Wine and Steel

I chuckled a bit when I started reading this article about the EU’s fight to restrict wine imports. It seemed so stereotypically “European” to make such a big deal about wine. But it really isn’t about wine at all–it’s about protecting a domestic industry. When Bush imposed tariffs on steel imports a few years ago he was doing the same thing. Maybe the U.S. and Europe are not so different after all. Is it fair to say that wine and steel are symbols of our respective cultures, or am I reading too much into it?

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Wine and Steel

TANSTAAFL

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Remember that from high school economics class? It was a simple way of describing the essence of a capitalist economic system, but the phrase means so much more. It seems to apply to just about everything in life. “Nothing worth achieving is ever easy.” “No pain no gain.” All the clichés are true, and sadly their message is starting to sink in. Continue reading “TANSTAAFL”

TANSTAAFL

Back at the Beginning

It’s been about ten years since I designed my first web page and here I am, back where it all started. After building websites professionally for nine years, I feel like I’ve come full circle in some ways. I’ve gone from being an enthusiastic amateur designer to a cynical project manager at a web design firm. But all of that is behind me now. It’s time to go back to my creative roots. As I enter the blogosphere, it’s time to have fun again. Continue reading “Back at the Beginning”

Back at the Beginning