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Entries from September 2010

Valuable Talents

September 30th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Feeling like there is nothing you can do in our current economy to help others? Can you do one of the following? cook a meal listen If you can, you can help someone. If you can do both, you can really help someone. Now for the hard part (at least the hard […]

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Tags: Employment · Health


September 29th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Here is another new tag for blog posts: NFB BSHB This is short for Not Fact-Based, But Strongly Held Belief. I pronounce this as iNfab BeeSHeb. There are many things that I believe strongly. I either don’t have or don’t want to take the time to find facts that back those beliefs.  But […]

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Tags: NFB BSHB · Writing

NASA – Your Tax Dollars at Waste

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips And look, the same day I introduce the Yot Dow tag we have two stories that fit the tag. Both are from NASA (one of the biggest wasters of tax dollars in America). Here is one where NASA is using really old tech to control the space station. Yes it works, but […]

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Tags: Government · Yot Dow

A New Tag: Yot Dow

September 28th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips This introduces a new Tag and Category for my blog posts: Yot Dow This is short for “YOur Tax DOllars at Waste.” This is sort of a silly take off on the old your tax dollars at work. It is a shame. The old statement your tax dollars at work used to […]

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Tags: Writing · Yot Dow

A Lot of Work

September 27th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A list of activities that are a lot of work. On a recent visit with family in Louisiana, a group of us discussed: decorating cakes for weddings sewing and making clothes cooking for 50 people and a few more things like these The consensus was these are a lot of work. To […]

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Tags: Family · Process · Time · Work · Writing

Deciding Well vs. Documenting Well

September 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips There is a difference between deciding well and documenting a decision process well. The human condition means that we are mistaken a good portion of the time. Processes and documents can help, but they don’t erase that. I once worked in a government organization that prided itself on its excellent decisions. They […]

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Tags: Coffee · Excuses · Government · Lifecycle · Management · Meetings

Fatigue Wins Again

September 20th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Fatigue is natural. Thinking that I can beat fatigue is wishful. Find a test that indicates your level of performance. Adjust your activities to meet your level. Fatigue beats wishes, but rest beats fatigue. I wish that fatigue didn’t always win. I wish I conquered fatigue all the time. I that no […]

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Tags: Excuses · Health · Judgment · Thinking

A Few Learning Accelerators

September 16th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Want to learn faster? Go to different places, go at different times, or go without any money. How will you survive? You will learn. Want to learn faster? Go someplace different. The difference of surroundings helps me to notice so much more than when I am in my regular routine visiting all […]

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Tags: Change · Learning

Free Computers for the Government

September 13th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips A scheme for the government to use the idle computer time of taxpayers. I think the scheme will work, but I wish it never happens. An idea struck me this morning for a way to save billions of dollars of taxpayers money (without eliminating half of the Federal government). Here is the […]

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Tags: Government · Technology


September 9th, 2010 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Tradeoffs involve decisions. You choose that one thing is more important than another. This is not popular, especially in public projects. Last week I saw a post about people wanting to build high-speed train lines between cities. This would reduce automobile traffic between the cities, provide construction jobs, provide operations and maintenance […]

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Tags: Choose · Systems