Friday, September 30, 2022

The Importance of Daily Multivitamins

"Taking a daily multivitamin-mineral for 3-years slowed cognitive decline by 60% - equivalent to about 1.8 years of slowed cognitive decline - in older adults compared to those taking a placebo.

The positive effects were most pronounced in people with a history of heart disease." - Dr. Rhonda Patrick


Interesting and informative look at what may have happened with the Nordstream pipeline. It most likely wasn't sabotage.  

I was hooked at the common sense look at a 17-hour gap between explosions but was completely sold after the explanation of hydrates, maintenance of pipelines, and the incompetence of Russian workers.

A Little Physics Humor

As an aside - Erwin Schrodinger never actually owned a cat. (Via

College Football Power Rankings

Phil Steel has the updated college football Vegas Power Rankings up on his site. These would be the hypothetical point spreads between teams on a neutral field. Two things of interest jumped out at me:

  • Ohio State would be an almost 10-point favorite over Michigan on a neutral field but this year that game is AT Ohio State.
  • Boston College would be just a 2-point favorite over Buffalo but Holy Cross beat Buffalo at Buffalo this season. Does that mean a hypothetical BC/Holy Cross game this year would be a pick-em?

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

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

"If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind." - the Buddha

"Depend on nobody. Take pride in yourself. And fight for everything. That's the way it has to be." - Bob Gibson

"The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength." - Marcus Aurelius


Thursday, September 29, 2022

Do We Need 10K Steps a Day?

Interesting look at where the idea of needing to get 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy came from (hint - it didn't come from science). And also some useful knowledge: 

One major study released in March debunked the 10,000 step goal, suggesting that anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 steps a day is just enough, and anything more than 8,000 doesn't actually count in terms of health benefits.

Starlink Maritime

Starlink Maritime is now available

Was surprised at both the download speeds (up to 350 Mbps) and its cost ($5,000 per month). Guess the thinking is if you can afford a yacht - you can afford $5,000 a month for Internet.

Netflix in Trouble?

A survey of 1,000 Americans says 1 in 4 plan to ditch the service in the upcoming year.

As things get tight, people living from paycheck to paycheck will naturally look to cut expenses they can live without. Netflix falls into that category. But so does other services like Disney+, Hulu, etc. This doesn't even take into account the amount of people who may cut the cord on cable TV as well for similar reasons.

The one service that may be immune to this financial crunch may be Amazon Prime. Many, like me, signed up for the service because of the free shipping and the streaming service was just an added bonus. With higher gas prices some may opt for more shopping online to reduce the driving to and from the shops,

Coolio Dead at 59

Quotes for Today

Here are some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." - Ernest Hemingway

"You will not be punished for your anger. You will be punished by your anger." - the Buddha

"The most contrarian thing of all is not to oppose the crowd but to think for yourself." - Peter Thiel

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Jean-Paul Sarte

Heh Heh


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

As They Say in the South, "Bless Her Heart"

The people of her district must be so proud of well she represents them.

Engaging With History

Morgan Housel on the importance of studying history.

Seems the study of history in our society is something now done on the individual level. The ignorance of history in our society today is stunning which is how we end up with protestors taking down statutes of Thomas Jefferson and Stevie Ray Vaughn!

One a personal note - engaging with history is one of the reasons I try to start each day on this blog with quotes I think worthy of contemplation whether they be from the past or present (but mostly from the past). 

Wednesday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

I'm not a fugitive because my wife was not killed by  one-armed man. We simply divorced. If anything made you think or smile, please subscribe, hit the Like button, and share with others.

Interesting Observation about Russia

"Russia is most likely the first and only country in the world where people flee not because someone invaded their country, but because they invaded another country." - Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophesies. Dreams are maps." - Carl Sagan

"Labor disgraces no man, unfortunately, you can occasionally find men who disgrace labor." - Ulysses S. Grant

"Being right is the enemy of staying right because it leads you to forget the way the world works." - Jason Zweig

"Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for." - Immanuel Kant 

Ted Williams

On this day back in 1941 Ted Williams finished the season with a .406 batting average becoming perhaps the last major league batter to ever reach .400 for a season. Amazingly Williams did not win the MVP that season despite hitting with 37 HR, 120 RBI and 135 runs scored. The voters just liked Joe DiMaggio and his 56-game hitting streak better.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Funny Because Its True

Disinformation Behind Censorship Demands

Democrats demanding censorship are themselves spreading misinformation about climate change and energy.

