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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Wednesday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill. You can find your thrill by clicking the link, subscribing, hitting the Like button and sharing with others. I thank you for your support. 

Half of Joe Biden's Twitter Followers are Fake

Twitter summed up in one comic. 

An audit found half of Joe Biden's 22 million Twitter followers were fake. The same firm did an audit on Elon Musk's 93 million followers and found that 70% of those were fake as well.

Elon was trying to buy Twitter but concern over the number of fake accounts caused him to put the purchase on hold. Twitter says less than 5% of users are fake but this audit just found 76 million. 

Twitter executives have a lot of explaining to do. 

The Stanley Cup

Did you know that the Stanley Cup was the result of Arthur and Algy Stanley asking their father, Lord Stanley, for a trophy to award to the champions of the Amateur Hockey Association in Montreal? The silver cup only cost $48.67 and was first awarded in 1893.

The first “Stanley Cup” tournament was held in 1894. Lord Stanley never actually attended any of the Stanley Cup hockey games.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." - Eckhart Tolle

"Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those who you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one: men learn as they teach." - Seneca 

"The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets." - Naval Ravikant

 "You're not going to get Covid if you have these vaccinations." - Joe Biden (July 2021)

Chris Cornell Died 5-years Ago Today (though it seems like just yesterday).

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Sad but True

Musk: Twitter Deal at Lower Price "Not Out of the Question"

Elon Musk has put the purchase of Twitter on hold because he simply doesn't believe the number of spam/bot accounts is less than 5% of the total reported number of users. Musk estimates that bots, at the low end, make up 20% of all Twitter accounts. If that's the case wouldn't that mean company officials have been misleading investors and regulators for years?

Musk indicated that he would be willing to still go through with the purchase for a lower price.

Seems to me that if the company was aware the less than 5% claim was wrong they may be willing to go along at a lower price because the alternative may be jail time for fraud. If they do allow a lower price then they may face civil suits from investors who were expecting the original $54.20 per share. The company officials are in a tight spot but I can't see many having much sympathy for them.

This will Musk buy Twitter soap opera is the best "will they or won't they?" since Sam and Diane on Cheers.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Society, business and money are downstream from technology, which is itself downstream from science. Science applied is the engine of humanity." - Naval Ravikant

"In the thick of battle, you will not rise to the level of your expectations, but fall to the level of your training." - Daniel Kahneman

"How can you think yourself a great man, when the first accident that comes along can wipe you out completely." - Euripides

"Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers." - Socrates

If You're Wondering What I'd Like for Christmas

Monday, May 16, 2022

Imagine the Unimaginable

VDH with a litany of the self-inflicted problems caused by the incompetence of the Biden Administration and the ilk of people who think it's the height of wisdom to pretend they can't tell a man from a woman because they're not biologists

The traditional bedrocks of the American system—a stable economy, energy independence, vast surpluses of food, hallowed universities, a professional judiciary, law enforcement, and a credible criminal justice system—are dissolving.

It's incredible that they've been able to cause so much damage to this nation in less than 2-years!

Meanwhile Vladimir Putin has just put all his nuclear submarines out to sea. God save us (from ourselves).

Monday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Ask not what my Substack account can do for you - ask what you can do for my Substack account. Please click the link, subscribe (it's free!), hit the Like button and share with others. Thank you for your support. 

Is Musk's Twitter Purchase in Jeopardy?

Elon Musk says $44 billion Twitter deal on hold over fake account data. This is getting interesting.

Musk waived his right to due diligence before committing to the $44 billion deal but I'm guessing fraud would be his get out of jail card to exit the deal if what is being hinted at is true.  Since 2013 the number of spam accounts on Twitter has been set at less than 5% "according to regulatory filings from Twitter." And Musk has said that he "relied upon the accuracy of Twitter's public filings" in making his $54.20 per share offer. What if Twitter executives have known all along that the number of spam accounts was much greater than 5%? 

As I write this Twitter stock now sits at $40.72 per share - a 25% discount from Musk's $54.20 offer. Former President Donald Trump weighed in on the matter on his Truth Social platform saying, "There is no way Elon Musk is going to buy Twitter at such a ridiculous price, especially since realizing it is a company largely based on bots or spam accounts."

