(N)ex(t)pert – Why We Keep Searching For The Next Expert

“In long-term political strategic forecasting, it’s been shown that experts are just not better than a dice-throwing monkey.” — Daniel Kahneman After predicting the election results in 49 of the 50 states correctly back in 2008, Nate Silver became the go to expert. A position that was cemented in 2012 when he correctly predicted the results in 50 […]

Limited Edition – On Writing & Experiencing New Habits

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” — E.L. Doctorow Breaking old habits and forming new ones is hard work. Until about 3 weeks ago I wrote 3 or 4 posts a week. For the past 2 years it’s been a way […]

We Need The Big Bad Wolf – A.K.A “The Fault In Our Systems”

“If you don’t have a villain, the good guy can stay home.” — Christoph Waltz In stories the villain is often a more interesting character than the hero. It’s easy to condemn the villain’s actions, but what compels them to do what they do? The past week I’ve watched movies and documentaries about Jack Abramoff and Bernie […]

I DON’T Want To Play A Game – On Losing By Default

“Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.” — Niccolo Machiavelli Playing power games and office politics sucks ass. Unfortunately, if you want to achieve your goals, sometimes it’s a necessary evil. Otherwise, you lose by default. My mom worked in geriatric care when I was a kid. When she came home she’d talk […]

“You’ve Changed!” – Yes, And It’s A Good Thing

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” — Nathaniel Branden I’d just like to amend the quote above to include: The third step is action. Being aware and learning to accept that things are a certain way is great. But if we don’t also act on it, there’s very little hope for change. […]

Goodfinder – Look For The Good, There’s Enough Crap As It Is

“Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank A while back I was asked why I write. I gave a couple of reasons, but to spice things up I gave one reason I hadn’t really thought through. It was also the one that stuck in my mind. I basically told him that […]