The Utility of the Shallow

Photo by David Edwards In the 2nd Dirty Harry movie, Magnum Force, Clint Eastwood opines, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” They say that in martial arts, you should ask yourself if you are Bruce Lee before attempting to kick over your head. When investing, you should ask yourself if you are Benjamin Graham before attempting to pick individual stocks. Am I Warren Buffet? No? Then I’ll invest in a Vanguard index mutual fund instead of some rocking castle in the sky hot-shot stock play. »

Embrace Hunger

When my kids were small I got hold of Bill Bennet’s Book of Virtues a collection of essays and stories about virtue. Mr. Bennet named it “virtues” as opposed to “values” to distinguish traits found in nature from social constructs. The former hold true throughout nature whereas values do not apply outside your tribe. Thus every wingnut knows the moonbats who disagree with him are not merely wrong, but evil. And vice versa. »

Measuring Inputs

I used to love my job. That love was based on my boss’ attitude that could be paraphrased, “give me results.” I gave him results. Results and earned accomplishment are like a drug. I was happy. He was happy. The company thrived. Life was good. I paid off my mortgages and cash-flowed sending my kids to college. As you may expect, something changed to cool this love. This was good, because it got me to create this experiment in catfood retirement. »

Fat and Debt

I was in the best physical shape of my life in grad school. Not only had I gone on a diet, but I did not have time to eat or money to buy food. Nevertheless, I did have enough time to put on tennis shoes and run. Add to that some unhappy things in my life induced stress that made the pounds melt away. For one brief, shining moment, I got onto a scale and saw that my weight matched the recommendations of the American Heart Association for my height–178 pounds. »

Two Keys

I have become interested in cryptocurrencies, things like Bitcoin, or Ethereum. They are a medium of exchange that is not subject to government interference, for good or ill. This is bad if you share the politician’s view, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” Or it is good if you share a different politician’s sentiment, “Power tends to corrupt.” But this is not about politics, but how cryptocurrencies illustrate something much more personal than politics. »