Where there's smoke there's fire and like I said - this is getting interesting. 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Do you know who is the greatest propagator of disinformation in the history of the world? The US Government." - Senator Rand Paul

"Courage is in far shorter supply than genius." - Peter Thiel

"Set and enforce an aspirational personal hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save you less than your hourly rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it." - Naval Ravikant

 "A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men." - Thomas Carlyle

The Oldest Company in Most European Nations

Love that the oldest company in Ireland is a bar. That seems fitting. (Via)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Welcome to Biden's America


Sunday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

It's not all ball bearings these days anymore. Now it's all Substack so please click the link, subscribe, hit the Like button and share with others.  

Farnam Street Knowledge


Math Makes Life Beautiful

Funny how I'm much more interested and curious about math and physics I am now than I ever was in school.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"If you have a problem with me, call me. If you don't have my number then that means you don't know me well enough to have a problem." - Christian Bale

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn't hear the music." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers." -  Naval Ravikant

"Too much effort to increase our happiness transforms it into misery." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Find Something Beautiful Today


The interior or the Orient Express (one of my bucket list things to do). Photo via. Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Let's Go Bruins!

Fred Ward

Actor Fred Ward has passed away aged 79. In appreciation here's what I considered his top roles.

1. Tremors as Earl Bassett

2. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins as Remo Williams

3. The Right Stuff as Gus Grissom

4. The Player as Walter Stuckel 

5. Southern Comfort as Reece


Recently finished the book Showtime by Jeff Pearlman. Bought and read the book because of all the hype around the HBO show Winning Time which I will not watch because of the way they portray and treat Jerry West.

A short synopsis of the book would go something like this; Magic Johnson is drafted, is very good at basketball but then he "attains" the AIDS virus. In between Pat Riley is a coach who was good at first but then just went too far (and yes the dictator joke was intentional).

I was a huge NBA fan during the 1980's, so it was fun to relive those series and that period of time. There was one thing that I read that made me slightly change my perception of the NBA though.

I used to firmly believe that Red Auerbach's trade of basically Joe Barry Carrol for Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale was perhaps the best in NBA history but the Lakers' trade of aging Gail Goodrich to the New Orleans Jazz (they hadn't moved to Utah yet) for the Jazz's first round picks in 1977 and 1979 now seems a close second. The 1979 pick was used to draft Magic Johnson.

Still say Red's trade was better because the draft picks were a matter of luck. The Lakers didn't know they were getting Magic. They easily could have been getting another Kenny Carr (who they drafted with the 1977 pick from the Jazz). 

Saturday Morning Cartoons (for Adults)


Someone replaced George Carlin's Thomas the Tank Engine narration with some of his raunchier material. Obviously very NSFW. (HT Digg)

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Don't partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling." - Naval Ravikant

"Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I will move the Earth." - Archimedes

"Of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best." - Warren Zevon

"At your highest moment, be careful. That's when the devil comes for you." - Denzel Washington

Find Something Beautiful Today

Kurt Gordon's photo of the "Stairway to Heaven," the ancient Incan trail leading to Machu Picchu. Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Myron Rolle

Myron Rolle, now Dr. Myron Rolle, has long been an inspirational person and example for all.

His book, The 2% Way: How a Philosophy of Small Improvements Took Me to Oxford, the NFL, and Neurosurgery has long been on my Wish List. The book will be released for purchase next week.

Starlink and Broadband as a Utility

SpaceX's Starlink service is now available in 32 countries. And the list of countries continues to grow.

What strikes me is if you believe, as I do, that broadband is a modern necessary utility - like water or electricity - people now can have two providers so that they have little chance of ever being "out of service." You can't do that with water or electricity. Sure you could have a back-up generator but you can't have a back-up electric company.

Starlink was meant as a service for remote areas where people don't have broadband access but I have a hunch that just as many in developed countries such as the US will be buying Starlink as "Internet Insurance" because the monthly $110 service price is nothing to high net worth folks who rely on the Internet and for the peace of mind a second provider would bring. (Map via)

Fortune Favors the Broke?

Goofus and Gallant shared a Super Bowl Square at last year's Rams vs Bengals game and they won! Each got $1,000 in winnings. Goofus decided to spend half his winnings on cocaine and a hooker and use the other half to catch up on some bills. Gallant was very impressed with Matt Damon's commercial during the Super Bowl and decided to invest his $1,000 in Bitcoin. 

