gotten, but always desperately wanted.” – Anonymous, updated. After the last post, The Myth of Meritocracy?, I still had a feeling that something remained, … Continue reading

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The Myth of Meritocracy?

“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” – Anonymous One subtle thread that was present in the last post, It’s not just the 1%. The upper middle class is oppressing everyone else, … Continue reading

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It’s not just the 1%. The upper middle class is oppressing everyone else, too.

“What’d I do, officer?” – Me. “Breathing while ‘well-to-do.’ ” – The Income Police. Busted! Or at least strongly accused. Or possibly run off the road by vigilantes. Whatever the case, the headline grabbed my attention. The title read, “It’s … Continue reading

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Of Verbs, Circles, and the Cultural Mean

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” – A child’s desperate retort. Remember that refrain? Seems like a necessary staple that runs through every pre-adolescent’s life, reinforced by helpful friends and parents desperate to … Continue reading

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Instant Inconsistencies

“Damn the torpedoes inconsistencies, full speed ahead!” – Just about Everybody. Formula 1 has its Silly Season (rumors about which driver is moving to which team), but traditionally that happens only near the end of each year’s races.  It appears … Continue reading

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Rendering Unto Caesar

“Size matters, apparently.” – Anonymous Haven’t had time to post for two months, but I certainly haven’t been inactive. These two months have seen the period leading up to April 18th, Tax Day, which most will still remember. No, I … Continue reading

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The Other Question Google Can’t Yet Answer

“Do intelligent beings inevitably develop an attitude problem?” – Steven Pinker In an article at Bloomberg.com, “Google Just Found the One Question It Can’t Yet Answer,” Jeremy Kahn discussed a recently published blog post by DeepMind, the Google artificial intelligence … Continue reading

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