Solving Hard Problems: Software, Part II 1

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The Cascades aren’t just in Washington State these days This week we’ll switch from search strategies in off-line documents to a couple of web nuances that you can actually see in last week’s post. In the aftermath of the Turkey Feast we in the US call Thanksgiving, a tweet sent me to the light-hearted GEICO ...

Solving Hard Problems: Software, Part I 1

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Advanced search and replace techniques for MS-Word If you needed to to reformat your text to find every title that was in all caps, longer than three characters and add an additional line (carriage return), how would you do it? Having spent the better part of the year on technology and cultural commentary, we’re going ...

O.c.c.u.p.y Hearts & Minds 3

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IMAGINE if the One World Scheme anarchists (which some call Occupy Wall Street, OWS) had developed a coherent set of beliefs and a community-oriented strategy. IMAGINE if they had respectfully approached neighboring homeowners and businesses with a well-though-out and well-articulated proposition (run with me here): We would like to peacefully protest what we see as ...

In-difference II: Organically Deriving y.o.u.r. Path to Profit 1

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In last week’s post, I opened with the idea that those stuck as permanent teenagers have trouble distinguishing such basic concepts as right and wrong. Moreover, they reject the concept of objective truth, because they realize that any objective truth binds them to the discipline of growing, however slowly, even imperceptibly, toward that apex of ...

The Risk of In-difference, Part I 2

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Thanks to Jonah Lehrer for the delightful post in Wired that is the source idea for the first installment in this series. To keep my high school English teacher happy, here is my topic sentence: If you can’t tell the difference between right and wrong, how do you expect to recognize risk when it is ...