Now due to this week's "crypto crash" Gallant has lost more than half the value of his investment. And he still has some outstanding bills to pay. Is this the rare example of when hookers and cocaine are the better use of one's money? Or is the real lesson here not to take financial advice from Hollywood actors?

Note - I still believe in crypto currency and block chain technology. The above situation just occurred to me and I wanted to share.

Norm Macdonald Shot Secret Stand-Up Special

Norm Macdonald recorded a final hour of new material to be released in the event of his death. The special was shot in Macdonald's living room which seems so - well Norm.

Netflix will be releasing Norm's last gift to us all on May 30th. The special is called Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special.

His fans will disagree with the title because Norm was VERY special. A unique human being till the very end.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds." - Shakespeare

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries." - Winston Churchill

"You aren't going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity - a piece of the business - to gain your financial freedom." - Naval Ravikant

 "When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear." - Thomas Sowell


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Why Did Christian Monks Have Such Strange Haircuts?

Interesting bit of history.

Yeah that's Tim Tebow's rookie haircut not a Christian monk's - but close enough (and it's funny).

Richard Feynman on Love, Life and Science

Good remembrance of Feynman and timely since yesterday would have been his 104th birthday. 

I'm a big fan of the great Richard Feynman.

Thursday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Tennessee Tuxedo will not fail! And neither will you if you click the link, subscribe, hit the Like button, or share with others!

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy." - Naval Ravikant

"Education is greatest blessing if of best sorts. Otherwise no earthly use." - Rudyard Kipling

"Life punishes the vague wish and rewards the specific ask." - Tim Ferris

"I got some new underwear today. Well new to me." - Emo Phillips

Find Something Beautiful Today

The library at Trinity College (via). Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Pfizer was a Bad Choice


Is the Woke Bubble Bursting?

The tide is turning. People with real world problems are finally refusing to play the games of woke people with invented ones. About time!

Much time and effort was put into this essay. If you could share it with others it would be appreciated. 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Making money is not a thing you do - it's a skill you learn." - Naval Ravikant

"When things happen too fast, nobody can be certain about anything at all, not even about himself." - Milan Kundera

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." - Oscar Wilde

"I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in paradise. The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Farnam Street Knowledge

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

What Do They Know That I Don't?

Mike Lombardi on how if we went through life asking this one simple question, we would improve our decision-making. He uses The Godfather and Bill Belichick drafting Cole Strange as his examples.

For the record - Charlie Bluhdorn didn't sell the rights to The Godfather and Belichick drafting Cole Strange immediately made me think of Belichick drafting Logan Mankins in 2005. The Godfather is considered by some the greatest movie ever made and Logan Mankins is up for election in the Patriots Hall of Fame this year.

Find Something Beautiful Today

Statue of King Arthur by Rubin Eynon, Tintagel Castle England. (Photo via) Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.

China ‘Deeply Alarmed’ By SpaceX’s Starlink Military Capabilities

"Chinese military observers have been increasingly concerned about the potential of SpaceX's Starlink satellite network in helping US military dominate space, especially so, in the wake of the Ukraine war, where Elon Musk activated Starlink satellites to restore communications that had stopped because of shelling by the Russian troops."

Let the above sink in. Russia invaded Ukraine but has been unable to destroy the Ukrainian command and control network (normally the first thing targeted in a war) despite brutal shelling because of Starlink and Elon Musk's great humanitarian gesture. 

China doesn't like that. Communist China is threatened by that.

Elon Musk should have more protection than the President at this point. Not joking about that. He's probably more important to the US's economy and national security at this point than either Joe Biden or Kamala Harris. 

HT Marginal Revolution

A Few Beliefs

Morgan Housel with some morsels of advice. Most of these are repurposed bits of knowledge from elsewhere but hearing good advice is always - well - good. 

This one really hit the mark; "When reading the news, you can increase your productivity 100x by asking, 'Will I still care about this a year from now?'" Not just your productivity but also your mental health.

This one also rings true, "Tell people what they want to hear and you can be wrong indefinitely without penalty." It also brings to mind the Thomas Sowell quote, "When you want to help people, tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear."

