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Quotation of the Day: Winning

“What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War To understand the relationship between Sun Tzu and NBA coaching, see Wages of Wins.

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Excellence

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle “For me, pushing myself is way more about ‘It’s hard to make something that’s interesting.’ It’s really, really hard, and I’m sure we don’t succeed with every story on every show. Basically, anything that anyone makes…It’s like a […]

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Quotations of the Day: On Realistic Expectations

Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. — Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Celebrity Product Endorsement in the 1800s

“The first customers bough pairs of telephones for communication point to point: between a factory and its business office, for example.  Queen Victory installed one at Windsor Castle and one at Buckingham Palace (fabricated in ivory; a gift from the savvy [Alexander Graham] Bell.” from The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James […]

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How to Ask for Help via Email

“A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.” Dorothea Brande For more tips on getting answers to the questions you need, see this Lifehacker article.  

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The Demand for Policy Interventions

“Authors of economics books, essays, articles, and political platforms demand interventionist measures before they are taken, but once they have been imposed no one likes them. Then everyone—usually even the authorities responsible for them—call them insufficient and unsatisfactory. Generally the demand then arises for the replacement of unsatisfactory interventions by other, more suitable measures. And […]

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Quotation of the Day

“People sometimes say ‘But one single can?’ One single can is of great importance. Because 99 is not 100, and that single one will make the difference.” Valter, as seen in the extremely uplifting movie Waste Land.

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Do Capitalists or Communists Promote Aid to Africa?

“It is significant that none of the most passionate advocates of aid for Africa are African.  Aid can speed up development that people have already decided to carry out for themselves and have the capacity to do.  It is also essential for vaccination campaigns and for ARVs to combat HIV/AIDS.  Emergency aid is obviously vital […]

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Quotation of the Day

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Heraclitus, On the Universe.

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