Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Creative Cost of Trump's victory

Ever since Trump “won” the US election, there have been speculations on how the event might impact the economy, ranging from “trickle-down” growth created by aggressive tax-cut, less regulations, tougher trade agreements and a general “business-approach” to government.

Little has been said though, about the paralysis that has affected the most creative minds in the country could not digest that November 8 electoral upset. Sure, the 60+ million idiots that voted for Trump are delighted, but these people have little impact on dynamism of the nation except for their own consumption.

What's been the cost to the Nation's GDP in the last two months in terms of lost or delayed creative ideas, inventions, entrepreneurship and positive initiatives? I'd say between 2 to $300 billions. What's your guess?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Trump reminds me of...

When Trump speaks publicly, he always reminds me of a former business associate and boss that used to behave just the same, both in his demeanor and words.

Even though this man has helped me along with my career, his bully, righteous and domineering behavior was just unbearable. He eventually failed, his career came to a dismal, screeching halt.

Today, my gut tells me the next president Trump will follow his dismal path...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The wrong way to blow snow!

Snow removal is always a big headache for ski town municipalities that need to deal with speedy clearing and removal.

This is why they also ask residents not to push, or blow snow, back into the street. This is pretty logical and any individual with minimum brain power should get it, but this is far from being the case.

Many big-city dwellers that have make Park City their home and other egocentric characters still can comprehend this civic rule and sometimes we need to tell them or let the municipal authorities know. This shows, if it ever needed to that common sense has truly become an endangered specie.

How do people blow their snow in your town?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Does practice make perfect?

I am the first to say (with great conviction) that the more one practices, the better one gets.

This probably goes hand-in-hand with the “10,000 Hour Rule” that is promoted by the pop writer Malcolm Gladwell in his book “Outliers” and that says that at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice are needed to become world-class in any field, citing the Beatles and Bill Gates among other examples.

This assertion is based on a study by Anders Ericsson. So when I apply it to skiing, after tallying how many hours I've spend on skis since I learned as a kid, I get to 12,500 hour, so I feel I can claim that I master the art of skiing.

This said, a recent Princeton study just debunked that theory. In a meta-analysis of 88 studies on deliberate practice, the researchers found that practice accounted for only a 12% difference in performance in most domains, and only 18% in sports.

Of course, I don't buy this and remain a staunch proponent of the 10,000 hour rule. Do you want me to substantiate my hunch? I may, but will only do it when I'm done practicing and finally have more time on my hands!

Friday, January 13, 2017

The age of reason?

Since January 3, I've not been on skis and I don't plan to return until this coming Monday. Together, I will have stopped skiing for two full weeks and have amazed myself at my patience in not itching too badly to return on my skis.

I couldn't have done this when I was 18 years of age, let alone just two or three winters ago. The temptation was immense though and was measured in feet of new snow everyday.
Instead, I have gradually eased into snow removal, stationary bike and walking with my wife around the neighborhood. I still can't believe I was able to do this! I must have finally reached what wise people call the age of reason!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dinner with a Trump supporter

Last night we invited one of our neighbors for dinner and while we avoided bringing up politics to the table, the husband, a die-hard republican, couldn't avoid praising Trump (even though he claimed he didn't vote for the man – Wow!).

His wife who said she voted for the Libertarian candidate wasn't as adamant about Donald Trump.

I pushed back as strongly as I could, trying to remain a civil host, on the account that the man was 1) a jerk, 2) a hypocrite and 3) a potential tyrant. In the end we agreed to disagree in the most civil way but by nonetheless standing on our respective positions.

Today, after watching a rather defensive and overly controlled press conference by the soon-to-be “Reigning Duck”, I felt that I was perfectly right to stand my ground and that my first fears about the out-control-leader were well grounded...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What is the Pineapple Express?

For us who live in Park City, Utah, the “Pineapple Express” is the name we like to call a meteorological phenomenon characterized by a strong, persistent flow of atmospheric moisture associated with heavy precipitations originating from Hawaii and reaching first the Pacific coast of North America and eventually our Rocky Mountain Region.

We could say that a Pineapple Express is just like an atmospheric river driven by the strong splitting southern branch of the polar jet stream circling around the high pressure system. This causes torrential rains to occur in the region with typically very heavy snowfall in the mountains.

Besides being abundant the snow is also quite humid and can be preceded by high-altitude rain, which is just what we've been receiving in the last few days and is likely to last for one more day or two...