Michael Shellenberger does yeoman's work when it comes to keeping people honest about climate change and energy issues. Kudos to you sir! 

British Pound Sinks vs US Dollar

England is experiencing an "economic crisis" according to some.  Across the board tax cuts are, in some people's minds, the reason for the crisis. The tax cuts will lead to deficits which in turn will lead to inflation. 

Is it me or are the same people warning that government deficits in the UK will lead to inflation the same folks who were cheerleaders to the Biden Administration's huge deficits? Which coupled with the printing of trillions of dollars backed by nothing and ignorant energy policies has led to inflation.

Inflation is real across the globe but the root causes, according to corporate media, changes from day to day.

Love This So Much


HT Some It's Just as Well

Italy's New Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni


Infinite thanks indeed! The whole speech is a tour de force. The speech is from 2019 but it rings even more true today!

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Writing is 50% thinking, 5% typing, [and] 45% deleting the bad parts." - Morgan Housel

"Quiet people have the loudest minds." - Stephen Hawking

"I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand." - John Wayne

"Where does a thought go when it is forgotten?" - Sigmund Freud

Hard to Argue This Isn't True

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Bonfire of the Headscarves

For Iran's protesters, the fight for women's freedom of choice is now synonymous with a desire to end rule of the ayatollahs.

With the risks these citizens are taking and the sacrifices they are making, they are proving that if any tradition needs defending 24 hours a day by armed men who have to beat people to embrace it, then it deserves to perish.

Amen to that.

The cynic in me wonders if we haven't seen the same type of "I stand with the women of Iran" social media out-poring stances as we did with the "I stand with Ukraine" social media flood the zone because the Biden Administration is looking to make a deal with the ruling elite in Iran and supporting women's freedom in Iran may hurt the money train.

Photo via

Meta Now Firing People Based Upon an Algorithm

No HR expert but firing people supposedly "at random" based upon  an algorithm seems like a class action lawsuit waiting to happen. May have worked in the past at smaller tech firms but Meta's, formerly Facebook, deep pockets are bound to attract some cash hungry attorneys. Woe to Meta if the algorithm isn't truly random but uses weighted measures a jury may find biased.

Also amused that Meta blames the War in Ukraine for reduced revenue. The two things killing Meta is Mark Zuckerberg's insistence on going all in on VR when the market is still 5-years away and Apple's privacy stance which has greatly hampered Meta's ability to harvest personal data from users like in the past.  

The Hingle McCringleberry Comes to the NFL


Monday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

How did everyone do betting football this weekend? Did you fail to pick a single college or pro winner? I did - so cheer me up by subscribing (it's Free - unlike my betting), hit the Like button, and share with others. Thanks in advance, 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"It is amazing how much panic one honest an can spread among a multitude of hypocrites." - Thomas Sowell

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus

"That which we need the most will be found where we least want to look." - Carl Jung

"If you are to persuade, appeal to interest and not to reason." - Benjamin Franklin

The Man Who Saved the World

On this day 39-years ago Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov may have single-handedly saved the world from global thermonuclear war.

I was a senior in high school and my biggest concern probably had to deal with whoever we were playing in football that weekend. Little did I know how close we all were to being incinerated.

How is it that Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov isn't a household name? This is real-life Bruce Willis in Armageddon type stuff here.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Gentleman Thief of Venice

A fantastic long read from the archives

Would make a great movie.

Amazon's $1 Billion Thursday Night Football Deal Is Off To Good Start

Interesting look at how Amazon's 11-year $11 billion Thursday Night Football deal is paying off. 

Amazon says the first TNF game resulted in more Prime membership signups during a 3-hour period than any time in the company's history, including Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

The revenue from commercials during the broadcast go a long way for paying the $1 billion per year pricetag but the $139 yearly Prime subscription fees and the fact that Prime members spend on average $1,400 per year on Amazon is the real cherry on top.

I've long advocated that Amazon make a similar deal with Notre Dame once the Fighting Irish's contract is up with NBC. They would have similar success for similar reasons if they inked that deal.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"I think Hell's something you carry around with you. Not somewhere you go." - Neil Gaiman

"Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it." - Epictetus

"Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods." - Socrates

"It is easier to recognize other people's mistakes than our own." - Daniel Kahneman

Funny Because Its True!


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Happy Saturday

 First they ignore you

Then they laugh at you

Then they fight you

- J├Ągermeister


Do Bad Dreams Cause Dementia?

