Ramblings

Thoughtful Gifts

So I’ve seen two great examples of extremely thoughtful gifts in the past month, and thought that now would be a good time to give some credit to these extremely generous and caring people: Pamela Seaton (my girlfriend’s sister) and Mark Bishop (my brother). [EDITOR’S NOTE: It should be assumed Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Living in London… Again

It’s strange, going back to a place you’ve been before, but years later. The most extreme example I have of this is going back to Hong Kong after seventeen years. Coming back to live in the UK, after a nearly eight year hiatus, generates many of the same weird déjà Read more…

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An Historic Election

Politics is interesting to talk about, but usually not very inspiring. Or, more accurately, looking back at some of my earlier political posts, it looks like politics inspires cynicism, incredulity, anger, and pit-of-your-stomach, world-is-going-to-hell depression. I’ve always believed that you have to be an egotistical asshole to be a politician, Read more…

By Brian, ago
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WORSE Economics

What the hell is goign on? Didn’t every trader on Wall Street read the news. There’s a bailout! Everything’s alright. We can all sleep safe tonight. Why the hell are you depressing the value of my 401k 30 FREAKING PERCENT! Now that’s just not very nice. I don’t understand? Why Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Bad Economics

I’m no economist, but I play one in my mundane white-collar fantasies. My economist alter-ego is full of facts and figures, knows the names of economic principles and when they were articulated, can spout off long streams of financial vocabulary on command, and, of course, knows everything. In my dreams, Read more…

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Shameless Plagarism

I shamelessly plagarized my own blog post. Just after writing my post on travel, I had to run an innovation workshop at a meeting of my department. So to get everyone in the mood I made a few slides that tried to show how innovations over time for various things Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Thoughts on Travel

Wow, the last post I wrote on here was the first day of the year. That’s some serious neglect. Seriously, I have been doing a lot of travelling, and giving a lot of thought to the whole concept of travel lately. I travel for my new job more than any Read more…

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Goodbye Bridge Suites

I have to thank Jen for waiting for me for ten minutes at the California Pizza Kitchen while I “checked out” of apartment 243 of the famous(ly sucky) Bridge Suites. Thanks Jen. I know I was overextending myself when I planned to meet you for lunch on the East side, Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Thoughts on Moving (Again)

It’s coming down to it. Yesterday two people wished me well on my move back to the States because they won’t be here next week to say goodbye. And it really hit me, I’m leaving. In one week I won’t be living in the Netherlands. I won’t be going to Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Ahmadinejad and Ground Zero

It’s been a long time since I wrote about something I saw on the news, but this one hit a nerve. This guy really pisses me off, and even years after 9/11 it’s still a sensitive subject for me, so hearing that Iran’s nutcase president (who has implied that the Read more…

By Brian, ago