021 – Mark Haapala and the Devil in the Details

021 – Mark Haapala and the Devil in the Details



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In This Episode

Who exactly are Perspicacity and Perspicuity, and why are they on our podcast? What would make an insurance claims investigator participate in renaissance fairs? If the devil is in the details, why are they so important? What can cause a classroom full of budding mathematicians gape in amazement?

Speaking of world change, on the show we have an investigator who pries into the business of large corporations.  Now it’s not what you might think, but I’ll let Mark tell you more about what he does.

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Mark’s Favorite Quote 

twain_supposingIsGood_1000 Supposing is good, but finding out is better. - Mark Twain Click To Tweet


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About Teachers

Ms. Mary Wrenn, one of my High School English teachers, was highly influential in my overall outlook on life. She always expected her students to put forward their best work and never sugar-coated how unforgiving the world could be to those who did not.

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About Making

The last major thing I made was an oil painting of cherry blossoms for my daughter. The most recent thing I made was a large pot of beef vegetable soup for my wife and me using all fresh ingredients.

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About Learning

How to start a fire with kindling, a soda can and a piece of chocolate. (Look it up on Youtube)

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About Mark

Here’s what Mark has to say:

020_markHaapalaIt has been my privilege to spend the last 28 years in the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry directly handling, managing, or consulting on losses arising from a wide variety of complex/high-value General Liability, Property and other types of risk (both litigated and non-litigated) for self-insured Fortune 500 Companies as well as a variety of major domestic and international carriers. For the past 13 years, my work increasingly involved a significant amount of travel visiting, evaluating and then reporting on the ability of numerous US-based Coverholders, Managing General Agents, and Third Party Administrators to contractually satisfy and professional anticipate the needs of foreign (mostly London Market) insurers. The nature of my work requires that I efficiently and effectively gather a substantial amount of information that I must accurately summarize and communicate to my clients.

Additionally, I spent 13 years working with an amazingly talented and dedicated group of performers, reenactors and educators bringing to life Elizabethan, Regency, and Victorian England for California audiences through song, dance, and interactive theater. I also was an exchange student in college spending my junior year abroad studying in Aix-en-Provence, France.

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Additional Notes

Perspicacity and Perspicuity:

Renaissance Fairs:

Vi-Hart on Circles:

The Three Dots:

Breath-taking details in Black and White Photographs:

Breath-taking details in paper cutting art:

The Breath-taking Mars Curiosity Landing:

Breath-taking details inside a fireworks show:

Breath-taking details inside a volcano:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-shWVW1UBc

Breath-taking details in Parkour from the perspective of the free runner:

A Breath-taking view into the unknown:

This has nothing to do with details, but it was an awesome math video (Solve Me Maybe):

California Lutheran University:

The Institute for American Universities:

The American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU) :


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