Yikes - a new study says "adults who report having distressing dreams during middle and older age, may experience accelerated cognitive decline and are at risk of developing dementia." 

I really hope those strange or shocking dreams my brain sends me to wake up in the middle of the night because I have to pee - I really hope those don't count.

The 5 Why's Method

A great tool to get to the root cause of almost any problem.

Lou Holtz


"You aren't entitled to anything. You don't inherit anything. You get what you earn - your position on the team. You're treated like everybody else. You're held accountable for your actions. You understand that your decisions affect other people on that team... There's winners, there's losers, and there's competitiveness." - Lou Holtz

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Obscurity is the refuge of the incompetent." - Robert Heinlein

"Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." - Adam Smith

"Poems are always better than a bloody turkey foot in the mailbox,. Few would disagree." - Jim Harrison

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." - Benjamin Franklin

Great Life Advice

Friday, September 23, 2022

Heh Heh


Sadly It May Only Be a Matter of Time

Child Predators Use Twitch to Systematically Track Kids Livestreaming

You should not allow your children to use Twitch (or TikTok). Disturbing.

The fact that Bloomberg and a researcher could uncover so many predatory accounts shows that Amazon and Twitch are not making child safety a priority.

Meanwhile this is the type of account they are apparently cracking down on. Guess that messaging is not OK but "spicy" children is to Jeff Bezos. 

They Should Remake this Commercial with Brett Favre

Quotes for Today

 Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life, now that I am old I know that it is." - Oscar Wilde

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." - Thomas Huxley

"Be like family to your friends, a friend to strangers, and a stranger to your enemies." - Naval Ravikant

"Life is like an Ayn Rand novel, except better written, less predictable, more burlesque, with more complex characters, more developed plots, more entertaining situations... and vastly more altruism, magnanimity, and benevolence." - Nasim Nicholas Taleb

Farnam Street Knowledge

The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Forget Dark Matter - Physics has Dark Humor


Starlink Speeds Slow in US and Worldwide

SpaceX Starlink download speeds have decreased across the board in the US and worldwide between Q2 2021 and Q2 2022 according to Ookla speedtests. 

This makes sense as Starlink is a shared network and the more users the more bandwidth contention you'll run into. It's also good to remember that even Elon Musk calls the service, "better than nothing." Which it is - if you have no access to broadband at your home or just DSL - Starlink is a fantastic solution. But if you have access to fiber or cable services - you'll get better broadband going those routes.

Where I see Starlink being really financially successful is in non-traditional connection settings. Longhaul trucks, RV's, yachts, boats of all kinds, and airlines are some applications just to name a few. Also the T-Mobile partnership is very interesting - potentially you could have cell service in North America everywhere you can see the sky.

B-21 Raider Will Be Rolled Out In Early December

Very cool. The sixth-generation stealth bomber - the B-21 will be rolled out in early December.  

The key words there being "rolled out" since the images of the B-21 have already been made public (the above image was via a simple Google image search) and the B-21 is not scheduled to have its actual first flight until some time next year.

There are only six B-21's in production and the actual pricetag for the bomber is unknown but still - very cool.

HT Instapundit

Thursday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

Avengers! Assemble. Yes - assemble to subscribe (it's FREE), hit the Like button, and share with others. I love you 3,000. 

Quotes for Today

 Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose." - Charles Bukowski

"Two people know the future - God and a fool." - Proverb

"If you can speed read it, it isn't worth reading." - Naval Ravikant

"The past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future." - G.M. Trevelyan 

Let's Go Brandon by Dr Seuss

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

2023 Football Hall of Fame Class

The Football Hall of Fame released its list of first time eligible players for the 2023 Hall of Fame class. 

A max of 5 players can be elected and from the newcomers I would vote for Darrelle Revis, James Harrison, and Joe Thomas. From the returning players I'd support Zach Thomas (he was Brian Urlacher without the hype) and Clay Matthews (who like Thomas was wrongly overshadowed by more hyped but not more productive players).

For contributors I really hope Robert Kraft finally gets his due and gets elected. He's not getting any younger and it's a crime that Jerry Jones was inducted before Robert Kraft.

The big problem with the Hall election process is the use of an advocate to plead the player's case. Get a bad advocate and miss induction. It's a very flawed process.

The Muse Strikes Again

Steven Pressfield with a story of an idea, a kiss, and two successful authors.

