Randy Cassingham’s Blog

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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:

  • Call Me Tiberius - While researching the Honorary Unsubscribe for writer D.C. Fontana, I came across a bit of Star Trek trivia that caught my eye — something I, as a life-long Trek fan, never knew.
  • 054: Pre-Silicon Valley - Digging into the idea that the smartphone was invented in 1953. The back story is even more impressive: it nicely demonstrates that you don’t need a college education to have Uncommon Sense (11 minutes) Podcast/transcript. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast54
  • The Book of Kevin - Announcing a New True Book Series. I was hoping it’d be ready today, but it isn’t, but I can still announce it since it’s almost here!
  • 053: Leveraging Uncommon Sense - Sometimes people are forced into thinking up solutions because of an emergency. But when they practice Uncommon Sense, they can leverage their thinking into, once in awhile, saving millions of lives. This is the story of a married couple who did just that (11 minutes) Podcast/transcript. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast53
  • We’re On It - A story in this week’s newsletter is already being discussed intently online, so let’s jump in. Let’s start with True’s version of the story, from the 24 November 2019 issue:
  • 052: Uncommon Sense the Easy Way - Can you quit a bad habit with willpower? Allen Carr thought that was the hard way, but he had an 'Easy Way' and saved perhaps millions of lives by quitting his day job to help teach others how. (14-1/2 minutes) Podcast/transcript. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast52
  • 051: Out of Thin Air - The Uncommon Sense behind vodka made from 'thin air' and water (10-1/2 minutes). Show Page: https://go.thisistrue.com/podcast51
  • Why Are You Here? - Why Are You Here? Reading This is True, I mean. I’m going to take a stab at answering that question.
  • 050: The Mother of All Demos - One person with Uncommon Sense can have a profound effect on the world. Wait until you hear the story of Doug Engelbart: he’s the visionary behind many of the technologies you use most every day (13-3/4 minutes) Podcast/transcript. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast50
  • 049: Mind Triggers - Here’s another tool in what I call the Thinking Toolbox: a way to learn how to think better, unlike most of the people in This is True’s stories. Or, if you’re already an accomplished thinker, a way to help others learn how to think better because trust me: most people need the help. Show Page: https://thisistrue.com/podcast49
  • Betraying the Public’s Trust - True Can Never Put All of the Details in a story that might be interesting, or might even add to the commentary, but I can comment here! But first, let’s start with the story, from True’s 27 October issue....
  • 048: A Competitive Advantage - We’ve been hearing about “diversity” in the workplace for years now, but many companies are doing something so radically different on the diversity front, it’s very surprising for a lot of people. Yet what it really comes down to is Uncommon Sense. https://thisistrue.com/podcast48
  • 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

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