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Read Like a Gent: The Black Swan by Nicholas Nassim Taleb

The subtitle of this book is “The Impact of the Highly Improbable” and since the book’s initial release the term “black swan” has become a commonly used term to describe unforeseen events that have outsized impact. Such Black Swan events include the 2008 Financial Crisis or the 2001 New York terrorist attacks. In a world […]

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World War II Films Worth Watching

General Patton

This next week marks the 75th anniversary of the landings in Normandy by the Allied Forces that would go on to end a war that involved many parts of the world. It’s a war that still has a grip on our imagination, as seen by the films and books produced every year that portray persons, […]

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Ten Years of Shark Tank

“How long have you been watching Shark Tank?” Daymond John asked. Eighteen-year old Max Feber, founder of Bruw Coffee (who ended up getting a deal with Dallas-based shark Mark Cuban) quickly answered, “Since I was about 8 years old.” The show has now been around long enough to have created its own mini-generation of budding […]

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A Short How-To Guide to Family Reunions

Some people live very close to their family (and some don’t live far enough away!) so they are used to seeing them regularly and don’t need to make special plans to get together.  But it seems that while many families do live relatively close to each other, many are spread out among different states, and […]

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What DNA Test Should I Use (If Any)?

Many years ago DNA tests were used primarily for medical reasons (to help identify possible hereditary diseases) or legal ones (paternity testing).  But since the very first “test at home” kits pioneered by industry leader 23andMe, the inherent fascination people have with their roots has taken hold, and many companies have rushed to fill the […]

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Do Business Cards Still Matter?

Digital devices have managed to make standalone cameras, watches, and even house keys begin to disappear.  Complementing this dematerialization caused by technology, a wave of minimalism is sweeping many developed nations that have been on decades-long buying sprees.  Unnecessary, unloved things are marked to be donated or tossed.  Are business cards still relevant in such […]

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