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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.  …