Archive for ◊ January, 2012 ◊

The New Post Office Business Model
Monday, January 30th, 2012 | Author:

This sums it up nicely…

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Double Standards?
Sunday, January 29th, 2012 | Author:

What do you think?

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SOTU, Unicorns, and Rainbows…
Saturday, January 28th, 2012 | Author:

This sums up Obama’s State of the Union address nicely…

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A Matter of Perspective
Friday, January 27th, 2012 | Author:

An interesting viewpoint…

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A Tribute to Uncle Milty
Thursday, January 26th, 2012 | Author:

A great tribute to Milton Friedman from Brad Delong…  a nice summary description of the man that Dave Wittman and I used to refer to as “Uncle Milty”:

His world-view began with a bedrock faith in people, in their ability to make judgments for themselves, and thus an imperative to maximize individual freedom. On top of that was layered a deep faith and conviction that free markets were almost always the best and most magical way of coordinating every conceivable task. On top of that was layered a powerful conviction that a look at the empirical facts–a marking-to-market of your beliefs to reality–would generate the right conclusions. And on top of that was layered a fear and suspicion of government as an easily-captured tool for the enrichment of cynical and selfish interests that sought to grab whatever they could. Suffusing all was a faith in the power of argument and the utility of reason. He was an optimist: people could be taught the truths of economics, and if they were properly taught then institutions could be built to protect all against the corruption and overreach of the government.

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Rockwell in Dayton
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Author:

Missy and I made it to the Dayton Art Institute this past weekend to catch the special exhibit of artist/illustrator Norman Rockwell.  We had a special tour hosted by a docent who walked us through the exhibit and provided us with artistic insights (e.g., Norman liked to use a variety of signatures on his art work).  Missy said she really enjoyed the tour…

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Iranian Nuclear Scientists
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 | Author:

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Interesting Trivia
Monday, January 23rd, 2012 | Author:

Some interesting trivia, courtesy of MentalFloss…

  1. Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” was penned by beloved children’s author Shel Silverstein.
  2. Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State.
  3. In 1939, Hitler’s nephew wrote an article called “Why I Hate My Uncle.”
  4. “Jay” used to be slang for “foolish person.” So when a pedestrian ignored street signs, he was referred to as a “jaywalker.”
  5. The Q in Q-tips stands for quality. They were originally called Baby Gays.
  6. The sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666.
  7. Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.
  8. Hawaiian Punch was originally developed in 1934 as a tropical flavored ice cream topping.
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Revolutionary Tires
Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 | Author:

From my buddy, Joe K…

They have been testing these for several years now. A company called Resilient Tech was developing them for the military application.

Yes, those are ‘spoke-like’ connections to the inner part of the tire from the outside tread warp.

    

These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon. Just think of the impact on existing technology:

A. no more air valves…
B. no more air compressors at gas stations…
C. no more repair kits…
D. no more flats…
These are actual pictures taken at the South Carolina plant of Michelin.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country?
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 | Author:

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