Monday, September 23, 2019


Sunday, September 22, 2019

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- The US Air Force's radical plan for a future fighter could field a jet in just 5-years. I like this boldness and innovation.

- How to build good habits. The quality of your habits do determine the quality of your life.

- Interesting - IBM's new 53-qubit quantum "mainframe" is live in the cloud.

- This was cool - "Live Coding". I think this is what (not too distant) future resumes will look like.

- Calvin "Megatron" Johnson doesn't regret a thing. Interesting interview/profile.

- A chemical plant explodes in China. More questions than answers.

- Things are getting a whole lot better. We live in an age of abundance. Your life and your mindset get so much better if you just acknowledge this simple fact.

Happy Hobbit Day

Today is the birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and is celebrated internationally as Hobbit Day.

Be sure to have a second breakfast and maybe a pint or two to celebrate!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

T. Boone Pickens' Final Message

T. Boone Pickens passed away on September 11th. Prior to his death he wrote up his final message which is well worth your time to read.

His message included those words to the left from the poem "Indispensable Man" by Saxon White Kessinger.

The 10 key principles to his success he lists are something worth going back to and reviewing on a regular basis. And in his final analysis - what did he leave behind?

"I left and undying love for America, and the hope it presents for all. I left a passion for entrepreneurship, and the promise it sustains. I left the belief that future generations can and will do better than my own." - T. Boone Pickens

May the road rise to meet you Mr. Pickens. And thank you for your final message. Memento Mori.

Bill Murray

Bill Murray turns 69 today. Here's some of the stories through the years about Murray that I found interesting or amusing.

Bill Murray call's Kelly Lynch's husband each time the sex scene in Roadhouse comes on

Bill Murray once got lost for years in the persona of Hunter S Thompson

Bill Murray on the last time he saw Gilda Radner

Seven Steps to living a Bill Murray life, by Bill Murray

Casting Bill Murray

Fantastic review of Bill Murray's film career

Friday, September 20, 2019

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Holy crap!

- The YouTube revolution in knowledge transfer.

- Total badass!

- The danger of booze-making gut bacteria. Microbes can produce so much alcohol that people become drunk - and sustain liver damage - without touching any booze.

- Interesting look at the relationship between Disney under Bob Iger and Pixar under Steve Jobs. Written by Bob Iger.

- The Rusney Castillo deal (largest contract ever given to a Cuban defector) remains a strange side-note for the Red Sox. Highest paid AAA player ever?

- Business and life success lessons from Jeff Bezos

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Why don't US Intelligence Agencies use blockchain to protect Top Secret info and to insure proper chain of custody. Maybe behind the scenes they already are... Heh Heh... "Education isn't something you can finish." - Isaac Asimov... Speaking of education - this time of year you always see those stories about teachers who end up spending their own money to buy supplies for their students. How come we never see any stories about salespeople who have to travel for work and can't expense all the drinks they consume. Much of the cost of that alcohol comes straight out of their own pockets. But you never see Go Fund Me pages for people like me do you... It's a simple truth that doing something hard is always more fulfilling and fun than doing something easy... This is also a simple truth...

How to Win in Life


Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Scientific Method and Failed Climate Change Predictions

This list of the failures of 50-years worth of climate change predictions (many by very respected scientists and organizations) made me think of Richard Feynman speaking on the scientific method.

Their science and predictions aren't "settled". Richard Feynman would say they are just "wrong."

"No matter how smart a person is, no matter how elegant their hypothesis, if it does not agree with experimentation, it is wrong." - Richard Feynman

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- I'm an awful person for laughing at this.

- Cool - Dragonfly the nuclear powered drone NASA is sending to Titan (one of the moons of Saturn)

- Speaking of cool stuff.

- Nice appreciation of the recently passed Ric Ocasek

- What a great Fenway moment

- Annotations in copy of Shakespeare's First Folio may have been written by John Milton

- Another cool baseball moment. (Thanks Ted)

I Am a Reader


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ric Ocasek

Being a teenager in the 80's and growing up in Massachusetts the music of The Cars was a big part of the backdrop of my formative years. From my senior year yearbook quote "Let the good times roll" (from the above Cars song) to the memory of "Phoebe Cates has left the pool" (done to The Cars Moving in Stereo) in Fast Times at Ridgemont High the fingerprints of Ric Ocasek seemed to be everywhere in my life.

And that was OK by me because I liked The Cars. Everyone liked The Cars.

Plus the man married supermodel Paulina Porizkova! At the time that union gave hope to all us goofy teenage boys. But looking back it was Paulina Porizkova who married Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to be Ocasek.

By all accounts Ric Ocasek seems to have lived a full life. Not sure if its only in my orbit of people but the reaction to the news of his passing was a bit of a shock. He was 75-years old and passed in his sleep from heart failure (i.e natural causes). Has dying at 75 become dying too young? That seems to say a lot about the state of medicine.

Benjamin Orr who co-founded The Cars with Ocasek - now he died too young. At 53 from pancreatic cancer.

Thanks for all the great songs Mr. Ocasek. You will be missed but the music you left us will live on.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- The Ontario government lost $42 million selling weed last year. How is that possible? I've also seen reports that black market weed selling for half the cost of "legal" pot in Canada.

- BangBros porn site bids $10 million for naming rights to new home of the Miami Heat. My sense of humor says "Please let this happen" while my decorum wonders "What the hell has happened to our society?"

- Heh Heh

- Are Generation IV nuclear reactors the answer to green energy? Nice look at the pros and cons (the cost) of Gen IV nuclear reactors.

- The Far Side may be making a comeback online. Doesn't sound like any new comic strips though.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

It seems to me that the new PC culture infecting SNL means that current and future generations will never get the benefit of great comedy like John Belushi's Samurai Night Fever and other Samurai centric skits... Heh Heh... Going into the season Tom Brady was 20-1 to win the NFL MVP. After the trade for Antonio Brown and the Pats hot start Brady's odds are down to 5-1 (Pat Mahomes is still the favorite at 3-1)... This past week Hamza Bin Laden, son of Osama Bin Laden and high ranking al Qaeda leader was killed by the US military. You'd think this would be bigger story but the media has different priorities... The attacks on the Saudi oil plants did not really affect US oil prices (thank you fracking and energy independence) or impact our economy but I wonder what the impact the attacks had on China's economy. They are the largest importer of Saudi oil ($29.1 billion per year)...

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing  and thought I'd share.

- Fight or flight may be in our bones.

- Heh Heh

- Why the US defends Taiwan. The "other" China often gets overlooked.

- This can't be unseen.

- Australia concludes that China was behind cyber attack on parliament and political parties. It bugs me that the Chinese think they can get away with such attacks.

- Awesome!

- Telcom with ties to Chinese government misdirects Internet traffic for two and a half years. See what I mean.