Saturday, December 2, 2023



Richard Cooke is Tired of Winning 
- Book Review

One of the blessings of my life is having librarian research assistant. He’s a result-getter. He digs up books on loan from libraries in places that are not on Rand McNally maps. But his real knack is having gotten used to sense what may interest me.

In short Chuck knows what piques my interest. So, I returned after twelve days away and there I find, on my credenza the title “Tired of Winning” by Richard Cooke. Serendipity? Maybe.

Published by Black Inc. Books., (Melbourne, Australia. 2019) written  by the Australian author Richard Cooke, who is considered an expert on American culture and politics.

Cooke is an Aussie journo who's been in the game for over two decades. He's penned articles for some of the country's biggest newspapers and regularly pops up on the telly. Cooke's got a knack for breaking down Aussie and American politics, and his writing is as clear as a sunny day. He's a big believer in independent journalism and has scooped up a stack of awards for his work.  Before I was about to hand the book back I looked inside to see who is it that is tired of winning?

One essay – titled Energy Exchange, Cooke describes the summer of 1968 in Chicago. He quotes an array of journalistic print reports of what has happened. Sometimes in details… Second hand, maybe, third hand… Most reporters or all passed by now.

The gist – if you’re interested – is followed here:

Things got pretty intense in Chicago in the summer of 1968. Thousands of anti-war protesters showed up during the Democratic National Convention to make their voices heard against the Vietnam War. Things took a bad turn when the protests turned violent, and police clashed with the demonstrators. The whole thing was caught on TV, and it really shook up the country.

The violence hurt the Democratic Party, and it's thought to have played a role in Richard Nixon winning the 1968 presidential election. When I arrived in Chicago in 1976 no one remembered the summer of 1968. After the winter of 1977 a new mayor (Michael Bilandic) was in office and four years later Jane Byrne was elected becoming the first woman mayor in Chicago. She cleared the way to the next woman mayor – Carol Mosley Browne - a trail blazer - who went on later to be the first Black woman U.S. Senator from Illinois.

But  Richard Cooke is not interested in gender studies or minority studies in America.

Having done with Richard Nixon, the villain Republican, Cooke brings us to a real time villain – Donald Trump.

2017 to date is a never-ending gift that keeps giving to political journalists and the publishing houses.  The journos write, the publishers print, hard-bound books produced, and there they sell.

Never mind that Trump’s presidency was marked by four years of peace on earth. No inflation in the US.  A vaccine was produced in warped speed.  Putin didn’t dare invade Ukraine again. 

Yet the White House theatrics season was on, and still provides nutritious manna from heaven to political journos. Bob Woodward and Simon & Schuster and them-else keep on releasing political journalism fiction books.

Here Cooke re-litigates the Russian Collusion by Trump & sons. (“A Conspiracy”). Never mind that the Mueller Report evaporated into a black hole in a parallel universe. Mueller who?

Well, it’s evident that Cooke is a visiting Trump hater.

Michiko Kakutani was The New York Times famed book reviewer.   A 2017 article by The New York Times titled "38 Years on Books: The Essential Michiko Kakutani Reader" stated that she "wrote more than 4,000 book reviews" during her tenure at the newspaper. Another source - "Michiko Kakutani: The Power of Criticism" by Jennifer Schuessler, suggests that she penned "an estimated 10,000" reviews.
Richard Cooke has something against Kakutani in this essay -  “Truth Kicks the Bucket”.
You see, journalists make a living from minding other peoples’ business.  When they stop reporting facts and report their opinions about other peoples’ behaviors and beliefs, they’re gossipers for hire.

Classic example The Guardian - is a Marxist leaning British paper - described Carlos Lozada’s from the Washington Post book as, “…analyses 150 often trashy books about someone who is not known to have read a single book and hired stooges to write the 20 self-puffing volumes published in his name.”

Tired of Winning is one more volume in my “Trumpian Bibliotheca”.

MAGA - Richard Cooke - regardless of your splendid cognitive convolutions in print – is still America the great!

I remain grateful to Chuck Gillen III. He who provides me with reads and write fare of esoteric books.

Now the Tired of Winning book goes back to the public library.


Mandy Lender during summer time

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023


Michael Crichton was an author and filmmaker known for his science fiction, techno-thriller, and medical fiction novels.  He attended Harvard University, where he studied anthropology, zoology and medicine.  He was a gifted writer who combined scientific accuracy with suspenseful storytelling. Crichton’s intellectual powers left a scholarly legacy for intelligent people. Below are some of his curated musings articulated originally by others.


