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The Valuation of Trust

October 23, 2011

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  Thanks to +Edward Coles and +Merlina Sapphire for sharing this video. It is a good overview of the basics of money and financing. I used the video to launch a rousing discussion on Google+. This is fundamental Econ 101 stuff. But it is great to see it explained so simply and understandably. Nevertheless, the narrator makes a simplifying […]

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The Egyptian Crisis Proves the Need for Anonymity

January 29, 2011

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I had a very interesting conversation at work yesterday.  Someone I work with asked me about the “cool tools” that I really believe in.  After thinking long and hard about the question, I told him that I believe in freedom of speech and I believe in anonymity as a bulwark to ensure both the freedom […]

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Why Use Tor?

December 19, 2010

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So why should you use Tor? That’s a good question.  First, you need to know what Tor does.  I find that simple descriptions are often the best.  So here is my simple version of what Tor is: Tor is a means of tunneling specific messages (i.e., traffic) through an anonymous (and reasonably secure) network.  Wikipedia […]

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A Maze of Twisty Passages…

July 3, 2010

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I am definitely an old school gamer.  My son plays games like Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2.  But I started when games required thought and not just lightning-fast reflexes.  And one of the very first computer games I remember was Colossal Cave.  I first played it on an IBM S/370 that ran […]

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Those Who Refuse To Learn From History

April 9, 2010

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Dear Senators, One of the most important powers that our Founding Fathers vested into the Presidency was the power to establish and manage relationships with foreign powers. That power specifically includes the negotiation of treaties between our nation and foreign nations. But that power is not unlimited. Indeed, our Constitution specifically ensures that international treaties […]

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Contract With Americans + Fanning the Embers

November 23, 2009

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Re: Global warning – on recess, late to return to class Lorin Olsen <cyclingroo@gmail.com> Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 9:39 AM To: <Addresses suppressed> Joe,   You’re either congratulating me on my compositional skills or you are calling me a really old fart.  Since I know that you are older than I am, I’ll assume […]

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Is Anybody There? Does Anybody Care?

November 20, 2009

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Senator Sam Brownback Senator Pat Roberts As a concerned citizen of the state of Kansas and the United States, I am horrified by the US Senate’s proposed health care legislation. I cannot fully define all of the problems that I believe are built into this legislative leviathan. But here are some of my major challenges: […]

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Realtime Reporting Is Evolving…

January 31, 2009

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…towards realtime collaboration.  And the transition is exciting. Yesterday was a busy day at work.  It’s the busy time of year in the tax preparation business.  And I’m always multitasking: planning for next year’s systems, supporting systems we’ve deployed this year, and consulting on systems that are experiencing trouble at any given moment. But even […]

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For Better or Worse – Google Is The Center of the Universe

January 31, 2009

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I got up very early this morning (~5AM) to the whining dogs.  Our son had left a light on in the living room.  So the dogs woke up early to the light.  I dragged myself out of bed to give them a walk and then feed them.  After about thirty minutes of light chores, I […]

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

November 30, 2008

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I love the holidays.  I love the joyful time with my family.  I love the good cheer in everyone’s heart. But my cheerful heart is troubled this holiday season. The litany of challenges need not be fully itemized.  But here are a couple of the things that leave me apprehensive: Our economy is in one […]

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