Author Archives: Jim Dunbar

Star Wars Snowflakes

With the December 18th release of the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you may want to decorate your home with Star Wars related Christmas decorations. If so, then Anthony Herrera has got you covered. Mr. Herrera … Continue reading

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Nathan Fillion and Firefly

Created by Joss Whedon as a space western, and first broadcast on September 20th, 2002, the television show Firefly developed a huge following, even though it lasted just one season. The lead actor in the show was Nathan Fillion, who … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today (Sunday, December 7th, 1941) at 8:01 AM local time, the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese also attacked other American military installations on Oahu including the Hawaiian … Continue reading

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Finding Common Ground

Rather than just seeking our support on an issue or initiative, some organizations also want us to adopt their point of view. Not surprisingly, a strategy like this can create tensions and be divisive, fueling an all or nothing point … Continue reading

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A Useful Machine

Having grown up on Rube Goldberg cartoons in Saturdays’ Funny Pages, I love wacky devices that use long and overly complex techniques to perform mundane tasks. I also admire the talent and skill of individuals who are able to create … Continue reading

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Science of Persuasion

Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin have just created a highly engaging and informative video of the proven “factors that influence us to say yes to the requests of others.” This 12 minute video, which is full of examples, is provided … Continue reading

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Quotes on Risk Taking

Whether you know it or not, you take risks every single day. To some we have become acclimatized, such as driving a car on an icy road or crossing a street against the light. Some risks we take, we don’t … Continue reading

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Robbing Peter

In yesterday’s post I mentioned the phrase robbing Peter to pay Paul, which is generally considered to mean paying one debt by incurring another. Imagine paying your MasterCard bill with your Visa card, or by taking out a loan. This … Continue reading

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Carlo Bianchi and the Nurse

Pearl Gossett was a nurse at a coal mining camp in Blocton, Alabama in October 1912. While cooking a meal for a patient, she suffered a terrible accident. The gasoline stove she was using exploded in flames. The burning gasoline … Continue reading

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Canada’s Own Skateboarding Bulldog!

Last Wednesday I presented a video of Tillman, a surfing bulldog from Oxnard California. As soon as I posted, a friend (thanks, Stacey!) pointed me to a video of a Canadian skateboarding bulldog, Buttercup (yup, that’s her name). Best of … Continue reading

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