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How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

A smart and simple explanation of how the Economic Machine works by Ray Dalio. He’s the billionaire founder of the world’s largest hedge fund Bridgwater Associates.










Interesting article advocating how some things should actually be difficult to use and explains the pleasures of mastery. This resonated with me with the examples of using a stick shift and volunteering for St. John Ambulance.

Have we taking something basic from the kids of today…the hard work and the rewards that comes from mastery?

Why We Should Design Some Things to Be Difficult to Use | WIRED.


OK, once again, people seem to ask my opinion on random topics. This is one where I’ve actually geeked out a bit. The question is whether to use the discount razors from Harry’s  or the Dollar Shave Club.

I’ve tried samples from both places. Of the two, I prefer Harry’s for its cooler handles and better German made blades. For the thrifty, I think the plans for the DSC are a bit less expensive.

However, for a solution that didn’t need any “market disrupting” marketing, cool websites, and is cheaper…try Double Edge Safety Razors (DE).  This option has been around since the early 1900’s. It works well, and is expensive because it isn’t based on the freebie marketing model that has actually been given the name “razor and blade marketing model.”  This model is attributed to King Camp Gillette. The business model gives away the razor and gouges you for the blades.

While Harry’s and DSC provides less alternatives to the big brands, it is still locking you into a system by giving you a free/cheap razor and making you buy their razor cartridges.

What I’ve been doing for years is just using a DE Razor. You buy an inexpensive razor handle (but not the cheapest) that will last you a lifetime. Then pick from any inexpensive interchangeable blades. I bought a couple of boxes of these blades. They are $13 for 100 blades and work great!

This should last me for years and years. The total cost of ownership (TCO) is nothing compared to that of the drug store razors or even the online discount systems.

It works just as well, and some swear that it works even better. Try it, you’ll like it…

If you get into this, feel free to ask for recommendations on straight edge razors, shaving cream, brushes and after shave/moisturizer. :-)



To follow on the cold and flu season theme, here is a infographic from the Cleveland Clinic that explains what the colour of your snot really means…



Google Earth Pro is now FREE!

Wow, this is awesome! I love Google Earth Pro as it allows users to do 3D geospatial data visualization. This means that we can do planning in 3D, record HD movies of virtual flights, etc. All amazing stuff…

Where it used to be $399/year, it is now FREE. Yup, FREE!

Check it out HERE.

This video shows how we were able to easily support business analysis for a client’s location of new retail points.