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Why I Paid $30 for One Song

The recipient was a critically acclaimed veteran Canadian indie singer-songwriter.  23 thousand monthly listeners on Spotify vs. 240 thousand for Blue Rodeo vs. 52 million for Drake, to place him on the music industry’s ladder of achievement.   23 thousand listeners…

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Exponential Growth in Perpetuity Is Impossible

When I was in grad school for math finance, I said that “exponential growth in perpetuity is a stupid assumption.  This is an impossibility in a physical world.  We'd all be buried in widgets by now”.   A classmate advised me…

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Teaching Kids to be Rich or Poor

My parents had a deep appreciation of “quality”, however you might define that.  The book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance offers a very good long explanation of quality if you’re interested.  The short version is that the can…

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One year in a new career

It's been about a year since I quit my day job.   The year has been consumed by two things.  The first is clearing a backlog of creative ideas.  The pandemic isolation hasn't offered any live performance opportunities (though I have…

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