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[…]

Welcome to the one day of the week where I try to tune out all of the negativity and focus on the things that make me happy! Here are my favorite things this week, 11 February 2018. I was reading an old tabletop roleplaying game from the 1980s. There was a blurb stating that if you had any questions, they should be phrased in a way that could be answered yes or no and mailed to the address provided. Be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope, and they’ll get back to you. No email back then, no social media, not even phone support. I am considering doing this on a future game, just to make peoples’ heads explode. It’s technically[…]

The other night, Katie and I were both exhausted by around 7:30 pm. Neither of us had done anything strenuous. We weren’t sick. The Long Dark is essentially over, so it wasn’t the fatigue that comes from having no sunlight. Nothing is wrong, no one’s bleeding and nothing’s on fire. So we crawled into bed. She was asleep by 9 pm and I watched a movie on my tablet until about 10:30 pm. The next morning we were much better for it. I have a theory that we’re suffering from some sort of existential boredom. We both have a pretty regimented work schedule. The majority of our work is done in this small apartment. I am sitting in this chair[…]