Book Review: The Drunkard’s Walk

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I came home from the used book store with a copy of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives,  a New York Times bestseller by physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow. It’s about the role of randomness in everyday events, and the cognitive biases that lead people to misinterpret random events and stochastic processes. For […]

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The Tuesday Morning Woody: Concordia Yawl

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  No. 37 of 103 built, Yankee is a wooden yawl built in 1956 by Abeking & Rasmussen of Lemwerder, Germany, for Concordia Co. Inc. In 2007, 2012, and 2015, Yankee earned “Outstanding Preserved Classic Sail with Auxiliary” trophies at all three International Antique Boat Shows at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY. Details at YachtWorld

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My Green Acres Way of Life

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Married people say to singles “so when are you setting the wedding date?” Parents say to newlyweds “so when do you plan to have kids?” And newcomers to the boonies tell their buds back in the city “you should move to the country.” It’s a “join the club” kind of thing. “Feel our pain” and […]

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Going Native (the soul of a whelk)

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I’ve worked with over a hundred different entrepreneurs, company presidents/CEOs and VPs of Marketing and such and, in my opinion, the best of the breed (the ones that were not only most successful but also happiest, even-keeled and in it for the long haul) understand that sometimes you have to go sideways in order to go forward.

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Cool People and OpenCPN

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I began using the Internet when was just light green text on a dark background—no graphics—reminding me now of equipment submariners use. Primitive by today’s standards but it kept me in touch with people and information I depended on for my work. As the ‘net developed and offered more purposes and became accessible to more […]

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Political Discourse On The CowBird

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What lessons from Brown-Headed Cowbird could have significant positive influence on the Human Condition On Planet Earth? I normally don’t discuss politics on the internet because I used to regularly visit various local editions of Rants and Raves on Craigslist. Rants and Raves is found in the Personals section so be careful. Don’t hit the […]

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Blue Rubber Pool Excerpt #197

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TRUTH FLICKERED BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE LIKE A STROBE MAKING IT HARD TO DISCERN THE DEAD FROM THE LIVING It was a small, unpainted cinder block shack with a screwed up ’72 Cutlass parked a few feet away. On the stoop, a rusted red barbecue grill—charcoal, not propane—along with scraps of greasy foil, empty beer […]

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Book Review: Chasing Che

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Patrick Symme’s Chasing Che: A Motorcycle Journey In Search Of The Guevara Legend brings a little more truth to light in separating the legend from the man. Too, the voice of the writer is both entertaining, thoughtful and likeable. In Chasing Che, Symmes attempts to replicate the adventure of Che Guevara’s Motorcycle Diaries. If you’ve […]

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Jonesville History: Textile Mills

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This Jonesville History lesson touches on the textile mills that built this town then broke it. After the War Between the States, Northern businessmen came South with the labor management practices they were used to back home. Although not anywhere near as awful as slavery, conditions in the South Carolina’s early textile mills were dangerous, […]

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GOING NATIVE in Business (lesson #82)

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I’ve been collecting thoughts for a book on brand development related to new business start ups and product launches.  I like to think of entrepreneurs as GOING NATIVE, a mind set that requires stamina and persistence to succeed. A high level of confidence and ambition to push it all the way through …from the earliest […]

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My Larry King Impersonation

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—Jack, the Pineapple Hill pound puppy, likes riding in the old-but-sadly-not-vintage Jaguar XJ6 with windows and sunroof open, wind rushing in a sunny day, listening to Robert Plant sing “your momma said I cried in my sleep last night…” )    —There’s a spot near here where wild tea grows—its fragrance on summer nights is incredible. […]

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