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My, That’s Interesting!

“Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking.  The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will … Continue reading

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The Fishermen’s Dilemma – A Parable (Actually More About Tax Cuts and Responsibilities)

There was a town, of no small size, that was located by the sea. There were merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, and, as you can imagine, a number of townsfolk who made their living by fishing, as had their ancestors. Recently the … Continue reading

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Individual Behavior Curves (Illustrated)

“This idea that there is generality in the specific is of far-reaching importance.” – Douglas R. Hofstadter In the back of my mind there has always been a quiet nagging question: Why can’t the Behavior Curve enable us to reproducibly pinpoint … Continue reading

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Perfect Storms – 1

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana I would really like to add, “and fail to learn from it”, but I strongly suspect that was Santayana’s point. Which would explain why his … Continue reading

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The $100 Question

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste” – Paul Romer, 2004 It’s taken a while to get to this point, but I trust you will find that it is worth it. Where we are now is the result of … Continue reading

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Excuse Me, Do You Speak English?

They were an odd introduction to cultural differences, our early experiences. The first was, more or less, an unexpected one – our move from Southern California (born and raised) to Texas for graduate school, and a whole different world. I … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar Words and 35mm Slides

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” ― George Bernard Shaw In my last post I gave some extreme examples of unusual personal ‘baggage’ that can develop in life. There are also many lesser, more common forms that … Continue reading

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