Friday, June 22, 2018

Linky Links

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

- When the line between satire and reality is not just blurred but obliterated.

- North and South Korea agree to round of reunions of divided families

- I think this thread best explains the type of person Charles Krauthammer was. It should be mentioned that he was also a huge baseball fan.

- Just saying

- Heh heh - come and take them!

- When a Mars simulation goes wrong. If it's this tough to run a successful simulation on Earth it doesn't bode well for a manned Mars mission.

Top 5 Live Rock Albums of All-Time

Here are what I consider the Top 5 Live Rock Albums of all-time.

1. Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985
2. Bob Seger - Live Bullet
3. Cheap Trick Live at Budokan
4. Frampton Comes Alive
5. J Geils Band - Blow Your Face Out

Did I miss any?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hope This is Helpful

So I posted this the other day hoping to be helpful.

Turns out maybe not so much.

Hat tip to Borepatch for posting the real truth about service dogs.

Linky Links

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

- Detailed look at all of Danny Ainge's NBA Draft picks

- Sad but this pretty much sums up the immigration debate

- Interesting - Stonehenge builders may have used Pythagoras' theorem 2,000 years before the Greek philosopher was even born. Bonus in the article the possible origin of the phrase "length of time."

- WTF? Seriously WTF?

- Germany's largest auto makers back abolition of EU-US car import tariffs. Interesting to see if this is a wedge issue dividing Germany and France in the EU.

- I've said it before but how ironic is it that Hillary Clinton's Presidential hopes may have been dashed by a sexual predator who was not her husband.

- I laughed too hard at this (hat tip Borepatch)

Watermelons - Simon Van Gend Band



Really enjoy this tune.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The people who try to politicize Father's Day are the same ones who wanted to politicize dinner talk at Thanksgiving. Those people suck... Speaking of Father's Day - you should read this thread... Who knew? Albert Einstein and fellow physicist Leo Szilard once invented and patented a refrigerator... US exports set a new record in April... John Elway was known for playoff disappointment until he finally won the Super Bowl in his 15th season. Likewise Alex Ovechkin was a great player also known for playoff disappointment until he won the Stanley Cup in his 13th season. Nobody now remembers Elway's earlier playoff disappointment. I bet the same will be true of Ovechkin... This is sad but true... Both excellence and happiness stem directly from self expression..

Linky Links

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

- Anyone familiar with this browser called Brave? Tim Ferris is trying it out but curious if anyone else has (I hesitate to move off of Google Chrome)

- How can you not like Tim Tebow?

- New study says fracking does not impact water supplies.

- Space trash is one of my secret concerns.

- Interesting

- Knick's center Enes Kanter's father indicted in Turkey on "terrorism" charges. Enos Kanter is prohibited from returning to Turkey. Terrorism is in scare quotes because this looks to be politically motivated charges.

- Good to know!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chris Pratt MTV Speech



Good on you Mr Pratt!

Len Bias


Len Bias November 18, 1963 - June 19, 1986. Oh what could have been!

Rest in peace.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Linky Links

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

- I laughed way too much at this

- Are the Arctic and Antarctic ice melts due to "enhanced geothermal heat release" (volcanoes) instead of man made global warming? The evidence seems strong that it is.

- Is Tesla's solar business in trouble?

- Interesting approach to working smarter and not harder.

- The influence of math on music and vice versa.

- Guessing this beer isn't going to be too popular in Cleveland.

- The next plague is coming. Is America ready for it? (Long read.)

Hemingway and the Squirrels

He was sitting on the second floor porch. The condensation of the cold beer felt good on his right hand. It felt almost as good as the sensation of the cold amber liquid going down his throat.

In his left hand laid open a book of Hemingway's short stories - I think it was The Snows of Kilimanjaro.

"What a prick Hemingway was," the man thought to himself. "Everything is either sex, fear of death or being a jerk to a woman because he's drunk and can't get it up." Still the man kept reading. 

Hemingway lived on his own terms and that realization pissed off the man who took no risks and who did things because he thought they were proper or they were expected of him. It was then he heard the noises.