Funny to me because yesterday I ran across the Sigmund Freud quote, "Where does a thought go when it is forgotten?" And this morning I get somewhat of an answer to that question. The muse at work? 

Incentives: The Most Powerful Force In The World

Morgan Housel on incentives and how incentives can make rational adults do crazy or support bad things. 

It reminds me of the Upton Sinclair quote, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon not understanding it." That's incentives.

Can't Be Unseen


Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The strongest intellectual foundation is built upon science, math, and philosophy, as they are the search for universal truths." - Naval Ravikant

"It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear." - Dick Cavett

"I write for the same reason a beaver eats wood, if I don't my teeth will go long and poke through my brain." - David Mamet

"It was like that when I got here." - Joe Biden

Funny Because Its True


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara is signing a one-day contract today with the Boston Bruins and will retire ending a 24-year career that is sure to see him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is my firm belief that Chara was always the toughest player on the ice whenever he played - right up to his final game. He didn't get into many fights because he wasn't a goon but by the same token woe to the opposing player who took a cheap shot at one of his teammates when Chara was on the ice.

One of my all-time favorite Bruins. Enjoy your retirement Zdeno.

Have Two Important Things Changed in America?

Interesting observation in Niall Ferguson's The Square and the Tower:

"The French social and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville saw the vitality of American associational life, along with the decentralized nature of the federal system, as the keys to the success of the new democracy."

Ignoring for a moment that we're a republic and not a democracy - I'm left wondering if some of the problems we face today are because those two key aspects of American life have changed?

Americans are no longer "joiners" and associations and friends "in real life" seems to becoming a thing of the past. Spending so much time in the Metaverse seems an awful waste to me. "Bowling alone" is increasingly a problem.

So too is the fact that government in the US has become much more centralized than ever before. And more powerful. The government of 1918 wouldn't have had the power to lock down the nation like we recently did. 

Are we losing two of the things that de Tocqueville saw that made us great? I worry we are trending in the wrong direction. I also worry we may not be able to get off the path we're on.

Perhaps My New Favorite Venn Diagram


Tuesday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

I too miss the rains down in Africa. Please subscribe (come on what are you waiting for), hit the Like button, and share with others. It's greatly appreciated. 

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Politicians are not born; they are excreted." - Cicero

"Every man's life ends the same way. It's only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." - Ernest Hemingway

"If words come from the heart, they will enter the heart. If they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears." - Rumi

"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive." - Joseph Campbell 

Heh Heh


Monday, September 19, 2022

Alexander Hamilton - The Federalist Papers

"[A] dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidding appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.'

So very true! Beware those who preach "for the greater good" for they are the ones who want to rule. Likewise beware those who demean the US Constitution as a document written by dead white guys because they would impose their rules on you once the Bill of Rights has been weakened or replaced.

College Towns with the Best Broadband

Ookla's Speedtest Intelligence rated the broadband performance of 100 college towns in the US. Interesting. Think this aspect becomes more and more important as time goes by. No excuse in my mind for a college town not to have adequate broadband.

Heh Heh


Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"The greatest catalyst for change in a relationship is complete acceptance of your partner as he or she is, without needing to judge or change them in any way." - Eckhart Tolle

"Be humble enough to accept the process." - Rafael Nadal

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." - Plato

"Keep silent for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly."  - Epictetus

When Sean Connery Met Michael Caine

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Leningrad Cowboys - Sweet Home Alabama

Characteristics of Cities

Interesting observation from Niall Ferguson's The Square and the Tower:

"Cities with at least one printing press in 1500 were significantly more likely to adopt Protestantism than cities without without printing, but the cities with multiple competing printers that were most likely to turn Protestant."

Made me wonder if there are modern indicating characteristics to cities in the US being either Democrat or Republican that would be similar to the printing press making a city Protestant or Catholic back in 1500. My first guess is that unions would be that key indicator but what else could be the key?

If You're Wondering What to Get Me for Chrstmas


Quotes for Today

Some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H.L. Mencken

"The goal of media is to make every problem, your problem." - Naval Ravikant

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life... Stay hungry. Stay foolish." - Steve Jobs

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Max Planck

Woman with Shotgun - 1914


Saturday, September 17, 2022

Heh Heh


What is the Ethereum ‘Merge’ and What Does it Means for Crypto?

This week Ethereum had a major software update called "the merge" which should greatly reduce energy consumption on the platform and perhaps give it an advantage over Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.

