Coping: Solving the Right Problem, Paradigm Shopping

We’ve had some fun on the Peoplenomics side of the house, kicking around the pluses – and minuses – of Going Rural. Some subscribers (like Mark) make some legit arguments against it on points like airports.  Besides, Big Cities is where the money is. But, my point is a lot of those shiny deal points are all there by accident.  This being the case, shouldn’t we be looking at changing our paradigms to fit our objectives, rather …

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Coping: The Robin Landry Film Festival

One of the highlights of our trip up to Tulsa (other than the Tom Jones concert in Monday’s column) was to learn my friend Robin Landry – besides being an investment ace, also had a serious film career in college. If you click over to YouTube here, you can see the 1972 movie 30 Dangerous Seconds starring Robert Lansing. To be sure, he didn’t have much time on-screen, only a passing few seconds around the …

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Coping: Prepping Adventure in the Bathroom

Prepping lessons from a bath remodel?  Yessir.  There’s a gaping 24-square foot hole in the Ure master bath this morning.  Elaine had a sleepless night thinking about it.  “Gives me the heebie jee-geebie’s” is her description of things.  Something about fear of insects coming into the house… As reported Thursday, a hidden water leak is the cause of this misery, but having all the tools in the world and a Lowes half an hour away …

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Coping: Men & Machines vs. Men & Computers

There’s a story (and song done most notably by Harry Belafonte) about John Henry.  It’s where our discussion of 3D printing this morning springs from… Song dates back to the 1870’s and the building of a mile-long tunnel for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.  Big Bend tunnel, also called the Great Bend Tunnel. John Henry, says legend, swung a mighty hammer –  and in a race with a steam-powered Machine?  Well, you see, that’s one of …

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Coping: Christmas Dinner Topics

Survival:  Sitting at the dinner table for a Christmas dinner can be one of the most socially-awkward times of the year.  All depends on how Ure relations are with the other people at the table. Since Elaine and I are “dispersed parents” we don’t have but ourselves to entertain over Christmas, though we may jump up to a casino not far away during the nominal “workweek” between Christmas and New Years to visit with friends …

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