Friday, July 25, 2014

Top 5 - Rules for Daily Life

Here are 5 basic rules for daily life which if you follow will bring you happiness. Feel free to Google each rule for more edification. (Place Smiley emoticon here)

1. Say YES to life!

2. Do the work!

3. Don't be afraid ("I go before you always" Christians - "Fear is the mind killer" Sci Fi folks)

4. Don't be a dick!

5. Don't be a pussy! (Same link as above)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Rise of Data and the Death of Personal Freedom

Recently I read this article titled "The rise of data and the death of politics". However when I read it I felt it would have been better titled "The rise of data and the death of personal freedom."

If everything in the future will be tracked by data and if everything is subjected to feedback such as you see today on Amazon.com or Yelp - ratings for passengers, drivers, hosts, guests, students, teachers, patients, caregivers, customers, servers, etc., etc., - what will be the future ramifications of bad reviews? With bad reviews having the potential to actually wreak havoc with people's reputations and business livelihoods - is it far fetched to foresee anti-troll legislation being passed to punish gratuitous Internet troll behavior? Would it be equally far fetched to think such legislation being stretched by restaurants to silence bad reviews? By students to punish teachers who don't treat that student like the special little snowflake they think they are? In such a future what would be the incentive of giving feedback or reviews at all?

What about involuntary data feedback? Your car GPS alerts the police about a potential DUI if you've parked at a bar for too long. The biometric app in your smart phone alerts your insurance carrier if you don't exercise enough during the week. Your web searches are included in job interview background checks.

In Eastern European Communists countries people were conditioned from birth to keep their heads down and not make waves. How much different would it be in the new data feedback controlled state where Cyberdyne is watching your every move? It scares me. I'm already starting to keep my head down.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Minnie Driver for Rom-Com Hall of Fame

I am not a Rom-Com (romantic comedy) type of guy (although I admit to being a complete sucker for You've Got Mail). However I have seen enough of the genre to be taken aback by Grantland's Rom-Com Hall of Fame: Champions and Challengers. About half way though the (long) article I kept wondering "when are they going to mention Minnie Driver?" But they never did.

I would argue that Minnie's three year run of Debi Newberry in Grosse Point Blank (1997), Skylar in Good Will Hunting (1997) and Jane in Disney's Tarzan (1999) was as good a run than anyone who made the list. Maybe she's not included because her career was like Sandy Koufax's but instead of retiring after the 1966 World Series she quit the major leagues and went on to pitch in the Pacific Coast League (nothing really memorable since Y2K).

Maybe it was the quirkiness of Minnie Driver and the quirkiness of her major roles that kept her from the list? But for people smart enough to see that Jerry Maguire was not a sports movie but a rom-com to not see that Good Will Hunting was also a rom-com at its heart is frustrating. An off the charts broken genius is healed by Robin Williams cracking therapy enough to chase the woman of his dreams is the basic plotline of Good Will Hunting. Sure Minnie Driver's character did not get jilted at the altar like many of the women on the list but in Grosse Point Blank she did get jilted at the senior prom! And Tarzan and Jane is one of the most historic romantic pairings in all of literature. People forget that Tarzan loses Jane in the original Edgar Rice Burrough's book. He gives her up to a lesser man because he thinks that's what will make her happy.

Quirky Minnie Driver should have made the Rom-Com Hall of Fame Challengers list! There I said it! How do you like them apples?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tattoos

I don't have any tattoos but I don't have anything against them. It's just I've never seen anything or wanted anything particular permanently inked on my body. There is this one tattoo I've been thinking about though.

I have been thinking of buzzing my hair for the summer. It grows back pretty fast so no big deal. But I've also been thinking of getting the numbers "666" tattooed on my scalp. Once my hair grows back I would pretty much be the only one who knows it's there.

Here's where my twisted sense of humor kicks in. I would also alter my will to say that immediately after death I am to have my head shaved (so people can see the tattoo) and then be cremated as quickly as possible to avoid me rising from the dead and bringing about the end of the world. I know that I would be dead and wouldn't get to enjoy this particular prank but I would still think it's funny.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I wonder how many girls Derek Jeter slept with who weren't even born when he made his MLB debut... As a reminder - Derek Jeter's dating diamond... Next season on Game of Thrones a great wizard and conjurer is introduced. Some call him Tim... Tom Glavine had a career batting average of .185 which is 35 points higher than what Stephen Drew is hitting this season for the Red Sox... Weird Al Yankovic Word Crimes. Reminds me of the line, "I'd rather cuddle then have sex." People with proper grammar get the pun... I would so very much prefer to hear Hodor call next year's HR Derby than Chris Berman... Maybe the greatest outfield ever for one game?...