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Celebrating Your Problem Children

I often think that I must be a test at least sometimes to those around me.  Although I am a person of fairly restricted habits, I am rather persistent about them, and that can create some difficulties at times.  To … Continue reading

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All The Right Moves

One of the bands that I do not think is well understood is OneRepublic.  The band exists, it seems, because lead singer/songwriter Ryan Tedder does not appear to want to be a solo artist.  To be sure, he could be.  … Continue reading

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Book Review: Laogai

Laogai:  The Chinese Gulag, by Hongda Harry Wu Admittedly, the Laogai is far less famous than its Russian (gulag) and German (concentration camp) cousins, although it is something I have pondered about from time to time [1].  The author of … Continue reading

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On The Importance Of Knowing Your Audience

During a large part of the time in which I was a reporting analyst for the company I work for, I was part of the marketing department.  I find this to be amusing, because most of what this marketing department … Continue reading

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Waiting For It

Today, while I was reading a book, I was struck by something that I had never seen as a problem or difficulty.  Many people are aware of a standard of behavior known as the waiter rule, which lets people know … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Clash Of The Cultures

The Class Of The Cultures:  Investiment vs. Speculation, by John C. Bogle When one has read a few books by Bogle [1], one quickly understands that he is the sort of writer who continually returns to the same few themes … Continue reading

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Book Review: Don’t Count On It!

Don’t Count On It!:  Reflections On Investment Illusions, Capitalism, “Mutual” Funds, Indexing, Entrepreneurship, Idealism, And Heroes, by John. C. Bogle If you’ve read books by the author before, and I have [1], there is much that the reader will find … Continue reading

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Book Review: On New Terrain

On New Terrain:  How Capital Is Reshaping The Battleground Of Class War, by Kim Moody I must admit that even before I started reading this book I knew I would loath it.  It must be admitted, though, that as a … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Seventeen

Thanks for agreeing to meet me like this. Sure, no problem. I didn’t want to talk about this in the office. Okay. But there’s something we really need from you. And what’s that? We need a live performance for the … Continue reading

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Portland Anonymous: Fragment Sixteen

I have to admit I was a bit surprised when we received the question about what we would do for books.  Our little hamlet had existed quite alright without any library of any kind, but given that he was willing … Continue reading

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