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Route of Shipping Container Around World

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “A Way Different Hong Kong”:

Lloyd, you tempt us to visit Hong Kong ! I’d feel confused and breathless in such a giant city but I’d love looking at the docks. You never feel claustrophobia in a harbor

Hong Kong was one of the layovers in ”The Box Project” (BBC News followed a shipping container for a year to tell stories of the world economy – you can track the container all around the globe on :

Have a nice trip back home

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The Curmudgeon Thang

Two things I catch myself doing as I get, um, older:

1. Ranting. Lots of things piss me off these days. Bureaucrats, the Republicans, lawyers, money people, our stupid short-sighted leaders regarding energy, transportation, and ethics…ooops, am I ranting about ranting here?
2. Telling stories about the old days. San Francisco when it was still a port, surfing in Santa Cruz before wetsuits, my 1950 Ford… It’s all too easy when you get old(er) to bore people with the Good Old Days.
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Stewart Brand's Summaries of the Seminars About Long-term Thinking

It takes me too long to get into San Francisco to see the seminars hosted by Stewart Brand, but I really enjoy Stewart’s succinct summaries. (Back in the Whole Earth days I was surprised that no one ever commented on the quality of Stewart’s pithy, concise, often witty reviews.) 
On the “Learning to Learn Fast” seminar by Timothy Ferriss last week:
“To acquire ‘the meta-skill of acquiring skills,’ Ferriss recommends approaching any subject with some contrarian analysis: ‘What if I try the opposite of best practices?’  Some conventional wisdom—‘children learn languages faster than adults’ (no they don’t)—can be discarded.  Some conventional techniques can be accelerated radically.  For instance, don’t study Italian in class for a year before your big Italy trip; just book your flight a week early and spend that week cramming the language where it’s spoken.  You can be fluent in any language with mastery of just 1,200 words.…”
Here are 100 of his pared-down summaries of the SALT seminars for three bucks on the Kindle:
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Stop Coddling the Super-Rich

New York Times Op Ed By Warren E. Buffet

August 14, 2011

“…Last year my federal tax bill — the income tax I paid, as well as payroll taxes paid by me and on my behalf — was $6,938,744. That sounds like a lot of money. But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income — and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.

If you make money with money, as some of my super-rich friends do, your percentage may be a bit lower than mine. But if you earn money from a job, your percentage will surely exceed mine — most likely by a lot.…”

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