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About pbwilder

Over halfway to 100 years old. Finally have enough perspective on life to start pontificating, mostly for my own amusement. If folks find ideas of interest, send money. No, seriously, join in. Life without ideas is like milk without Toll House cookies. - PBW

Could In Ear Monitors (headphones) eliminate the need for Symphony Orchestra Conductors?

Okay, this is a weird topic, perhaps. But I have been watching PBS’s “Great Performances” series called “Now Hear This…” which is intriguing to me, as part of my world is being a working musician. https://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/now-hear-this-series-2-about-the-series/11780/ One of the very … Continue reading

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What the Herd Heard and refused to Hurdle

                              Forgive my selfish enjoyment of simple word play. However, I am returning to the theme of “The Herd” and how significant and often dangerous such … Continue reading

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End Of Line

  <END OF LINE> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newline “End of Line” (EOL), line feed, or line break) is computer code-speak for the end of a line  or lines of code) within ASCII [American Standard Code for Information Interchange] or EBCDIC [Extended Binary Coded … Continue reading

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A Fractal Sense of the Continuity of Choice

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” — Eleanor Roosevelt “If you are just safe about the choices … Continue reading

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Succeeding beyond the Job Concept

“Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ… I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new … Continue reading

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Following the Herd

[from Monty Python’s Life of Brian] FOLLOWERS: Brian! Brian! Brian!… BRIAN: Good morning. FOLLOWERS: A blessing! A blessing! A blessing!… BRIAN: No. No, please! Please! Please listen. I’ve got one or two things to say. FOLLOWERS: Tell us. Tell us … Continue reading

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My God, It’s full of Stars…

            I won’t be the first or the last person to comment on this seminal statement from Arthur C. Clark and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (in fact, it actually was in the book … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President (Feb 2018) A short list of thoughts from someone who didn’t vote for you—or your opponent—in 2016. (used “write in”) Caveat: an apology, as “letters to the President” are hardly original. 1. Thanks for the positive financial … Continue reading

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Rules to Live By

The challenge for so many of those committed to religious fundamentalism is that they have a difficult time recognizing that they have knowingly locked themselves into what is really a closed room of intellectual fascism. I observe that this plays … Continue reading

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The Ongoing Relationship between Ignorance and Despair

The title of this blog is what creates everything from gang violence to economic upheaval.  The solution is more complicated than extracting a higher percentage of wealth from the rich.  The only solution is education, but there is a hurdle … Continue reading

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