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Music to Blog By September 28, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Blogging, Fun, Humor, Music.

I know some types of music really spur my creativity. Other types just… spur. (more…)

Is This a Good Thing? September 28, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Celebrities, Fun, Humor, identity.

This morning, I was dinking around with the celebrity photo look alike site… (more…)

The Art of Failure Part 1: 3 Ways to Make Negative Feedback Effective September 25, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Coaching, Communication, Discipline, Family, Football, Learning, Love, Parenting/Children, Self-Worth, Sports.

In electronics, taking the output from a circuit and sending it back to the input is called “positive feedback.” This configuration tends to find an optimum mode or frequency, and reinforces it. However, if left unchecked, positive feedback can “runaway.” Even if you’re unfamiliar with electronics, you’ve probably experienced the downside of this phenomenon when a microphone starts picking up the output from a speaker (even in a hearing aid), and you get a telltale “squeal” (more formally called “oscillation”)


In contrast, changing the polarity of the signal and doing the same thing is called “negative feedback.” Done properly, this tends to reduce distortion at the output, and makes the amplified signal more closely resemble the input. Though not as susceptible to “runaway,” too much negative feedback in a circuit can be bad too, as it can completely negate any gain of the circuit. Nature abounds with systems that depend on both positive and negative feedback, and social systems are no different. After looking at the nature of both, I’m going to share three ways that I’ve found to make the most of negative feedback. (more…)

Dumbed Down Sports: The Poor Player Subsidy September 21, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in Baseball, Coaching, Football, Fun, Learning, Parenting/Children, Sports.

This afternoon, a friend and I were talking about “Fall Ball” in a local recreation league. She was complaining that an obscure rule (no infield plays made by outfielders) made this league very frustrating for her son, who plays in several other leagues. Due to scheduling issues (she’s a single parent), it’s not practical for him to participate in the more competitive leagues.


This reminded me of when my sons played YMCA Basketball (where the players were required to stand on “X” markers placed on the floor), and other youth leagues where the already confusing rules of adult game become even more complex when the adults try to “help” younger players learn the game by coming up with countless variations of the rules. (more…)

Review: 2006 Hyundai Azera September 20, 2006

Posted by TimTheFoolMan in car reviews, Cars, Fun, Travel.

By a pleasant twist of fate, I recently was upgraded from a Hyundai Accent to a Hundai Azera. Not having any clue about the Hyundai line, I didn’t know if I was being put into an SUV, a mid-size, or an uncomfortable econobox. Fortunately for me, the Azera is none of these.