Blank Slate

Partly inspired by this guy, I deleted the CSS file for this blog and replaced it with only the most basic formatting. I say this was only partly inspired, because I’d initially wanted to start with a blank slate, but had been too lazy to get rid of the default template. I’m not a design […]


I first learned about Robert Cialdini’s work on the “psychology of persuasion” from Mike when he brought copies of an article by Cialdini to our super-secret Tuesday discussion group. The article outlined Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion and intrigued me enough that I did some searching online and downloaded a talk of Cialdini’s from Audible. […]

The World is Flat: The Perspective of the Lexus and the Olive Tree

Some people don’t like him, but I’ve always been a fan of Thomas Friedman. Like Andrew Sullivan, he’s someone with whom I don’t always agree, but I admire for being willing to explore (and sometimes change) his opinion in a public forum. Friedman has become very well-known in China with the discussion surrounding his book […]