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Re-inventing the wheel

Things have gotten ugly here in the Ratlands. As seems to be a permanent state of affairs, I’ve got personnel issues at work. We’ve got 6 or so inches of snow on the ground. I know that isn’t much of a big deal for most of the people who read this, but here in my part of Kansas we rarely get that much. I actually like the snow, and I actually like the 7 or 8 other people here who know how to drive in it. Unfortunately, going out in this weather is often akin to assisted suicide. I’ve mentioned before that my favorite winter sport is driving along the highway and laughing and pointing at all the folks who have more money than brains and thought that the 4 wheel drive on that spiffy new Lexus SUV meant they could drive 60 mph on black ice (actually, I guess you can, it’s the steering and stopping part that is problematic) and are now yammering into their cell phones from knee-deep in the ditch, pissed off that the tow truck has 19 other idiots to pull out of various ditches before it will be their turn.

Then there’s the nasty cold I seem to have picked up over the weekend. If I’m not better tomorrow I’m going to try to get in to see the doctor and then curl up with a book. And make a point not to watch TV. I just picked up a copy of a book called The Worldly Philosophers by Robert L Heilbroner that is now on the top of my reading list.

Once, when I was a young man, I developed a sociological theory that A) I was inordinately proud of, B) convinced my that I had a future as a college professor, and C) I thought was the sociological equivalent of the Unified Field Theory in physics. I was most annoyed to discover a few weeks later that what I had come up with was a poorly reasoned cheap version of stuff that Auguste Comte did in the middle of the 1800’s. I mention this only as an aside. Heilbroner’s book is subtitled “the lives, times and ideas of the great economic thinkers”. As I have of late strayed into the world of economics, I thought it might be a good idea to pick up some background. Otherwise, I run the risk (albeit a small one) of reinventing Wealth of Nations or something.

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