Managed retreat: environmental, social, in commerce

For the next century we are going to watch the consequences of our actions, starting with climate change. Those that accept that change and have resources is coming will have an opportunity to do managed retreat and minimize loss of life and property. Most won’t be so lucky.

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Bullying and your kids in the San Francisco Unified School District

Sadly, I have come to learn more than I want to about how bullying complaints are handled in the San Francisco Unified School District. Because kids begin committing suicide as young as ten years old due to bullying, you probably need to start paying attention to it sooner than you think. The most important thing…

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Yes, to do lists are awful. But what’s better?

Late last week I read this article “To-do lists don’t work” published on the Harvard Business Review by Daniel Markowitz. ¬†Markowitz’s thesis is that todo lists don’t work because they leave too much of the prioritization of tasks to the “last minute mind”. In other words you have a moment, you look at your list,…

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Military service of my grandfather, Jack Watson.

[You can read Jack’s obituary here. -Shabbir] Jack had a sizable military career, starting in World War 2 and running through 1965 when he finally retired as a Senior Master Sergeant of the Air Force. His whole military life he had been attached to Bomber squadrons. First the 305th Bomb Group at the end of…

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Grieving over the victims of the Newtown, CT shooting

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I haven't had anything to say about gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting.  In fact, I haven't had much to say at all on the topic.  It isn't the case that I have been "waiting for a more appropriate time".…

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Why I’m giving my favorite gloves away

These are my favorite gloves. Sarah knitted them, and they're fingerless/thumbless, so you actually can do useful things with your hands. I'm giving them away (with Sarah's permission) to La Casa de las Madres so they can be gifted to a woman in their shelter system who has lost everything in order to save her…

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My first 5,000 hand experiment

So to recap, as I work on improving my Limit Texas Hold'em game, I concocted an experiment with my coach.  I used my calculations of each possible preflop hand against tables containing one to nine opponents each.  I then built a very solid preflop strategy, taking into account position and opponents, and set out to…

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Are vampires more popular now than before?

One of my friends on Facebook asked this, and the answer is yes.  Let's use Google Insights for search as a culture zeitgeist measurement. Google's data only goes back to 2004, which postdates most of Anne Rice's Lestat novels.  Vampire popularity appears to have declined steadily from 2004 through 2007.  In 2008 the rush to…

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