Improv Act

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
– William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

It’s a trite phrase, a fairly obvious cliché more than 400 years old.  Yet like so many of these little sayings  it has only stuck around this long because it holds a certain truth.  We each have defined roles we play out, hoping that they both fit into the bigger production even as we standout as the star in our own monologues.  Where the saying fails, however, is the lack of a written script implied by the credit given to the Bard.  A play has to seem true and make sense – but life is rarely just as we like it.  Life is more of an improv act.

(This is a repeat from seven years ago.  I hope you like it.)

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Sing Along

This is a repeat from August, 2008.

What is it that makes writing jump off of the page and into your imagination? We can all learn a lot by studying what the masters have done. What I have been trying to understand is the total outlook on life held by people who I have seen write very well. By doing this, a strange theory came to mind.

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People’s Economics Update

The first section of People’s Economics, “Our World,” should be done by the end of this week. It describes what, where, when and how of today’s economy – all in terms of “who”. It is indeed always about people – their values, their trust, their skills, their fears, and their dreams.

But the most important “who” of all is you, because without your support People’s Economics wouldn’t happen. Ultimately it is of you, by you, and for you. Click here to support the GoFundMe campaign that will help make People’s Economics a reality.  Thank you for everything you do to make this happen!

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Men’s Issues

Nothing causes men to latch up quicker than a discussion or article on “Women’s Issues.” We are, by definition, not included. More to the point, it almost certainly is going to stray into something we’d rather not hear about in the first place given that it’s almost certainly going to make us feel brutish, inadequate, or queasy.

Don’t worry guys, this is not about menstruation. This is about the stuff we can actually do.

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Ten Years On

It was a dark and stormy night …

Ten years ago, I started Barataria with that perfectly awful line. It was indeed a cold, dark evening in April filled with a sense of anxiety. Where has all this gone in ten years? You be the judge.

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Ex Machina

It’s been a long day.  As the 10th anniversary of Barataria approaches, it’s time to refresh and renew.  This piece from nearly ten years ago is possibly even more relevant today.

When people talk to each other, there is a social code of acceptable behavior. When they interact with machines, there is no such code. If there is a machine between two people, the rules seem to not apply as easily, and people often act as if they are dealing with a machine – because that is what they have in front of them.

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Final Thoughts

What more is there to say before we get this dreadful election over with?

No matter what, the sun will come up on Wednesday, November 9th. We will all go about our daily business even if some parts of the results aren’t finalized yet. America will survive and everything will be largely OK.

But one thing will be different. We won’t look at each other quite the same way again.

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