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iResolution 2018

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My firm resolve for 2018: I will purchase no new Apple equipment. No new iPhone. No iWatch. No other iGadgetry. And don’t even think of torturing me with a Mac!

iVE iHAD iENOUGH!!…

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31 December 2017 at 10:39 am

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Alpacalypse!!

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alpacalypseI’ve now got 4 of the most charming bookmarks ever! Alpacas!! Thank you, SuziQ!

Off they go romping into 2017 to reignite some of the reading that has been pushed too far aside the past 3 months —

  • Alice, one of my twins, dances off into my Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas R. Hofstadter.
  • Alison, my other twin, grazes for but a moment in Petrarch’s Songbook a verse translation by James Wyatt Cook. She gets easily distracted and can be found prancing most anywhere.
  • Albert, the eldest, plays in Auto-Da-Fé, by Elias Canetti, translated by C.V. Wedgwood.
  • Alan, the baby of the herd, finds her fun in Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, by Condoleezza Rice.
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30 December 2017 at 12:21 pm

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Suggestive Social Science?!

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“But if you’re like most people—and social science suggests that you and I are like most people—…”

The Timely Science of Successful Resolutions
—Daniel H. Pink (WSJ 12/30-31/2017 C1)

Say what?! Social science suggests what??!

Run that by me again, please…

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30 December 2017 at 11:35 am

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Glance at a Life

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“You still use a planner?” is a question I am often asked with out-and-out disbelief.
 

Paper Planners in the Digital Age:
Why We’re Still Addicted

— Lane Florsheim

Don’t expect me to be one to ask.

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28 December 2017 at 12:25 pm

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Expect To Morrow

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16 December 2017 at 7:09 pm

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on th wsj fold

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i was showing one of our board members how we used to roll up th wsj up into a cylinder for reading on th train, demonstrating how that made th stories flow in a continuous river

then i told my colleague that i had only been teasing, despite how my demonstration had in fact made th stories in th paper flow. i then unrolled th paper and showed th wsj fold as we did actually read our papers on th train. as i did so, th stories cam alive much as they had done with th cylinder i’d made, except as a continuous slide show that made each page leap out like a web page with links that opened automatically in dimensions above and below th page and into other dimensions that wound into our heads

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15 December 2017 at 7:06 am

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on bernie’s paintings

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a new movie was coming out soon, to be called Hall, a dark mysterious tale meant more to lead the mind of a viewer into his own mind rather than into its own story, i knew where it was going as though i had already been there and looked forward to its release for th doorway of going there again

bernie’s hall

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12 December 2017 at 6:47 am

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Empowered Grid

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IMG_0871On “Power Grid,” today’s puzzle for The WSJ Daily Crossword, I managed to complete the entire northwest corner without resorting to Google or a dictionary or any other memory crutch! That’s the first time I’ve come that far since my shenanigans!

Which gives me incentive to add more distraction to an already busy day: Attempt to complete this day’s puzzle.

For each of the six days during any week that the WSJ lands on my driveway, one of my daily routines involves devoting at least 10-15 minutes of the day’s unplugged time toward filling in as many letters in the WSJ crossword as I can. Back in college days, that would frequently take me far enough to have me carrying the Journal with me through the day to add a word or two now and then until relaxation in the evening, when typically I could complete that day’s exercise. Even through my busiest Wall Street and Beltway working days, I often completed the puzzle.

Since 2011, it’s been more a matter of therapy than of relaxation. Even today, six years after my pass through death, I continue to work on my balance and stamina and other health concerns. And if anything, my mental health has even further to go if I am ever to regain what I had before.

Eh, but I may never be back to completing one of these WSJ crosswords on a same-day basis, and I have so very much else to be doing today. So past this great start that I had, I’ll probably content myself with knowing the answer to 65 Across: a five-letter word with the clue, “Jose Altuve, for one.”

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6 December 2017 at 12:35 pm

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aurelia reset

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aurelia resetSo, I had to reset aurelia this morning.

No, Siri or whatever else has been nagging me the past month, I am not ready to send aurelia through reincarnation to a newer body. Bad enough I’ve been forcing her to work with iOS 11 (big mistake).

iPhun iPhun iPhun . . .

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4 December 2017 at 10:32 am

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Got Me an E Harmonica

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Thanks to Bobby, next time I make it to a Dylan concert, I’ll go prepared: I now have me an E harmonica.

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2 December 2017 at 10:10 pm

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An Actuary without Excel Is Like…

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Wall Street without the Journal? K Street without a lobbyist? A tax bill without a favor for a special interest?

No, it’s way more intrinsic than that.

I was born an actuary and will die my last death an actuary. And no matter what marketplace the designers believe they created Excel for, I will always believe it to have been God’s gift to my actuarial soul.

More Excel . . . more . . . more . . .

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1 December 2017 at 6:52 am

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