The Illusion of Knowledge

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

Exercise is Work. Work? Now That’s Fun!

Several years ago in a business meeting of some sort the topic of health came up. The conversation, as it so often does, circled around to the topic of the importance of regular exercise. The stereotype of a computer geek spending all of his or her time at a desk is not that far from […]

You Are Not Your Customer

One of my earliest lessons, and one that I periodically need to re-learn: my customers aren’t like me.

The Power of Profanity

Being easily offended simply by someone’s choice of words you consider to be profane give them control you could otherwise keep.

Bagpipes in the Rain

One of my earliest memories.

Everyone is Not Your Customer

Fishermen don’t go fishing for just any old creature that will take their bait, and neither should you.

We Get Our Information From Headlines

Filtering by headline and brief scanning makes sense, but it doesn’t mean you’re “informed”.

Who Do Representatives Represent?

Should representatives act more like a computer, or a parent?

A Crisis of Facts

How do you know what is and is not true? I mean, how do you know? It’s always been a tough question, but it seems even more difficult of late because of the explosion of fake news and information sources. How does one separate the wheat from the chaff? I’m not sure I have an […]

Post is Elsewhere….

Today’s post will appear elsewhere, on another day. 🙂

Retirement is Death

Technically I’m “retired”, but it doesn’t look like it, and I sure don’t call it that.

Misinformation At Your Fingertips.

In a flood of information we now each bear a responsibility for discerning truth from fiction. I’m not sure we’re ready.

In Search of Simple Answers

This election was won on a very simple premise: people want simple answers to complex problems. The after-election analysis is no different.

Thanks, Giving

A step along the path to recovering from my post-election depression is to be grateful. Thanksgiving happens at just the right time.

A Problem-free Life Would Be Boring

The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one. – Mark Manson(†) Common thinking is that a life without problems would be idyllic. “Not a care in the world” is the operative phrase. Sitting on a beach, sipping Mai-Tai’s is another vision. Even if it were possible, thanks, but no thanks.

Looking for Constructive Conservatism

In a flawed and biased environment, how does one go about finding **rational** alternate viewpoints?

What “Always Learning” Really Means

“Always learning” is both a decision-making tool, as well as a kind of mantra for ongoing personal reflection.

Jack of All Trades

Being a “jack of all trades” gets a bad rap. The traditional criticism is that instead of doing one thing very well, a jack of all trades does a number of things poorly. The full title in cases like this is “jack of all trades, master of none”. I am unabashedly a jack of all […]

The Kids Don’t Read

One of the most common pieces of advice to improve writing is to read more and better books. And yet, apparently, university students aren’t.

There’s No Such Thing As Luck

I’m a lucky guy. I’m truly grateful for the many moments, coincidences and random events that lead me to where I am today. So, if I’m so lucky, why do I say there’s no such thing?