Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Board In My House

Let’s get fired up! A board meeting is about to commence. Oh goody. I’m blogging a day early (have you noticed the departure from the somewhat regular Wednesday/Saturday schedule?) because for three days I’ll be part of a New Road … Continue reading

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Unshackled Explorers

On March 26th, James Cameron impressed me. Using an innovative submersible, he dove to the bottom of the ocean – a place we’ve explored less than we’ve explored space. A mega-millionaire funded an effort to expand our understanding and risked … Continue reading

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My Rule of 7

Surprise! I’ve lived by a rule of thumb, and didn’t recognize it until recently. It is wonderful realizing that some sort of rational pattern exists, especially one that I didn’t have to consciously research and develop. Whether I am working … Continue reading

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Fresh Idea Passive Pump

Fresh ideas, inventions that I pass along to the world. Maybe they already exist. Maybe they’re useful. Maybe they’re fun. The Passive Pump is a one-way valve extended down to the nanometer level. A small flap constrained to only allow … Continue reading

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Sunny And Cold

It is Spring. Today’s forecast: “Little or no snow accumulation expected. ” Well, of course there’s little or no snow accumulation expected. It’s springtime in Seattle. Rain? Yes. Snow? No. I just got back from an early morning walk. Sunshine … Continue reading

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Really Good Solar

Really, it all should be so much simpler that it is. Small companies should be easier to understand, and they are, but even a small NASDAQ company involves big numbers, intricate deals, and confusing accounting. Real Goods Solar announced earnings … Continue reading

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Wash And Care

My new used dishwasher is sitting in my carport. My other dishwasher is installed in my kitchen. Neither works, but my dishes are clean. Things don’t always work out the way we expect, but somehow they work out. Maybe it … Continue reading

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My Jobs Report

Jobs! Unemployed people are turning into employed people at the rate of about a quarter of a million per month. Nice. Okay, so the unemployment rate hasn’t changed, but people getting jobs is a good thing; especially, if you are … Continue reading

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Delayed Decisions

Investing – it’s not all about the money. I’ll admit that money is the main reason I invest, but I also invest to champion causes that I can’t support any other way. If I find a company doing good work, … Continue reading

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Keeping AAPLs

News alert: Apple is worth more than Poland. Nope. Apple’s market cap is over $500B. Poland’s GDP is about $480B. It sounds like a story, but it is comparing a sum to a rate, a savings account to a paycheck,  … Continue reading

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