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Antone Roundy on the life, the universe and everything

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I signed up recently for the Post Office's "Real Mail" notification. The deal is, when you've got something in your PO Box, they send you an email to tell you so.

I'm expecting a check -- some affiliate commissions. For a few days, I've gotten emails, but haven't been able to get to the bo...
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I was watching a video of a business consultation my bother (the lawyer) did with a local businessman recently. One of the things he said was that fear is always a bad value.

Sometimes people say that fear is good when it keeps you from doing dumb things. And that's true. But the point is...
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I recently got a new Mac Mini. I love having so much computer in such a small, quiet package. But I do have a few gripes about changes between Leopard and Lion, mostly having to do with differences between Spaces and Mission Control.

First, when I switch between apps (using cmd-tab or by clicking an...
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I've posted an idea for an English phonetic spelling system before. It's an idea I'd still like to see implemented. But I've changed some of the details.

As I recently commented on Facebook (reproduced here since the comment isn't publicly visible):

The transition to phonetic spelling would be painful for a little while. But the...
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After Mitt Romney agreed to release his tax return sooner rather than later, as he'd originally planned, Newt Gingrich responded with this:

I think it's exactly the right thing to do. And as far as I'm concerned, that particular issue is now set aside and we can go on and talk about other, bigger, and...
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After Mitt Romney revealed that he pays about 15% in taxes, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said:

Everybody who's working hard ought to pay their fair share, and and that includes millionaires who might be paying an effective tax rate of 15% when folks making $50,000 or $75,000 or $100,000 a year are paying...
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I like this quote:

Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.

Simone Weil

The more you experience real good, the closer your imagination aligns with reality

This morning, Seth Godin published something that reminded me of some ideas I've turned over in my head before:

...the rationale ... appears to be that at some point, obedience transforms into self-control. That at some point, people start obeying themselves and become leaders. Self-control is without a doubt one of the building blocks of...
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The times, they are a changin'. As they always do.

Change causes pain. Because it requires change. It requires adaptation. It requires abandoning old comforts that no longer have a foundation to stand on, finding new foundations, and building on them.

What is the role of government in times of major change? Daniel Levis wrote:...
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