A Quitter’s Guide: Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect popped into my consciousness recently. A friend had responded in a decidedly authoritarian tone explaining why my assessment of a particular vehicle’s performance was wrong, backing up their assertion with a personal anecdote. This is classic Dunning-Kruger — the less we know about a particular topic, the… Continue reading

RIP Stu Oltman

Before collaborating with Oltman on many articles for Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN) magazine, I knew him as the slightly curmudgeonly Honda Goldwing expert who dispensed advice to riders in the GWRRA (Goldwing Road Riders Association) at their monthly meetings at Chompie’s Deli on Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale, AZ.  Stu’s level… Continue reading

It’ll never fly, Orville

The final twenty years of my career was directly involved in disrupting large companies stuck with stale “we are too big to fail” thinking.  Running into a person near my age, as I did at lunch last week, espousing today’s version of “It’ll never fly, Orville Syndrome,” irritated me. Don’t… Continue reading

Get Hooked on the Hunt with John Sandford’s ‘Righteous Prey’

I’ve just completed the latest (32nd) book in John Sandford’s “Prey” series which features cop, detective, Marshall, and sleuth Lucas Davenport.  This series began in 1989 with Rules of Prey, and the word “Prey” is in all the titles.  I’ve become a solid Sandford fan over the years and have… Continue reading

Shocking Tesla Truths – A Perspective

Those following this newsletter know of my Tesla involvement.  I’m a car guy. My initial unpremeditated purchase of the Tesla Model 3 happened in early 2020. No long study or evaluation.  Just boom.  I wrote about that experience in May 2020.  For context, you should read about it here.   In… Continue reading

A One-of-a-Kind Journey

After participating in an international riding competition as a member of the Arizona Precision Motorcycle Drill Team and taking second out of 15 teams, our group of riders split up to ride back to Phoenix from Nashville, TN.  The competition had been held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Teams from… Continue reading

Best Books of 2022 – My ‘must read’ list

This year I read 61 books, about ten more than average, roughly equally split between fiction and non-fiction. As I get older, the number has begun to creep up.  I’ve always been a reader.  A speed-reading class in high school gave me techniques for increasing speed and comprehension, and I… Continue reading