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why nations fail by daron acemoglu and james a robinson

I first came across Why Nations Fail at my local Half Price Books. After seeing it on the shelves a couple times, but still being unsure about whether I really wanted to read it or not, I reserved it at my local library. Now I wish I had bought it (and likely will) – Daron [...]

April 16, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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discover each man’s thumbscrew – law 33 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 33 Everyone ahs a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usually an insecurity, and uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

April 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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don’t blog

to “compete” with others. There are great reasons to blog – but there are also lousy ones to do it. If you’re writing because you’re trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’, so to speak, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t blog because others do. Don’t blog because others do it better. Blog because you want to. [...]

April 11, 2014 · antipaucity · 2 Comments
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the “best” industries for starting a business?

I generally really like Inc magazine. But this article is kinda ridiculous: “The Eight Best Industries for Starting a Business.” By the time an industry has landed on a list like this, the odds that you’re really going to be able to capitalize on it are super slim. There’s nothing “wrong” with starting a business [...]

April 8, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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group admin in the era of facebook

Along the difficulties of initially building a good group/community, comes the hassles of managing said [virtual] community – especially on the book of the face. I am a coadmin on the Ontario & Western Railways Historical Society Inc Facebook group. My friend Peter is a coadmin of the Linux Mint group. Something both of us have noticed [...]

April 4, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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play to people’s fantasies – law 32 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 32 The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes from disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to [...]

March 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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integrisure – the business that never was

For a long time I have been interested in real, actual, legitimate security. I am not a fan of the widespread use of security theater in our “post-9/11 world”, as Bruce Schneier calls it. Integrisure was supposed to be a real-world pentesting of “secure” facilities, a la Sneakers. In late 2000 / early 2001, I was working on [...]

March 24, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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community building is hard

Establishing and building a community around a common interest is hard. After exhausting your network of friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc – the only way of getting new folks into the community is to aggressively campaign and advertise to them. Let’s say you’re a technical user group (like a couple of the ones I’m a part [...]

March 14, 2014 · antipaucity · 7 Comments
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control the options: get others to play with the cards you deal – law 31 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 31 The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make chocies between the lesser of two evils, both of [...]

March 13, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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make your accomplishments seem effortless – law 30 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 30 Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of the revealing how hard you work – it only raises [...]

February 27, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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