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The 25% Rule

April 30, 2009 by


Perhaps the wisest thing that Newt Gingrich ever said (in speaking of the Republican party) was, [W]e have to get used to fighting ourselves at times and we have to recognize that we are in the business of conflict management. We are not in the business of conflict resolution. You only resolve conflicts by kicking […]

Agency and Pepperoni Muffins

April 27, 2009 by


I believe that people have free agency. Of course there are limits to that agency. The classic example is pepperoni muffins. Could you have made pepperoni muffins yesterday? Nope. The idea of making them didn’t even enter your mind. It doesn’t matter that you have an oven and know how to cook muffins. Until the […]

The Character Triangle Revisited

April 22, 2009 by


My friend Toby/ias wrote a comment on the Character Triangle post that I wanted to respond to. Originally I was going put my response down in the comments, but as I started writing more I decided to write my thoughts here as a separate post. Toby said: Anyways, So I’m a little confused. Red is […]

Fail Points

April 21, 2009 by


There are certain things in life that, if they aren’t working, entirely overshadow everything else. Like how when you’re sick, you can’t remember what it feels like to be healthy. It is always present in your mind, and shades every pleasure. One example is relationships. When you’re in an unhealthy relationship, it doesn’t matter how […]

The Value of Swearing

April 20, 2009 by


I don’t swear. I don’t like to hear swearing. In fact, I was going to write a different post, about how swearing is the most convenient (and perhaps purest) verbal expression of negative energy. But that’s not this post. Over the last few days at work, I’ve been trying to implement some new systems — […]

Pocket Neighborhoods

April 17, 2009 by


Rob, a friend of mine from school, introduced me to Ross Chapin Architects. They build “pocket neighborhoods”, which are a pretty cool compromise between cohousing and conventional neighborhoods. Here are a few pictures from the site:

The Character Triangle

April 13, 2009 by


Last Friday I invited my friends Porter and Derek over for a game night. We had a great time, and more time was spent in conversation than game playing. Much of our discussion revolved around the “character triangle” that Porter introduced. It’s a device that we used for analyzing the relationships between characters in a […]