It was a high pitched screech, followed by a what sounded like a wheeze and then the screech again. The source of the noise was two squirrels chasing each other in the trees outside the second floor porch.

"Ahh, a squirrel fight," the man thought as he put down the book and took another gulp of his beer. Slowly the man realized that only one of the squirrels was making the noises and that they were not chasing each other. There was one chasing and one trying not to be caught. "Ohh," thought the man, who was somewhat disturbed with himself for wishing to see the squirrels "being married" as Milton would say. Disgusted with himself as he may be, the man stood to get a closer look.

The female squirrel had made several laps around the tree before finding refuge. The tree they were in was dead and one of the larger limbs had dried out and split. Inside the hollow of the split the female squirrel took shelter and when the male came too close she took a swipe at him with a forepaw. The male was not discouraged. In fact his screeching and wheezing became louder as he circled the dead limb.

The commotion attracted another male who joined the first male in making laps around the dead limb while they alternated taking bites at each other with getting hit with swipes from the female trapped in the hollow.

Finally, the female had enough and made a break for it. She raced around the trees until coming back to the dead tree where she scampered out to the end of a branch that looked like it could barely hold her own weight. She was trapped. She turned to be ready to swipe at either of the males who were foolish enough to come out onto the fragile bough.

Neither male squirrel seemed anxious to place his weight on the branch. The man was disappointed. He looked around the second floor porch. It was his sanctuary. It held the spare fridge where he kept his beer. It was where he listened to baseball on lazy summer weeknights. It was also where he stored much of his athletic gear.

His eyes fell upon his softball glove. Inside he kept a softball with the idea that it kept the glove in proper shape. The sight of the ball for some reason made him angry. He picked up the ball and looked back at the squirrel standoff. Without warning he threw the ball at the bitch squirrel. The ball missed the squirrel but hit the branch which broke sending the squirrel hurtling toward the ground. 

He saw it clear. The squirrel's head and left shoulder hit the ground with a sickening "thump". The two male squirrels seemed to stop and stare at the man and then look down at the unmoving female only to look back at the man once again before scampering off in separate directions. 

The man looked down at the dead squirrel, then looked up into the sky as if he might glimpse the squirrels spirit ascending into the heavens. Finally the man's gaze fell upon the book he had left open with cover side up.

"Stupid Hemingway," the man muttered as he left the porch to go inside the house to take a shower.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

10 Years Ago Today



Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Champions! Anything is possible!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Have to admit that I'm surprised that in the more than three weeks since the Red Sox released Hanley Ramirez that no team has signed him. Or maybe Hanley doesn't want to be signed?... Stephen Hawking's memorial stone at Westminster Abbey... Enrico Palazzo is still my favorite opera singer... Cool - a real star bursting in space taken over the course of four years by the Hubble telescope... Greatly amused that Clancy Brown did the voice of Surtur in the movie Thor: Ragnorok. Clancy Brown also does the voice of Mr. Krabs on Spongebob Squarepants. Now I keep picturing a giant Mr. Krabs destroying Asgard with a giant flaming sword. My mind works differently than most people... Excellent weekend advice from the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry...

Priests Playing Poker

The sins associated with playing cards are nothing new. The Synod of 1404 forbade card-playing by the clergy and in 1423 Saint Bernard called for the faithful to go home, get their playing cards and burn them right in the public square outside of Saint Peter's in the Vatican.

I wonder if that ruling against clergy playing cards has ever been rescinded?  Personally I can't ever recall seeing a priest at a poker table. And now I really want a version of Dogs Playing Cards but with priests instead.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

FBI IG Report

There are many bothersome things detailed in the recent FBI's Inspector General's Report (and full disclosure I haven't read the full report) but one thing in particular has gotten stuck in my craw.

James Comey asserted that he was unaware that Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin was married to Anthony Weiner. Now I don't mind suspending disbelief when watching a Sci-Fi movie but this is asking too much. If James Comey didn't know Huma Abedin was married to Weiner shouldn't the FBI have immediately jumped on Weiner to get to the bottom of why a former Congressman with no current connection to the government who is under investigation for potentially being a pedophile predator had stores of classified material on his laptop? I mean isn't this EXACTLY the sort of case the Director of the FBI should have made a top priority? Or are we to believe the Director of the FBI doesn't really give a shit about how classified government documents are obtained by persons who have no business having that material?

