Monday, June 30, 2008

Weekedn ReCap

Friday :

Got my car tuned up. Oil change, New tires, brake pads, etc

Drove to Wautoma, WI

Read by a pool all day until I was burnt and exhausted.

Read: Vagabonding: The Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long Term Travel by Rolf Potts. It really was more of a research guide but it had some great quotes and stories and has made me itchy to once again uproot my life and plant it somewhere else. There is just something about going out into the world on your own time and design that is so life affirming that I can't believe I have been stationary as long as I have..

Drinks: Doggers, Grims



Watched: Premonition It was just ok. The dad was not believable, parts were way to cheesy for this type of movie, there were about a 100 plot and scene discrepancies, I really wanted to like it but you can only try so hard.

Sunday Dinner: Lemon Salad, Ribs

Friday, June 27, 2008

Dear Obama, (Windfall Tax is Bad)

Dear Obama,

You are killing me. I want to vote for you. I do. I want to see change in this country. I want to believe you do too. I want to believe you are capable of leading of moving us forward in a new direction, but every time you open your mouth I cringe and realize you have no clue and are going to pander for votes just like everybody else and not change a damn thing.

I was watching your energy policy speech last night and the fact that you think a windfall tax is the solution to our energy problem makes me sick. It sounds a double tax on the oil companies who are making profits. (Everybody hates the rich right that has to be worth some votes) Except in reality all you do when you tax business is pass the expense of your tax along to consumers in the form of higher prices. Suppliers cut supply (Why work so hard if it is just going to get it taken in taxes?) They push the tax burden into the price and you have a compounding effect of higher gas prices...the exact opposite of what you are saying will happen.

I hope sometime in the next few months you can find the courage to be the leader we need. To produce the solutions that will move us forward. To will the vision of America that you hock in your books.

Because right not I am not impressed. By either of you...

And thought of stockpiling food, foreign bonds and ammunition is starting to seem like a better alternative then getting out of bed on November 4th.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Moral Question #2364125 - The Reason I Don't Steal

Situation: Someone you care about is on life support. The hospital is going to unplug them unless you make a financial contribution immediately. If you leave the hospital they will unplug them and they will die. You have no money. No one in the hospital has any money to give you.

You look down and in a stoke of luck there is 4 ATM Cards with Receipts and PIN Numbers there. You could use a card and get the money to save your friend.

Couple of things

1.)These are special cards and you can only take out all of the money that is in the balance and the hospital will get it.

2.) You can't deposit it back into the account.

3.) You have no money to payback the person you are stealing it from and you cant get it any. What you take from them they will never get back.

4.) If you explain to any of them why you took their money your loved one will die.

5.) The hospital will take any amount.

The receipts

1.) $20 - Dollars

2.) $200.00 Dollars

3.) $2000.00 Dollars

4.) $2,000,000.00 dollars

Which ATM Card do you use? (Pick one before you read on)

Would it make a difference if you knew something about the people you were stealing from?

1.) Mother of 3 children, recovering drug addict, that $20 is all she has for an entire month to feed her children. One of them is terminally ill.

2.) Family of five the father has been displaced at work the mom works two jobs. Children are all under 8 years in age. If they don't send that two hundred dollars into the mortgage company the will be evicted and turned out on the street.

3.) A single man has just saved up the necessary money for a life saving organ transplant. If he doesn't have the money for the surgery he will die.

4.) A struggling small business owner whose wife has terminal breast cancer. The money is the entire payroll for his thirty employees and all business expenses. If he doesn't have the money his business will go under and this 30 employees will not get paid. Some of them are in dire situations similar to the families above.

Do you take the money?

Who do you take it from?


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Failed Invention #2541235 - Magnetic Car Bumpers

Cleaning my attic this weekend I came across a box of old matchbox cars. I proceeded to immediately sit down and play with them.

I was in proximity a few magnets I also uncovered and I was suddenly seized by an incredible idea.

Idea: Why don't we magnetize front and rear bumpers with opposite charges so that it would be impossible to rear end each other. Since the magnetic forces would repel each other before they could have contact.

I proceeded to build a model highway with my new invention and it soon proved problematic since now cars passing in the opposite direction tended to attract each other and cause head on collisions.

