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Logic runs deeper than arithmetic

My old classmates would be tickled pink to hear that I failed a math test.  Okay, so maybe I didn’t fail, I scored below average and failed to get a job because of it.  Big difference. Back in the day, some would want to copy my homework, but the more competitive students were annoyed when […]

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Advancing Aberystwyth mathematics problem

You may have seen flags up this summer for “Advancing Aberystwyth.”  These flags say there are events “supported” by local businesses.  Well, by taxes on local businesses. Did these events get you shopping more?  Did the chance to see The Goonies on the big screen bring you over from Birmingham, Boston, or Berlin?  Or even […]

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A note to all domain squatters

Sometimes I accidentally check my spam box, or I look there for a client’s email that seems to have gotten lost.  Here’s one message I get again and again.

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The BBC is worse than Trump

According to the Wiki people, “Studies show Latin American men understand masculinity to involve considerable childcare responsibilities, politeness, respect for women’s autonomy, and non-violent attitudes and behaviors.” Masculinity with a latin accent, or machismo, is being used as a word to describe criminals by the BBC and others.  They are contending that traditional Spanish culture […]

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Why new technology should never be used to measure inflation

The UK government is cheating with inflation figures. For a while, camcorders were on the list of items in which prices were compared to overall inflation. Now, action cameras are. Why do I call this cheating? New tech always starts off expensive and drops in price. The initial price is what funds development. Then, after […]

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Why I connect to shady characters

Some of you are great. If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of my best connections, one of the real people I trust. Or, you’re connected to them, trusted by them, and a great person. However, there are other people who invite me just to expand their own network, or to try and con me […]

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How to approach a publisher

I’m not an advisor, or a coach of any kind. I’m just a writer, looking for work, running my own business. I’m only giving this advice to counter all the bad advice that I see online, including the bad advice that relatives and in-laws forward to me.

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Open by setting the scene

A lot of writing advice will pretend to teach you how to grab an audience’s attention. Well, there’s more to writing than getting attention.  There’s the reader to consider. This is an editorial essay, so we start with an introduction.  In the first paragraph, I let you know the purpose, to determine whether or not […]

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Ben Franklin’s financial advice

Since the following quote is so long, I won’t put it in quote format. TO MY FRIEND A.B., As you have desired it of me, I write the following hints, which have been of service to me and may if observed be so to you. REMEMBER that time is money. He that can earn ten […]

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It takes more than 100 days

2 years ago, I witnessed the re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo.  Thousands of talented volunteers from around the world walked through the footsteps of Napoleon, Wellington, and Blücher, and their allies and armies. Although we didn’t have the best seats on the field, it was wonderful that so many dedicated re-enactors, or living historians, brought history to […]