Confirmation Bias and Shoes

I have been reading Thinking Fast and Slow which I would highly recommend. If you have read a summary and think you know what’s in the book you are wrong. I think it takes example after example to actually internalize how easily we are influenced … “Confirmation Bias and Shoes”

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Shopping Diet Retro June 2020

I strive to be grateful for my material possessions and not fall into the trap of consistent consumption. For the last several years I limit my purchases to consumables and replacing items that wore out for most of the year. Think of this as intermittent … “Shopping Diet Retro June 2020”

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Hiking Destinations

The following is a reference I use when selecting the next hiking or backpacking destination with a bias toward Northern California. I make it in 2002 and just now am updating in because many of the links were out of date. I have been meaning … “Hiking Destinations”

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Why People Leave their Jobs

The The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave, Leigh Branham suggests that while most managers think their employees switch jobs for better pay, that better pay is rarely the primary reason people switch jobs. Most people want to feel Trust, Hope, Worth, Competent. When they have trouble finding these things, they will often seek new opportunities. The seven reasons listed in the book are:

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Replace Prayer List with "Cards"

In the book A Praying Life, Paul Miller asserts that we shouldn’t focus on prayer (the method) but rather God (the object). Miller has a very high view of prayer. He expect prayer to accomplish things. Not because we are somehow manipulating God, but because … “Replace Prayer List with "Cards"”

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Build Your Life on Truth

Truth is the only thing worth standing on. Lies, falsehoods, secrets, excuses, might seem expedient, but they are like quicksand. They will drown your life if you walk in them. Lies can only hurt people and will rot away your heart and conscience. Secrets limit your ability to share fully with others and hurt your inner life until exposed by the healing light of truth and honesty.

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Gear 2020

This list was inspired by one bag lifestyle and Tynan’s Gear posts. I strive to use items that enable me to have an a healthy, impactful life, while minimizing friction / burdens. Please don’t use this list to fuel consumption or as a challenge to create a curated … “Gear 2020”

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Family Gear 2020

Items that I removed from my personal gear list because we have them for the general family. This list is incomplete. I plan to make a complete list this year, but haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe I will make the complete list in 2021. … “Family Gear 2020”

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The Evolution of Cooperation

Last night I had a spirited discussion with some friends about US politics. One of our friends was expressing a concern that historically the US has been too “nice”, hopeful, helpful. We have created a culture people want to enjoy, but now we will be … “The Evolution of Cooperation”

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Make a Difference

Note: This post isn’t really “done”, it’s some notes I made for myself when I was considering a career change around 2005 and hasn’t been updated since then. In the last week some of these topics came up so I am posting my notes for … “Make a Difference”

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Eyeglasses

I am so grateful that I live in an era that can correct many issues related to poor vision!! It’s easy to take glasses for granted, but for thousands of years, people born with poor eyesight had to find ways to muddle through life, never … “Eyeglasses”

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Blinkist, Summaries, and Personal Experience

For a year I tried using the service blinkist which provides summary’s of popular non fiction books, with a focus on business and self improvement literature. I thought it would be an effective way to screen books to decide what books I would want to … “Blinkist, Summaries, and Personal Experience”

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Wine Country

You can get commercial information from NapaValley.COM.  For years, I found The Best of the Wine Country to be a useful guidebook to the area, but it’s out of date now. Wine Wine is the first order of business.  There are more than 400 wineries in the Napa … “Wine Country”

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Yosemite

Yosemite is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth. I have been then tens of times, and never tire of visiting the park. While the Valley floor can be crowded, it’s still worth visiting. For a first time visitor to Yosemite I would … “Yosemite”

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San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful, world class city. There are numerous museums, places of nature beautiful, great food, and well known tourist spots. You could easily spend several weeks exploring San Francisco and only scratch the surface. The SF City Pass can be a good … “San Francisco”

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Monterey Penisula & Big Sur

I would recommend taking two days to explore the area around Monterey.  If you had a lot of time you could make it a four day leg and continue down Route 1 to Hearst Castle / San Simeon, Morro Bay, San Louis Obispo, and then … “Monterey Penisula & Big Sur”

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Monta Loma Neighborhood and the Mid-Penisula

The Monta Loma (MLN) neighborhood was constructed in the 1950s as affordable housing in a “California Modern” style by three different developers. It’s on the northern end of Mountain View, adjacent to Palo Alto, and Los Altos. The neighborhood is bordered by the roads San … “Monta Loma Neighborhood and the Mid-Penisula”

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Family Gear 2019

Items that I removed from my personal gear list because we have them for the general family. This list is incomplete. I plan to make a complete list in 2020. Electronics Google WiFi Mesh network access points easily install and just work when you have an … “Family Gear 2019”

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Gear 2019

In 2019 am using pretty much the same gear in 2018. This shouldn’t be a surprised. Several years ago Minimalism led me to simplify my stuff, keeping just the items that are regularly used and give me joy. This year I moved a number of items from “my” list, to … “Gear 2019”

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