Choose To Think

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

If you have some time, read this through. (Courtesy of More Intelligent Life)

Reading DFW so often feels like seeing the voice inside my head [insert standard self-deprecatory language here about modesty and not deigning to compare oneself to a modern literary great].

The Cowboy has written about him here.

(h/t: Dish)

Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 08:38  Leave a Comment  
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Mired In A Slough Of Despond

Ah, Neighbour Christian, where are you now?

Truly, said Christian, I do not know.¹

Markets up, markets down, dollar up, dollar down, jobs up, unemployment down, sovereign concerns, hot money flows, oil, copper and gold.  Where do we go from here?  Where is HELP!


Thanks. Gracias. Danke. Merci.


Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 08:37  Leave a Comment  
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Legos And Logos*


Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 12:58  Leave a Comment  
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Cue The Carrier


Whatever you thought of his politics, his weekly “On Language” column provided immense pleasure to many readers including the Cowboy.  Never retire indeed; his last column was two weeks ago.  He will be missed.


Be Nice To Someone… For No Good Reason

The Cowboy has spent a lot of time over the last few years trying to do good things for people with no expectation of anything in return.  It’s easier said than done, but the effort alone can have a positive impact on you and the beneficiary.

And the best part is that when it clicks, it’s a real kick.

Try it.  You might like it.

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Rebel, Rinse, Repeat.

The Cowboy stumbles into a wrinkle in the space-time continuum.

Vodpod videos no longer available.


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Tough When Things Get Wooly

Are you tough?  Adaptable?  Do you persevere?  Or do you endure?

Scottish Sheep (Small)

These are questions that the Cowboy has been pondering about himself lately.  What is the difference between perseverance, endurance and tenacity?  If you are tenacious, can you endure?

What?  Do you want more than that?  Hey.  It’s a Sunday night, and the Cowboy has been chasing cattle all day.  You’re lucky you got me to even look at you and ask a few probing questions.  Now let me get back to my view.

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Happiness and success are intertwined, at least if you define success for yourself.  It is difficult to be happy without viewing yourself as successful.  As the Grant Study I mentioned yesterday demonstrates, happiness is just as difficult to predict as success.  Here’s a soundtrack for today’s post.  Click play and read on.


Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 20:08  Comments Off on Happiness  
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Joshua Wolf Shenk has an article in the June issue of The Atlantic (available online now) that provides an overview of the Grant Study, a project to determine success factors by following a group of the most promising young men researchers could find as they made their way through life.  The young men in question were Harvard students whom researchers identified as being the most likely to succeed in life based on conventional standards at the time.  The study has been proceeding for over 70 years.


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