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Open markets, not handouts, are the key to prosperity in Africa. This UN article explains on a human level how customs and trade barriers between African Nations affects growth of prosperity in African Countries. In December the trade talks dubbed the Doha Development Agenda were meant to reduce the barriers to trade from poor nations to rich nations. This Economist Article suggests, however, that not only should we remove barriers like the US’s subsidies on Cotton, but also barriers between small African countries which possibly do more harm to development efforts than barriers to rich country’s markets. Perhaps Adam Smith was right all along.
Photo : ©Impact Visuals / Wim van Cappellen
Someone just pointed me to Paul Graham’s website. The first article hit home How to Do What You Love. My question now is, do I go the organic route and grow in my career to do more of what I love, or do I go the two jobs route and make money in order to support what I love. It seems like if I continue in this career, the last option will be more dangerous due to the time required to make it work. However, there is some parts of my job I do enjoy, the team work, problem solving, creativity and some of the design. Perhaps I can grow this into something I love organically.
I enjoyed looking over the titles in Joel Spolksy’s Management Training Reading List. Several books that have influenced me heavily are in there, including “Peopleware,” “The Mythical Man Month” and “the Ten Minute Manager”. What I was more pleased with was that several books I am about to read or are high on my to read list are there, incluing a couple bit’s on design including Krug’s short treatise on web usability “Don’t Make Me Think” and “The Design of Everyday Things” about just that. Of course, I have yet to read some of the classics including “How to win friends and influence people” and “Getting to Yes”. I have a lot of work ahead of me.
Just got back from an exhausting but very fun race from Olympia to Toliva Shoals. The weather was just like the front picture on that link, clear, breeze, and intimidating views of Rainier and the Cascades bearing down over you. My camera must have gotten salt in it, because I wasn’t able to take pictures after the first few hours. Even though it was clear it was very wet on the bow, due to the steady 15-20 knot winds that were kicking up 2 foot wind waves.
So ,this was my first race on bow. It was a fair amount of work, something I never appreciated until now. My shins are bruised, my nails ground down or broken off, my arms useless, my hands cracked with salt but it was very fun. I think I was more engaged in the race than normal due to the alertness you need to maintain while on the bow.
Below are a few photos of the race along with some around work photos last Friday.
After months of rain, we have finally broken into a sunny streak in Seattle. I bleached out the mold in the pickup. The cherry blossoms are already beginning to bud. Even if the groundhog saw his shadow, I am ready for springtime.
Seahwawks loose to the Steelers, 21-10. The score does not show how close it was. But beyond talk about bad calls, everyone against the Seahawks, I am really thankful that the Seahawks got this far. I had a lot of fun cheering them on. I will be back next year.