I am guessing they would also tend to be pulled off the road into objects like traffic lights and guard rails.

Oh well back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Braking is an Energy Estimation Problem

As I was driving the other day it occur ed to me that braking is an energy estimation problem.

Every time I touch the brakes I am wasting energy in the form of gas and combustion because I over estimated the amount of energy it would take to move my car from one point to the next.

So I tried an experiment today: Drive from my house to work and count how many times I had to touch my brakes driving my regular speed and route. Then drive the reverse of the route on the way home without touching my brakes, using only the accelerator or lack of the accelerator to control my speed.

Way to work: Touched the brakes 18 times.
Way Home: 7 times.

Things I learned.
1.) Never try this during rush hour on side streets apparently me going 15 miles an hour is reason to lay on the horn. Although I think I had an old guy smile at me.

2.) There is no way that you can go the posted speed limit and not use your brakes.

3.) I get nervous and want to keep up with the crowd when I am going slower.

4.) I bet I could up my realized gas MPG by 20% just by using better speed control. i.e not racing to red lights and not racing off on the turning of a green light.

5.) I am not a very good driver and I have a hard time admitting that.

6.) I have become a very conservative driver, I also have a hard time admitting that.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend ReCap


Drinks @ IKES

Drinks @ Tailgate


Read: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, by Jarod Diamond. Rocket, this replaces The Red Queen at the top of my list. I absolutely ate this book up. While there was not a whole lot of new material that I learned, however, their is something about Jarods style that fires my brain. Out of this book I have 22 notes to follow-up on and 12 pages of thoughts and theories that I had never thought about and a different angle to explore. There are a few things in here that I am still jacked up about two days later. I love it. There will probably be quite a few posts that will come out of this research. For those who have read his book Guns, Germs and Steel the last for chapters will be repeats and for those who haven't start with this one.

Cleaned out my Garage.

Went to the Richfield Farmers Market

Watched: Fools Gold...Save your money this one sucked.

Was in a minor fender bender with a bitch neighbor.

Chopped part of my thumb off.



Cooked Sunday Dinner, Fillet, Asparagus, Potatoes, Salad.

Drank a piture of homemade sangria:)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Prediction #2541582 - Celebrity Reality Radio and 100 Channels

Actually Two Predictions

#1)We will see very shortly a celebrity wired for sound whose entire life will be broad casted and distributed on XM radio without commercial interruption or editing.

#2) Soon your TV guide will have over 100 "E" Like Channels bringing you celebrity story's and updates on their pooping schedules.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What Does Welfare Have In Common with Iraq?

I find it interesting that the war in Iraq is the political opposite of the war on welfare we went through in this country just a few years ago.


Republicans calling across the isle to cut those mother fuckers off cold.

Democrats yelling they are not ready think of the children and the future. The inner cities will explode in violence.


Democrats calling across the isle to cut those mother fuckers off cold.

Republicans yelling they are not ready think of the children and the future. The country will explode in violence.

What can we learn from the welfare crisis that will help us with the situation in Iraq?

1.) You need to offer social support.
2.) You need a time frame to remove support, without a time frame and follow through there is no incentive of the recipient to change.
3.) If you do not set a time table you are basically telling the recipient hat they are a baby and not capable of taking care of themselves...if you treat someone like a child they will behave like a child. Stop undermining the ability for them to lead themselves.
3.) Five years is a good time frame. We sent a man to the moon in five years I think we can get the electricity up and running for a small country in the same amount of time.
4.) We have pissed enough people off over there that there is a strong dictator in waiting that will get the country under control as soon as we leave.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rescue Me vs. Save Yourself

It seems like everyone I know including myself is waiting to be rescued.

From loneliness
From this dead end job
From this debt
These high payments
From Poverty
From self-destruction
From these pounds of flesh
From this addiction
From this abuse
From this apathy
From this boredom
From myself

The whole world a washed in a sea victims. Waiting for a life jacket. Waiting for the person who is treading next to you to summon the strength to pull you out.
Watching them bob and finally disappear into despair. Disillusioned.

What if you woke up tomorrow and realized no one is going to save you.

