Archive for the ‘insights’ Category

charge for carry-on luggage

Airlines over the past several years have begun charging for all kinds of things that used to be “free” (they weren’t ever “free”, they just hid the cost in your ticket price). One of the worst offenders to this list of fees, though, is the inane charge for your first checked bag whereas carry-on baggage […]

November 20, 2014 · antipaucity · One Comment
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apps on the network

{This started as a Disqus reply to Eric’s post. Then I realized blog comments shouldn’t be longer than the original post } The app-on-network concept is fascinating: and one I think I’ve thought about previously, too. Hypothetically, all “social networks” should have the same connections: yet there’s dozens upon dozens (I use at least 4 […]

July 14, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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what to automate

I have been in the world of automation for quite a while. Specifically in the realms of server, datacenter, and cloud automation – but I’ve been interested and/or involved in other tasks that tend towards automation (even for a short period of time) for far longer than just my post-college time in the world of […]

May 6, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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first experiment follow-up

I’ve been attempting a “reactive”/”consumptive” reading experiment recently. The first book I tried it on was the Henry Petroski’s horrid To Engineer is Human (my review). That turned into a failure as I couldn’t stomach his writing, and so “reacting” to it was going to pretty much be an exercise in futility. So I’ve ditched […]

May 3, 2014 · antipaucity · 3 Comments
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the ultimate measure of financial success

How many times have you heard someone suggest that all their financial problems would magically disappear if they only made more money? But high incomes can’t guarantee financial freedom; there are countless examples of people who earned millions yet still ended up bankrupt. The common thread among folks who get into financial trouble — no […]

April 29, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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conference connectivity

My friend Trent posted last week, “[m]eeting organizer Protip: select a location that gets cell phone service.”. I am fairly certain I disagree. I disagree with Joel Spolsky on this, too. If you are organizing a meeting, conference, or the like, there should ONLY be connectivity if you want your attenders to ignore the meeting – […]

April 21, 2014 · antipaucity · No Comments
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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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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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magazines

I am the [proud] holder of subscriptions to several magazines. As part of my attempt to vary my reading materials, I get Wired, Inc, Fast Company, Western Horseman, and several others. However – I’ve discovered that I just don’t care about most of what is any given issue; there are times when more than half […]

April 7, 2014 · antipaucity · 2 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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