The only plausible explanation is that the classified material on Anthony Weiner's laptop was sat on for weeks because Comey was well aware of Weiner's connection to the Hillary campaign through his wife and Comey didn't want to the FBI to investigate the matter out of fear of no longer having plausible deniability.

James Comey has ZERO credibility with me. 

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds is a [fill in the blank].

I wonder how many people finished that sentence with "Barry Bonds is a prick, a cheater, an asshole, or the poster child for steroids use."

How many people do you think finished the sentence with "Barry Bonds is a great hitter."

That's Barry Bonds legacy in a nutshell.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

OK I'll say it! The real reason the Patriots lost to the Eagles in the Super Bowl was because of Tom Brady's lack of a proper playoff beard!... I love stories like this. Turnabout isn't just fair play it's awesome!... Remember to live every week like it's Shark Week... Mea culpa - I have to admit that years ago when Andrew Bogut was coming out of college I thought that he'd be just as good an NBA pro as Tim Duncan. Could be I overestimated Bogut's ability and vastly underrated Duncan's greatness there... Seriously congratulations again to the Eagles. Their Super Bowl rings look fantastic... Am I alone in wishing the producers of Wheel of Fortune would bring back the part of the show where winners went shopping and had to spend their winnings on merchandise?... Ballooning spider, flying spiders, no thank you spiders...

My New Mantra

My new mantra is Earning, Learning or Burning.

Simply explained - I aim to spend 75% or greater of my waking hours either Earning (money - doing my job), Learning (books, podcasts or videos), or Burning (calories through exercise - feel the burn!).

Some clarifications:

- I say 75% because I realize that some time will be spent relaxing, eating, watching TV and doing various and sundry other activities. Also sometimes things will overlap. For example I might be driving somewhere on business (Earning) but on the way I could be listening to a Tim Ferris podcast (Learning).
- I have a daily reading goal of 30 pages of non-fiction or 50 pages of fiction. These goals are very manageable and should be in reach of everyone.
- No "burning" does not refer to smoking pot (though I am not pot adverse). It's just that Earning, Learning and Exercise didn't rhyme.

So that's my new mantra - Earning, Learning and Burning. I'll try to constantly keep this in mind especially when asking myself what to do next with my time. What can I do to Earn, Learn, or Burn?

And by saying my "new" mantra is not to infer I had an "old' mantra. Just wanted to clarify that.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Heh Heh


Tiger Woods - Just Saying

Nature arbors a vacuum. There is a huge sports vacuum this weekend. Both the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs are over. Baseball is in the doldrums before the All-Star Game and football is still over the horizon. Even horse-racing's Triple Crown is over.

There's a huge sports vacuum this weekend. What better way to fill it than with Tiger Woods making a run at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

Tiger is poised to be THE story of the weekend. I just have a feeling.

Edit: Or he could miss the cut completely

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Just a reminder that prior to the first Gulf War - CNN paid kickbacks to Saddam Hussein in exchange for access no other network was granted. CNN also agreed not to criticize the Iraqi dictator or his iron rule. Just keep that in mind when watching them speak about ethics... The Wages of Sin Minus Taxes would be a good name for a band... Heh heh - Cobra Chicken would also be a good name for a band... Pete Rose may not have had a single season when he was THE best player on his team. Back in Cincinnati he had Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and a couple of monster George Foster seasons to contend with and with the Phillies he had Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton as teammates... Umm that's not chocolate... Long, interesting read on how lightning strikes can effect the human body. "When thunder roars, go indoors"! Seriously the risk of getting struck by lightning is not something you want to chance... I'm convinced that Ben Rhodes is completely unaware that as far as the history books are concerned he's the Obama Administration fall guy when it comes to foreign policy...

