Recently, the Dutch FT published a story about a well-known start-up company facing production problems: from cool to faltering. This story can be summarized by: quantity up, quality down. To a large extent, it resembles capillary action: if you push the liquid in one tube down, the other one goes up, despite gravity. In 1855, Robert Browning wrote his poem Andrea...
Less = More vs More = Better
15 Sep, 2021
Following her questions about (my) relationships, I suddenly received a weird thought: the more you know yourself, the shorter your relationships. Actually, this line summarizes my relationship history rather well: from very long to very short. She acknowledged that my thought also applied to her situation. I'm far from sure that my blog title will also apply to...
4 Sep, 2021
The Wall Street Journal title: How Often Should You Shower? Celebrities Ignite a Ferocious DebateWSJ subtitle: Hollywood types including Jake Gyllenhaal, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Dax Shepard take a lax approach to hygiene, stoking a contentious uproar on how often one should bathe. It mirrors a similar discord in the medical community, and among everyday...
31 May, 2021
Several years ago, I wrote my blogs Less is More (2014) and More is Better (2016). Latter was about consumerism. The former has a broader context in our vocabulary. For some time, I've saved a 2021 Scientific American article for future blog use: Our brain typically overlooks this brilliant problem-solving strategy. Many problem-solving solutions have two basic...
17 Mar, 2021
Last Sunday, someone asked me about Monday's blog. In her view, confident humility is about a fight in which the soul wins from the ego. Her view makes sense. In my terminology, the Body (eg, heart), the Mind (eg, ego) and the Soul would be neatly aligned (my blogs). This would then give a kind and humble person (artist, lyrics, video, Wiki).When the ego inflates,...
11 Mar, 2021
One of the great lines in this Eagles song is: "They will never forget you 'til somebody new comes along". That's what I've felt for the last couple of days. Female interest in my dating profile was that huge that technical problems suddenly prevented me from answering anymore messages. The site still hasn't figured out the reason for the problems (eg, maximum...
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