April 20, 2014

Playing Good Financial Defense Can Sometimes Be Worth More Than Good Financial Offense

TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver Set

It's time for what has become an annual reminder on the nature of building wealth: The importance of playing good financial defense.  Roughly 1 out of every 3.7 people reading this post earn more than $100,000 per year, or twice the median household income in the United States; some of you exponentially more.  This is a community of people who know how to make money, in various forms, from a myriad of activities. If you haven't learned the flip side of the coin - how to stretch that money so i … [Read more...]

Benjamin Zander on the Transformative Power of Classical Music (and a few Lessons for Business Leaders)

Benjamin Zander Classical Music TED

Beyond music, there are some big life lessons in this short video that will serve you well if you remember them for the rest of the time you're on Earth.  He starts with a business lesson that demonstrates what makes some companies successful and others fail. Watching it immediately made me put on one of my favorite pieces of classical music ever composed, the second movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony.  The buildup of the melody line to the entire orchestra screaming back down to n … [Read more...]

The Economics of the Golf Industry Caught My Attention Yesterday

Caleb on the Golf Course

When my younger brother received his early acceptance letter to medical school, all that remained was to wrap up a few credits for his Bachelor of Science in Biology and take the MCAT.  He made me promise that the day following the test, I'd clear my schedule and go golfing with him, so yesterday, Aaron, my dad, Caleb, and I went 18 holes at one of the local golf courses then followed it up with dinner, to which dad treated us. It quickly became apparent that Aaron and I have focus issues … [Read more...]

Sid Meier’s Civilization Beyond Earth To Be Released This Autumn

Civilization Beyond Earth Screenshot 1

You have no idea how excited I am for the new Civilization announcement.  Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will be released this autumn, and allow players to colonize new planets after traveling into space.  The Civilization game series has cumulatively taken thousands upon thousands of hours of my life.  I only write about it occasionally, but there have been times when we've played games over the Internet for 6+ hours a sitting.  It's the perfect combination of strategy, politics, eco … [Read more...]

It’s Been One Year Since the Nightmare That Was the SimCity Launch

Joshua Kennon Sim City April 2014

Now that SimCity allows offline play following an outright revolt among users, I've been running a simulation in the background during most of my office hours this week.  I am trying to create a highly educated, high-tech, high-net-worth city supported almost entirely by low tax revenues, which is requiring patience as a result of natural disasters that continue to cut into my capital budget.  My defense has been to issue municipal bonds only when absolutely necessary so I always have a maximum o … [Read more...]

An Evening of Rodrigo and Prokofiev at Helzberg Hall

Kansas City Symphony Prokofieff Joshua Kennon

After dinner at Pierpont's in Union Station, we made our way over to the symphony hall, arriving a few minutes before the orchestra took the stage.  Tonight is a big departure from our usual Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.  Particularly of interest to us were the second and third groups on the program.  The second was Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra, which was performed by Jiyeon Kim, a guitar virtuoso. We ended up with a special surprise because Kim's mother had flown t … [Read more...]

I Captured a Metroid

Metroid Pixel Art Joshua Kennon

My youngest sister made our day yesterday by stopping by the house to visit for a few hours.  She had been at the NakaKon convention in Overland Park and saw an 8-bit pixel Metroid collectible she thought I'd love.  She was right.  Upon holding the specimen, I temporarily reverted to a six year old, 1980's-living, NES-dominating beast.  Behold, and listen to the theme if you need some adequate inspiration. Interestingly enough, I had run an analysis on Nintendo's balance sheet that morn … [Read more...]

This Kid Has No Idea How Lucky She Is

Parents Lip Sync Disney Frozen

This married couple, together for 10 years, married for 4.5, with two kids, enjoys Disney's Frozen far more than their daughter, who you can tell is so over it. She makes decorative wreaths and is a full-time mom and he's a nurse in an ER with a wedding photography business on the side. I like these people.  I get them.  This is totally how we drive.  You think I'm kidding but ... nope. Hat tip to Ashly, who found this and sent it to us on Google+. … [Read more...]

The Most Adorable Video You’ll See Today: Korean Mom Tries To Teach Her Daughter About “Stranger Danger”

Korean Mom Teaches About Strangers

It doesn't go so well.  Ye Bin really wants cookies, ice cream, and swimming.  I can't stop laughing about how happy she looks.  I hope my own kids are this adorable. Source: /r/videos … [Read more...]

Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Returns Is Plato’s Euthyphro Dilemma In Drag


Having reached the end of the road in the third installment of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, requiring 150+ hours of game play over a four year period to climb the highest levels of power in creation and culminate in a conclusion to the series, I'm struck how the entire thing is really a well-done repackaging of Plato's Euthyphro dilemma.  It forces the player to answer a question that everyone should decide for themselves, whether religious or agnostic, atheist or Pastafarian, if they seek to … [Read more...]