The Strategic Retreat


Singapore: Miserable or Happiest?

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chained door knockers at haw par villa

Before I get into the misery situation in Singapore, something I hope to do by tomorrow, I first want to address the survey that has been generating “Most miserable” headlines. Simply put, the survey doesn’t do a good job of measuring misery and shouldn’t be looked at as an accurate gauge of a country’s misery. The problem here is brand recognition. People hear “Gallup poll” and instantly give it credence. And, in some ways, that’s fair. Gallup is well known for effectively conducting surveys. What they aren’t known for is determining what makes a population happy or miserable. They… Read the rest

5 Phrases that make you sound stupid and lazy

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Sign at MacRitchie in Singapore one way only

Have you ever been in a conversation with somebody and realized, in the middle of a sentence, that you’re actually talking to an idiot? They seem normalish and then they say something like, “I’m such a Pisces”. That’s how stupid people get you, by being mostly not-stupid. Most stupid people aren’t “stupid” in an overall sense. Some of the dumbest people I’ve met have been very successful: doctors, entrepreneurs, scientists; yet they completely lack ability in other areas of intelligence. They’re like a deaf, dumb and blind kid who is really good at one particular thing. Let’s say, pinball,… Read the rest

The 3 principles of weight loss

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proven 60 second weight loss


The internet does not need another weight loss article, I get it. If I were going for hits on keywords, bountiful SEO and trying to sell ad space I’d stay far away from this topic. The market is glutted with weight loss tips far flashier than mine. But I’m not here for the SEO and the CPI, I’m here for the people. I’m here for the truth. The truth of the matter is that nearly everything involving weight loss on the web is a lie, or a half truth at best. I’m not here to coddle you, or… Read the rest

8 harsh truths about Jeopardy

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Evil Ken Jennings

Jeopardy has come up a lot in my life recently, at least more than usual. No sooner did I hit publish on an article which states that everybody mispronounces Qatar did Qatar come up as the final Jeopardy answer(question?) with Alex pronouncing it correctly. That bastard. A couple of days after that, a good friend of mine was in town who was reading Brainiac by Ken Jennings. A couple of days after that, I met Ken Jennings(shown above, in a very flattering way). So, Baader-Meinhof has… Read the rest