SkiBoats.com Launched

by Roger Collins on September 8, 2012

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Launching a boat classifieds site on SkiBoats.com. Everything is free. Check it out: SkiBoats.com

The pic is of our boat with me in the captain’s seat. Fun business this!

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Willpower

by Roger Collins on December 15, 2011

in Books I Recommend

I just finished reading Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, and you should, too. It had been a while since I read a self-improvement book because I’ve read so many years back that I thought I pretty much already knew more than I was willing to implement anyway. But Willpower is different. It has fresh insights backed up with a lot of research. (That part will be a turn-off if you are bored by science; just skim over those parts.) This book actually answered a lot of questions I was puzzling about. Here are some highlights:

Intelligence and self-control are the two most important traits that predict “success,” and self-control is easier to improve.

It gives the right amount of information about the history and trends of society’s attitudes about self-control. Did we get down on self-control because Hitler was up on it?

Self-control is in; unconditional self esteem is out. Instilling self-control in children is a big advantage to them.

Why does every society have words in their language that everyone knows but no one is supposed to ever say?

Having people try to monitor and control their behavior in some areas (dressing neat, not slouching, not saying bad words, keeping to a schedule) gives them more self-control in other areas almost instantly (two weeks in one study).

There is a lot of practical advice for one to improve his or her own self-control.

I hope to apply it to make some difficult behavioral changes in my own life and I’m already doing some minor things differently.

Thank you, Baumeister and Tierney.

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Ron Paul Commercial

December 12, 2011

I love this commercial.  Way to go Ron Paul Campaign. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Liberty article on the Ultimate Cause

November 18, 2011

In the long run, a society’s attitude toward the free enterprise system will determine whether it  thrives or flounders. Unfortunately, our society is mostly uninformed about the “beauty, balance, and wisdom” of the free enterprise system that made our society a great place to live. This is why I say the most important cause that […]

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My Last Project

November 8, 2011

(I mean my previous project. I’m not retiring yet.) Here’s a video about the 787, which is where some of my software engineering work is flying. Cool, right?   Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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Occupy Wall Street

November 7, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a sad statement about the state of economics education in our country. The most common message from OWS is against greed, so lets address that fallacy here: All voluntary transactions increase the wealth of both parties. If someone gets rich from voluntary transactions they had to deliver at least […]

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Thoughts on 9/11

September 14, 2011

We call it simply “9/11″ because we will never forget the year 3,000 died from three terrorist attacks War or murder? No Not “civil” war nor a foreign state No soldiers harmed; no military assets destroyed Terrorism Religious. A “cult” if they were us “War of terror” for the defense industrial complex Destroy the murderers, […]

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EPA Gas Can Fail

August 16, 2011

Thanks to the EPA, gas cans are getting worse, and my guess is, so is the environment. Intentions were noble: requine gas cans to be designed to leak less fumes and cause less spills, to protect the environment.  However, the new required designs are also very slow to pour because there is no vacuum release […]

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How to Fix Unemployment

August 15, 2011

I often tell my friends and family, “you can do anything you want but you can’t do everything.” Fixing unemployment is something we could do, but we can’t do it and also have a nanny state. Which do we want more? Here’s the recipe for full employment: 1. Quit paying people to be unemployed (unemployment […]

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Ron Paul in Ames, Iowa debate

August 12, 2011

This video just has the Ron Paul highlights: Be Sociable, Share! Tweet

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