Philosophy

Language Is Personal

This past week, I put up four blog posts with “mechanism” in the title, describing one facet of how I see structural analysis. There were a few comments about the content, which I expected; there were also comments about that word, which I did not. It was as clear a reminder as I’ve gotten that …

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Irreconcilable

I have, fairly often, fallen into the trap of saying that some building – Park Row, for example – was the tallest in the world. It’s a trap because there is no generally-accepted definition of “building,” let alone “skyscraper,” when it comes to making such comparisons. Park Row is referred to as 391 feet tall …

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Needed And Unneeded Technology

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” – Henry Ford Today’s topic is not nearly as far from the usual blog posts here as it might seem at first glance. The surface topic of the day is “wet umbrellas” but the real topic is “what is the appropriate …

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Broadway-Chambers: Not Just For Fun

I’ve now taken a look at four of these old marketing books – and more is on the way, depending on what books turn up – and I feel like the question of “why” should be addressed. Why look at books for Singer and City Investing, both gone for more than 50 years? Why look …

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Forgotten Practice

Late last year, I wrote a long post on survival bias, and mentioning that topic yesterday made me realize I missed one aspect of it. When I discussed the topic before, I talked about how we don’t see a random cross-section of buildings from the past: we tend to see the better-constructed buildings because the …

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