Synopsis: From the United States inception until Roosevelt's illegal confiscation of gold in 1933, the dollar was defined as ~1/20 of an ounce of gold. Roosevelt changed the dollar's definition to 1/35 of an ounce of gold. The price stayed at this rate until 1972, when Nixon completely severed the dollar from gold. The moral of the story is that the free market in gold is relatively new (about 40 years) and has been highly volatile. Steve Sjuggerud describes an investing method that is very simple, reduces the volatility of gold, and increases the return dramatically.
Biltong is a South African dried meat, similar to jerky, but it's dried at room temperature. It is phenomenally tasty. Here is my guide on making biltong (videos to follow).
The primary purpose of school is conformity. Children who do not conform are labeled slow, dumb, troublemakers. One of the major themes of indoctrination is that of selfless cooperation, volunteerism, altruism. They are taught that profits are selfish, crass, even immoral. Students displaying entrepreneurial bent are especially singled out for conformity training and medication. In reality, most of the good in the world is not the work of selfless volunteers, but the work of profit seeking entrepreneurs. These heroes seek out humanity's unmet needs and find innovative ways to meet them, improving the lives of billions of people, thus fulfilling the words of Jesus, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." – Mark 9:35
In this video, Cameron Herold tells his story and gives tips for encouraging your child's inner entrepreneur.
Don't give your child an allowance or even pay him to do chores. That simply teaches him to be dependent. Instead, allow him to find things that need to be done and come to you with them and negotiate a fee for their completion. This teaches him to be observant, proactive, and incentivizes performance.
I've been fascinated with photo editing for a long time. Recently, I've been experimenting with sepia tones and selective colorization. Here's my latest masterpiece. Jen's not a fan of the effect, but I think it's very nifty. You have to click on the photo to get the full effect.
The author explains how compassion and well-meaning people can destroy the poor with their misguided actions. He illustrates the principle with his personal experiences and the history of Tanzania.
Mises and the Austrian School by Jörg Guido Hülsmann
In his books Gatto concludes that America's schools are not defective and in need of fixing. The dysfunction present in America's schools is the result of the fundamental design of the system. In this article, John Taylor Gatto explains the true lessons of compulsory government schools.
Logan turned 3 months yesterday, wow has it been a fast three months. Jen has been making a baby photo book for him, and it's incredible how much he has changed in just 3 months. He's very interactive and vocal now. He flirts with the baby in the mirror, and he hits and grabs at the toys hanging from his "gym," and to commemorate his three month birthday decided to learn how to roll over.
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If you've been keeping up with the photo galleries, there's four so far.
Here's a little video for all the husbands and fathers out there who have daughters who want them to tie "pretty bows" for their dresses.
Synopsis: One of the weaknesses of the internet is its ephemeral, transient nature. Favorite articles and resources one day simply turn up missing. But if you're lucky, you can still find it on archive.org.
So it is with one of my favorite articles on the subject of nursing theory and research. Jef Raskins was a mathematician and computer scientist who wrote a fun article debunking at least one area of nursing theory and research. When he died, his website died with him, but is now preserved on archive.org and this website.
What I find so endearing about the article is that, unlike so much of nursing "scholarship", it is very readable. So, I'll let it speak for itself: