I've blogged about my theory that you can appear to be an expert, at least to non-experts, on any topic for which you know the twelve basic concepts. Someone suggested I write a book with lots of topics and their twelve concepts. I like that idea except you would need about a hundred topics to make it work. I could only come up with 25 topics. What other subjects would you want to know at twelve concepts about? Or to put it another way, what topics do you wish OTHER people understood better?





Business Writing



Job Interview


Social Interaction





Human Nature






Buying a car



Energy conservation

Building your own home

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Apr 3, 2009
How to avoid the police.

I should emphasize, for completely innocent people. Example: I've been told that the profile of someone carrying drugs in his car is actually a white guy driving the speed limit (not 5-10 mph fast). So am I increasing my chances of being hassled by following the law?

Maybe a separate chapter on how to avoid the police if you're guilty.
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Apr 3, 2009
Representative Democracy
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Apr 3, 2009
I don't have any additional topics. But I want to put my name on the pre-order list for this book. I would buy several copies and pass them family and friends. Raising the intellectual level of our disagreements would be fun!
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Apr 3, 2009
Oh, man! How do you beat "Icelandic Folk Singing"! Great one, Integris!

How about:

Rocket Engine Repair
Dog Whispering
Horse Whispering
Fish Whispering (Well, maybe not)
International shipping
Customs & Courtesies
Illicit Arms Trading (That Russian guy made BILLIONS doing it!)
Furniture repair
Black Market promotions
Making Sock Monkeys (I always wanted to learn how to do that.)
Managing a Sweat Shop
Picture Framing
Brain Surgery
Carpet Cleaning
Car Washing
Airplane construction
Restaurant Management (That's for you, Scott)
Lawn Care (The TV shows stink! My lawn is still dead!)

Lastly, and on a serious note:

Customer Service (Truly a lost art!)

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Apr 3, 2009
A laugh a little when you say that you want more than those 25 topics... because if I knew all about (and applied!) those 25 topics, I would be the happiest man in the world. The only thing I'd like to see is extra info on the rules, rather than just the list of rules; eg

Rule 12. Windows are rated for their thermal efficiency. It makes a big difference if you get the most efficient ones.
(A couple of paragraphs expanding on this, saying why it's so, or whatever. Not toooo technical though)

Just in case someone questions you further on a rule, or if you're generally interested!

I'd buy it.
Apr 3, 2009
bungee jumping
bee keeping
kazoo making
anal bleaching
fat rendering
snail racing
midget wrestling
chinchilla breeding
Icelandic folk singing
kitten juggling
how to start a cult
cartooning for fun and profit
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Apr 3, 2009
Writing a Book
Creating Cartoons
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Apr 3, 2009
Automobile Repair
Home Improvement
Heart Disease
Computer Repair
Credit Card Law
Traffic Law
Tax Law
Weight Loss
Hiring a Lawyer
Hiring a Building Contractor
Hiring an Interior Decorator
Hiring a Plumber
Hiring a Roofer
Negotiating with a Car Salesman
Job Hunting
Resume Writing
Career Advancement
Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Software Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Game Theory
Software Architecture
Software Design
Software Testing
Hardware Architecture
Hardware Design
Hardware Testing
Interviewing Employees
Hiring Decision Making
Conflict Resolution
Team Building
Handling Difficult Employees
Firing an Employee
Speech Writing
Speech Editing
Speech Delivery
Composing Music
Analyzing Music
Critiquing Music
Composing Literature
Analyzing Literature
Critiquing Literature
Creating Art
Figure Drawing
Oil Painting
Analyzing Art
Critiquing Art

OK. That's 63. Clearly I broke down some categories to create more entries. However, I wanted to illustrate that there are several facets to being an expert on Art.

There is one more, but I am not sure you are qualified to write about it:

Apr 3, 2009
To Shanky. You don't need 12 rules about women. You only need one. Just remember this quote from Oscar Wilde:
"A woman is meant to be loved, not to be understood."
Apr 3, 2009
Very surprised...


was not mentioned...at least within the first page lol. Isn't it amazing your sitting there thinking of things and don't even think of the thing right in your FACE
Apr 3, 2009
If You write the book, I and several members of my family will buy the book.
My sister and I were raised on your books, they were sitting around the house since we were 10 or 11 years old.
I have read everything that you have ever written, except for that stuff about God, that looks !$%*! compared to your cool books.

Keep up the funny writing

We your loyal fans appreciate it.
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Apr 3, 2009

It's the first media industry and the main enterntainment source for the generations that will rule the earth in 10 years. Yet, most people over 35 are illiterate when it comes to videogames and their impressions come from the likes of Jack Thompson and some redneck govrn'rs.
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Apr 3, 2009
I would buy this in a heart beat. Great idea!
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Apr 2, 2009
One subject you could never ever ever ever become an expert on, with 12 rules or 12 million : Women. But I'd like to see an attempt anyway.
Other 12 rule topics :
hair loss
deficit spending
Apr 2, 2009
Animal grooming.
Dog training.
First Aid.
Making friends. (in a birthday gifts, remembering their info, and sharing things kind of way.)
Small talk.
Apr 2, 2009
Sounds like a good project for you and Scott Meyers. He's got a huge backlog of topics, and even a start on some of the 12 "answers" to become an expert in the topic.
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Apr 2, 2009
Math and Newtonian physics

Brain lobes

Things that are physically impossible due to cause and effect loops / violation of mass-energy conservation like precognition and teleportation


Apr 2, 2009
Persuasion. If you get that one down, money and sex will follow.
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Apr 2, 2009
bacteria, viruses, infections...
diseases (mechanics, progress, course of development)
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Apr 2, 2009
The history of western culture, i.e.: Bach never wrote "Classical music." He wrote "Baroque" music.
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