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  1. FIRST and foremost, celebrate with me the upcoming release of the 33rd annual edition of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader – another classic, I am sure. A great research tool for those of us who don’t like to know TOO MUCH, just the weird, interesting and little-known things. I personally have a complete set of the previous 32 Annual editions, some in the Bathroom where quick reads are appreciated, some as research sources for GFB Monthly, and others just to read the bottom of each page “quickies” of facts, trivia, etc.

    Whomever is the actual Uncle John, if there is one, puts out a sustained stream of pieces. No duplicates. I don’t know how they do it, but they have been at it long enough to do well.

    TITLE of the 33rd annual edition: “The Greatest Know on Earth” – to be released September 1, 2020

  2. I came across a list of “68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice” by a 68-year old founder, writer, editor of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly. Loving quotes and bits of wisdom as I do, I thought this reference and a few samples would cause some enjoyment and enlightenment (found at kk.org in The Technium sub-heading)…

    “Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points”

    “Being able to listen well is a superpower. While listening to someone you love, keep asking them ‘Is there more?’, until there is no more”

    “Don’t trust all-purpose glue”

    “Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.”

    “The purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer have to expend energy deciding whether to do it or not. Just do it. Good habits can range from telling the truth to flossing.”

    “Trust me. There is no ‘them’”.

    “The more you are interested in others, the more interesting they will find you. To be interesting, be interested.”

    “You are what you do. Not what you say, not what you believe, not how you vote, but what you spend your time on.”

    “When you die take absolutely nothing with you except your reputation.”

    “When crisis and disaster strike, don’t waste them. No problems, no progress.”

    “How to apologize: Quickly, specifically, sincerely.”

    “Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create, you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.”

    Hmmm, sage advice (along with the remaining 56). It’s amazing how many we could find so useful today.


Tony Jackson
Managing Director, GFB Connect, Inc.