Why Am I Not Perfect?

Why am I not perfect? Short answer: because I am a human being - same as everybody else. Why am I not as good a cook as Judy? Because she "failed her way to success." I admire her wondrous spread of exotic cuisine, and she doesn't tell me about the hundreds of disasters, big and… Continue reading Why Am I Not Perfect?


I chat frequently with many young folks, sometimes over a span of several years. I do almost nothing to "improve" their writing; I just write as well as I can, for that format and that audience. When a "creative" spelling appears, I will simply use the same word with the correct spelling, in a natural… Continue reading Unteaching

Failing To Success

Can you fail your way to success? Yes. I was reading an article, Giving Good Praise about how to motivate people to work harder to improve their skills, instead of assuming that they "just aren't smart enough," which included this (lightly edited for capitalization) passage: Failure in small doses is good. [...] Advocates of game-based… Continue reading Failing To Success

Let’s Talk About The Gun

Perhaps the hardest thing for others to understand about libertarian ideas is this: we object to the gun in the room. I don't mean we're anti-gun at all; most, in fact, support the use of firearms for recreational, sporting, and self-defense uses. What we object to is that, in order to drive policy X, some… Continue reading Let’s Talk About The Gun

Thinking is Hard

Ever wonder "why are people so stupid?" - or, more properly speaking, why so many people say and do so many stupid things? I could write an entire article devoted to stupid ideas. I could try to fix the "SIWOTI"http://xkcd.com/386/(Someone is Wrong on the Internet) problem once and for all. And Sisyphus could, given sufficient… Continue reading Thinking is Hard