What do I mean when I say the root causes of risk are human weakness and the random universe? My father smoked three packs of cigarettes a day and died from lung cancer at 48. That’s an obvious case of cause and effect attributable to human weakness. But not every…

I’ve heard it said that media pundits have about 150 commentaries in them, then just repeat themselves. Though not in that league, I also struggle to keep fresh. Five years into this blog, I often hit upon a subject for a new post, then realize I’ve written about it before…

One year since the insurrection.

For several years at UC Berkeley my unit shared space with the Government & Community Relations Office. One day a couple of GCR colleagues related a story about a state legislator who invited them to a constituent meeting. They were reluctant to go. It was…

I became aware of the Beatles in 1965, when I regularly heard “Ticket to Ride” on the radio and sat on the floor of our den while my mom’s friend spoke excitedly of her daughter’s impending trip to Shea Stadium to see them in concert. I was too young to…

Years ago, when I first heard about “the cloud” in reference to data storage, I wondered what it really meant. A more tech-savvy colleague clued me in: “the cloud just means other people’s computers.”

I find myself in a similar position with regard to Internet 3.0 (or the Metaverse, if…

Oh Holiday Season, why do you leave me so gloomy? Is it a vestige of my childish disappointment that I didn’t get Christmas or Hanukah presents because my birthday was close to both and my parents thought one day of indulgence was enough (a sentiment I now agree with)? Is…

I like to think I retired from my job at the top of my game. Why did I leave? Because I realized I was burning out, and staying would subtract more than it added to the rest of my life. Plus leaving was possible; The Fabulous Wife and I consulted…

Here’s a story that hasn’t received nearly the attention it deserves: according to ESPN, 86 public universities in the NCAA’s top tier (the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision) spent at least $533 million from 2010 to January 31, 2021 paying coaches not to coach.

That’s more than half a billion…

Though I’ve been trying since I was a teenager, I have never been able to meditate, which I define as stilling what Buddhists call “the chattering monkey,” those racing, uncontrollable, annoying thoughts that never seem to stop. They don’t stop even when I’m asleep. In fact, that’s when the chattering…

Andy Goldblatt

Former Risk Manager at UC Berkeley, author of four books, ectomorphic introvert.

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