Category Archives: Ramblings

NASCAR is not a blood sport

Safety advances since Dale Earnhardt’s death have made us forget the dangerous nature of auto racing and encourage us to act in dangerous and callous ways in our daily lives. On May 13th, I saw something I had never seen—NASCAR … Continue reading

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NASCAR: They’re making another left turn!

NASCAR is the most competitive motorsport series because of what they did to the track. Sweet Daddy Dee, one of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s cast, gave his take on NASCAR. “What kind of three-and-a-half hours is this? Look, they’re making a … Continue reading

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The False Promise of Trello

Every year, like swallows returning to Capistrano, I return to Trello. Entranced by its clean interface and enticed by positive reviews, I embrace Trello as the perfect personal productivity tool. Inevitably, after a few hours to days, I turn my … Continue reading

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Addiction

Our electronic devices are tools. Like any other tool, they should be applied to the task at hand and then be put away. Constantly checking our devices indicates near-addictive behavior to electronic stimulation. These symptoms can be addressed through mindfulness … Continue reading

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The power of being unimportant

Blows from life teach us humility and force us to focus on the priority of our life. Despite its unpleasantness, being taken down a peg or two can have unexpected benefits. In fact, being unimportant can be an empowering role. … Continue reading

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Playboy is going PG-13?

A male rite of passage is succumbing to the changing times.  Playboy will stop publishing nude photos in March.  Its website has been PG-13 for more than a year and seen its traffic go up in that time.  I guess those … Continue reading

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How to tell good behavior from bad

What distinguishes bad behavior from good? Or acceptable from unacceptable? The two extremes are more alike than we care to admit, differing by a ‘scale factor’ that sets the magnitude of the transgression. Fortunately, there are quantifiable metrics to help … Continue reading

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Foolish gamble or measured risk? Consider these three points.

We often travel uncertain paths, making best guess choices without full knowledge of what is to come. How can you know if you are taking appropriate risks or unreasonable gambles? Remember that gambles are characterized by three traits: you have … Continue reading

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Education. It’s not about ROI.

“All this book learning is a waste of time. What the hell are you doing that is going to put a single dollar in your pocket, tell me that.” My stepfather had little respect for education, as evidenced by the … Continue reading

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Honor the Giver by using the Gift

Dear Aunt Mildred. Thanks so much for the sweater with the very unique design. I wore it to a party last week and was the center of attention. It was so much fun. In future, I will keep your wonderful … Continue reading

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