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." - Richard Feynman

"We are often more frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality." - Seneca

"Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?" - Rumi

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis

I'm Sure This was Just a Coincidence

Monday, May 09, 2022

Norm Macdonald Had a Secret


Norm Macdonald was one of a kind. There'll never be another. He is missed.

HT Digg

VE Day

Yesterday was VE Day. You wouldn't know it though if you relied on corporate media for your news. I can see how being on the same day as Mother's Day this year would take away from the remembrance but with people seemingly calling the opposing sides "Nazis" and "fascists" at the drop of a hat - teaching why VE Day is so important is needed more now than ever.  

The lack of any coverage this year for VE Day sadly brings to mind these verses from the great song And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda:

And so now every April, I sit on me porch,
And I watch the parade pass before me.
And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march
Reviving old dreams of past glories
And the old men march slowly, old bones stiff and sore
They're tired old heroes from a forgotten war
And the young people ask "What are they marching for?"
And I ask meself the same question.

103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known

Kevin Kelly with 103 bits of advice he wished to share on his 70th birthday. Always worth a read.

Here was one of my favorites:  "The biggest lie we tell ourselves is 'I don't need to write this down because I will remember it.'" Oh how very true!

Lies, Damn Lies, and ESG Ratings

Tesla urges large funds to stop misleading investors and change their ESG valuations of companies.

 They have a point. ESG ratings can be gamed and become worthless value signaling and nothing more.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"You can't improve if you don't know what you're doing wrong." - Shane Parrish

"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life." - Robin Sharma

"What if this life is the paradise we were promised, and we're just squandering it?" - Naval Ravikant

"Here I stand, I can do no other." - Martin Luther

Very Cool

Libraries that look like books. Very cool.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Douglas Adams

"Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that is invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things." - Douglas Adams

Mother's Day Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Farewell and  adieu to you fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain. Please click the link, subscribe (if you haven't already, hit the Like button and share with others. 

Farnam Street Knowledge

How to Win Friends and Influence People: The Best Summary

 Some great nuggets of advice.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough." - Meister Eckhart

"Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that makes you smile." - Mark Twain

"Write your goals on a sheet of paper. Circle the three most important. Avoid doing any work on anything that's not circled." - Shane Parrish

"First and above all else, you must secure life, liberty, and the right to pursue your own happiness. That's politics done right, hard earned, often by war." - Charles Krauthammer

Goal for Today

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Happy Kentucky Derby Day

Beers will be drunk, money will be bet, and fun will be had! Also go Celtics!

Abortion and Responsibility

Glenn Greenwald on the Supreme Court Roe v Wade controversy. "The Court, like the US Constitution, was designed to be a limit on the excesses of democracy. Roe denied, not upheld, the rights of citizens to decide democratically." Amen! 

The key bit to me:

Alito's decision, if it becomes the Court's ruling, would not itself ban abortions. It would instead lift the judicial prohibition on the ability of states to enact laws restricting or banning abortions. In other words, it would take this highly controversial question of abortion and remove it from the Court's purview and restore it to federal and state legislatures to decide it.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"You have to be odd to be number one." - Dr. Seuss

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." - Joseph Campbell

"You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants a magical solution for their problems, and everyone refuses to believe in magic." - Lewis Carroll

"If you want to be wealthy, spend your time earning, learning, or relaxing. Outsource or ignore everything else." - Naval Ravikant

Weekend Life Advice

HT The View from Lady Lake

Friday, May 06, 2022

Richard Feynman on Curiosity

Very Cool

"This 2,000-year-old olive tree in Puglia, Italy is called 'The Thinking Tree' by locals." (Via)

Friday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Hulk smash! Chris write! Please click the link, subscribe, hit the Like button and share with others - is that too much to ask?

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"If you don't know what your top three priorities are, you don't have priorities." - Donald Rumsfeld

"Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time." - Paulo Coelho

"You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time." - M. Scott Peck

"The things I'm surrounded by are going to change and disappear, so let me enjoy their beauty as they are right now." - Bernie Glassman

Jordan Peterson - The Meaning of Life for Men

Thursday, May 05, 2022

That Doesn't Feel Like $150 Worth of Groceries

Why inflation is worse than you think. Good article worth your time.

