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After some excellent insight in a recent email from Jason Calacanis (a VERY sharp and successful startup entrepreneur), I revisited my working hypothesis about folks doing startups.   It’s a bit ironic since I did NOT follow this advice myself, …

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WordPress has a new feature that’s supposed to inspire folks to write in their blogs.   I guess that’s cool, but it seems kind of funny to me.  If you are a big victim of writers block maybe you should … Continue reading U

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I’d really urge people to read Bjorn Lomborg more carefully.  He is a very good analyst but unfortunately he’s become a major lightning rod for controversy because people don’t like to hear such well presented views that challenge their sensibilities …

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I’m very concerned about a trend among smart people.   I’m very fortunate to have many sharp friends and family members, but there seems to be a tendency to think that holding strong opinions is somehow unreasonable or unwise.  Most …

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It’s nice that AVG provides a high quality free product for computer security, but in what appears to be a scramble to monetize their big and recent venture capital investment it *appears* that AVG has jumped the shark with their … Contin

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I’m in Portland visiting relatives and wanted to shout out to Peggy’s great Portland Oregon House Cleaning service called Bridge City Cleaning.   Peggy’s got a team of great cleaners and they are experts at the kind of challenges we face in …

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What time is the big game today?   Superbowl 47 kickoff is today Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at 6:30pm EST, 3:30 here on the West Coast of the USA.    The  San Francisco 49ers will tackle the Baltimore Ravens for one …

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The San Francisco 49ers will meet  (and I predict will beat!) the Baltimore Ravens today at Superbowl 47.  Coverage began some time ago, but the actual kickoff is today at 6:30pm EST, 3:30 here on the West Coast of the …

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“One Today” One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies. One light, waking up …

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Folks concerned about GMO foods (GMO=genetically modified organisms).  Should very carefully read and research this piece by former anti GMO activist  Mark Lynas, one of the folks who started the anti GMO campaigns that plague us today.   As he notes …

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Happy New Year 2013! This is my 2000th blog post.   Doesn’t seem like that’s possible, but it’s true.   Resolution for 2013 is to … blog MORE!

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My favorite gifts over Christmas – both in terms of giving and getting – are donations to organizations fighting poverty in the developing world.   Foreign Aid is becoming a controversial and intriguing topic (as it should be), but even aid … Conti

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This is a great nonpartisan primer on the Fiscal Cliff. Of course my solution remains as it has been and is guaranteed to solve most of the USA’s financial problems – cuts to entitlements via means testing and a 5% … Continue reading

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I found this list online here from a fan HERE who seems to know what he’s doing with the list.   For me this is mostly an SEO experiment to see how much traffic this list of College Bowl Games … Continue reading →

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For me the second most interesting topic* in the world is “why do people think so strangely about so many things ?”.    Most of us think we KNOW why others have such strange ideas. … arghhh internet too slow … Continue reading &#

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OK, it’s just a prediction but it’s a good one.   Today the Oregon Ducks, now ranked #1 in the USA, will host the Stanford Cardinals at Autzen Stadium in Eugene Oregon at the University of Oregon Campus.     … Continue reading →

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Just got a mailing that sure looks like a newsletter called  ”The Bottomline Newsletter”, with somebody called “John Person, Market Analyst, Editor” pictured at the top right. To even a careful reader this appeared to be some sort of report … Conti

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WOW do I ever get upset when a business that should be working to do impartial and objective research for their clients is paid to help mislead gullible people into buying things. Just got a mailing that looks like a …

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I’m watching the first two Daniel Craig Bond movies to refresh my memory before watching the new Bond film  ”Skyfall” and naturally one’s mind turns to the Cochabamba Water Wars because Bond’s “Quantum of Solace”, the second film, is loosely …

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I wasn’t surprised that the “$20 bouquet” offers online were bogus but I’m hoping others might find this post before they go through the painful upselling process at Proflowers and many other online flower places. Note that $20 for a …

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What?  Not another shameless plug on my personal blog for our great Retire USA project?       Well, not shameless or even shameful because RETIRE USA is a great blog with over a dozen excellent writers and a post … Continue readi

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I wrote earlier about the great work of the Grameen Bank and the Grameen Foundation, groups I have supported for many years.  Founder M. Yunus invented the concept of “microloans”, a tactic that has been helping the poor for many years.   …

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Hurray ! My family and friends just survived a top ten dangerous hike in the most dangerous National Park!.   http://www.backpacker.com/october_08_americas_10_most_dangerous_hikes/destinations/12631 Well, technically, Linda isn’t home yet …. but the odds are in her favor.  : ) Our odds of survival …

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Tomorrow we’re off to hike in Yosemite National Park, one of my favorite places in the world. We’ll camp in Little Yosemite Valley and hike up Half Dome via the cables that make it a lot safer than … without … Continue reading →

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The Colorado theater shooting spree last night will no doubt get us all buzzing again about the relative merits of changing the laws about guns.    I’m not holding my breath on solutions because in my view and as usual …

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Hey, I’m into cool stuff as much as the next person.  Some would say I’m into cool stuff even more than the *average Joe* since I spend a lot of time writing about technology and ideas, attending tech conferences, and … Continue re

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I sure miss blogging here at JoeDuck, where I used to rant, rave, or just observe the world.  That’s what makes blogging so much fun but I’ve let other things get in the way of that too much lately. What … Conti

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Welcome to the ObamaCare blog where we’ll try to figure this all out.    ObamaCare “Individual mandate”.    This key part of ObamaCare will affect about 40 million Americans.   Not clear how it will affect those insured through their work, …

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Obamacare has not been high on my priority list even though it should be, because like many middle class Americans it’s going to change the way I buy and use health care.   I’d almost apologize for not understanding all … Continue reading &

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