Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Find Something Beautiful Today

Mount Fuji and the night sky (photo via). Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.

Wednesday Flotsam and Jetsam

Have a new miscellaneous thoughts and observations post up on Substack.

 "I am inevitable." - Thanos. "And I am - asking you to subscribe to my Substack account." - Chris Lynch

Starkink for RV's Now Available

Starlink for RV's is now available. I predicted this would happen when SpaceX's Starlink service was first announced.

There are roughly 9 million RV's in US with 1 million of those being the full time home for the RV owner. If just 1 million RV owners sign up for Starlink on a full-time basis - that's an additional $1.3 billion in yearly revenue for SpaceX.

Don't be surprised if Starlink for boats and yachts is also announced sometime soon. 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

 "Of all the cards you can pick in the game of life, choose intelligence and drive. You can trade those two for almost anything else." - Naval Ravikant

"Sir, there is nothing which has been yet contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern." - Samuel Johnson

"When you focus all of your energy in one direction for an uncommonly long period of time, you develop talent. Results follow obsession." - Shane Parrish

"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind." - Samuel Ulman

Happy Towel Day


Happy Towel Day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

100 Years of Gummi Bears

Love bits of history like this.

No word if the company is getting into the "edibles" business.

Heh Heh

What Has Happened to Canada?

Once a liberal democracy, Canada is now an authoritarian state.

And it's not just Justin Trudeau's fault. 

Quotes for Today

 Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"First ask yourself who you want to be, and then do what you have to do." - Epictetus

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." - John Steinbeck

"What I've learned in my life is if someone is acting badly, they're in pain. It's really a simple rule, they're either scared or in pain." - Sebastian Junger

"Journalists aren't neutral - they're the cavalry in the culture wars." - Naval Ravikant

Truth

Via

Monday, May 23, 2022

Farnam Street Knowledge


The Four Levels of Reading: Improve Skills One Level at a Time.

There's no denying that reading is both a habit and a skill. 

Interesting

Tesla has officially filed plans for the Hollywood Diner and Drive-in Theater.  Cool idea. Charge your car, get something to eat and watch a movie all at the same time. Guessing owning a Tesla will be the price of admission.

Also guessing that this gets built in Austin, Texas first instead of Hollywood because of all the permit delays and hassles of doing anything in California.

Monday Flotsam and Jetsam

Have a new miscellaneous thoughts and observations post up on Substack.

Winston Churchill once said, "I like to live in the past. I don't think people are going to get much fun in the future." Sir Winston only said that because he didn't know the future included my Substack account. Please subscribe if you haven't yet - it's FREE and is the best way to show support for my efforts. Thanks.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Earn with your mind, not your time." - Naval Ravikant

"In order for men to do great evil, they must first believe they are doing good." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"At my funeral, take the bouquet off my coffin and throw it into the crowd to see who is next" - Margo Howard

"Our desire to be right is stronger than our desire to understand." - Shane Parrish

Hemingway on Symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Happy Birthday Ethernet

May 22, 1973: Enter Ethernet.

One of the most important inventions of the 20th century turns 49-years old today.

Edited to fix remedial math issue

Elon Musk is Like The Hulk

The press won't like him when he's angry. Elon announces he's putting together a team of "hardcore streetfighter" lawyers to start suing people and promises "there will be blood."  My prediction is that these streetfighting lawyers will end up turning a profit for Tesla - which will be very bad news for corporate media.

Four years ago there was this article calling him a "media assassin" but they had no idea how prescient they were being. Also liked this bit about how Silicon Valley in general viewed the MSM:

The press, in the Valley mindset, is a relic from the 20th century, a low-bandwidth, dying thing, like AM radio that deserved to be ignored - and if not ignored, beaten like a mule for its stupidity.

The beatings will soon begin.

Heh Heh

Via

Bitcoin vs Ethereum

Interesting look at Bitcoin (BTC) vs Ethereum (ETH) and why this investor is going with ETH.

Still bullish on crypto and blockchain technology. 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"A lot of people think you can go to school and study for how to make money, but the reality is, there's no skill called 'business.'" - Naval Ravikant

"The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit - replacing what works with what sounds good." - Thomas Sowell

"You gotta let the stupid people talk, so you know who the stupid people are." - Ted Nugent

"Do not give in to astonishment." - Terrance McKenna

Bacon!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Theme Song to Joe Biden's Economy

WTF? An Elephant is Not a Person

New York high court to determine if Bronx Zoo elephant is a person. You don't need a high court to answer this - an elephant is an elephant not a person. 

