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How do I write so much, you ask? Well, glad you asked -

A few of my friends - three friends, to be exact - mentioned to me that I write a heck of a lot on here and they're impressed. I have convinced the ultra-smart Sami Baqai to start blogging, and he just got the holy-shit-this-is-hard-I'm-overwhelmed feeling. Ah, yes, I have been there Sami. Perhaps I can share some thoughts.

First and foremost, I am a huge devotee of the Equal-Odds Rule. As far as I know, I'm the only person talking about it outside of academia. This Amazon review covers it pretty well:

The equal-odds rule says that the average publication of any particular scientist does not have any statistically different chance of having more of an impact than any other scientist's average publication. In other words, those scientists who create publications with the most impact, also create publications with the least impact, and when great publications that make a huge impact are created, it is just a result of "trying" enough times. This is an indication that chance plays a larger role in scientific creativity than previously theorized.

So I read that, and I'm like - whoa. You know Neo in the Matrix? Whoa.

If you want to make excellent stuff, you need to make a lot of stuff.

Early On a Sunday Morning

On Where Pianos Roam

So I thought I'd just talk about a couple of other things I've been up to lately .  .  . I've been reading this new book lately, or rather, I've been savoring it by reading tiny bits and pieces here an there.  While I was in Huntsville, Alabama last summer, I stopped in at an small used books store.  Lo and behold, I found this sitting quietly on a shelf .  .  . This is exactly the kind of book that someone who authors a blog called "Where Pianos Roam" would absolutely love.  "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" by Thad Carhart is about an American living in Paris who reclaims a long-forgotten passion of his.  You can easily guess by the title of this book what that passion is. While walking his small kids to their school on the weekdays, he passes by a curious little storefront.  As days and weeks pass by, he notices pianos of varying shapes and sizes being moved in and out of its front door.  His curiosity grows until he finally gets up the moxy to walk into that same front door.  Little does he know that there is an enchanting world waiting for him to inhabit--as if he was a prodigal son finally returning home. I am only a third of the way through this book, and I am honestly dreading finishing it.  I've been carrying it everywhere but constantly resisting the urge to read it.  Much like my sushi craze, it is a special treat I've been saving for times when I crave a special delight.  Every page of this book is just yummy. I am going to do a full review of this one as soon as I am done with this .  .  . whenever that might be. I do have a small project that I'll be working on this month.  I am going to be sending out my first annual holiday greeting card in early December.   I have some cool ideas for this card, and when my friends see it, they'll DEFINITELY know that it came from me. If you would like to be added to my holiday greeting mailing list, please feel free to email me at gordon(at)gordonroque(dot)com.   I'll even gladly be on yours if  you want to trade addresses. Well, that's it for this Sunday. I hope you all have the best week ever. -g


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