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The Science of Wellbeing

I just finished the Yale Coursera class The Science of Wellbeing. It left me with a lot of food for thought.  The class is well documented. It’s thorough and convincing and most of the contents will not surprise you. What … Continue reading

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Fail fast, fail often, don’t let your self esteem hit you in the ass on the way out

When my older daughter was in the 7th grade, she made mostly A’s with the occasional B — all but one place. She had persistent Cs and sometimes Ds in French. She’s one of those kids with no visual memory … Continue reading

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Lying to educators #8 — Gingerzilla

The city is crowded. Too crowded for her. She kicks a building and watches it crunch, its roof flying. Her toe catches a bus, it falls to its side and catches fire. Ginger treads slowly, slowly; leaving a field of … Continue reading

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How the Toothfairy got in Trouble

We’re not exactly sure when in our house, the toothfairy went off the rails entirely. Her first mistake was in giving the little rascals anything but a quarter. Ok, maybe a buck. One day she thought it’d be cute and … Continue reading

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Outrage Baiting

Earlier today, I pushed a link in twitter to this article in which a woman goes into Trader Joe’s, is offended by the song Under My Thumb on the overheads and tries to complain. Instantly a friend, and someone I … Continue reading

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DevHouseDC

So this Saturday I went to Dev House DC at Sunlight Labs. There were folks fiddling with Arduino in one corner and teaching themselves Processing in another and I’ve no idea what anyone in the main ball pit was doing … Continue reading

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McMansions and Italian Villas

I read a lot. Usually in the realm of very light science fiction or fantasy written since 1900, or indiscriminately in the less morbid of the world’s Great Literature written prior to about 1970 or foreign authors — again weeding … Continue reading

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Some Facts About Sanitation

As you might imagine, I wouldn’t be bringing it up, if Thailand didn’t lack something in this department. Cleanliness is a big issue in Thailand and it has an impact on the perceived status of footwear and feet, the ground … Continue reading

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Some Facts About Transportation

By this point, the linear nature of my narative sort of breaks down. We came back to Bangkok, the organized portion of our vacation ended. Reed and I then had a week to ourselves to do with as we chose. … Continue reading

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The Trek, Day Three: Ow, Ow, Ow

On the morning of the third day, we left our hut at dawn to be greeted by a silent, solemn craft fair. The villagers receive seeds and blankets as gifts from the visiting tourists. These things are important and useful, … Continue reading

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