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Date : May 2014

Describe Yourself In 2,290 Words Or More

Self-portrait, July 7, 2006 (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) Can you successfully and accurately describe yourself to a stranger in one sentence? My wife says she can, but I cannot. (If anyone thinks they can describe me in one sentence, feel free to do so in the comments; I’d love to see what[…]

It’s Black And Blue, So It Must Be True

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Published on: 2014.05.28

(The colors in the title refer to current colors of this blog.) Blog entry from 2012 There used to be a saying along the lines of “It’s right here in black and white”, usually referring to ink on paper — a newspaper page, for example — and often in response to an incredulous exclamation. Man:[…]

Basic Problem Solving

Problem-solving is a basic life skill. Even people who appear to be bad at it can still solve problems, even if not in a logical, efficient manner. Take babies for example. Problem: hungry. Solution: cry. Someone will provide nourishment.

‘We Need This! Let’s Spend Money!’

Despite recently posted results of online political quizzes that paint me as falling farther left, there are many areas in which I can’t consider myself left (Democrat) or right (Republican). One of those areas is How To Decide How Much Money Is Spent.

Lefter And Lefter (UPDATED, 2015)

Categories: Personal, Politics
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Published on: 2014.05.11

It was nearly nine years ago when I first quizzed myself on politicalcompass.org and found that I was slightly right of center and leaning libertarian in my ideals. (Unfortunately, the screenshot of my results has been lost to the ravages of the internet.) I took the same test again in December 2012 (addendum on that[…]

The Opposite Of Science

Categories: History, Quotations, Science
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Published on: 2014.05.08

“In retrospect we can see that any system like Ptolemy‘s had to be wrong. He and others of his time were trying to squeeze the facts into a false theory in order to fit a belief. They were starting with a rigid conviction and attempting to make the universe suit their dogma. Ptolemy himself wrote,[…]

How I Lost Faith In The Free Market (short version)

(This is the short version. Click here to read the long version, complete with illustrations, dozens of links, and a lot more words.) Though I grew up believing in free market capitalism, I’m not such a big fan now. Though the “supply and demand” principle is difficult to refute, the market itself doesn’t always have[…]

How I Lost Faith In The Free Market (long version)

(This is the long version. Click here to read the short version.) Money (Copyright © 2005 by Wil C. Fry.) Probably like many youngsters in the U.S., I grew up hearing adults extol the virtues of the “free market” and “capitalism” — I’m now convinced this was in reaction to our sworn enemies, the Communists.[…]

Is It Amazon Or The Patent Office That’s Gone Crazy?

Photo with a seamless white background (Copyright © 2012 by Wil C. Fry.) In 2001, internet sales giant Amazon filed for a patent — as large companies are wont to do, but this time it was for a process rather than a device, and startlingly, for a process that’s relatively common and has been for[…]

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