Thinking about economics

Now is the time to write. You just have to make it happen. To that end, I recently purchased an ASUS Flip Chromebook computer to help focus my writing efforts. I needed a clamshell style computer. That form factor is apparently the key to my writing happiness. My HP Envy X2 was great while it lasted, but when things with the hardware failed no recovery was possible. My goal is to engage in some type of writing every day for at least 15 minutes.

Today I am focused on writing about economics. Most of my efforts to truly understand economics happened almost a decade ago. They happened the first few years of my college experience. An experience that lasted almost 13 years.

A couple of weeks ago, I started to build a search engine inspired economic algorithm to evaluate the velocity of everyday financial exchanges. I’m not sure if that is a good thing to do or if it is just something that seemed like a good idea at the time. The jury is still out on finishing the algorithm. Search engines are based on lists and branching techniques to follow a network of links. It should be possible to follow a series of individual transactions and overlay those maps. The map alone would be interesting. Figuring out the velocity and frequency of the transactions would be even more interesting to understand.

My efforts were thwarted by automation limitations. You can capture spending opportunities and figure out what is being advertised, but it is hard to build any type of linkages to potential transactions. It is equally as hard to describe motivation to potential transactions. That type of analysis may require a different form of investigation that does not involve web based automation.

That set of thoughts quickly spiraled into thinking about the moment. All moments have potential. The moment just occurred had potential. You might have seized the moment. Seizing the moment may have changed the course of your day. We have to focus on the present moment. The ability to take action is defined by that moment. We either take change in the moment and move forward or delay takes hold. Some tasks are bigger than the moment. Those tasks require a sustained focus on moving forward.

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