Category Archives: Atop The Soapbox

general commentary on things real and imagined

Mark Twain time-travels 100 years into the future

In the last years of his life, Mark Twain wrote his autobiography, and left notes requiring that they not be published until 100 years after his death (although it seems parts were published as early as 1924). Since he died … Continue reading

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane – yes, a Boeing, I believe.

Most superhero movies involve the hero saving someone or something that has intrinsic worth. I suspect that if Lex Luthor decided to poison all the criminals in the prisons instead of recruiting them, Superman wouldn’t have lifted a superfinger. If … Continue reading

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Spending Other People’s Money

… is fun initially, but if they come knocking on your door 3 years later asking for their money back plus 30% on top, how do you feel? That’s definitely not the way borrowing money is marketed to us: “Buy now, … Continue reading

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Meg’s Second Law

“When you assume your workforce is stupid they will learn to prove you right.” Too many times have I seen bureaucratic policies put in place because of a minority of people who make idiotic choices, who are defended because “no … Continue reading

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Do you use Google as your address bar?

Yes, I know you’re typing “http://www.mywebsite.com” into Google search. I know because I get reports of the search terms people use to get to my site, and half the time those search terms are simply my web site address. Don’t … Continue reading

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