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Read This Book! (Transcendence)

  About once a decade I come across a book conveying so many fascinating insights that it stands out in my memory, forever, as a “boy I’m glad I found this before I died” experience. Two of those are The River that Flows Uphill by William Calvin and Guns, Germs

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Another Make America Great Again Survey…

I got a letter from Mike Pence the other day, exhorting me to stop these evil socialist Democrats from destroying the American Way Of Life (I’d earlier gotten one from His Majesty). Rather than toss it in the recycling bin I thought I’d have some fun with it…and let you

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Deadbolt Banana Plugs

Let me share a confession and a recommendation with you. I have been known on occasion 🙂 to rail against incompetent engineers. Generally when I’ve run into something involving the technical workings of a device or system that clearly haven’t been thought through. Of course many such engineering shortfalls have

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It's About The Future

As we move into the final stages of the Trump impeachment hearings it’s worth remembering this: it’s about much more than removing him from office. Not because he doesn’t deserve being kicked to the curb; he does. But that was never really a possible outcome, given how he has taken

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Empirical Value of Not-So-Big Lies

Hitler famously opined about the value of a lie so big people would believe it because they couldn’t believe anyone would “have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”. But I’ve long suspected little lies, if repeated often enough, can have a similar effect. Turns out there may be empirical evidence

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Murphy's Law, Variant 2,697

I’m continually surprised — which doesn’t say much for my intelligence — about how valid Murphy’s Law is. If something can go wrong, in a bizarre way, it generally will. Take losing stuff. I own a Garmin InReach Mini, a satellite SMS device which lets me send and receive text

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Thoughts on Trump's Impeachment

Determining the facts in a criminal trial (or just in general in life) is one of the hardest things in the world to do if the circumstances involve competing self-interests. Scientists have it way easier because while nature may be obscure there is no agency actively trying to spin the

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The Importance of Failure

We all talk about learning from failure and we teach our offspring they shouldn’t be afraid to fail. OTOH, as my good friend Seth pointed out years ago, we never tell them “Get out on the soccer field and lose so you’ll learn to play soccer better!” Today at a

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Politics and Believing in an End Time

Normally I just post interesting articles like this directly to social media platforms. But this one is so thought-provoking, at least to me, that I wanted to write a frame around it. The article in question is in Rolling Stone and is entitled False Idol: Why the Christian Right Worships

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Diego

October, 2005 – November 8, 2019 He was picked up as a stray in Redwood City at the age of two months. I always wondered what those first weeks of his life were like — Pomeranians are small, so he must’ve had to work hard for whatever food and drink

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