In a personal anecdote, as an engineering student in the 1960’s I was required to take an arts course each of the first two years. One of these was a course in English literature. We were assigned a book to read and a 1500 word essay to write on a selected proposition. I wrote a 500 word essay because that’s all it took to create a brilliant support of my chosen proposition. I got a ‘D’ as I recall.

The lesson was that it’s how many words you use – witness the 3″ thick paperback novel of today – and not the content of what you are saying. Over the years that I was reading, I always distilled a book to its executive summary.

I’ve been working on a new idea for a couple of weeks, that of ‘playbooks’. The idea is to take a book, a movement and particularly the current pandemic and distill it into a succinct list of key principles. The ideas is evolving quite well. See the sub menu items under Playbooks.

Under ‘Psyops’ -> ‘Mainstream Media’ I added a section on the media in Canada. I’ve continued to add links to external sources, especially under the ‘Stuff’ category.

And I’m finally harvesting tomatoes. They’re free if you want to come and pick them.


Just to keep the music flowing, here’s the BYU Vocal Point ensemble singing ‘O Danny Boy’

And here’s a new set of fun piece from a very recent live concert in London by another favourite a cappella ensemble, Voces8:


I started a blog in 2011 called The POOG, an acronym for "pissed off old guy". This is the current incarnation.


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