What you you do different?

Would you swim?

Woud you save yourself?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Artificial Intelligence Is Human

I am always fascinated by people who are opposed to artificial intelligence. I wonder if they realize that they are as much of a machine as this robot that sits on my desk. They are a mechanical entity. A system that uses chemical reactions instead of wires to create electrical impulses to control its actions.

When you look at realistically there is really no difference between a child I make in a lab and a machine I code in my room.

After all, your intelligence is not organic. You had to go to school, listen to your parent, observe your surroundings, learn etc. You were coded by others with their knowledge. In a similar way to how I code this program.

I wonder if we are afraid of AI because the devices use logic and we could not lie or con the machines.

Haven't we always created stuff in our perfect image without our flaws and failings. Statues, paintings, myths, legends and memories, Why are we afraid to create something better then us? Because it makes us useless? Forces us to see how flawed we are? Couldn't it also teach us to be more perfect?

Maybe the only thing that makes us human is our insecurity and our ability to try to hide it.

Maybe we are not as intelligent and as evolved as we would like to believe.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend ReCap


Read The 50th Anniversary Edition of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. I picked this up because it is supposed to the the corner stone of African fiction and one of the best novels about tribal life and the introduction of colonialism, but when something is said to be the best I have a certain expectation of what that means and while I found the story interesting, if it is the best then I have no desire to read further from this genre.

Drinks Tailgate

Drinks Frenchman The second review of this place is hilarious.


Watched: Cloverfield I love this type of movie where you are in anticipation of something the whole time. Where the "monster" is just out of sight but coming. It is a refreshing take and point of view in a genre that has become so in your face with violence and gore. Although just like the Blair Witch Project the jerky camera running around the whole time made my eyes bug out a few time. But it was so worth it.

Watched: The Motorcycle Diaries - The journey of Ernesto Che Guevara across South America. While I am not naive that this has been edited to bestow greatness on Che I really enjoyed this movie. It made me want to brush up on my Spanish and get my ass out on another adventure soon.

Dinner and Date Night @ WA Frost Tends to be a little stuffy for date night but it was just what I needed.
Headed over to Moscow on the Hill for a Cherry Vodka nightcap.


Biked from my house to Lake Harriet down the Parkway to Lake Nokomis around Lake Nokomis and back home. Figured out when I was about half way that I would need to invest in a new bike seat cause my ass was so sore. I probably look like one of those monkeys with the red butts. Trying to get my bike legs back and make a commitment to ride to work three days a week.

Mowed, Trimmed, Edged.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Sound Of It - Wino

Assume the following are all equal amounts which sounds like you drank more?

A.) Two Glasses of Wine
B.) A Couple Glasses of Wine
C.) A Half Bottle of Wine

How about this...

A.) A Whole Bottle of Wine
B.) A Bottle of Wine
C.) Four Glasses of Wine

Just curious I notice the wording makes a difference even thought the amount referenced is the same....weird huh? Which sound like the most in each group to you?

Friday, June 13, 2008

This Week


Softball @ Bossen Field (Tailgate Wins 19 - 8)
Drinks @ Tailgate


Glow in the Dark Concert - Kanye West, N.E.R.D, Rhianna, Lupe Fiasco.

I have to admit this was one of the best rap concerts I have ever seen.

Few notes:
1.) I am getting a lot more mature or old...instead of ogling the girls with the nice slutty outfits I wanted to give them my shirt and tell them to cover up. The worst was the moms dressed like little hoochies right next to the kids.

2.) Crowds scare the shit out of me. Everyone doing exactly what someone says, (Even if it is just throwing your hands in the air) is a freaky occurrence.

3.) People are snitches. Someone threw something on stage and Kayne stopped the concert and almost immediately everyone pointed out who threw it so he could be escorted out. I have never snitched in my life and was appalled at how soon people gave up someone.

4.) Kanye was good. It was worth the money. Although I think he has an extremely exaggerated sense of his contribution to music. I also think he under estimates the role random chance has had in his success and attributes it to his will and I predict within 20 years we will see him on some new program at a tragic end.


