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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Shoot-outs and comparisons

Why are we a people so obsessed with comparisons? Above are just a few of the magazine covers I found searching for “comparison magazine covers” in Bing. What is it about them that attracts us? The intrigue, the thrill of finding out who’s the winner? Comparisons and superlatives (best, fastest, biggest, costliest, coolest): what is [...]

8/18/10 / Arroyo

Meditation Accounting Sex Exercising Writing Drawing Competing Doctoring is something we do, not who we are, but the problem is that “who we are” cannot be expressed easily, if at all, in words, and so we end up talking about “what we do” instead in terms of who we are. I think about these things.

Outliers

[abp:0316017922] Even though the odds are stacked against me (according to it), I really enjoyed this book. According to this book: I’ll never be a professional hockey player, or play any other sport professionally, the leagues of which have cut-off dates of January 1st, since my birthday is in December. I missed my chance to [...]

8/03/10 / Farm

We are an ungrateful people I don’t mean just in the big sense – having this wonderful life to live, living in the United States, etc., etc. – but rather the small, everyday stuff. Like Yahoo! Mail. Like Dropbox and Live Mesh. These services are offered to us for “free”, while someone “back there” has [...]

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