We are truly living in the crazy years where a Supreme Court Justice can't tell what a woman is because she's not a biologist while courts in New York are pondering if an elephant is a person. WTF?

The Media and the Left Comes for Elon Musk (but He Doesn't Care)

Glenn Reynolds on how the left hates Elon Musk because "he can't be controlled and he doesn't tolerate BS." The Professor is 100% spot on in his assessment.

And as a reminder the liberal media has been going after him for some time. This is an article in The Atlantic from 2-years ago claiming The Cult of Elon is Cracking. Funny but the things Musk was being criticized for saying about the pandemic were also true! My theory has long been is that the corporate media hate him most because none of his companies spend any money on advertising. 

Winston Churchill's Daily Routine

Churchill had a daily routine that allowed him to accomplish so much. His routine included two daily baths and an hour nap so it wasn't all work, work, work.  

I have several biographies of the man but sadly haven't read any (yet). Need to remedy that soon.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Before you try to change the world, try losing weight." - Richard Cooper

"It's not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste most of it." - Seneca

"I only really want to do things for their own sake. That is one definition of art. Whether its business, exercise, romance, friendship, whatever, I think the meaning of life is to do things for their own sake. Ironically, when you do things for their own sake, you create your best work." - Naval Ravikant

"If you're going to make a mistake in the [NBA] draft, make sure it's a big mistake." - Jerry West 

Truth

Via

Friday, May 20, 2022

And for Voting for Me

HT The View from Lady Lake

Friday Flotsam and Jetsam

Have a new miscellaneous thoughts and observations post up on Substack.

"Milk was a bad choice!" Clinking the link, subscribing, hitting the Like button, or sharing with others would be a good choice! 

Farnam Street Knowledge


 

Ben Franklin: The Thirteen Necessary Virtues.

Timeless good advice.


Quotes for Today

 Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar." - H.L. Mencken

"The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple." - Albert Einstein

"Socialism produces bad music, bad art, social stagnation, and really unhappy people." - Frank Zappa

"Action builds resilience. Inaction feeds doubt." - Shane Parrish

Said No One Ever

Thursday, May 19, 2022

America's True History

There's a new book out called Debunking Howard Zinn. While I probably won't find the time to read this book I have read Zinn's A People's History of the United States a couple of decades ago and I'm glad I did. Don't get me wrong - the book is crap and deserves all the derision it gets but by reading the book I know first-hand how bad it skewers the truth.

The reason I bring all this up is to recommend the book A Patriot's History of the United States by Michael Allen and Larry Schweikart. This was another book that was written in part to combat the misinformation from Zinn and I can't recommend it enough.

HT Newmark's Door

Operation Mincemeat

 

Last night I watched the movie Operation Mincemeat on Netflix and I quite liked it and would recommend the movie. But before you take my recommendation know two things - I'm predisposed to like movies like this (I've rewatched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy several times). Secondly, I've long had the book Operation Mincemeat on my Amazon Wish List.

The movie had a fantastic cast but one thing I need to confess to is how distracted I was by how much Matthew Macfadyen with a mustache reminded me of a young Peter Sellers. Watch the trailer and tell me you don't see the resemblance too. 

SpaceX Poised to Become the Most Valuable US Start-Up

SpaceX is poised to become the most valuable US based start-up. New shares, which may be issued later this year, could push the value of SpaceX to $125 billion - passing Patrick Collison's Stripe which is valued at $115 billion.

Elon Musk reportedly owns 44% of the shares of SpaceX. The guy's incredible.

The War of the Zombie Empires

 "At the moment, incompetence in Washington is China's best friend."

Some very good analysis by Richard Fernandez on Russia, China, and how many of the pieces fit together.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true." - Naval Ravikant

"It is easy to love people in memory: the hard thing is to love them when they are in front of you." - John Updike

"Let go of yesterday's victories and defeats. Today is a new day." - Shane Parrish

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell

Find Something Beautiful Today

"The wolf moon rises over Glastonbury" (photo via). Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.