Every day when I come home from work I take all my pocket change and throw it in a bowl. When the bowl is full, it’s time for me to roll the money and take it to the bank. I’ve been doing this for years and it’s become my forced savings program. On the weekend… Continue reading Goodbye Penny, And Thanks For The Memories
Right now I’m reading Empires of Light. It’s the fascinating tale of how the world was electrified. Not “electrified” in the sense of “the Beatles are coming to town!” but rather, literally, why I can flip a switch and the lights go on in my house. This tale could be utterly pedantic – for instance,… Continue reading Contrasts
I recently finished Can’t Stop Won’t Stop , Jeff Chang‘s history of hip-hop music. The writing is of variable quality, but the book’s a phenomenal read because the stories are just so damn strong. I’m not going to review the book here (Amazon does a great job) – and hey, you should read it yourself… Continue reading Great Stories From Hip-Hop
So here’s a thought for you. According to a recent visit to the German History Museum, at its apogee, the Roman army had 400-500 thousand troops to protect the empire’s 50-60 million inhabitants. Today, the United States military has ~1.5 million active duty personnel and a similar number of reservists (source) to protect its roughly… Continue reading What Are The Odds This Is True?
1. I’m 1,000 meters above the earth and falling at 5 meters per second. Actually, it’s not just me – Wendy’s there too, plus almost 20 unbathed French, German and Japanese tourists. The funny thing is that I have no idea that we’re falling. We’re not accelerating so I can’t feel anything. Despite the fact… Continue reading Cappadocia