Misinformation At Your Fingertips.

True / False

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

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In Search of Simple Answers

Make America THINK Again?

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

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Thanks, Giving

Eat, Drink, and be Thankful

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

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A Problem-free Life Would Be Boring

Laid Back

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.

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Looking for Constructive Conservatism

Versus

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

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What “Always Learning” Really Means

Always Learning

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

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Jack of All Trades

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 […]

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The Kids Don’t Read

Reading

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.

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There’s No Such Thing As Luck

Coin Flip

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?

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Who Am I Writing For?

Typewriter

A bit of a thought experiment on who I write for, and how that shapes my writing style and content.

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The Lesser of Two Evils?

Choice

It’d be easy to sit back after this election cycle and honestly wonder what happened to humanity.

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Why I Donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation

In light of current events I’ve elected to increase my support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Our Precious Ideas

True or False?

Our ideas are precious, especially to ourselves. However it is that we arrive at them, we come to believe that they have immense value – so much so that we often consider them more than mere ideas or opinions, but elevate them to “The Truth”. Our ideas make the leap from opinion to fact.

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Is There … Hope?

Hope

Hope is not binary. Hope is not all-or-nothing. And it’s possible that if we pay attention to certain things, there may be somewhat more hope than we thought.

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Placing Blame

Finger Pointing

The difference between assigning blame, and assigning responsibility.

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Be The Change…

Candle

I’m dumbfounded. I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed. My reflections on the 2016 election results.

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Strategy, Tactics, and … Something Else?

Doing the Work

Strategy, Tactics, and … “The Machine”

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Focus, Focus, … SQUIRREL!

Squirrel!

Focus is getting harder to attain. And it’s our own fault.

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Ask the Question and the Answer Will Appear

Question

This happens to me so often accidentally that I’m starting to think I should do it on purpose. This morning I had a problem with one of the online services I use. It’s in an area that has been problematic for me before, so after checking that things were as they should be, I began […]

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Do The Work

Work Boots

So many products aimed at entrepreneurs are designed to fix the wrong side 80/20 rule.

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