Is your crap detector working?

Is your crap detector working?

Is your crap detector working?

Statistics tell us what’s happening in the world around us—from weather forecasts, to crime rates, to baseball rankings.

Yet, with so much fake news sloshing around, we often fail to realize how easily statistics can lead us astray.  Continue reading Is your crap detector working?

Brain Bites – Issue 13

Brain Bites – Issue 13

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” updates regarding trends, statistics, and interesting info-bites in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 13

Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

Bill Gates did it.  So did Oprah Winfrey.

Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

NeXters, you’re strong, good-looking, and above average.

As recognized persons of genius and talent, what are the odds that you, too, will become a billionaire?

Not as good as you think.  Continue reading Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

What you know (that just ain’t so).

What you know (that just ain’t so).

What you know (that just ain't so).

“I remember landing under sniper fire—we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your (missing email) situation.”  Continue reading What you know (that just ain’t so).

What the Bleep! happened?

What the Bleep! happened?

What the Bleep! happened?

The sense of relief that Americans used to feel after a contentious election seems a distant memory.

After what seemed like a slam-dunk for Clinton, many NeXters are incensed about Trump’s victory.  How did the predictors get it SO wrong?  Continue reading What the Bleep! happened?

Every pizza is a personal pizza.

Every pizza is a personal pizza.

Every pizza is a personal pizza.

Pizzas are never cut perfectly. And, quite naturally, most of us want to scam the largest slice for ourselves.

We seek to maximize the gain (most cheese and pepperoni) and minimize surprises (who ordered the anchovies?).  Continue reading Every pizza is a personal pizza.

The sum of your choices.

The sum of your choices.

The sum of your choices.

The fundamental decisions most young persons will make are the same ones faced by their parents and their parents’ parents.

In a world less forgiving of mistakes, the ability to make smart decisions is a particularly vital skill to master.  Getting it wrong can cost a bundle. Continue reading The sum of your choices.