Quantitative easing not corporate greed or Vladimir Putin is at the heart of the matter. But as long as politicians try to fix the blame but not the problem we will continue to have inflation and higher prices.  

Do think that if we got back to energy independence and lower gas prices that would be a good place to start.

Tropicana Crunch - Gross!

 Seriously - yuck!

15 Words and Phrases to Avoid Using

Avoid these 15 words and phrases in conversation to be less annoying (like how they assume you're annoying but this tip will make you less so).

In New England #6 will be a tough one to drop because of the influence of Bill Belichick.

HT Newmark's Door 

Farnam Street Knowledge

In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed.

Slow down. Read more books and watch less TV and for God's sake stop multi-tasking!

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterword." - Vernon Law

"I started telling myself that if you want to know how God feels about money, look at whom she gives it to." - Anne Lamott

 "It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary, only the wise men are able to understand them." - Paulo Coelho

"Facing the press is more difficult than bathing a leper." - Mother Teresa

Naval Knowledge

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Brutally Honest Wine Labels

These are great! Wish they were real - would make awesome joke gifts.

Do You Feel You've Been Rehabilitated?

The Daily Coach on one of my favorite scenes from The Shawshank Redemption.

I'm reminded of my friend Jim who always responds to the job interview question of "why do you want to work here?" by saying "I'm not sure if I do - why should I feel this new position would be better for me than my current job?" He has a way of putting it so it turns the tables and the interviewer tries to sell him on the job instead of him selling himself as a candidate.

Not an approach I'd recommend to everyone. You have to have a certain visible self-confidence.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you're donating blood." - Bill Murray

"Live a quiet life. Mind your own business. Work with your hands." - The Apostle Paul

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own." - Paulo Coelho

Heh Heh

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Student Debt

"Student debt is mostly held by the richer half of the US population. Serious question: would it do more good if instead of giving money to people with student debt, you gave money to people without it?" - Paul Graham

Excellent question from Paul Graham - especially in light of the fact that 56% of all outstanding student debt is for graduate degrees.  

Mask Mandates vs No Mandates

Through February 2022, States with no mask mandates had lower cumulative deaths from COVID than States with mask mandates. In other words - masks were useless all along. (Via)

Life Advice

"A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." - Douglas Adams

I think living a good life can be boiled down to three simple rules.

1. First simply try to live life by the Golden Rule - treat others as you'd want them to treat you.

2. Try to make good decisions in life. For the most part you know instinctively a good choice from a bad choice. Try to make good choices.

3. You will make some bad choices - it's unavoidable. However when you do - treat your bad choice as a learning experience and take the words of Douglas Adams to heart and try not to make the same mistake twice.

Rinse, lather, repeat. A good life doesn't need to be complicated.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Do not be so open-minded that your brain falls out." - G.K. Chesterton

"When it comes to your family, your faith, your finances, or your health, only you can make the critical decisions. Because in the end, you must live with the results that your decisions create." - Tony Robbins

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise, we harden." - Goethe

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." - Lao Tzu 

The Dollar Tree Misery Index

The "misery" started in 2008 with the financial crisis and has never gone back down. (Via)

Monday, May 02, 2022

Monday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

 "I give in to sin because I like to practice what I preach" and what I'm preaching is subscribe (it's FREE - what are you waiting for?), hit the Like button, and share with others.

Five Superpowers

Five superpowers in business and in life:

It's not enough to merely posses Restraint, Curiosity,  Creativity, Patience and Courage - you must actively put these qualities to use, on a regular basis, in order for them to truly become your superpowers. If you do, you will someday look back at the transformative moments of your career and realize that these superpowers had been there all along, even before you knew that they were truly at your command.

Kyrie Irving Clown Nose

Kyrie Irving has now surpassed Roger Goodell as the number one sports villain in Boston. Saw many vendors selling the Kyrie Clown Nose shirts but none of the Roger Goodell ones.

Also prominent was the classic "LeBron James is a Douche" t-shirts. That's always a big seller.

Stay classy Boston!