Nuclear Fusion



Is nuclear fusion power really in our near future? 2030 isn't that far off.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The G7 and NAFTA

Pardon me while I speculate.

I find it hard to believe that President Trump doesn't know that economically tariffs are bad and protectionist policies are worse. But I think we can all agree that Donald Trump is a man of tremendous ego and nothing probably bothers him more than the idea of someone (or some nation) getting the better of him in a deal. America has gotten itself into a series of one sided deals over the decades and Donald Trump sees himself as the man who can fix this. I believe all of the above to be true.

Donald Trump is using tariffs as his cudgel to fix our trade deal with Canada. He will divide and conquer Canada with tariffs first on steel and aluminum then next on car imports to the US from Canada. A lot of "car jobs" flowed not just south to Mexico after the passage of NAFTA but also north to Canada. Those jobs left the US (the target market) because of lower labor costs but if the saving in labor were negated by import tariffs then GM and others would all have to rethink the utility of manufacturing in Canada (or Mexico),

Justin Trudeau has an election in a year's time and I think Trump is betting Trudeau will not sacrifice the Canadian economy (and Trudeau's election possibilities) in order to protect dairy farmers in Quebec.

Most people probably thought that with the passage of NAFTA there was true free trade between the US, Canada and Mexico. But that's not the case. Canada still protects some of their industries - most notably dairy and lumber - making those markets all but closed to US producers. With NAFTA expired I think Trump will offer Trudeau a deal of true free trade between the US and Canada without any tariffs or protections on any products. If he doesn't sign the deal then Canada gets tariffs instead with the hard to argue point of what's good for the goose is good for the gander and if there's one people who get geese metaphors...

A true free trade agreement between the US and Canada is a win-win-win-win situation. Most of Canada will see the price of their dairy products drop substantially and no longer have to worry about losing their jobs in an uncertain economy. This will help Trudeau (or whoever replaces Trudeau if he waits too long to act or if Canadians are put off by eye-browgate). Dairy farmers in the Midwest will all profit from all the new customers north of the border. And this will help Trump in his 2020 re-election campaign.

That leaves Mexico who it should be pointed out is not a G7 nation. I think NAFTA is dead and that the US will end up signing a separate deal with Canada. I fear that Mexico may be the next Venezuela if they move too far left in the next elections.

And remember how Trump promised Mexico would end up paying for the wall? That's what the tariffs are for.

Linky Links

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

- Suddenly looking forward to 2022.

- What a great "trick" play - Florida's steal of home

- Heh Heh

- Related - behind IHOP's change of name

- Can intermittent fasting slow aging?

Heh Heh

- Why do I get the feeling Boston Dynamics is slowly trying to get people used to the idea of them entering a robot in the Boston Marathon?

Top 5 - Rock Songs Written By Someone Named Ian

Here's my list of the Top 5 Rock Songs written by someone named "Ian":

1. Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll (Ian Dury) 

2. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Ian Dury) 

3. Locomotive Breath (Ian Anderson)

4. All the Young Dudes (Ian Hunter) 

5. Cleveland Rocks (Ian Hunter) 
 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

G7 Summit


Awesome!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Succulent Pork would either be a good name for a band or a euphemism for a sex act...  Nice Anthony Bourdain appreciation by Alan Sepinwall... All of the Planet of the Apes movies (and TV shows) are based upon the novel by Pierre Boulle but yet he never seems to get any credit. Can you think of any other book that launched as many movies and spin-offs?... I'm going to play Delta Dawn by Helen Reddy in the next five bars I go to that has a jukebox as my own private joke and to watch the reactions... Quote for the day: "Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public." - Krista Tippett... Dad reflexes to the rescue... As far as the possible Lebron James to the Celtics move this off-season - I keep wondering "What would Red Auerbach do?" I think Red would sign LeBron (as long as the cost wasn't too high...

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Ignoring the Samantha Power bombshell. I hope it's not being ignored (and I'd really like to see the list of the 260 US citizens she basically spied upon)

- Great story from Dale Jr.

- Nice appreciation of Anthony Bourdain

- I did not know this

- Father O'Callahan, Medal of Honor winner, "the bravest man I have ever seen".

