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Diamond bullets is a collection of thoughts, opinions,
and anecdotes that you might find interesting.

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The diamond bullets in this collection come from various places and times in my life. When I was a kid, my dad impressed me with is observation that the Church does not want to Priests to marry, since when they died, their property would go their wife, not the Church.

Theologians might disagree with that, but it struck me a simple, common-sense observation that cut through a lot of mental clutter and over-thinking. Dad would continue to astonish me with diamond bullets. He once
pointed out that the reason politicians (lawyers) like light rail systems is that you need to hire hundreds of lawyers to negotiate the right-of-way, as well as working eminent domain, overhead rights, and the thousand legal headaches. He noted that to buy a fleet of buses you needed one lawyer, for maybe a day or two, to review the contract.

I have kept my eye out for these diamond bullets, and hopefully have contributed a few of my own. I hope you enjoy them.
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Unwritten laws of engineering

Unwritten laws of engineering

Written in 1944, this classic from the American
Society of Mechanical engineers still endures.

Excellence and success

Excellence and success

Success does not always derive from excellence.
Sometimes it derives from worse. Much worse.
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The Honeymooner's planning paradigm

The Honeymooner's planning paradigm

Ralph has the delusional vision. Ed and
Trixie enable. Alice comes through in the end.

Plagiarist Jayson Blair and the world

Plagiarist Jayson Blair and the world

Don't blame Jayson.
Blame the bosses he sucked up to.
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Money, deflation, and progress

Money, deflation, and progress

The more I learn about economics and monetary policy, the more I see that it all comes down to people getting off their ass.

Swarming ants want water, not food.

Swarming ants want water, not food.

The ants swarming your house came for water.
They will eat any food, but they seek water.
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Drugs are for kids

Drugs are for kids

Excuse the provocative title. It's more accurate
to say that recreational drugs are childish.

Building computers is like raising kids

Building computers is like raising kids

From Newegg user N/A comes this profound remark:
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Putt's law

Putt's law

Those who understand what they do not manage,
and those who manage what they do not understand.

Build a goofy shopping cart...

Build a goofy shopping cart...

...and the media will build a path to your door. Guest diamond by Joseph Glydon, Citibike.
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Knobs vs touchscreens

Knobs vs touchscreens

A letter to Bob Pease points out the frustrations
and downsides to our menu-driven world.

Understanding engineers

Understanding engineers

First you understand management. A guest diamond by Ray Engelhardt.
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Toaster user interface

Toaster user interface

Back in 1991, one reader of electronics trade
magazine EETimes saw what was coming.







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