Guilt Pleasures of Leisure

I have a lot of hobbies; therefore, what I do in my free time ranges. The plethora of interests, as with most facets of life, has good and bad aspects. The positive is that I can usually find a shared interest with anyone I meet. The negative is that I also usually have certain activitiesContinue reading “Guilt Pleasures of Leisure”

Excerpts from “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”

This is my second time reading this book by Neil deGrasse Tyson. I have decided I was in a more distracted state during my first pass, as I recall having to reread paragraphs regularly. That is less common during this round two. And it isn’t that the passages themselves are overtly complex, I think itContinue reading “Excerpts from “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry””

“Excess” Savings

I read an article the other day which stated, “Americans have socked away $1.5T in excess savings.” I have seen similar statements, and I get progressively more disturbed every time I read them. First, what is “excess savings.” It isn’t like saving money is a bad idea. We could debate the sanity of various investments,Continue reading ““Excess” Savings”

In Defense of Science

“For a very long time everybody refuses and then almost without a pause everyone accepts.” Gertrude Stein For generations, humanity has progressed through the contrarian. The individual who when everyone else says, “this is the way,” they say, “yeah, but I think there is a flaw there, so I am going to try something new.”Continue reading “In Defense of Science”

Target the Max ROI: Lessons from Splendor

I had a revelation the other day while playing the board game Splendor: go for the investment with the highest ROI everything else being equal. It seems obvious when I type that out, but it took me many games to get there. For those of you who do not know, Splendor is a game ofContinue reading “Target the Max ROI: Lessons from Splendor”