What really interests me is whether God has any choice in the creation of the world.

 ~ Albert Einstein

Deep in the chaotic regime, slight changes in structure almost always cause vast changes in behavior. Complex controllable behavior seems precluded.

 ~ Stuart Kaufman

Sequelae are inherently unpredictable.

 ~ Ian Malcolm (Crichton)

The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.

  ~ Steve Weinberg

The word “cause” is an altar to an unknown god.

 ~ William James

What is not possible is not to choose.

 ~ Jean Paul Sartre


Tuesday, June 27, 2023




Showing the fine line between Guerrilla and Engineered serendipity mindsets.

Serendipity is a rally of independent events which have come together seemingly by chance to bring a surprisingly good or wonderful outcome. We should live in the mindset that serendipity is always with us, here and now. We can plan for serendipity and we can be prepared for serendipity when it comes our way.


Engineered Serendipity is the intentional creation of opportunities for people to meet and interact in unplanned ways. The goal is to spark new ideas, launch collaborations, and create innovations.

The idea of engineered serendipity is based on the observation that chance encounters can be a powerful source of creativity and innovation. When people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives come together, they spark new ideas and solutions that would not have been possible otherwise.

There is evidence to support this claim. For example, a study by the Harvard Business School found that scientists who attended the same conference were more likely to learn from each other and collaborate effectively when they had common interests. However, the study also found that scientists who were from the same field were less likely to cite each other's work. This suggests that there is a sweet spot for engineered serendipity, where people have enough in common to be able to connect and collaborate and create, but not so much in common that they become competitive.

There are numerous known ways to engineer serendipity. Some common methods include:

* Designing spaces that encourage random encounters. This involves creating open and inviting spaces with plenty of seating, or configuring furniture that encourages people to interact.

* Organizing events and social activities that bring people together from different backgrounds and disciplines. Such as conferences, workshops, or social meetups or public rallies or explicit brain storming sessions.

* Using technology to connect people who might not otherwise meet. This involve using social media, online forums, virtual meetings, or matchmaking services.

The key to engineered serendipity is to create opportunities for people to connect with each other in unexpected ways. Social diversity is a catalytic element. When people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives come together, they often spark new ideas and create innovations.

Here are past examples of how engineered serendipity was used to achieve productive outcomes:

* Google's “20%” time policy encourages employees to spend 20% of their work time on projects that are not directly related to their job duties. This policy has led to the development of many new products and services, including Gmail, Google Maps, and AdSense.

Google engineers were encouraged to take "walkabouts" around the company's campus. This gives them the chance to meet people they might not otherwise meet and to discuss new ideas.

* The XPrize is a competition that offers large rewards for solving difficult problems. The XPrize has helped to accelerate the development of new technologies, such as the SpaceShipOne suborbital spacecraft and the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous vehicle race.

* The TED Conference is an annual event that brings together speakers from diverse fields to share their ideas. TED Conferences have helped to spread new ideas and innovations around the world. This has led to many unexpected collaborations and innovations.

* The website “” allow people to find and join groups based on their interests. This has helped to connect people who might not otherwise have met and to spark new ideas.


Engineered serendipity was well described by the work of John Hagel et al. from Delloite Touche (2010) - how small moves, smartly made can set big things in motion.

 Engineered serendipity is a powerful tool that is used to achieve productive outcomes. By creating opportunities for people to connect with each other in unexpected ways, we can spark new ideas, collaborations, and innovations.


Guerrilla Serendipity is a term used to describe the unexpected and delightful encounters that happen when people at large go around and about in their open communities. The term "guerrilla" is used to accentuate the spontaneous, random and no cost nature of these encounters.

The term "guerrilla" refers to the use of unconventional tactics to achieve a goal. In the context of guerrilla serendipity, these tactics include the use of social media, crowdsourcing, and other forms of social communication to spread information and ideas.

Guerrilla Serendipity refers also to the unexpected discovery of new knowledge or insights that challenge the status quo.

The point is that where and when guerrilla is deployed there is no involvement of money.

Guerrilla=ABC.    Guerrilla is Anything But Cash.

