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Carey and I had terrible service today at a restaurant. By "terrible" I mean barely adequate - we got a bit of attitude, weren't checked in on at all, and essentially got the bare minimum level of service - she brought out our food when it was done and did nothing else. It was ten […]

The Doer of Deeds

A quote from Teddy Roosevelt: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and […]

I'm a dope. I just now realized that my HP LaserJet 1320 (it's been a great printer for our house) can print on both sides of a sheet of paper. D'oh. That'll save me over 60 sheets of paper when I finally print my pre-qualifying level courses for the PGA program.


I used to joke that I spoke three: English, American, and French. {democracy:72} Programming languages do not count. 🙂

The Talent Code

I've been reading the book The Talent Code and have recently finished. The basic idea is that talent - skill - is something we can all learn, and that the best way to do so is via what the author dubbed "deep practice." Deep practice involves taking things in chunks, going slowly (often, but not […]

What You Praise

From pages 135 and 136 of The Talent Code: First, Dweck gave every child a test that consisted of fairly easy puzzles. Afterward, the researcher informed all of the children of their scores, adding a single six-word sentence of praise. Half of the kids were praised for their intelligence ("You must be smart at this."), […]

So a friend of mine has a BMW 3 series sedan. It's nice (awkwardly low seats for someone used to driving a Touareg, though). It's got a "Start/Stop" button that works after you put your key fob in the little holder. I joked around today and asked "what happens if you push the button while […]

Marlboro Race Car

A nifty article that boils down to necessity being the mother of invention: a race car had a bar code decal applied in places where cigarette advertising (sponsorship) is banned. Frankly, I don't get the ban on cigarette advertising. How many people take up cigarettes because of a logo on a race car? Seriously? And […]

New Money

I'll pass on this: But I don't really like this design either (also seen here). Heck, I like the official version more than this redesign.

Today I begin a free one-month Amazon Prime trial. I'm still not sure it's worth $79 - but it's worth a free one-month trial to get the electric razor I just ordered in two days. I've set a reminder in BusyCal to prompt me in 25 days to cancel (or keep) Amazon Prime. P.S. Philips […]

Protected: Opportunity vs. Opportunity Cost

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

I've heard this quote a few times in the past, but for some reason, it's stuck with me lately: "Privacy is a modern invention." That's true, and yet it's not at the same time. Anonymity is a modern invention too. If someone stole chickens from you in 1200, odds are you could figure out who […]

So, seriously, what are the good and bad parts of the Obama "Hellth" Care Thingamajig we were just given? I saw numbers that indicated that 65% of Americans didn't want the bill and 12% more were ambivalent about it. Are those the 77% of Americans that are employed and don't wish to pay for the […]

As if anyone cares… 😉 Soon I'll be blogging about my cat. Guess I need to buy a cat… I picked up a pair of new shoes today. They're Skechers, "Urbantrack Forward" model 50661 shoes, and they're quite comfortable. I will use them primarily for what I wrote yesterday. They're black and brown, so I […]

Apparently a secret trick to making a good hamburger: mix in about 25% ground pork. It keeps the burger nice and juicy. We found, though, that some extra pepper is necessary at this point or you can just barely taste the pork. I prefer a "beefier tasting" burger, but they were moist. Why restaurants can't […]