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Portrait of a neighbor (07 Nov 2016 | Tags: , , )

Spiritually, too, he passed for a typical Dorimarite; though, indeed, it is never safe to classify the souls of one's neighbors; one is apt, in the long run, to be proved a fool. You should regard each meeting with a friend as a sitting he is unwittingly giving you for a portrait - a portrait that, probably, when you or he die, will still be unfinished. And, though this is an absorbing pursuit, nevertheless, the painters are apt to end pessimists. For however handsome and merry may be the face, however rich may be the background, in the first rough sketch of each portrait, yet with every added stroke of the brush, with every tiny readjustment of the "values," with every modification of the chiaroscuro, the eyes looking out at you grow more disquieting. And, finally, it is your own face that you are staring at in terror, as in a mirror by candle-light, when all the house is still.

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Neighbors (21 Apr 2016 | Tags: , , )

Do what you will, there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient's soul. The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know. The malice thus becomes wholly real and the benevolence largely imaginary.

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Start with the conclusion, work backwards to construct a proof (17 Apr 2016 | Tags: , , , )

One of the best known wargames of World War II was one that the Japanese used in planning their proposed Midway operation. The game's plan took into consideration all of the known variables that might have bearing on the operation's outcome. What resulted was a matrix of probable U. S. forces available versus known Japanese forces and of probable U. S. tactics in the face of planned Japanese tactics. When play ended, the Japanese had lost the game. Since they had surprise and numerical superiority in their favor, this outcome was considered unacceptable. The rules of the game were adjusted (in the tradition, perhaps, of all wargamers) to produce the desired Japanese victory. Having vindicated themselves on the game map, the Japanese then proceeded to substantiate the verdict of the initial game design by suffering their first major defeat of the war."

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