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Complexity Illustrated

Chaos Theory said that some things are unpredictable and later Complexity Theory said yes some things are unpredictable but often outcomes in chaos follow patterns. This photo is an illustration of that theory. I took the photo while filming this fountain for my Phoenix Phabulous Phountains series. Note that the flowers that fell in the water ended up self-organizing along the edge of the pool. Even the most chaotic inputs will organize their outputs. Nature is amazing.

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Euphemisms are Us

I saw this sign on the office door of the program coordinator at an Assisted Living Facility in Phoenix. The life enrichment coordinator runs the bingo games, the exercise classes and other programs to entertain the residents. I’d rather that it read:

Decline

Management

Office.

Lets be honest about this.

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Phoenix’s Phabulous Phountains #18

A fountain in front of an office building on the south west corner of Highland and 22nd Street.

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Sports Coffee Shop

A Coffee Shop with lots of TV screens, an excellent Barista, snacks, sports themed decorations and table service. This is an idea that needs to be tried. With the right location and good promotion there might be a big enough customer base of people who like to watch sports with a group but not drink alcohol.

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Weekly Maxim October 16, 2017

“Beautiful Autumn colors show the radiance of decay”

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Gridlock is Good!

President Trump campaign for President was full of symbolism. Two of the most important were building a wall and repealing Obama Care (the ACA). So far he has failed at both. It looks like he and the Republicans in Congress have given up on “repeal and replace” the ACA and have very little traction on building the wall. It is now safe to predict that no significant legislation will be passed and signed during the remainder of the Trump Presidency. [click to continue…]

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Strategic Decline

 

Decline gracefully and slowly, enjoy the downhill ride.

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Phoenix’s Phabulous Phountains #17

Just north of the Biltmore Fashion Square Mall, the home of at least three as yet undocumented phountains, there is a low rise condominium community. It has a tiny lake or a large pond depending on your perspective and in the lake they have a 30 foot streaming fountain. Look for it driving north on 24th St in the second block up from Camelback.

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Monetizing Shade

Corner shade on Camelback

During the heat of summer in Phoenix people try to park in the shade. Even if the parking is less convenient it is worthwhile to park in the shade and walk a little farther. How much is shade worth? How much will people pay for it? These are questions worth pondering and then calculating if money can be made on the valuation. [click to continue…]

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Weekly Maxim October 9, 2017

“Everybody likes to sit by the fire. Nobody wants to chop the wood.”

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