Kickball @ Phelps (The Runs tied 5-5)
Drinks @ Pepitos

Conspiracy Theory #986543 - OPEC Swings Election

Can OPEC Swing an election?

Say you have a lame duck president whose policy is not friendly to your needs. Say you raised prices 100% to create a recession so that the current president's party could not come back into power in an upcoming election.

Say you drop prices 50% after the election of the party who is favorable to your position you are still making money and you have curried favors.

This would be the beginning of a wonderful friendship.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Please Don't Feed The Children

This is going to sound heartless and cold not to mention cruel and evil.

I am sorry but please do not feed the children.

If giving people food is the only good deed you are doing for the world please stop.

All you are doing is prolonging an existing problem by insuring that people will live long enough to breed more people. No problem is being fixed.

The people who are living are still not being educated, the governments are still corrupt, war lords are still in charge and people unable to affect change are still breeding more people.

Any animal that breeds more infants than its habitat can support faces starvation. We are no exception.

As much as you might think this is elitist and demonic, my true enemy is not the children, is not specific regions, it is charities who are taking peoples money and promising them feel good returns and not solving any problem of consequence. The world remains on a liner collision course. They say that one person saved could hold the cure for cancer.....he also has to be educated, etc. just surviving to live long enough to breed may actually deplete the resources needed by that one person to go to school to cure cancer.

It is easy to send someone a bag of rice. A lot harder to create doctors, education, industry, infrastructure, medicine, systems of checks and balances.

You are shooting an elephant with a b-b gun....please Don't Feed the Children.

If you insist on charity work look for something with a little bigger impact.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Honest Bar Tender - Zero Hour

Of the ten people you should know the bar tender might be the most important. Also one of the easiest to cultivate since you can cheaply bribe your way into good graces with tipping better then average.

It is also the relationship that due to circumstances can become the most strained.

I am talking about the cut off point aka zero hour the tipping point between them doing their job of making your feel right and you not being able to walk out of the door.

I have been on both sides of the bar and I believe that the patrons have a responsibility to know their limits too.

I also believe an over ween off is the cowards way out.

If you are a bar tender and someone has too much to drink cut them off. I watched bar tender that I used to refer to as a living legend perform what can only be compared in the real world to a bait and switch. A patron was obviously over line (Wasn't me this time) and I watched the bartender actually pretend to put booze in a glass and fill it up with mixer. In effect giving them a virgin drink without their knowledge.

Now if you are going to pour someone a coke charge them for a coke.

I guess I digress with this rant I just feel like a kid who found out Santa Claus isn't real.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Solution to Deception is to be Pessimistic

The following is a Brian Johnson said it first quote all rights

"The Solution to Deception is to be Pessimistic.
I am not really sure what optimism is the solution for?" -Brian Johnson 1977 -

At first I thought this was odd.... of the follow two types of people which one do you loath more?

The wolf in sheep's clothing? (Bad guy pretending to be good)

The sheep in wolf's clothing? (Good guy pretending to be tough)

They are both deceiving. They are both trying to be something they are not. But the wolf in sheep's clothing I.e. the bad guy pretending to the good guy is the one people get the most pissesd over because this is the one that slips through the radar detector of pessimism. The second one people actually like in the end after they get through the hard exterior they find this wonderful person on the inside.

I really want to call out a blog on here that I know to be total bullshit that somehow is somehow wildly popular. I guess you can never underestimate the power of denial.

But at the risk of becoming something I loathe even more (Cock blocker) I am going to just leave everyone with the following refreshers.

1.) If something seems to be too good to be true it probably is.

2.) Men can pretend to be sweet, vulnerable and wounded when it is too their advantage.

3.) If something doesn't add up check your math and then your data.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Weekend Recap


McCoys in St. Louis Park for a Birthday Party

Tailgate for Late Night Happy Hour.


Read The Adventures of Johnny Bunko The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need, by Daniel Pink. It is like who moved my cheese for a whole new generation. Great business read with updated perspetive. Done completely in manga style

Read Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, By Chelsea Handler. I think she might be close to the perfect woman loves to drink, smart, smart ass, and beautiful. I got a good laugh out of 90% of the stories it is similar to early David Sederis. Good light hearted read.

