Precision and a McLaren MP4-12C

This morning I drove the McLaren to the dealer for its annual service.  Not having driven the McLaren in awhile, I became aware of its precision in a way I’d missed before.  When attempting to justify how and why a car like this is worth double what cars with similar… Continue reading

Disproportionately High Value #4: Polaris Slingshot

Not everyone knows I own a Polaris Slingshot.  Fewer still have any idea how or why, but I’m about to tell you.  But before I start, I need to make a point.  No, it is not a motorcycle.  While it may be called a motorcycle from a legal standpoint, it… Continue reading

TV Top Pick #6: The Newsroom

Let me be clear up front, I am not recommending you go back and watch this Aaron Sorkin created TV drama from 2012-2014.  However, there is one scene I’d like you to check out.  The scene features Jeff Daniels in his role of news anchor Will McAvoy, being interviewed with… Continue reading

Getting a great job – Part 2 of 2 (Interviews)

Much of the process I’ve used for turning an interview into a job offer comes from Jeffrey Allen.  His book is absolutely brilliant and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  I have purchased this book at least a dozen times over the years and always try to have a copy… Continue reading

Getting a great job – Part 1 of 2

Over the past 25 years, good friends, nieces and nephews and one of my daughters, have come to me asking for advice on their job searches.  For some of them, who’ve taken what I’ve told them to heart, it has worked very well for them.  It’s worked so well for… Continue reading

TV Top Pick #5: Behind the Curve

The documentary film, Behind the Curve (2019), can be seen on Netflix.  It introduces us to a growing group of people who believe in a conspiracy suppressing the fact that the earth is not round, but actually flat.  Many people, like me, assume things like the Flat Earth Society were… Continue reading

But how do we know it is true?

In response to an email suggestion to watch the documentary “Totally Under Control,” a friend replied saying: “Thanks! Sounds interesting…but I have to ask the question: is it true? How do we know?” With all the charges of “fake news” and media distrust, it turns out the methods for determining credibility… Continue reading

Disproportionately High Value # 3: JIS Screw Drivers  

When I wrote for Motorcycle Consumer News magazine, I watched for products to enhance a rider’s ability to enjoy, maintain or repair their motorcycles.  When I found, bought and wrote about JIS screwdrivers, it generated a great deal of reader mail. As regular subscribers to my newsletter know, this series… Continue reading

Disproportionate High Value # 2: The Week Magazine

After retiring, I stopped renewing subscriptions to 5-6 monthly business magazines, daily delivery of the WSJ, NYT and half a dozen trade publications. Electronic versions have not caught on with me, so call me a journalistic dinosaur.  I don’t care. I missed BusinessWeek and the WSJ Weekend Edition the most.… Continue reading

Disproportionate High Value # 1: JURA Coffee Maker 

Remember the JURA and TESLA newsletters? Earlier this week my friend, Roger Meinershagen told me of his and his wife’s frustration in shopping for a JURA coffee maker.  As we talked about the machine we’d purchased six years ago, I found myself putting our JURA Impressa C60 into a rare… Continue reading