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May 8, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

Live Now. Procrastinate Later

Seen yesterday in a classroom at Cathedral High School in downtown Los Angeles. Happy Friday.... continue reading

April 10, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

W. Edwards Deming knows where the problem lies

The IRS whines mightily about Americans abroad and how they are not filing FBARs or doing all of the other myriad of things that the system requires.

W. Edwards Deming had a thing or two to say about situations like this. In Out of the Crisis (1982), page 315 we find this little gem:

“I should estimate that in my experience most troubles and most possibilities for improvement add up to the proportions something like this: 94% belongs to the system (responsibility of management), 6% special.”

By “special” he means the people within the system (employees) or external factors.

If we apply this logic to the tax system:

  • 94% of the compliance failures can be blamed on the managers of the system itself, and
  • 6% of the compliance failures can be blamed on the humans who are required to follow the system.
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March 16, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

Pack Light, Go Fast (Seat 19A)

Everything in a 20 liter backpack for a trip to Toronto. Also, Neil Young is on this flight to Toronto. #totalfanboy... continue reading

March 7, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

Communication Via Encrypted Email

Someone is trying to communicate with me via encrypted email right now. Sorry, but something is borked. I wish I could email you this stuff, but the best I can do is make a blog post that you will see.


Here’s the problem. Whatever email address you gave does not exist. I cannot reply to it. Your server bounces my messages with a 550 error:

Technical details of permanent failure:

Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain by [IP.IP.IP.IP].

The error that the other server returned was:

550 5.1.1

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February 17, 2015 - Phil Hodgen

Pack light, go fast – LAX-CAN-SIN

One week in Singapore. Goruck SK40. Almost used my SK20 but that would have been a gratuitous display of self-indulgent minimalist travel egotism. From the KAL lounge in the Tom Bradley terminal at LAX.

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