Watched Semi-Pro I was little bit bit concerned since this got a lot of bad reviews but I love Will and thought this was classic:)


More yard work....

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Brian Quote and Something About Oil Prices

"The one you think is the asshole, is probably the one who is telling you the truth."
-- Brian in Minneapolis

Check this article out Comparing Oil Prices to the Housing Bubble.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Why Guys Should Watch Chick Flicks

Besides building up good will with the women in your life it gives you a chance to study.

That girl that you want to date\marry\sleep with has a man in her head. That man is a compost picture of all of those movies you have refused to watch. The mannerism, the excitment, the look, the talk, the quirks, the jokes..its all there for you.

Watch ten of them. Compare yourself to him. What is one thing you can take from each of these movies and add to your game? Watch 10 of these and take one from each and your batting average will go up by .300!

Here is a brief list of some of my favorites to get you started.

- Brief Encounter

- Love Actually

- Bridget Jones Diary

- Somethings Gotta Give

- Sweet Home Alabama

- Breakfast at Tiffany's

- 50 First Dates

- Casablanca

- Notorious

- The English Patient

Thursday, June 05, 2008

The Opposite of Danity Kane

Danity Cane is Stupid, Stupid, Stupid and I thought that I should let you know.

Why do we all seem to need everyone else to fix us?
What happened to our own self empowerment?

We expect others to fix all the problems around us, economy, politics, war, relationships, salary issues etc...

How come we have a whole generation who actually believes, dances, and recites this with little thought of the implications.

I wish I could take every lyric like this, every thought like this and replace them with a quote by Robert Schuller,

"If it is going to be, its up to me." - I have this on my fridge.

Here are the horrific lyrics millions of people are internalizing at this momement...

"thought that I should let you know
That my heart is
Damaged, damaged
So damaged
And you can blame the one before
So how you gonna fix it, fix it, fix it?
How you gonna fix it, fix it, fix it?
(Baby, I gotta know, what you are gonna do, baby?)
How you gonna fix it, fix it, fix it?
(Baby, I gotta know, what you are gonna do?)
How you gonna fix it, fix it, fix it?
(Baby, I gotta know, what you are gonna do?)

Do, Do you got a first aid kit handy?
Do, Do you know how to patch up a wound?
Tell me,

yada yada yada

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Inside This Box

Inside this Little Box

This box is tease of sorts.
It brings me into pseudo contact.
Cardboard acquaintances once removed
The illusion of community
Virtual Stimulation of my synaptic curiosities
A world horizon of information,
It is roll-playing
Dungeon's and Dragons style
This is who you created
You are an avatar
You are virtually two dimensional
All inside this little box
Everything out of reach
A one sided lap dance of conversations carved into a comment box of a life.

The funny thing is you know me better then that who shakes my hand.


Inside this little box.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Medium Rare Snatch

It might seem completly vulguar to several of you to refer to woman on a similar basis a a steak but then you haven't been paying attention as I am completly vulgar.

Or at least creative in driving traffic with that title with minumal expense to my credibility.

Todays post is drinking on a date and doesn't relate to snatch but how well you let your brain get cooked on a date.

I tend to let mine get pretty well done.

I tend to shy away from people who are afraid to let themselves go.

But then I tend to end up in messes and impossible situations so I might not be the best expert on the subject.

How cooked do you let your brain get on the first date?

Monday, June 02, 2008

Weekend ReCap


Lunch @ Victors Yummy:)

Went to a BBQ in Maple Grove and proved definitively that I am the flippy cup master.


Remembered why I quit playing flippy cup.

Read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. It was good all around, should it have won the Pulitzer? Probably not. The notes in the beginning were distracting from the text but I understood there point in the overall narrative. I would def. wait for paperback.

Watched The Good Night. It was just ok I usually like this type of humor and subject matter it is about dreaming and being able to control them but I was kind of detached from the movie perhaps cause I had a splitting headache and the wost hang over of my life.

Watched Some Twins. Too bad they went down

Drank Some Beers at Brits then off to Spin for a Birthday.


Dug dirt, made a hill. The goal is to put in an above ground pool that I will lay around in all summer.

Went to another yummy BBQ