Building a Dream “Survival Shop”

May 8, 2013 — Bet you’ve never thought about this one:  In event of a serious  national disaster, would you even be able to marginally “recover” your home,  whip up a temporary shelter, or maybe craft a simple cabin?  Or, have you become  some overly dependent on power tools?  Turns out there are some really ugly  reasons that houses of old were built with nails instead of screws.  Have we  lost sight of something and been spoiled to a new level of rotten not knowing  how to “bang nails?” It’s a damn fine point to ponder while we wait for the  market to stop going Viagra on us….and we’ll do that just as soon as I’ve had  my coffee and a roll in the headlines.

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Bye-Bye Free Press: Algorithmic News

May 4, 2013 — The myth of the “free press” and so-called Fourth Estate is  quickly leaving; disappearing into a cloud of software.  In its place is a new  way of generating “the news” which Americans depend on for their  decision-making.  I hate to report this development, but real humans with  first-hand knowledge of events they’re reporting on are quickly becoming  historical relics.  In their place is a new class of news-writing software.   Press release in one end, public opinion out the other.  But before we detail  such a depressing (and distinctly anti-human) developments (and how it impacts  events those of us in the fledgling field of predictive linguistics) what we  have for an appetizer this morning is scenic tour through this morning’s sorties  and funfire, generated by humans aided increasingly by HAL 9000’s offspring.

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A “Personal Motivation” Kit

May 1, 2013 — I don’t write much about motivation, since our focus (including this  morning’s report) is usually on the more mundane tasks in life – like making  money!  But a few subscribers have asked for a some insights into how get – and  stay – highly motivated.  To be sure, there are variances between people, but  some generalizations can be made (which is what science is about, eh?) so we can  sketch out a systematic approach to getting more control over ourselves and  that, in turn, will change your personal outcome dramatically.  Now, while that  sinks in, how about a Danish, coffee, and tromp through some headlines?

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