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Gear Talk With Chuck

The Lure of Nostalgia

[starbox] I love old cars but have no desire to drive one on a daily basis. The appeal of a powerful muscle car or winged 1950s convertible is understandable, but

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Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future

[starbox] There is a new commercial airing that shows flashbacks of a young girl enjoying a family road trip from the rear facing seat in their Volvo station wagon. While

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The Invisibles: People Who Keep Shops Running

[starbox] I happened to catch an interview with author David Zwieg about his new book, The Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Workers (www.davidzwieg.com/writing) right after visiting one of my old

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School’s Out for Summer?

[starbox] June has always been a favorite month for me because it signaled the start of summer vacation. In the many years since I graduated high school, it is apparent

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The Error of Hiding Failures

[starbox] The General Motors ignition switch fiasco remains in the headlines, having cost many lives, millions of dollars, and a number a careers. What seems to engineers as a relatively

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Regrets, I Have a Few

[starbox] Like many Baby Boomers, I have a strong attachment to the music of my youth. I don’t suppose many people under sixty remember folk singer Tom Rush, but his

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Is the 10,000 Hour “Rule” a Myth?

[starbox] Malcomb Gladwell popularized the notion that 10,000 hours of repetition could make you a virtuoso in his 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success. Since then this “10,000 Hour

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Failures Need Not Be Permanent

[starbox] The mailman delivered some used books to my house this week, so I expect to be blogging a bit about their content in the coming weeks. Two are by