Never buy an iPad in January

I’ve always been a big fan of aphorisms. They act like tiny little subroutines that help me guide my life. For example, there’s “measure twice cut once,” which I try to keep in mind when working in the shop. Another workshop phrase that works is “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to my puppy, “give him an inch and he’ll take a mile.” It’s winter, so remember to tell the kids, “don’t eat yellow snow.”

Then there are the nuggets of wisdom that Star Trek’s Mr. Spock has shared over the years (which seem oddly prescient these days).

  • “Without followers, evil cannot spread.”
  • “Insufficient facts always invite danger.”
  • “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

Over the years I’ve…

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