Archives for November 2016

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. πŸ™‚

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?

Who Am I Writing For?

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

The Lesser of Two Evils?

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

Why I Donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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

Our Precious Ideas

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.

Is There … 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.

Placing Blame

The difference between assigning blame, and assigning responsibility.

Be The Change…

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