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Rules of Thumb: Every rule of thumb on earth in one place

This site has been several years in the making and is based partly on my previously published books covering the same topic (see below.) The goal of the site is ambitious: to collect every rule of thumb on earth at one handy web address.


The site is fully searchable with the backend machinery to let users rate new contributions IN or OUT of the main db providing a Darwinian weeding mechanism which will let the content improve in value over time. The site tracks your success as a rater andor contributor and has the basic tagging features which will allow users to discover emergent categories (ala David Weinberger in Everything is Miscellaneous…) was released just three weeks ago and so far has nearly 1000 registered users who are actively rating, contributing and commenting new rules. and The New York Times (Dan Mitchell, What’s Online, Jan 12) have been kind enough to mention the site.

Why Rules of Thumb: Every rule of thumb on earth in one place It Might Be A Killer

These books were all wildly successful but all before the advent of the Internet. We’re in a whole new world! Rules of Thumb, Houghton Mifflin Co. 1983
In One Day, Houghton Mifflin Co. 1984
Rules of Thumb 2, Houghton Mifflin Co. 1987
Rules of Thumb UK, Thorsons Publishing Group Ltd. 1988
Le Livre du Bon Sens, French Translation, First Inc. 1988
Never Trust a Calm Dog, HarperCollins 1992

Some places my work has appeared:

Latenight with David Letterman, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The Today Show, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, NPR’s Susan Stamburg, Charles Osgood, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Whad’ya Know with Michael Feldman, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, US News and World Report, Playboy, Audubon, The National Enquirer, American Heritage‚Ķ


Author : Charly Zaks

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