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Your success in life depends on your ability to make good decisions. Your happiness depends on your ability to not care about the outcomes." - Naval Ravikant

"Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"If a person has sustained success in any long-term ambition - whether it was losing weight, growing a business, sustaining an extraordinary relationship - then luck has nothing to do with it. They're doing something different than you are." - Tony Robbins

 "We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that's waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come." - Joseph Campbell


Sunday, May 01, 2022

Rohan Announces New Minister of Truth

Sunday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Let's go Celtics! Please subscribe, hit the Like button, and share with others. It's what Larry Bird would want you to do!

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"For some of us, good books and beautiful writing are the ultimate solace, even more comforting than exquisite food." - Anne Lamott

"My true religion is kindness." - the Dalai Lama

 "A gen cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials." - Seneca

"Overheard in Silicon Valley, 'Resting moral superiority face.'" - Marc Andreessen 


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Electric Vehicles About to Become Much More Expensive

Surging price of battery materials complicates car makers' electric plans. Ya think?

The price of these three metals [nickel, lithium, and cobalt] required in a 60KWh battery, enough for a large family sport utility vehicle, has risen from $1,395 a year ago to more than $7,400 in early March, according to battery group Farasis Energy.

The war in Ukraine, supply chain issues, inflation, the kitchen sink - all going to make EV's more expensive. Strangely Tesla is not even mentioned in the article.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"There are few cheerier things than buying a bunch of used books and taking them to a cafe to read." - Paul Graham

"Of course, there will always be more that you could do, but you have to remind yourself that perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor." - Anne Lamott

"The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity." - Jackie Robinson

"The people with the weakest opinions need the most censorship to keep their worldview intact. Social media protects the weakest opinions until that's the only kind there are." - Scott Adams

Buddhist Five Remembrances

Friday, April 29, 2022

Watching the NFL Freak Show Draft from Vegas

We're Having a Party - Southside Johnny


Before there was a Springsteen - there was a Southside Johnny. We don't hear enough Southside Johnny anymore

Savor the Great Musk Panic

Matt Taibbi on "drinking the delicious tears of blue-check hypocrites, who've suddenly discovered the perils of a privatized speech landscape."

You have to hand it to Taibbi - he was one of the few voices against the deplatforming of  Alex Jones as if Taibbi knew full well it was a censorship slippery slope. 

If the truth does come out about the depths of sanctioned censorship at Twitter I'm sure we'll hear the defense that they were only doing it for "the Greater Good."

Bill Burr

Interesting Bill Burr interview.

There's two types of people in the world - people who think Bill Burr is awesome and people who don't have a sense of humor.

Excellent Point from Marc Andreessen

China and Russia are both undergoing dramatic internal crackdowns on freedom, and we and the Europeans have picked the same moment to double down on censorship. Shouldn't we try doing the opposite of what the bad regimes are doing instead?
- Marc Andreessen

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The significant problems cannot be solved by the same thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." - Voltaire

"You can see the underlying essence only when you strip away the busyness, and then some surprising connections appear." - Anne Lamott

"I don't know who needs to hear this, but buying books and reading books are two separate hobbies." - Tommy Collison

The Alchemist

 "My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

"Tell you heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."

Paulo Coelho The Alchemist

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Thursday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Big hitter the lama, flowing robes, the grace, striking. Looked a lot like Peter O'Toole. As always please subscribe, hit the Like button, and share with others. If you like my miscellaneous thoughts maybe your friends will too. 

The Rich and the Wealthy

Morgan Housel uses the Vanderbilt's as examples to explain his difference between being rich and being wealthy. Personally, I've always liked this definition of being rich from the author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire:

"I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes." - Edward Gibbon

NFL Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Have long said that the NFL's "handling" of the Jon Gruden's emails was going to come back to bite them in the ass. Between sending the clear message to the Raiders that the league won't tolerate racist coaches and the NFL's sham racial fairness process of hiring those same coaches we're going to have the NFL front office under Roger Goodell exposed as hypocrites for all to see.  

Why the need for the two orders Colonel Commissioner? 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Schools are quick to blame everyone and everything but themselves for the failures of American education. To them, every bad teacher is the exception and every bad parent is the rule." - Thomas Sowell

"Misinformation (noun): Anything I don't like. Conspiracy theorist (noun): Anyone who disagrees with me." - Marc Andreessen 

"Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe." - Kevin Kelly

"The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed." - William Gibson

Just a Reminder