- Heh Heh

- Interesting primer - what President Trump's trade war could man for the WTO and global trade.

Secretariat - Belmont Stakes 1973



45-years ago today Secretariat ran the most incredible horse race in history. Watching the replay gives me chills. Supposedly Secretariat would have beaten American Pharoah by 16 lengths!

Jack Handy - Deep Thought for the Day

Thought of the Day: Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver" -- Jack Handy 

Have a good weekend!

Friday, June 08, 2018

Anthony Bourdain

"I should have died in my 20's. I became successful in my 40's. I became a dad in my 50's. I feel like I've stolen a car - a really nice car - and I keep looking in the rearview mirror for flashing lights. But there's been nothing yet." Anthony Bourdain

I never met "Tony" but I'm grateful that he was in my life through his TV shows and his writings. He made my life better and the lives of so many others by being that cool uncle who traveled the world and showed us things we'd never see ourselves.

I'm deeply saddened by the news of his passing.

Today and this weekend I will have his shows on TV as background. But as much as I will mourn the man I will celebrate his life. The example he provided and the wisdom he imparted.

Make Good Art



Some good advice on a Friday - Make Good Art!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Rumor has it that LeBron James is including Boston among the teams he wants to speak with this summer. Do you think he might just be trying to meet Tom Brady? Remember Brady was part of the Celtics pitch to Kevin Durant a couple of seasons ago...  Who knew? I was well aware that there was such a thing as a "Wet Willy" but were you aware there is such a thing as a "Dry David"?... Maybe it's just me but any time a bartender calls me "sir" I have the urge to rip a really loud fart... Wonder if the brain having two hemispheres is left over from back when we were aquatic animals who always had to be awake in the water with one side of the brain always active and alert (like dolphins)... D-Day by the numbers... Hardhat Jesus would be a good name for a band. As would Jesus Fish and Chips... True story - before picking Dan Quayle to be his Vice President, George H.W. Bush briefly considered Clint Eastwood for the ticket...

John Harvard, Ungutted Mackerel and Goat Dung

You may recognize the name John Harvard as belonging to the man for whom Harvard University was named. Did you know that he had no real connection to the school? He wasn't a founder, he wasn't a teacher, he wasn't even a student.

John Harvard's connection to the fledgling university in Cambridge, Mass. was via Nathaniel Eaton who was Harvard's schoolmate back in England and a friend with whom Harvard had sailed to "the New World". John Harvard died in 1638 of tuberculosis and because he liked what his friend Eaton was doing as the first "master" of the newly formed college in Cambridge - John Harvard bequeathed his library of 400 books and a pretty good sum of money. Because of the size of the gift - the good people of the Bay Colony named their university after him.

If Harvard died a year later - everything might have been different because his friend Eaton was fired.

Nathaniel Eaton was fired in 1639 in part because he was a stern taskmaster who beat his students but he was fired mostly because his wife was a lousy cook.

Like today - students paid for not just an education but also for room and board. Back then all the students and the teachers lived under the same roof and the wife of the master provided the meals. Eaton's wife was a lousy provider.

At the hearing there were allegations that Eaton's wife provided no beef and instead served ungutted mackerel (an allegation she denied) and that there was goat dung in her hasty pudding (another allegation she denied). Personally I think Eaton's wife would have been all set if she just served the students more beer (students haven't changed all that much).

So if Harvard died a year later - would he still have bequeathed the money to the college that fired his friend? Would the school have a different name today? Wouldn't "Ungutted Mackerel" be a good name for a band? Will you be able to think of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Award without thinking of the words "goat dung" from now on? Inquiring minds want to know.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Happy Birthday Cam


Was too young to see Bobby Orr. Cam Neely who turns 53 today is both my favorite Bruin and the best player I've seen in a Boston uniform.

Linky Links

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

- Heh heh - true under maritime law your vessel may be subject to safety inspection at any time.

- Its been 15-years since Firefly was cancelled.

- Interesting - the Higgs boson and the top quark finally spotted together during experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.

