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Dustings #66


Oh, hey boys. It’s me.

I’m in a very good temper. The guide mailing is over and the funding for the subsequent season is accomplished. These are two of the much less nice elements of working this web site, so I’m glad to have them within the rearview mirror.

It’s even higher than it has been in previous seasons as a result of the brand new support-structure runs indefinitely. Household-level supporters can drop-off at any cut-off date and get replaced by Pal-level supporters on the ready listing for a full-supporter slot. And may the variety of supporters ever dip beneath the quantity I must preserve the positioning working, then that’s simply the signal I want that it’s time to maneuver on to my subsequent enterprise. Having the ability to automate that call is especially satisfying.

The opposite factor I’m actually blissful about is the brand new guide schedule going from yearly to as soon as each 18 months. For the primary time in years I don’t have the sensation that it’s Friday and I’ve an essay do for college on Monday that I haven’t but began. That 6 months further is revitalizing me. I’ve really already began work on the subsequent guide. And I’ve another tasks within the pipeline as effectively that can be out there to supporters at both degree.


Posting Schedule Notes

I used to take a break from posting from Christmas till mid-February. I gained’t be doing that this season. Posting will proceed full-time for the subsequent 18 months. The schedule can be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from the first by the twenty fifth of every month. So as an alternative of a 2 month break and every week off each season, I can be taking a small break on the finish of every month.

In that break I’ll deal with engaged on the publication, which can be a month-to-month launch. Love Letters (the brand new publication) will go into depth on my three favourite results/purchases from the earlier month. The primary situation comes out June 1st at midday New York Metropolis time. Future points will come out on the first of the month, additionally at midday. I’m specifying the time as a result of there might often be some one-off factor I’ve out there (like a duplicate of one in all my older books that will flip up) and I’ll make these out there within the electronic mail that comes along with your publication on a first-come, first-serve foundation. So if it’s vital sufficient so that you can wish to try to receive one thing alongside these strains, now you realize the time and place to take action.

Talking of the publication, Household-level members can promote twice a season. You’ve got an 8.5 x 11 inch web page to do what you’ll with. For those who get your adverts to me by the twenty fifth of the month, they’ll undoubtedly be included within the subsequent month’s publication. After that time, it’s nonetheless seemingly, however I can’t assure it.


Sorry for the boring administrative stuff. That’s principally behind us going ahead.


Right here’s an concept that got here to me from friend-of-the-site, Dan R.

From his electronic mail…

I name it the “false decoy ploy” or “lazy man’s traditional power”.

Let’s assume that you just’re proper handed and picture a magician would method you with a deck of playing cards like seen within the subsequent picture (1.) and cheekily stated “go forward and choose a card however do not let me affect you…”


Which card would you (the layman) go for, truthfully?

Undoubtedly not the one protruding, proper?

If my concept proves to be right, you’ll go for the cardboard I labelled “decoy” within the subsequent picture (2.) because it’s the simplest to the touch or seize from the unfold.

Up to now this power labored for me 100% at a laughable pattern fee of two (!) tries. And I have been working round with this concept since 2005!

Okay, so let’s check this out. There’s actually no probability this may work steadily sufficient to be dependable, however I’d be curious to see how usually it hits if a pair dozen of you had been to check it.

So give it a shot and ship me an electronic mail along with your outcomes. Put FDP within the topic line (for “False Decoy Ploy”).

Surely, what I’m actually doing here’s a meta-test. I’m testing the concept of testing concepts through readers of the positioning. I’d wish to see the responses I get.

If that is the type of factor I can get folks to assist with, then we might do different easy—and probably extra helpful—assessments. After which one thing just like the double-turnover testing I did over the course of a number of years might be crowdsourced and achieved in a weekend.


“I’m a magician.” Yeah, no shit. If the highest hat didn’t give it away, the 45% physique fats with a waistline that’s broader than your shoulders could be an enormous trace. The lack to tie a bow-tie so it sits correctly. The swimsuit jacket button about to pop proper off from the pressure of holding in your intestine. No neck. The compelled smile. The panicked eyes. We get it, you’re a magician.

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