A Little Bit of Wasted Time

I am very grateful that I don’t usually need to commute anywhere. Commuting is generally the low emotional point of people’s days, and tends to be a profound waste of time. I’ve especially been thinking about this point as I’m trying to write a few articles on how people use their mornings. One of the worst aspects of a morning commut… read more »

Kids, Happiness and Bad Data

I was fascinated to read a story this morning discovering that “Mistakes in Scientific Studies Surge.” Research journals are reporting an epidemic of retractions. Scientific researchers are, alas, inclined to the same sorts of statistical errors and silly mistakes the rest of us make and, in an era when academics must publish or perish, the… read more »

What You Can Do To Create Jobs

It’s easy to become glum while reading the Wall Street Journal these days. Not only is the economy likely headed south again, our elected leaders have gotten us into a fiscal mess, in part by promising us unsustainable benefits, and in part by creating a hugely bloated federal bureaucracy (particularly in the area of defense).
While long term we can al… read more »

Writing, Running, Investing

If you pay attention to day-to-day stock market performance (a habit I picked up while reading the newspaper in 6th grade on a neighbor’s driveway while waiting for the school bus) you know that yesterday was a doozy. These past two weeks have been rough if you’re investing for short term gains.
Which, of course, you shouldn’t be. Discipl… read more »

How to Buy a Car

I made it to age 32 before buying my first car, but last week I finally pulled the trigger and did it. I’d heard good things about the Acura MDX from a few people, and after test-driving it and the Toyota Sienna minivan, I decided that I just didn’t want to do the minivan thing. So then it was on to agreeing on a price.
I have spent the past year reading per… read more »