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Plastic Wrappers on Fruit

Reading When to Rob a Bank (by the authors of Freakonomics) and there was this little passage on plastic wrappers on fruit and food in general. In my mind, there was no doubt that that was a symptom of excess, and that it was undoubtedly a bad thing. But Levitt […]

Thoughts for a better world

I underwent surgery a few days ago. Since then, I’ve been in so much pain I have second-guessed my decision almost every single damn minute. But you know what’s interesting? As in the other times I undergo significant stresses, whether physiological or psychological, I’ve been forced to confront what’s really […]

The Curt E-mail and Hanlon’s Razor

An e-mail came in and it was brief. No pleasantries; no salutations; just straight-to-the-point. In many cases, that’d be fine. But in this case, it felt curt. There wasn’t a lot of history behind sender and receiver, and the main message wasn’t a particularly pleasant one. Still, having learned about […]

Good plan, poor execution

As some of you may know, I’m into the second year in a row of marathon training. During these two years, especially during the long runs, I’ve had many epiphanies: a-ha! moments and stories that I’m always eager to share with my readers when I get back. Problem is that […]

Following the crowd

herd mentality

Just the other day over coffee a colleague of mine told me about a fascinating video he’d seen. It was about a psychological experiment that showed just how much of a mindless, conforming species we were. 100% emotional; 0% rational. Just part of the herd. Though I’d seen similar ones […]

Health and wealth

This past week has been difficult. I caught a stomach bug. It was awful. I thought I was strong. I was wrong. Throughout the week, I kept thinking: I would pay quite exorbitant amounts of money just to feel healthy again. But alas, money don’t make the sick feel any […]

Calendarising

6:20m: “Have to bring home work tonight,” I said to my wife, “maybe I’ll run tomorrow.” Not the best of starts to my “starting serious training” regime, and frankly quite frustrating. But I’m a professional, and I suck it up. 6:30pm: Maybe, I thought, if I finish early I might […]

How do you start a blog?

I was asked by a colleague how she could start a blog. Wasn’t too sure. “I suppose,” I said, “you just write.” “Write about what?” she asked. “I don’t know. About anything you want to write about, I guess.” Then she asked, “where can you write?” I told her she […]