Monthly Archives: July 2011

Island Time

Whidbey is finally experiencing a day of summer. The clouds burned off. The sun dried the lawn. The windows and doors are open. It’s Saturday, and a fine day for feeling lazy. I’ve been so busy that I’m going to … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Cafe Computer

Welcome to a new feature of my blog: Fresh Ideas. Ideas are powerful. Ideas are free. A frugal guy like me likes powerful and free. Frequently, or at least often enough, ideas come to mind that might be inventions. Maybe … Continue reading

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Instant Expert

Overnight success can come after decades of work. Work, work, work, smile and nod at those that think you’re wasting your time, and maybe, but not assuredly, something good can happen. I’m finally going to read Malcolm Gladwell’s  frequently referenced … Continue reading

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Group Think

Forget the wisdom of crowds. What do I want? Buying what I want has saved me a lot of money. Crowds create group wisdom. Like minds gather, share similar thoughts, and build community from their mutual interests. At a minimum … Continue reading

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Magical Powerful Words

Thank you J. K. Rowling. Last night I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. My favorite parts were when the audience cheered a couple of heroes: Mrs. Weasley and Neville Longbottom. Harry, Hermione, and Ron didn’t get … Continue reading

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Ships On The Horizon

It’s Friday afternoon and the cruise ships are steaming north. More than 190 cruises start and stop in Seattle every year. My house has a nice enough view that I get to see them go by. Sometimes three of them … Continue reading

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Personal Debt Addictions

Debt. Yuck. Is that concise enough? Unfortunately, without it life can take more effort – until some skills are learned. Debt is a tool. Used well it can ease stresses. It can be the lubricant that lets life flow by … Continue reading

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Accidental Excellence

Pursue Excellence. Strive to be Great. Oh wait. Those must be typed with exclamation points and more caps. Pursue Excellence! Strive To Be Great! Or. Follow your intuition. Let it happen. Michelangelo spent years painting the Sistine Chapel. A writer … Continue reading

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Drunken Frat Parties

Discussion boards are powerful and unregulated, which means I use them, but only with lots of filters. Some are populated with people expressing considered opinions as if it was a collegiate debate society. Many are empty except for a solitary … Continue reading

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In Dependent Relationships

Bang. Bang. Bang. No, the sound has nothing to do with fireworks or the local gun club. The banging is coming from the other artists setting up their exhibits. It’s Saturday morning before the Fourth of July. We’re setting up … Continue reading

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