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Will Randolph
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Pleasure: The Primary Motivator (part 2)
I've heard for years and years that most men tend to seek out women partners rather like their mothers in unhealthy ways. It can happen for lots of reasons, and I'd like to share one aspect of how I saw this dynamic within me and how embracing pleasure help...

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Pleasure: The Primary Motivator (Part 1)
I've spent a lot of effort considering how to build and maintain motivation for all the different things I want to do. After all, I have no external authority like a company boss to set objectives or schedules, nor is there even something as concrete as a p...

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Update after Earth Skills April
Leaving my grandmother and family in California in February was hard - I had no particular obligation to return to, nor a particular deadline! My lovely family asked me to stay another day, and then another, and a few more. I protested thusly: I don't know ...

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THAT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!
After a river clean-up event, I was talking to a guy, probably in his 50s or 60s, about this and that. He ends up sharing his theory of value and really doesn't like where I take the conversation... Him : Value comes from labor. All things of value come fro...

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Paving Paradise
California is suffering a nasty drought and with water becoming more and more expensive, the leaders of many companies and households are choosing to pave over their lawns with gravel or concrete. I feel incredibly sad to see it. Then I learned that my own ...

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Why did you sell your home?
A few days ago, a friend told me she is considering buying a home and wanted to know why I sold mine and whether I'd buy a home again. I wrote this in response. I bought a home in December 2009 after several years of intensive searching and saving. I had a ...

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I wouldn't have believed it
If anyone had told me they could write a 2-3 page essay with succinct explanations of both mass schooling and the 'war on drugs', I wouldn't have believed them. I found this pretty compelling: What Sort of Person Does Evil or Stands By While Evil Is Done?

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Adventures in Peer-to-Peer Lending
The peer-to-peer lending industry is having some major problems . Since I used to actively invest in peer-to-peer (P2P) loans, I'd like to share some of my experience and why I got really far away as fast as possible a few years ago. Peer-to-peer (P2P) lend...

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Many Warm Welcomes Into the Family of Knitters
Want to know something crazy? While I was in Peru, a woman I hardly knew danced in front of my table at a restaurant because she was so overcome with joy. Another bought me gifts so that she could help me, and we became so close that we both teared up a few...

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Judging Cultures and Belief Systems To Improve My Own: Part 2
This essay is the second of two parts. Part one described how I realized that how a culture motivates its members to act seems more important to me than whether its spiritual beliefs are strictly accurate: I've discovered a new question for judging cultures...
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