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The Unanswered Questions

There’s a piece by Charles Ives, a famous American composer, named „The Unanswered Question“. I have long enjoyed this piece, and in particular also its title. In my opinion, there are many unanswered questions. One reason why there are so … Continue reading Continue reading

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How to Fix the World via the Legal System

I have long since been a big fan of Edmund Burke — the “father of modern conservatism”…. He was probably far ahead of his time, but for today, I feel he is no longer far ahead of our time. What … Continue reading Continue reading

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In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act

On wikipedia.org, it is debated whether this line is a quote by George Orwell or not. Even worse: On yahoo.com, there is this question: What does “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” mean? … Continue reading Continue reading

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It’s always me that ends up getting wet

I was thinking of some lyrics from a song by Sting earlier — and I’ll get to that in a moment — but what happened is that I sat down and watched his “All This Time” DVD, because I thought … Continue reading Continue reading

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Your Money or Your Life

Oftentimes, when I tell people that I don’t vote for (or against) politicians or political parties, they act as though this meant I weren’t a “free person”… or as if I were giving up some of my democratic freedoms. Quite … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Uneducated Masses Will Probably Choose the Free Lunch

There are primarily two reasons for this — both of which are based on the limited literacy skills of the uneducated masses: They can’t really comprehend what the fine print means; They can’t seem to learn from history. In the … Continue reading
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How the Internet has revolutionized publishing, and why the Internet will not change fiction publishing one iota

This is actually very fundamental with respect to online literacy, so in case you’re distracted, please either turn off whatever is distracting you or just come back later when you’re not distracted. Reading this while you’re distracted will do neither … Continue reading
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One of the Best Things about Me and My Writing is…

… that whether you like me or not, or read my writing or not,… — or whatever (or not) — is completely optional: There are no strings attached, no obligations involved, and what you think of me and/or my writing … Continue reading
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Getting a person to express how they truly feel can sometimes be an anti-climactic event — but one I nonetheless prefer to a situation in which people remain deluded by myths

For example: Getting someone to acknowledge that the reason they use so-called “free” internet services is that they are both a cheapskate and also that they also don’t really believe in themselves is better than if that person actually thought … Continue reading
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Principle of Least Effort 2.0: Principle of Least Discomfort

Today I was reminded of George Kingsley Zipf’s Principle of Least Effort — and it occurred to me that this concept might need some updating. First of all: There is a popular belief that since computational power is virtually free … Continue reading
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