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Strandbeest

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Fascinating. The artist (Theo Jansen) developed and built these “creatures” that move independently by force of wind.  There are now books and models that can be 3D printed. Check out his website for more information: Strandbeest Adam Savage has become charmed by them:

Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Age is just a number

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Interesting article by Kerri Anne Renzulli for Money: This is the Age when you become Old, According to 4 Different Generations. All a matter of perspective – and I suggest that those numbers might move as the different generations age.  It’s also interesting to note that those with a wider or longer view seem to […]

Blessings on Memorial Day

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

A Peek into the Playbook

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Great article from RECODE This is Jeff Bezos’ Playbook The article reproduces Jeff Bezos’ (Amazon CEO) 2017 annual letter to shareholders.  Interesting philosophy that completely dispenses with the careful, conservative, considered approach of most large corporations. Well worth the read.

The Map of Mathematics

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

This is a terrific Coffee Break – This is an overview video about the history and purpose of mathematics, and particularly about all the different kinds of math and what each is about. 10 minutes well-spent. My favorite observation: “Some infinities are bigger than others.”

20 Lessons from the 20th Century – New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions, yet? Regardless, check out this short essay from Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University. The author provides compelling food for thought as we move forward into 2017.  This is definitely worth the read and worth thinking about. 20 Lessons from the 20th […]

On Lighting Candles

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Like a Candle in Berlin suggests an interesting interpretation of our community response to terrorist attacks.  What’s more, it suggests that humanity, while disregarding religion as being difficult and inconvenient, still seeks some sort of spiritual comfort in times of crisis and after senseless tragedy.  The author also gently suggests that this is a simplistic and […]

Merry Christmas – Here’s Your Prenup

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Christmas and the holidays are the most festive and romantic time of year.   43% of engagements happen between November and January, with the top proposal dates as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day.  (These believable but unsourced statistics were found on Wedding Wire and Elite Daily). For farm families, the addition […]

Sorry, kids.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Below is data which supports what I’ve long suspected – that my children are not positioned to make more money over their lifetime than I am. My generation is the last to achieve that part of the American Dream. From The American Dream, Quantified at Last, by NYT op-ed columnist David Leonhardt, the average American […]

Why we need the Electoral College

Friday, November 11th, 2016

In case you need a refresher: Excellent video – clear and easy to understand.

How the World Works

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. First published in 1964, is a timeless look at economics – both theory and application. If you want to start to understand the world in which we live, read this. Free download. No excuses.

Animal Domestication verses Taming

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Another great video from CGP Grey – your source for an interesting look at how things happened in culture and science. Fun fact: Domestication is changing an animal over time to make it better serve humans, taming is changing a single animal’s behavior so it doesn’t freak out around humans. (Their term)

Americapox – Why Native Americans Did Not Wipe Out the Europeans

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Fascinating.  I have always wondered why, if Europeans nearly wiped out the Native Americans with their diseases, the opposite did not happen. 12-minute video, but very much worth the watch.