Guerrilla Serendipity has the potential to have an impact on the way we think about knowledge and acquisition of power. By challenging the traditional social gatekeepers, guerrilla serendipity helps to create a more open and democratic society.

Guerrilla Serendipity was term was coined by Claudio Paolucci to describe the use of new technologies that spread alternative and non-institutionally certified interpretations of reality. It is a form of "semiological guerrilla warfare" that challenges the traditional relationship between knowledge and power.

Here are examples of practical benefits of guerrilla serendipity:

* The use of social media to spread information about protests and demonstrations.

* The use of crowdsourcing, (OPM) to fund and produce independent media enterprises. Examples are Medium and Substack.

* The build free social networks to share information and ideas.

* The use of free or almost free community resources such as computer labs, public libraries, volunteers, NGOs, public schools, disposed recyclable materials, public bulletin boards, civic clubs (low cost membership), Internet cafes, your cellphones, participating talk shows on TV and radio, writing letters to editors, book reviews, advertising on public service radio and TV.

Guerrilla Serendipity is not without its risks. It can be used to spread misinformation and disinformation. It can also be used to target individuals or groups with harassment or abuse.

However, the potential benefits of guerrilla serendipity outweigh the risks. By challenging the traditional relationship between knowledge and power, guerrilla serendipity helps to create a more open and democratic society.

Guerrilla serendipity is productive in the social life as well as in the liberal arts:

* Using free social media to connect with people who have different interests and perspectives. This can help you discover new information and ideas that you would not have otherwise found.

* Following hashtags for keywords (#), address (@) and acronyms on social media to stay up-to-date on trending topics. This tool helps finding new and interesting content that you might not have otherwise seen.

* Using online tools such as chat-generative AI to produce random recommendations, helps finding new services, new music, movies, books, and other content that you might enjoy.

Experimenting with various ways of using digital technologies in the liberal arts.

·       A musician who uses social media to connect with fans and other musicians, and who then collaborates with them on new contents.

·       A writer who uses online tools to generate random prompts, and then writes short stories based on those prompts.

·       A photographer who experiments with different ways of using their camera, and who then takes unexpected and beautiful photos.

All of the examples above help users to find new and unexpected ways to interact with the world around us. 

Guerrilla Serendipity is a powerful mind set and skills set for learning, for evoking creativity, and stimulating personal growth. By intentionally creating opportunities for serendipity, you open yourself up to new experiences and possibilities.

In finality, Guerrilla Serendipity is creative, playful and low to no cost manifold resources. It can help you to find new friends, useful information, life experiences, recommendations, and connections that you would not have otherwise found.

If you are looking for new ways to learn and grow – assume the mindset of and go experiment with the guerrilla serendipity.




Mandy Lender is on Medium and on Substack. 


Mandy Lender’s books are sold on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, eBay,

Tuesday, May 2, 2023


Serendipitous opportunities happen to anyone, at any time.

Here are some examples of serendipitous opportunities:

* Meeting a soul-mate

* Finding a dream job

* Traveling to an exotic destination

* Winning the lottery

* Getting a promotion at work

* Starting a new business

* Writing and publishing a book

* Making a humanitarian difference in the world

These are just a few examples, and there are many other serendipitous possibilities out there. The important thing is to keep an open mindset and be open to them and be willing to take risks. If you keep your eyes open and your heart open, you never know what might happen.

Serendipitous encounters come as an avalanche. They hit everyone, at any time. Be prepared for them and to be willing to take advantage of them when they come your way.

Here are some skillset tips for encountering serendipitous events:

* Be open to new experiences.

* Search to meet new people.

* Travel to new places.

* Try new things.

* Be willing to take risks.

* Be patient.

* Believe in yourself.


Serendipitous lead-ins occur to everyone, at any time and everywhere.

Be prepared for them and to be willing to take advantage of them when they come your way.


Serendipity can lead to personal growth by providing unexpected and positive opportunities for learning and development. Serendipitous events can help individuals to discover new interests, passions, and talents that they may not have otherwise explored. For example, a chance encounter with a stranger could lead to a new job opportunity or a new friendship that opens up new possibilities for personal growth. Serendipity can also help individuals to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills by presenting them with unexpected challenges and opportunities. By embracing serendipity and being open to new experiences, individuals can expand their horizons and develop new skills and perspectives that can lead to personal growth and fulfillment. In summary, serendipity can lead to personal growth by providing unexpected and positive opportunities for learning, development, and self-discovery.

