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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between "basics" and "fundamentals"?

I frequently encounter both, mostly used interchangeably: "get back to the basics" or "master the fundamentals." They are almost synonymous, but I always felt there was a very subtle difference.

Now, I'm not a self-defense enthusiast, but I stumbled upon this essay:

Basics vs. Fundamentals
http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/basicfundamental.htm

After a quick read, that evasive "subtle difference" came to light for me:

• Basics are practices that help you reach a minimum viable level of performance.

• Fundamentals are practices that help you reach an optimal level of performance.

Neat!
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My little rockers: AC/DC's "Back in Black" never sounded better.
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Hahaha.... that, or "Eat the Rich"?
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Scary how my little one resolved this one.

Problem: "cats are playing with my squinkies".

Solution: store them in the freezer.
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Maybe we've lived in Spring Hill FL a little too long.
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So many ways to title this story:

1. "Life imitates fiction imitates life"
2. "Sex appeal & international big business"
3. "Fake it till you make it... or get made"

Here's an excerpt: "On Wednesday, a New York businessman said Kelley was introduced to him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in August as someone whose friendship with Petraeus would help facilitate a no-bid deal with South Korea on a coal-gasification project. She would supposedly be in a position to help broker the billion-dollar deal directly with the Korean president, and expected a 2 percent commission, said Adam Victor, president and chief executive officer of TransGas Development Systems.

Kelley is an honorary consul for South Korea, a ceremonial position, and got diplomatic plates for her car. But after flying Kelley to New York to discuss how she could help, Victor says he concluded she had little to offer in the way of deal-making expertise or connections with Korean leaders." 
TAMPA, Fla. — Jill Kelley's climb to the top of Tampa's social ladder may be as spectacular as her fall from it. Accounts of lavish parties at her bay front mansion with politicians and military gener...
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Unintentional poetry:

In this small sound bite, Mark Lavin explains why he open-sourced a number of his projects.

"I've done these for work
or for brewedbyus
or just for fun
or just to prove my coworker wrong
that it could be done"
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"What Abramoff and his emails describe is absolutely legal and absolutely routine. Every day in Washington, lobbyists who want something from lawmakers are rounding up checks for them. At every meal of every day, lawmakers who desperately need those checks to get reelected are meeting with the lobbyists to take their money. What Abramoff describes is not an aberration. It's not even unusual. It is simply the way the system works."
What do you do if you're a lobbyist and you need to get in the door to talk to a hostile senator? Start rounding up checks.
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Write a good bio: Most important items first. Make it short, relevant, clever. Sound amazing. 
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"What is measured about you has little bearing on the experience the people who matter most have."
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A free & open Internet is to our progress what free & clean air is to our lungs. It is vital. It is common property. It is bigger than any one country. Please, do all you can to keep the Internet free & open.
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Wow, thanks for the insight. Yes it does make sense to STOP asking for permission from big corp and START exercising control over critical infrastructural that big corp refuses to keep open and accessible. I'd like to read up on "community owned telecomm" and what the experience has been with "community owned energy". Thanks again Gloria.
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On business policies about talent:

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

FILMED JUL 2009 • POSTED AUG 2009 • TEDGlobal 2009

"There is a mismatch between what science knows and what business does. ...too many organizations are making their decisions, their policies about talent and people, based on assumptions that are outdated, unexamined, and rooted more in folklore than in science. And if we really want to get out of this economic mess, and if we really want high performance on those definitional tasks of the 21st century, the solution is not to do more of the wrong things, to entice people with a sweeter carrot, or threaten them with a sharper stick. We need a whole new approach.

And the good news about all of this is that the scientists who've been studying motivation have given us this new approach. It's an approach built much more around intrinsic motivation. Around the desire to do things because they matter, because we like it, because they're interesting, because they are part of something important. And to my mind, that new operating system for our businesses revolves around three elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

AUTONOMY: The urge to direct our own lives.

MASTERY: The desire to get better and better at something that matters.

PURPOSE: The yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves."
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Well said: "Dogmatic ideological parties tend to splinter the political and social fabric of a nation, lead to governmental crises and deadlocks, and stymie the compromises so often necessary to preserve freedom and achieve progress." (A 1964 quote from George Romney, Mitt Romney's father, as seen on MSNBC's "UP w/Chris Hayes")
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Further evidence some Republicans are suffering from "selective amnesia." On June 6, 1985, Ronald Reagan gave a speech at Northside High School in Atlanta. Here's what he said:

"...We are going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice, they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing when a bus driver was paying 10 per cent of his salary and that's crazy. It's time we stopped it. ...What we're trying to move against is institutionalized unfairness. We wanna see that everyone pays their fair share and no one gets a free ride. Our reasons: it's good for society when we all know no one is manipulating the system to their advantage because they are rich and powerful. But it's also good for society when everyone pays something. When everyone makes a contribution. After all we're all citizens, equal in the eyes of the law..."
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Passionate about modern web technologies and their capacity to improve the way we live.
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Born in Gary IN, raised on a small Greek island called Kalymnos, graduated from Purdue University, now a web professional in Cambridge MA
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