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Note: Randy’s blog — more than 650 entries — goes back to 1994, the start of This is True itself. If you’d like to read through all of them, it’ll take you awhile — but you’ll be amply entertained. The first entry is here: Introducing My Blog, and there are links at the bottom of each page (above the comments) to get to the next entry.

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A Listing of ALL Blog Entries is here — the listing is long. Note there’s a search function in the navbar if you’re trying to find something specific. The following is a listing of the most-recent entries:

  • The Usual Culprit - Monday was just the beginning of a crazy week (see the previous entry, Come to Me, for that story). Things went decidedly downhill Wednesday, when I was called out before dawn to a wildfire.
  • Come To Me - A quick video of a medical chopper landing right in front of me yesterday, in support of an emergency operation as a volunteer medic. I had a radio to talk directly to the pilot in one hand, and my phone in “camera” mode in the other.
  • 047: Standing in Line - How does a man use his years of experience working for IBM as they introduced computers to business, leverage that experience to invent a worldwide phenomenon that you have used many, many times? He uses Uncommon Sense. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast47
  • 046: ‘An Ethic of Compassion’ - It’s a conundrum in the business world, but this idea really is about living in general. And that is, how can businesses encourage their employees to be more productive, healthier, and provide better customer service? University researchers applied some Uncommon Sense to this age-old question, and came to some surprising conclusions. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast46
  • 045: Right Place, Right Time - Being in the right place at the right time helps, but it often takes Uncommon Sense to step back to consider the big picture. This is the story of how someone did that — and leveraged his luck to help millions (13 minutes). Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast45
  • 044: The Rants Get Serious - Do you want to know what TRUE is really about? Then listen to this one if you can — don’t read the transcript. You’ll hear the true passion behind one of my written rants, because now it’s literally in my voice. If you don’t have a podcast player, you can stream it from the Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast44
  • This is True’s Very Beginning - True recently hit its 25th anniversary. But can a weird news story that I posted at NASA before This is True was “invented” be traced? This weekend I decided to find out, since it’s a pretty “famous” story considering it never ran in the newsletter.
  • 043: The $100 Education - Warren Buffett says the biggest impact on his massive success was one particular class he took. But it wasn’t part of his college or graduate school education. I’ll tell you what it is, for free. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast43
  • 042: Pushing the Uncommon Sense Envelope - Uncommon Sense facilitates some pretty out-of-the-box thinking that not only improves the thinker’s life, but sometimes improves or even saves countless other lives. Doug Lindsay’s story pushed the envelope pretty far — there really is no limit to Uncommon Sense, as you’re about to hear for yourself. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast42
  • 041: What is Thinking? - The question is harder to answer than you ...think! But really, what IS thinking? Plus, if you use the "Dunning-Kruger Effect" to judge other peoples' thinking, you're doing it wrong — says Dr. Dunning. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast41
  • 040: Undaunted - Can anything be done to stem the decline in bookstores from Amazon's relentless domination? Yes: Uncommon Sense is already reversing the trend, and in a surprising way. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast40
  • ‘Distasteful’ Help Wanted - Honest advice for parents worried that their kids "might see something."
  • 039: Failure is Not Optional - Humans don’t like to fail. Sure, sometimes failure has catastrophic results, so surgeons work hard to ensure their operations are successful. But when we don’t allow ourselves, or our children, or our employees to fail, they can’t reach their full potential. Here’s why you should actually embrace failure. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast39
  • Your Task: Decide Which is Illegal - I’m Sure You are Dying to Know the story behind this week’s extra-weird Headline of the Week (Issue #1310, 21 July 2019):
  • 038: The Giant Leap for Mankind - If you think it maybe took an extraordinary amount of Uncommon Sense to get to the moon, you’re right, and this episode talks about some of the details that you may not have heard about before.
  • One Small Step for [a] Man - What if the Apollo 11 mission went WRONG? Well, they had a plan for that, and this blog entry has a copy of the White House memo and how to deal with the 'widows-to-be'.
  • Modern Romance: a Parable - She said she wanted a man who knew the things she liked. She said she wanted a man who would remember her birthday.
  • 037: You Were Never Created to Fit In - Uncommon Sense can be found in very unusual places. In this story, a janitor at one of the plants at a multinational corporation had the cojones to call the CEO with an idea. And the CEO was smart enough to listen.
  • 25 Years - Last week, This is True wrapped up its 25th year of weekly issues. What a great ride it’s been — it went by in a flash.
  • 036: The Stakes are High - In This is True, I rail about obliviocy, using real people and their stories as examples. Uncommon Sense talks about the opposite: the cure for obliviocy ...using real people and their stories as examples. The two sides are actually at war, so let’s define our terms — and think about what the stakes are. It really is worth 6-1/2 minutes to talk about it. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast36

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