Hamilton an American Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical About Self-Study, Obsessive Reading, Taxation Policy, and Hustling for What You Want In Life

I am a huge fan of the work of biographer Ron Chernow (many of you know him for writing Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., which is the best biography on the oil giant that has ever been published).  Back in 2004, he wrote a biography of Alexander Hamilton.  If you don’t have a copy, you should buy one and read it.  My edition is marked-up, highlighted, cross-referenced, and scribbled upon.  Through 800 or so pages, he lays out the story of one of America’s founding fathers.

Conchita Wurst

What Bearded Ladies Can Teach Us About 18th Century Borda Count Voting Systems and Making Money

The Washington Post this morning had a story about the political discontentment in Russia over the outcome of the 2014 Eurovision competition.  Given that a few days ago, I outright said I’d personally emigrate were I living in Russia, this confluence of events is particularly timely.  I’m going to use it as an excuse to talk about something known…

Dies Irae Principle

The Dies Irae Principle

I’ve been thinking about how differently people see the world and how that influences their view of events.  Something that rolls off one person’s back can cause another to spend a week sobbing in bed, barely able to contain their grief or embarrassment.  What is a minor setback to one person can be a career-ending…