- Speaking of quantum physics - it seems the more we learn the more we understand how little we know. I think the human race is far from an understanding of how things actually work.

- Heh heh - Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold is the new Chuck Norris. Maybe Sam Darnold can explain how string theory works?

- Reminder that the secret to financial success isn't rocket science (or quantum physics)

- Impressive - maybe Tesla really is a battery company that also sells cars.

D-Day



Above is General Eisenhower's speech he gave on D-Day 74 years ago.

Here is the speech he planned to give if things went badly. He planned on taking full responsibility. Thank God he never had to give that speech.

And if you find yourself watching a baseball game today remember that on this day in 1944 Major League Baseball cancelled all games because they didn't think it was appropriate to be playing games while men were fighting and dying on the beached of Normandy.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

I just know somehow some Eagles players are going to blame the White House "disinvite" on the New England Patriots... If it's true that less than 10 Eagles players planned to attend the White House ceremony then I don't blame the President for revoking the invitation. And how can Eagles players complain about being disinvited if none of them planned on attending anyway?... Still say that when it comes time for September call-ups the Atlanta Braves should add "The Freeze" to the roster as a pinch runner... It must be cool to be able to see America through the child-like wonder of the Greek Freak... Also still say that if people in the South really want to get rid of the statues of Confederate Generals there should be a Kickstarter to replace those statues with ones of Gregg Allman... If you see this quote from Tom Brady on NBA refs circulating on the Interwebs just know it's 100% made-up...  Rest in peace Dwight Clark. Visiting your restaurant Clark's By the Bay was a highlight of a trip my fiancee and I took to San Fran in 1989 (though the restaurant wasn't easy to get to)...

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

CNN's rating were down 25% in May compared to May last year. Just saying but if CNN ran reruns of Larry King from their archives their rating would probably improve... Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham seems like a cool guy... Is there anything dumber than a website asking you to turn off your ad blocker so that they can autoplay a video commercial every time you visit their site? Dumbass that's why I got an ad blocker in the first place... Normally not a fan of gimmicks but I really love The Freeze at Atlanta Braves games... Happy birthday to the Celtics Al Horford who was the team MVP this season... 17 secrets to living a life without regrets... Just a reminder - you're not required to have an opinion on everything...

Chinook over Afghanistan


Wow what a cool photo. See the original sized photo here.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Linky Links

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

- Interesting - what's it like to be a dolphin?

- Wow - what a difference!

- The Republican Congress's secret weapon - the CRA. Good! Use it more often!

- I hope scientists make a huge deal out of May 29, 2019

- 51 Percent Attacks. A cryptocurrency weakness. Maybe the reason why no nation would ever use a "coin" as their national currency (too easy for other nations to gang up and devalue that country's economy).

- So sad

- Heh Heh

Top 5 - Clint Eastwood Movies


Today is Clint's birthday (he turns 88 today - can you believe that?) . Here are what I consider his Top 5 movies.

1. Outlaw Josey Wales 
2. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 
3. Dirty Harry 
4. Fistful of Dollars 
5. (tie) Kelly's Heros (tie) Where Eagles Dare

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Brian Colangelo's Burner Accounts

Wow! Just wow! Blown away by The Ringer's fascinating story of Brian Colangelo and his *cough*alleged*cough* Twitter burner accounts.

Five thoughts immediately occurred to me during and after reading the article:

1. First and foremost I thought of Charlie Munger's advice about it being much better to try not to do stupid things than it is to try and be "smart". What Colangelo looks like he did would definitely qualify as doing something stupid. Don't do stupid things! Just don't!

2. Don't trust people who like big stupid collars.

3. This situation both helps the Celtics and also highlights how lucky Boston is to have a responsible adult in Danny Ainge as GM.

4. How ironic would it be if the first place Brian Colangelo turns to to try and save his reputation is JJ Reddick's The Ringer associated podcast?

5. If things really do come in threes - who will be the next well known person to destroy their career because of Twitter misuse? First Roseanne, then Colangelo, and then...

This is Water by David Foster Wallace

"This is Water" by David Foster Wallace is a commencement speech given in 2005 at Kenyon College.

