Headed south

Will be on the road next week. New posts with reports on my experiences are on the way… Yay!

Going, going, gone…

Man, I miss Google reader

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Going forward

Moving ahead…

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Learn from yest…

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Albert Einstein

Quote of the day, June 5

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Optimistic indeterminate

Want to share an essay by Peter Thiel from the class he teaches on startup companies, which makes an interesting philosophical point about how we view our future and how it effects decisions, important life decisions based on that view.

Here’s a short excerpt for the taste:

Up until the 1950s and ‘60s, the prevailing belief about the future was one of determinate optimism. There had always been a relatively well-defined way in which people thought the future would be much better than the present. You could go west and get 640 acres of land. Specific projects to improve society were undertaken. There was a general orientation toward working to make a better future.”

Full essay at this link:
http://blakemasters.com/post/23435743973/peter-thiels-cs183-startup-class-13-notes-essay

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Daddy, may I, may I?

Must be familiar to most parents

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Building bridges

While traveling to Europe over last week, I keep coming across small groups of compatriots traveling the world. Here in Europe american tourists are a part of a series of jokes. The stereotypes are that we are loud and insistent, muse at ordinary (for locals) things. But thta seems to be changing… As we have had dinner late last night, two young American guys were sitting having a soup and having a conversation, quitely, unobtrusively. Then as we were coming back to the hotel, a couple of girls were there waiting for the elevator and having a conversation, quitely. Thought they couldnt beat a japanese man, who stood soundless head down and back to all of us as he was flipping through pictures on his camera.

American tourists are changing. So is american society.

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Going wild

Having the time of my life…

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Meanwhile a regular day in Russia

Just couldn’t pass this by. All the stereotypes about Russians keeping bears as pet’s culminate in this video.

My favorite moment, when the bear sits in a chair.

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In the land of the bear

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Writing 2.3 – A Contract with the Reader


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When I took a graduate class called “Writing the Novel” a few years ago, I learned two very important things.  First, if you tell a writer that her work in progress is a romance novel when she thinks she’s writing literary fiction, be prepared to see a chair fly across the room.  Second, there’s something called “The Contract with the Reader.”  Let’s forget about throwing chairs for a while and focus on the contract, which was something I had never heard of before.

Let’s pretend you’re in a bar and a guy sitting to your left says, “You want to hear a story?”  Of course you don’t, but you say, “Sure.  Thrill me.”  He knows sarcasm, so he says, “Tell you what.  If I give you a four-sentence setup, and you agree that you’re interested in hearing the rest, then you owe me a beer.  How’s that?”  So of course…

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