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A Trip to Zion National Park

Mary and I visited Zion National Park a couple of weeks ago. It was stunning because you can go right into the rock formations rather than viewing them from across a canyon. Someday we’ll return to St. George, Utah and … Continue reading

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Businesses Solving Trivial Problems

In a recent survey asking people to identify the biggest problems in Silicon Valley, Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director, Code for America, replied: New York magazine recently reported that there are no fewer than a dozen venture-funded start-ups trying … Continue reading

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Peter Thiel’s Flawed Analysis of Hewlett-Packard

Stanford computer science students aren’t very bright. Famed investor Peter Thiel taught a course there, CS183, Startup Engineering, where he explained his theory of how to create a successful business. Unfortunately, not a single one of the many students in … Continue reading

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A Day in Estes Park, Colorado

I rode my bike and visited a few shops in Estes Park last week. I haven’t been there in a few years so it was a pleasant diversion. Someday I’ll visit Rocky Mountain National Park again.

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Animals on Bike Paths

It pays to be alert when biking or walking on bike trails. This week I encountered a bull elk in Estes Park on the Lake Estes trail and a 5 foot snake on the Spring Creek Trail in Fort Collins. … Continue reading

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Black Child Beatings in the South and North

The Minnesota Vikings football team suspended a player because he beat his child, so former professional basketball player Charles Barkley defended the father, stating that most black parents in the southern USA beat their children, and that it is impractical … Continue reading

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Chile Increases Taxes to Fund More Government Education

Chile passed a huge tax increase to further socialize education but the National Bureau of Economic Research isn’t convinced that it will work well. We investigate whether the inclusion of social rights in political constitutions affects social performance. More specifically, … Continue reading

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The Highest Whole Foods Market in the USA

The highest Whole Foods Market in the USA is located in Frisco, Colorado near the Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain ski areas. Although they operate many stores in the Colorado Front Range, it is their only store in the Rocky … Continue reading

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Can You Spot the Bear?

Can you spot the bear in the picture below? He was easily visible to the human eye but I snapped the picture at 3 PM with so much glare that I couldn’t see the bear on my 7″ Android tablet. … Continue reading

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Hiking and Biking in Vail

Mary and I hiked and biked in Vail this week. We lived here for 3 summers so it reminded us of many fond memories.

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