Musings

Good English

The following was once an example of good English grammar, and spelling: “than the kynge stablysshed all the knyghtes and gaff them rychesse and londys; and charged them never to do outerage nothir morthir, and allwayes to fle treson, and to gyff mercy unto hym that askith mercy, uppon payne of forfiture [of their] worship…

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Getting your ducks in a row

  The expression “I’m waiting until I get my ducks in a row” seems to get used a lot. I’m not sure if it’s being used correctly. As commonly worded, it implies that one is waiting until details are all set, or people are ready to follow before the leader heads off. In nature though,…

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Why do we love memes?

Memes are nothing new, but it seems that the easier social media sites like Facebook make it for us to share media, the more such themes take off…and inevitably fizzle out.  Some memes define an era, like “Keep on Truckin” or the once ubiquitous “Have a Nice Day” smiley face. The meme that’s killing me…

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Do it like you care

TELNET You know it. Black screen. Green Letters. Kind of like The Matrix, but far less entertaining. At least I never saw “blonds, brunettes and redheads” while staring into the screen. Well, maybe that’s not true but they were reflections of people walking behind me while I continued to be lost in the pixels. Twenty-one…

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As you wish: What’s driving you?

If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, you may want to call up a friend and have them apologize for not making you watch it. Seriously, what’s your excuse? Netflix delivers to caves…probably. Whether you’ve seen it or not, please allow me to set the stage. Early on in the movie, we meet Westley, the…

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Terms that make me chuckle: Survivorship bias

Survivorship bias is based on the claim there is a logic error in concentrating on the people or things that "survived"—or succeeded— some process and overlooking all the failures from the same system. It’s often used to beat up on anyone who writes a book on investment or business strategy. The reality is that most…

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Shout out to Punkie

A year ago, I lost my dog in a tragic accident. As the neighbors helped out by literally picking up the pieces, I wrote this post. My July 4th last year was spent at the farm as my friend Lili literally put the pieces back together so I could bury Punkie under a willow tree.…

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TEDxOilSpill Seeking Solutions and Change

There’s a new TEDx event in DC and it’s focused on the oil spill and what we can do about it. Of course, it’s very easy to yell “boycot BP” from the towers, but if you think for more than 5 seconds about how the world oil market works, that’s not really a useful solution.…

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