Month: June 2016

Deep in His Own Well

George Clark listed this stat of the day in his FB feed: a visitor views a picture for a median of 17 seconds in the NYC Met Museum of Art is 17 secs. I wouldn’t dispute that, but let me add this flash piece representing a long tail end. Originally published in the Mensa Bulletin…

Phil Never Loses

The other day, talking to Mark Gorkin who specializes in burn-out recovery and teamwork, I realized I too have a few stories that deal with work. Here’s one with a boss’s trait worth knowing about.   My boss, Phil, use to brag, “I’ve never lost an argument at work.  Whether it’s about which teams get…

Conspiracy Theorists and Excuse Mavens

Conspiracy theorists and excuse mavens come from the same folly, using low probability events to make up stories and draw their conclusions. Shakespeare caught it perfectly. He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. All Hillary’s actions are subjected to the low probability interpretations to cast umbrage upon…

The Economic Value of Civilization

USA Wealth Intangible components separated

Since capitalists value everything by the dollar, let’s look at society and civilization in that way. A Small Businessman Example From a BBC article on Trump’s Hispanic voter ‘Doomsday,’ Mr. De La Fuente says,  “In my business 30% is owned by the United States government and 10% is owned by the state of California. I…

Dialog in Fiction

Dialog in Fiction I stumbled across a lode for creating realistic dialog in a surprising book. Before I get to that, let me just highlight some key elements that dialog in fiction must perform. Convey plot information Display the speaker’s attitude, background, and social strata Sound like people speak Create tension between the speaker’s goal…

Humanist

There was a political rally of atheists in DC last week. It may me think of my relation to religion and spirituality. I am a humanist. I subscribe to humanism. Humanism Defined in Merriam-Webster as a system of values and beliefs that is based on the idea that people are basically good and that problems…

Daffy Donald’s Tall Tales

Daffy Donald tells so many tall tales that our heads are still spinning from the last whopper when the next one comes out of his mouth. That’s a main reason he gets away with it. While we’re searching for some truth, he’s busy shifting the floor of reality. Listening to him is like a visit…