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Jun 28, 2010
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Join Twan’s eMail List and Social Networks

I’ve recently discovered the usefulness of Twitter. I used to think it was silly, but at the Lightning in a Bottle music and arts festival, I found it to be very beneficial.

LIB had been constantly updating their Twitter feed, letting you know who was currently on what stage, and other up-to-the-minute happenings throughout the weekend event. Very useful indeed.

Follow Twan’s Twitter Feed(s)

Now you can follow me on Twitter, too. There are two options. Feel free to go for them both.

The first is mainly a companion to Twan’s email list and this blog:

“TwansList” Twitter Feed

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The 2nd is geared toward my random thoughts and simulated brilliance:

“the_real_Twan” Twitter Feed

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Subscribe to Twan’s List Email List:

Over the years, I’ve added and dropped various personal email addresses, as have many people in this community. As such, there are folks who used to be on this list who are no longer here (though I suspect that they’d still like to be). Please forward the following URL to your friends who you think might benefit from receiving these messages from me from time to time. They can subscribe at the following URL (or write to me directly and I’ll sign them up):


Jun 22, 2007
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The Loud, Proud, Ignorant, Incompetent

You might find the following study fascinating. It explains a lot. I found it out of the blue on the Wikipedia.

Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is the phenomenon whereby people who have little knowledge systematically think that they know more than others who have much more knowledge.

The phenomenon was demonstrated in a series of experiments performed by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, then both of Cornell University. Their results were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in December 1999.

Kruger and Dunning noted a number of previous studies which tend to suggest that in skills as diverse as reading comprehension, operating a motor vehicle, and playing chess or tennis, that “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge” (as Charles Darwin put it). They hypothesized that with a typical skill which humans may possess in greater or lesser degree:

  1. incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill,
  2. incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others,
  3. incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy,
  4. if they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.

They set out to test these hypotheses on human subjects consisting of Cornell undergraduates who were registered in various psychology courses.

In a series of studies, Kruger and Dunning examined self-assessment of logical reasoning skills, grammatical skills and humor. After being shown their test score, the subjects were again asked to estimate their own rank whereupon the competent group accurately estimated their rank, while the incompetent group still overestimated their own rank. As Dunning and Kruger noted:

Across 4 studies, participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their test performance and ability. Although test scores put them in the 12th percentile, they estimated themselves to be in the 62nd.

Dunning and Kruger

Meanwhile, people with true knowledge tended to underestimate their competence.

A followup study suggests that grossly incompetent students improve both their skill level and their ability to estimate their class rank only after extensive tutoring in the skills they had previously lacked.

Apr 20, 2007
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SuperPunk Iggy Pop Turns 60, Still Rockin

Iggy Pop’s 60th Birthday: Saturday April 21, 2007

Help create the longest birthday card in the world. Visit Iggy and the Stooges website and post a greeting for Iggy.

A message from Mike Watt (currently on tour with Iggy):

hey people,

send iggy your own birthday wishes here:

Iggy Pop and Mike Watt

and the tour diary I’ve chimped for this one so far is at:

d. boone

Mike Watt

Jan 18, 2007
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About Taxes…

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was the most prosperous in the world, had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and (though it may not be politically correct to say so…) Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

… wasn’t ‘taxation without representation’ one of the original complaints?

Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax Capital Gains Tax
CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax
Court Fines (indirect taxes) Dog License Tax Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax Gasoline Tax Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax Interest expense Inventory tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax Local Income Tax Luxury Taxes
Marriage Lic. Tax Medicare Tax Property Tax
Real Estate Tax Septic Permit Tax Service Charge Taxes
Social Security Tax Road Usage Taxes (Truckers) Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax Road Toll Booth Taxes School Tax
State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax Telephone state and local tax Telephone usage charge tax
Toll Bridge Taxes Toll Tunnel Taxes Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)
Trailer registration tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft registration Tax Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax




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