Serendipity is a term used to describe the occurrence of fortunate events or happy accidents that lead to unexpected discoveries, insights or opportunities. The word was first coined by writer and politician Horace Walpole in 1754, after the Persian fairy tale "The Three Princes of Serendip," whose heroes were always making discoveries by accident.


Serendipitous events can happen in various aspects of life, from scientific discovery and artistic inspiration to personal relationships and career advancement. They often occur when one is open-minded, curious and willing to take risks, as well as when one has knowledge and experience in a particular field. Some famous examples include Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin through observing mold growth, or the creation of Post-It Notes by scientists trying to develop a strong adhesive.

In modern times, technology has played an increasing role in facilitating serendipity through algorithms designed to recommend content based on user preferences or location, which can lead to surprising connections and discoveries online. However, some argue that relying too heavily on algorithms and data-driven decision-making may reduce opportunities for serendipity and creative problem-solving.

The Three Princes of Serendip 

 Tags: #serendipity #encounters #opportunities #personalgrowth

Wednesday, January 25, 2023



Bing Search knows Chess. Google knows bank tellers.

With the ongoing struggle for perfection where Microsoft released to the public its new query AI, aka, chatGPT, it occurred to me to compare Bing search engine to Google search engine.

I used an esoteric question taken out from the world of Chess and Chess problems, known only to exclusive group of chess problems experts.
I presented to each search engine the same question:
“What is Lender Combinations?”

I started with Google. The answer was:

A combination loan is two separate mortgage loans granted by the same lender to the same borrower. Combination loans can fund the construction of a new home or purchase an existing property. Choosing a combination loan may allow borrowers to avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI).

Combination Loan Definition - Investopedia


Next I asked Microsoft Bing same question. And the correct answer was:

The novelty was introduced by the now famous Israeli chess composer Baruch Lender, (1913-1994). It was published in 1979 as a two-mover showing, for the first time, a combination of exchanged key and threat with mates in both passes. According to the definition this is actually the combination of themes: Reversal and le Grand.



The correct answer came from Bing - drawn directly from the source domain name. Lender Combinations is a brand name. It is an explicitly registered domain name. Google failed mentioning it even though it is indexed through Google’s Blogger and the domain name is registered through Google/domains.

My guess is that Microsoft Bing already has embedded some enhancing algorithmic elements that are based on GPT3.



 #LenderCombinations #BaruchLender #MandyLender #MinnaRozen #ChessProblems #MandyLender 


Sunday, January 15, 2023




Serendipity is the realization of a fortunate event through sagacious observation.

Serendipity is the personal mirror by which we see ourselves. When we consider ourselves lucky we mean to say that we encountered serendipity.

Intelligent Serendipiters are folks attentive to their surroundings. They use their perceptive abilities and interact with their environment as soon as they recognize its distinctive novel characteristics.

How do they do it?

The Intelligent Serendipiter knows that serendipity is not a goal. It is not an aim, nor is serendipity a tool.

Serendipity is a talent. It is awareness - a faculty. You can’t exercise serendipity and you can’t run out of serendipity.

Be at all times aware of serendipity and it will be there with you. Serendipity can’t be earned and can’t be purchased.  Serendipity is the milieu.

Next, they who are aware of serendipity - recognize their wishes and desires.

Serendipity is intelligence that exists in the sagacious human. With awareness and intelligence the perceptive person sees through the haze of life their interests, desires and wishes.
The Intelligent Serendipiter connects all the scattered dots that they see into a meaningful image. The Intelligent Serendipiter sees a bridge where others see gaping hole. Charles Darwin connected thousands of dots that he collected during his travels into an evolution theory.

Serendipity by awareness implies that a solution exists in the realm of certainty. Certainty is - the proof of the solution. The solution is there waiting for the problem that it is predestined to solve.

How to? Be exposed to the environment surrounding you. The solution is right there, waiting to be accepted for what it is.

Serendipity is the epitome of the passion for discovery.

Ask Galileo Galilei. The four moons of Jupiter were waiting for Galileo to notice them.

Ask Elon Musk - who perceives necessities waiting to be fulfilled.

Serendipity is not luck. It is character – talent and aptitude.

 El tiempo de serendipia.

Changalang is a town in India. Serendip is the old name of Sri Lanka.  


Cave of the Treasure - Discovered

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