The previous post is more than a year old. There’s a reason why. A year ago I became unemployed; or, rather, I became an entrepreneur. The economics are the same: no salary. Ironically, the workload increased, rather than diminished.
A year ago this month we spun off the research unit that I was a part of, J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research of Westminster Theological Seminary, as an independent non-profit company, the Groves Center. The change has been enabling, but building the infrastructure has been a challenge.
The foundations have been laid, I started getting paid again in June, and I finally have time to get back to doing science. Small steps.
I’m going to be using this blog as a kind of public scratchpad, very similar to what I’ve done in the past. Posts will reflect my reading, writing, my web surfing and my current thinking. Oh, yes, and some ranting along the way.
As an active investor I read a lot of books on economics and investing. What I didn’t expect was to find literary interpretation of an American children’s classic in Ken Fisher’s The Only Three Questions That Count. Investing by Knowing What Others Don’t! Evidently, despite L. Frank Baum’s assertion that it is a story to entertain children, there have been persistent attempts to understand The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as politco-economic allegory. Evidently, there’s been discussion of this at least since the 1930s. Baum was politically active in the 1890s and many read Oz as siding with the silver-based monetary policy against those wanting a gold standard. “Oz” is “ounce of Gold”, the yellow brick road is gold, of course, Dorothy’s powerful shoes (contra MGM’s movie version of the story) were silver. I’ll leave the details to those who want to read more about it.
I record here my progress according the metrics of page and word count and pages read. The numbers are cumulative.