It was a March day in 2006. I sat in the driver’s seat of a hired truck, my share of the marital possessions loaded meticulously in the back of it. My wife and I had just locked the door of our former marital home for the last time and were about to go our separate ways in life, metaphorically and literally.
We said our final farewell (albeit in a symbolic sense) and a few tears were shed. Having jointly resolved that we’d play an active part in raising our two daughters, then aged 6 and 3, we knew we’d be…
On the Best Business show on July 14th, New York Giant Saquon Barkley announced that he will be taking all future endorsement income in Bitcoin rather than US Dollars — an estimated sum of $10 million annually:
British artist Damien Hirst is best known for art that features preserved animals. His piece entitled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” created in 1991 features a Tiger Shark carcass suspended in a tank of formaldehyde. It has been displayed in London’s leading contemporary art galleries and was reportedly sold for at least $8 million in 2004.
Hirst’s creations demonstrate two key principles of art:
Never one to miss an opportunity to politicize a situation for his own advancement, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has taken to selling merchandise on his website that discourages mask wearing and vaccine uptake in the state.
It emerged on July 14th, that in the run up to his campaign for re-election in November 2022, DeSantis has seen a fundraising opportunity — hawking t-shirts (at $21) with the slogan “Don’t Fauci my Florida” and beverage coolers (a snip at $12) printed with the question “How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?”…
On June 30th South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem pledged the support of 50 of South Dakota’s national guard who will be heading for Texas for an initial period of 30 to 60 days, to assist in the unfolding immigration crisis at the US border with Mexico.
It’s an odd move considering that South Dakota is closer to the border with Canada with four entire states between it and Mexico. Even more puzzling and somewhat controversially the troops’ are being funded by a Republican mega-donor — Willis and Reba Johnson’s Foundation. …
On June 30th Sotheby’s held an online auction offering an NFT representing the original source code for the Internet, as written by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee.
Approximately 9,500 lines of computer code constituting the original world wide web were immortalised as a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) in the blockchain. This was offered for sale together with a 30-minute animated visualisation of the code, a digital poster of the code, and a digital letter written by Berners-Lee in June 2021 reflecting on his invention.
Auctioned with a reserve price of just $1000 the NFT eventually sold for a high bid of…
News media is awash with news that the largest crypto-exchange Binance getting banned in the UK.
Taking it as gospel without digging beneath the surface, one might be persuaded that this is another nail in the coffin for cryptocurrency — akin to recent news of China banning all things crypto from within its borders, or rumours of Elon selling his holding of Bitcoin in a fit of narcissistic pique.
Except when you dig beneath the headlines, it’s suddenly clear that this isn’t what has happened at all. It’s the mainstream media doing their thing once again — spreading the same…
On June 16th Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1927 which eliminates the requirement for residents of the state to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing one already. They’re also not required to have received any training in the safe or legal handling of a firearm.
The move makes it easier to carry a handgun in the state than it is to drive a car — sobering news for Texans hoping to live in safety.
Abbott was predictably vocal about announcing his signing of the bill on Twitter:
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” — Jim Rohn
You’ve likely heard this quote or a version of it.
I get the sentiment. I accept that our outlook in life as well as the things we do, say and think are influenced by those in our immediate circle.
Does that mean we need to purge those in our peer group whose values and priorities don’t resonate with our own?
Should we have to carefully curate the people we associate with, to maximize our chances of a happy and successful life?
On June 15th in a rare act of bipartisanship, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed house bill HB5 which aims to bring high-speed internet within the reach of the more isolated rural communities within the state.
The “Texas Broadband Bill” will establish a Broadband Development Office within the state government, and aims to demonstrate measurable progress in broadening access to high-speed internet across the state within one year of the bill becoming law on September 1st.
Other recent announcements of bills signed by Governor Abbott have drawn criticism from some, and applause from others (mainly his political allies).