Andrew Coy


The Fire Within

There are many places on Earth where you can catch a glimpse of something that is both terrifying and awe-inspiring – places that remind you that no matter how big or important you do or don't feel, your existence is terribly small and fragile. These powerful places demand our acknowledgment that the systems of our "pale blue dot" . . .

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February 04, 2018

Punxsutawney Phil

6 More Weeks of Winter

Happy Groundhog Day!

If you haven't seen the classic Bill Murray film Groundhog Day (recently or ever), you should. It is a great exploration of a simple concept of time. What would you do if you had an endless amount of the same day?

According to Dan Rubin, one of the screenwriters of Groundhog Day, Phil Conners is doomed . . .

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February 03, 2018

Taxing Redux

Still At It

I made it to the end of all of the automated tax filing systems questions. There were a lot of them.

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Now I am trying to figure out how it calculated the ultimate number and have built a spreadsheet around this task. Call it a weakness that can also be a strength, but I either completely ignore something or work to completely understand it. I . . .

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February 02, 2018


Getting Started

Tonight we began the detailed-oriented process of preparing our taxes. In years past, tax filing has been Ann's exclusive domain. This year, however, things are complicated by my consulting business and non-W2 income streams.

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Apparently, we weren't far off from winning the game of tic-tack-toe (although we later found out that the "moved" . . .

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February 01, 2018

Good Guy Gut Bugs

Exercising Your Microbiome

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In case you weren't aware, your gut is full of "bacteria, archaea, fungi and single-celled eukaryotes" (in fact, while "the human body has about 100 trillion cells" it actually hosts something in the order of "ten times as many microorganisms in the intestines alone"). You can't write off too much of your weight to these bugs those as they . . .

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January 30, 2018

$200 Million Gift

If you're not the customer, you're the product.

Apparently, the internet adage that "if you're not the customer, you're the product" can apply to physical goods as well – including an entire building.

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According to a recent paper published this week in Le Monde (A Addis-Abeba, le siège de l’Union africaine espionné par Pékin), the $200 million gift (which . . .

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January 30, 2018

Sabbath Day Sermon

Notes from Church

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NB: So as anyone who regularly reads this blog has probably realized, my Sunday posts are almost always explicitly religious. I typically have kept the various parts of my life measurably distinct from one another – not talking much about family or religion at work, or work at church and home. This blog is an exploration in the . . .

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January 29, 2018