The decency of crowds

Here's an interesting idea... With people acting individually in a group context, even better outcomes can arise from the cumulative interactions than any one person, even the best, could come up with independently. So a group can behave more helpfully than a person, in many ways.
From The Wisdom of Crowds:
Will Hutton has argued that Surowiecki's analysis applies to value judgments as well as factual issues, with crowd decisions that "emerge of our own aggregated free will [being] astonishingly... decent". He concludes that "There's no better case for pluralism, diversity and democracy, along with a genuinely independent press."

Space City!!!

Houston rocks!!!
Bright lights, big city, etc.
Wisdom of the crowds!
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Houston, prepare for entry

Now in West Columbia, Texas, getting ready to ride to Houston!!!
Let's go, rock & roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Palacios, Texas, USA

By the bay, a beautiful little beach town!
With lots of tacos and burritos!!!!!!!!!!!
Set up a new story if you want to contribute to a collaborative adventure: Let's Go for a Ride!

Down on the Bayou

So, it looks like alligators generally don't hunt for humans, but could still attack. Useful knowledge.
Now in Port Lavaca, Texas, with plenty of friendly people!
Time to hit the road again!!!

Traveling in Tivoli

Now in the small town of Tivoli, Texas.
By the way, I also had ice cream with my breakfast!!!
Lots more writing and underway....
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!


Huevos rancheros with bacon and grits and coffee.
Y'all have a good day!


Having a small-town Texas cop say that "you can explain that to the judge": check.

Recent Reading: Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn

Why I Write: Timothy Ferris on Writing to Learn

You also create. You're trying to make something original, beautiful, and true.

It's hard work. You're on your own, confronted with a blank page and the fathomless resources of language. Almost anything can be achieved on that page, from enlightening and exciting your readers to baffling and frustrating them. Artists working in other media may make excuses about tight budgets or bad sound or how the soprano had the flu, but writers have nowhere to hide. They get all the credit or all the blame. It's a tough gig, but if you pull it off, it can set you free.

Travel map update!

Here is my latest travel map, now up to date all the way to here in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA:

And some stats:

Next, on towards Houston!!!



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