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  1. Sid Meier’s “Civilization IV”  • 
    I’ve been a longtime fan of the Civilization series of turn-based simulation games — ever since the first iteration back in the very early ’90s. But I held off buying the latest release, Civilization IV, for several months because of its horrendous quality control issues. (For more on those, just take a gander at all […]
  2. Why Is Health Care So Fucked Up?  • 
    The American health care system is fucked up. And I’m not talking about health care on the macroeconomic/social policy scale here — right now I’m more concerned with the average Joe/Jane’s trip to the family practitioner or the emergency room. Why do so many doctors still schedule appointments in a black ledger book on the […]
  3. The Vapid World of CNN  • 
    At one time, CNN was considered a network of substance. People used to trust CNN to deliver important, on-topic news. What happened? The network has succumbed to competitive pressures and resorted to crass sensationalism, celebrity gossip and the time-honored stories about women in trouble and petty criminals. Checking on the CNN.com homepage a few moments […]
  4. Making Choices  • 
    Here’s something I wrote several years ago while facing the most difficult decision of my life. I felt crushed by the burden of choosing between two alternatives that seemed equally horrible at the time. So I sat and scribbled this on a yellow legal pad. It seemed to flow like a Socratic dialogue, building from […]
  5. Bruce Springsteen’s “Meeting Across the River”  • 
    Bruce Springsteen's "Meeting Across the River" is a song about a transformative night in the lives of two characters. Boundaries will be crossed. Dark deeds await.
  6. Lennon People and McCartney People  • 
    Universities all over the world still give degrees in sociology and psychology, despite the fact that everything you need to know about human nature can be found at your local Tower Records store. (Or Amazon or Powell’s, for that matter.) There are two types of people in the world: John Lennon people and Paul McCartney […]
  7. About This Blog  • 
    Many of the blogs I’ve read start with the author saying “I’ve resisted creating a blog as long as I could.” As if a blog were an enemy force that needs to be kept at bay. I’m not going to buck the trend. I, too, have been resisting the urge to start a blog for […]

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