On Wednesday, the world’s second-most valuable cryptocurrency completed an update that would significantly slash its energy usage.

The new system will use 99.95% less energy, according to the Ethereum Foundation. The upgrade, which changes how transactions occur and how ether tokens are created, could give Ethereum a major advantage as it seeks to surpass rival blockchain Bitcoin. 

Interesting stuff.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Debtors, like gamblers, live in an uneasy state of hope and despair but try to dwell on hope." - Robert Morgan

"A debt free company can't go bankrupt." - Peter Lynch 

"The essence of trauma is loss of contact with yourself, loss of connection to yourself." - Dr. Gabor Mate

"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." - John Donne

The English are Just Jealous

Friday, September 16, 2022

12 Great Facts About Sergio Leone's 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'


12 Facts about The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. From the Mental Floss archives.

Climate Panic Behind Energy Crisis

Michael Shellenberger's testimony in front of Congress.

At the same time, I am deeply troubled by the way concern over climate change is being used to repress domestic energy production. The U.S. is failing to produce sufficient quantities of natural gas and oil for ourselves and our allies. The result is the worst energy crisis in 50 years, continuing inflation, and harm to workers and consumers in the U.S. and the Western world. Energy shortages are already resulting in rising social disorder and the toppling of governments, and they are about to get much worse.

Well said. Read the whole post.

The Adversity Quotient

Interesting post on struggle, achievement, and family. Or put another way - edge, endurance, and culture.

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
 Also - does the Wall Street Journal really have an obituaries page? I never noticed that (though I haven't picked up a  Wall Street Journal in over a decade).

The Expresso Book Machine


Would love to open a coffee shop / bar with one of these as a centerpiece one day. Though I do worry that the company hasn't updated their website in 7-years.

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

 "It never ceases to amaze me: We all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own." - Marcus Aurelius

"The quality of your mind is the quality of your life." - Naval Ravikant

"Snake Plissken? I thought he was dead." - Escape from New York

"In the end everything is entropy. So may as well enjoy the ride." - Chris Lynch

Army - Navy Game - Polo Grounds, New York. 1915

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Heh Heh


Heh Heh - the Washington Commies are a Mess

These are the coffee mugs the Washington Commanders tried selling at their home opener. They play in Washington DC but the mugs clearly have the state of Washington as the background.

Zero quality control. The Washington Commies are a joke. Nobody along the way caught the glaring mistake.

How the Media Fell for A Racism Sham

A BYU paper scooped the New York Times and other corporate media outlets by simply doing basic journalism 101 to prove the accusations of racism by a Duke volleyball player never happened.

Everything that happened here fits into a growing problem in mainstream newsrooms; the injection of political values even into straight reporting, undermining the very purpose of journalism.

There were so many red flags to this story yet people like the NY Times ran with it because it fit their narrative. The only red flag missing was the Duke player saying after they called me the n-word they yelled, "This is MAGA country!"  

What are the repercussions here? Who will take responsibility for the lie? Will the NY Times issue an apology? Will Duke suspend the volleyball player who issued the accusations? Unlikely. We live in an age where increasingly nobody is forced to take responsibility for their actions.

Denmark ENDS Covid Vaccinations for Almost Everyone Under 50

Denmark will bar almost everyone under 50 from getting any additional mRNA shots (I refuse to say "jabs") after already ending COVID shots for people under 18. 

Hard to read this as anything other than admission by Danish health officials that the risk of adverse effects from mRNA shots is now viewed as more risky than actually getting COVID. Denmark is not saying COVID is over or gone away - just that they still believe in the principle of "first do no harm." I firmly believe that any US doctor who recommends vaccines for a patient under 18-years old is probably breaking their Hippocratic Oath. 

Supposedly an upcoming Harvard study will also show that mRNA vaccines to be more dangerous than COVID.  

Quotes for Today

Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.

"Gratitude comes from paying attention." - Shane Parrish

"Each mindful breath, each mindful step, reminds us that we are alive on this beautiful planet. We don't need anything else. It is wonderful enough just to be alive, to breathe in, and to take one step." - Thich Nhat Hanh 

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"All bookshops are full of stories, and stories want to be heard." - Jen Campbell

Women in Bathing Suits Playing Hockey - Minneapolis 1925


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Justin Verlander

Was thinking last night about how great Justin Verlander has been these past couple of seasons. He's the reigning AL Cy Young award winner and is second in odds to win it again this year. His 16-3 record and 1.84 ERA is pretty impressive but will it be enough to overcome Dylan Cease's excellent season for the White Sox. 

