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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Strange matter and a strange boy

By mattyd | August 9, 2022

If you continually add water to an unbreakable container, Charlie tells me that you will eventually get strange matter. I’ve been alive for five decades and have never heard of a strange matter before. He…

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Habits over motivation or inspiration

By mattyd | August 8, 2022

This image says it all. You’re not always motivated, though admittedly it helps. If you’re not consistently motivated, this might help in that department. You’re not always inspired, though admittedly it also helps. And there…

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A 1956 refrigerator and a lot of question

By mattyd | August 7, 2022

Serious question: Why is this 66-year-old refrigerator, built by General Motors, better than the refrigerators we have today? Also, what the hell is Charlie’s name in the video? Charlie what? Also, and I’m serious: Is…

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Asking the right question

By mattyd | August 6, 2022

I lifted the tray off the counter at Panera and handed it to Charlie. Then I turned to reach for my own food when Charlie said, “Dad, this macaroni and cheese looks like soup.” He…

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Like a stone.

By mattyd | August 5, 2022

Sometimes simple, direct feedback is ideal. One of the standards on my children’s swimming lesson report card is “Survival Float – 30 seconds.” The feedback from the swim instructor on this particular standard: “Sinks.” Simple.…

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Bad signage is bad business

By mattyd | August 4, 2022

One of my biggest pet peeves is sloppy, stupid signage. This happens when a business adds signage to the signage already provided by their corporate overlords. I suspect that my feelings come from a decade…

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It’s not hard to read more

By mattyd | August 3, 2022

Incrementalism is the understanding that small changes, repeated over time, will yield enormous results. This graphic is an excellent example of the principle in action. If you could simply transfer 30 minutes in a day,…

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Staring back at me from my socks

By mattyd | August 2, 2022

I played golf last week with a friend and brought a little bit of my former students along for comfort and support. One of my students (whose mother has given me permission to post this…

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Resolution update: July 2022

By mattyd | August 1, 2022

Every month I report the progress of my yearly goals in order to monitor progress (or the lack thereof) and hold myself accountable.   The following are the result from July 2022. PERSONAL FITNESS 1.…

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Ghosting is the act of a coward

By mattyd | July 31, 2022

Elysha Dicks and I have experienced a recent spate of ghosting. Looking for childcare for the fall, we interviewed several candidates. Some of them seemed quite lovely. A few asked to check their schedules based…

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