The subject of procrastination fascinates me, because it seems to mean whatever people need it to mean. If you’re taking the time to be mindful about things before you act, and not acting merely to meet some arbitrary timetable, then it’s a good thing. Allegedly the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all embraced this, depending upon who you read and what you choose to believe. Yet for those who want to control costs, manage resources, and — let’s be honest — keep other humans beings under their thumb, procrastination is bad. It’s considered not only wasteful but lay, a poor reflection on one’s character. Time is money and all that soulless, ultra-capitalist rot. I’m more fascinated with the psychological and creative[…]

Today is Ystävänpäivä in Finland. While the United States and other parts of the world battle over the problematic nature of Valentine’s Day — the potential sexism, the seemingly baked-in misogyny, the poke in the eye to single people, the heartache for those who have loved and lost — the Finns turned it into Friendship Day. You still give flowers, candy, greeting cards, and other gifts, but you give them to your friends so they know that you love them. Katie and I celebrate our anniversary every year. We don’t need an artificially manufactured holiday on a random date, and we’ve basically ignored Valentine’s Day for as long as we’ve been together. I’m more likely to want to mark the occasion[…]

Over the past few days I’ve occasionally turned on the Olympics, for no real discernible reason other than I somehow feel obligated to. I am not a sports person. There’s no reason why I should suddenly be interested in something just because it’s the Olympics, when I could not care less at any other time or in any other year. So here are some thoughts on the Olympics, from someone who admittedly has no skin in the game. Watching on YLE2, one of the national television channels here in Finland, has been a refreshing experience. I’m used to watching the games on American television, with non-stop color commentary and cut-aways and commercials commercials commercials. Here the game comes on, the[…]

In business there’s a concept called opportunity cost. Choosing one thing, to put it simply, means passing up the chance to do something else. There’s an assumption that resources are finite, so you can’t pick everything. The “cost” is the value or benefit that you’re passing up in order to pick the option that hopefully gives you a better return. This applies to life in general. If you’re on a budget, buying one thing means you can’t buy something else. You choose to buy new shoes rather than going out to dinner, because in the long run you think you’ll get more use out of the shoes. If you can only see one movie, you pick the one that you[…]

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about critical thinking through the lens of what people think they can get away with. How do some people think that what they’re doing is acceptable, when common sense ought to indicate that it’s not? They also discuss the differences between how things like buses and banking cards work in the US and EU, and Berin postulates that profit motive supersedes logic and reason. Special Thanks Pertti Ankkuri Petri Nurmi Gary Weller Subscribe to Our Patreon Be sure to check out our Patreon, where you can download the MP3 of this episode, participate in community discussions, and access bonus content! Websites & Social Media Katie’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katie_kinsman_in_finland/ Berin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/BerinKinsman Music Credits Opening[…]