Also couldn't help but think of how Verlander was taken with the second pick of the 2004 MLB draft behind Matt Bush who was taken by San Diego first overall. Bush never made it to the major leagues. Can you imagine how the fortunes of the Padres may have been much different if they had gone with Verlander instead?

Also to top it off - Verlander is married to Kate Upton (pictured above).

Do We Spend Too Much on the Military?

Wednesday Flotsam and Jetsam

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

We're coming to your city. So if you want a little bang in your ying yang please subscribe, hit the Like button, or share with others. 

Yeah - That's About Right


Quotes for Today

Some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them." - Aristotle

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is remarkable how much long term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent." - Charlie Munger

"Those things that hurt, instruct." - Benjamin Franklin

Johnny Cash and a Kitten

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Berthold Woltze's The Irritating Gentleman, 1874

This 19th century painting puts the irritating gentleman on a train. The modern irritating gentleman would be a sports talk radio host. And if he was both annoying and irritating he'd be a Boston sports talk radio host the week after the Patriots lost and the Red Sox are in last place.

Guards' Complaints Against Spartacus

Classic piece from Jack Handey.

From the archives. 

Quotes for Today

Here are some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin

"To get better outcomes, learn to do the boring work no one wants to do when no one is watching." - Shane Parrish

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality." - Ayn Rand

"Party labels don't mean anything anymore. You can draw a line right down the middle. On one side are the Americans, on the other are the Communists and Socialists." - George Murphy 1948

Find Something Beautiful Today

Lightning storm in the Grand Canyon. (Photo via) Headline stolen borrowed from Execupundit.

Monday, September 12, 2022

Life Lessons from Daniel Boone

Some nuggets of wisdom from Robert Morgan's book Boone: A Biography:

"Boone knew that the secret of hunting, as in many other pursuits, was not just in marksmanship, but in attention, preparation, watching and listening, before one made a move."

Luck favors the prepared mind. Couldn't help but think this is excellent advice for poker players.

"In his midthirties a man either reaches out toward risk and glory or stays within the routines of the expected and ordinary. It is an age when men leave safe homes and jobs and go on voyages, odysseys, perform transforming sacrifices. It is an age when Whitman wrote Leaves of Grass and Columbus started to plan his voyage to the Indies. It is the age which visionaries become prophets or explorers or inventors, or make fools of themselves trying."

Very true but people find their ways at all ages - as long as they decide to reach out towards the risk and not try to remain in safe harbor.

"Two years may be the time to takes to leave behind one's old self and see the the world in a larger, clearer way. It would be the time Thoreau spent in his cabin at Walden, the definitive period of his life. It was the time Goethe spent in Italy in 1786-88, in a visit that transformed his vision of himself and his future."

Two-years was the time Daniel Boone spent in Kentucky by himself and that time in the wilderness helped make him a legend.

Hell's Club

It’s Supposed To Be Hard

Morgan Housel post on things worthwhile being hard to attain. Reminds me of this quote: 

"If you accomplish something good with hard work, the labor passes quickly; but the good endures; if you do something shameful in pursuit of pleasure, the pleasure passes quickly, but the shame endures." - Gaius Musonius Rufus

Quotes for Today

Some quotes that I hope may resonate with you.

"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence." - Charles Bukowski

"There have to be reasons that you get up in the morning and you want to live." - Elon Musk

"Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons, can be beaten." - Neil Gaiman

"You can't shoot an idea with a gun." - Thomas Dewey

We Choose to Go to the Moon

JFK gave his "We choose to go to the moon" speech 60-years ago today.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Still My Favorite Tom Brady Courtroom Drawing

I laugh way too hard at that. Every time!


Choosing Happiness

The two types of happiness and choosing to be happy. Truly agree that happiness is a choice. But also with the great man that said happiness needs courage:

"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage." - Thucydides

It takes courage to choose to be happy and to take the actions required.

HT Steve Layman

The Fakery of “Fighting Inflation”

Some interesting points made here. Some nuance may be oversimplified but in the whole I agree with the argument. 

In government and at the Federal Reserve it should be the same as with doctors - first do no harm. But instead the bankers feel they must tinker to show they're doing something. And generally there's no repercussions for when their tinkering goes wrong.

HT Stephen Landry

Heh Heh

HT Some It's Just as Well