Farnam Street has the full audio of David Foster Wallace giving the speech plus the transcript.

This is something everyone should listen to or read at least once a year (or more frequently).

How to Speak So That People Want to Listen



Interesting talk. And some good advice.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Do female centaurs wear bras? Now that I've put that image in your head... Waiting for Spike Lee to announce that he's signed LeBron James to play Ahab in an all-black production of Moby Dick... Ultimate Spinach would be a great name for either a new cryptocurrency or a strain of medical marijuana... This was actually a very cool thing for the President to have done. Each and every one of those newly minted officers now have a memory of a lifetime... Just saying but if sports betting was legal in Texas - what are the odds that after the officiating of last night's Rockets game the Texas State Attorney General wouldn't be launching an investigation of the refs today? If he did he'd be the most popular politician in Houston... Interesting - President Trump signs new executive order that makes it easier to fire federal employees... Quote for the day, "In the thick of battle, you will not rise to the level of your expectations, but fall to the level of your training."

Linky Links

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

- Pete Carroll says Jordan Peterson brought amazing perspective to his coaching staff.

- I really want this car

- 10 principles for living an "antifragile" life

- Awesome

- Interesting interview of Anthony Hopkins. How can you not like "Tony"?

- Awesome - this man is a hero

- Heh Heh - Las Vegas 1 - Capitals 0

Elon Musk Wants Nothing to do with Gell-Mann Amnesia

“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”
The above quote is from author Michael Crichton and his words really hit home with me. I've been quoted in newspaper stories a number of times and not once have my words or the story been accurate. And my subject matter isn't exactly rocket science.

For Elon Musk he is dealing with rocket science and with electric and self-driving cars. And he has had enough of the media being wrong or being overly sensational.

It's not even the "fake news" that's the real problem in journalism. It's the inaccurate and click-bait news that has eroded the trust the media once had. The "fake news" is just the label that's easily applied to why people no longer believe what they are reading or seeing in news reports. And the journalists and editors have nobody to blame but themselves.

I'd love to see an experiment where a local paper is scrutinized and the subjects of of each article is contacted to see what the paper got wrong about the story in which they were mentioned. What percentage of stories could be found to have "issues"? 50%? More?

Elon Musk is not a media critic as some would have you believe. He's just a really smart man who refuses to be a victim of Gell-Mann Amnesia. You should follow his lead.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The NFL and the National Anthem

Here's the NFL's new National Anthem policy. It has set off a wave of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. The funny thing is that the new NFL policy is really no different that the NBA's policy that has been in place for two decades.

Why the major difference between how the media and the public view the two policies? Simple - the NBA is led by a competent CEO and not by a clown.

Roger Goodell is the recurring painful rectal itch of sports commissioners. You wouldn't see these multiple recurring unforced errors coming from the NBA, MLB or NHL. Yet the NFL under Goodell indefensible decisions have become the norm and not the exception. No wonder average fans are turning against the NFL in droves.

There's a reason President Trump took aim at the NFL. He took the measure of Goodell and knew he could play him. Like a fiddle.

This all started because back-up QB Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem to support BLM (Black Lives Matter). Roger Goodell and the NFL took no action. Then the Cowboys wanted to honor slain police officers. Roger Goodell and the NFL said no. Goodell made everything worse not better (by a wide margin). Meanwhile at the same time in the NBA - Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks honor slain police. Once again the difference is the NBA is not led by a clown.

I think many, if not most football fans today root FOR their team (like how I root for the Patriots) and AGAINST the NFL (and that clown Roger Goodell). This explains why ratings for Monday Night Football and especially the Thursday Night games featuring crappy match-ups are down. People aren't rooting for or watching the NFL the way they did in the past in general.

The exception to this is people who have bet on the games. Yes these degenerates (me included) will watch these games because they literally have a rooting interest. Same is true to a degree for fantasy football players (who I consider a form of lesser degenerate). Gambling will "save" the NFL in the short run because simply football is the best sport to bet on. But there's no guaranty that will always be the case.