Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Few Things I Like Breakfast Edition

Few things I like but fail to take the time to make.

1.)Eggs Benedict - Poached Eggs, Canadian bacon and Hollandaise sauce you have to be kidding me I love it. I hate making hollandaise sauce at home though and I can never get my eggs just right.

2.Biscuits and Gravy another classic that just happens to take way too much time. Made with hot sausage and thick gravy over fresh biscuits..nom nom nom

3.) Screwdriver what the hell it is the weekend…I have an on again off again love affair with the bloody mary and currently we are on a time out and screw drivers are in.

It is a curious thing I am willing to make elaborate dinners with no problem but I just get won’t spend the time to do the same on breakfast. I know I can just as easily go out for breakfast but somehow getting moving during the morning on the weekend just seems like such a low priority. Maybe that is why I like them so much when I do get them.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Democratic Vices

"Flattery of the people and incapacity to resist public opinion are democratic vices, particularly among writers, artists, journalist and anyone who is dependent on an audience."

--Allan Bloom

Friday, November 25, 2011

Randoms #65471

"Let’s be real if Jesus took your wheel he would probably steer you into a bridge"

"Women these days would rather jump out of a cake then bake one"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I feel especially thankful this year. It is amazing what a difference a year can make. I am married to a wonderful woman. I quit smoking and I feel great. I have been surrounded by lots of people I love. I am seeing the buds on the tree of plenty starting to sprout. I am truly grateful for everything that I have in my life and all of the people who share in it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Best Health Advise Ever

I came across the following statement that has become such a powerful visual in my mind that it has started to reshape how I look at every meal I eat.

“You dig your grave with your teeth”

It is a slow process but eventually how you die is going to be linked to what you eat. I get it. That cheese burger is not going to kill me today but I carve out a little piece of earth with each greasy bit…

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Neighbor Wars Minnesota Style

What do you do when your neighbor will not rake? Talk to them about it? How about go to the store and buy a series of volleyball nets and create a leaf barrier in between your two yards?

I pass by this house on the way to work and always get a chuckle out of it. Especially when you see neighbors blowing leaves back over Priceless.

Passive Aggressiveness at its finest.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Random Thoughts on the History of Things

Say I go to sleep in tip Florida in the year 1000 and my body is moved by ideas and technology to Seattle in the current year of 2011. When I wake and try to describe my current surrounding. When I assess my current situation how important is the history of what happened to me while I was asleep? How important were the ideas that came and went, the philosophy that reigned and then fell out of favor, the political movements that transpired. How important is the history?

I am conflicted on the answers that swirl in my head. Part of me says that history is important since it provided the context for how I am where I am. It shows me by contrasting my previous experience by my current experience. It says these things are different it is no longer warm, this rain is freezing etc. Context that it designs for me also clouds my ability to see it shadows it through assumptions.

Now if I was born in Seattle had nothing to do with Florida does the fact of that transition of ideas occurred to others make any difference to me?

Do we really repeat history if we don’t learn from it? Or does history repeat because we have human qualities like greed, need for validation, desire, anger, manipulation, guilt and with a finite set of emotions and command for understanding them we enter a cosmic form of pinball that collides these reactions in such a way that wars will happen, travesties will happen, people will steal, etc? Then the says is not history shows us but human nature teaches us.

Surely I can learn to build a plane and learn how to fly it without the need to trace the history of aviation back to the Wright Brothers or the drawings of Davinci.
Surely I can answer the philosophical questions of why fly? Is it right to fly? Or how can one fly better without this history.

Why then is history so important? It is important to know your history. It is important to know where you come from? In previous life times it was important to know your linage since your medical history was attributed more towards guess work of your relatives fates then towards scientific certainty. But knowing you position where you come from could also hurt you couldn’t it? An invisible shackle that links you to some past event that has no basis on the present but inevitably shapes it.
At this moment I am struggling to find a reason why history is so so crucial and not seen as a hindrance I am sure it will come to me just not today and I am not sure why.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Snow Falling on Minneapolis

Seeing this snow falling today and walking through the falling flakes reminded me of the following poem

as the snow fell by Rg Gregory
the children played games
getting from here
to where the truth was
without touching a flake

needless to say
the only ones who got there
were liars

but while the honest ones
shrank back from
the touch of snow
the liars
were where the truth was

Friday, November 18, 2011


Some notes from the dry journal public for posterity.

120 Hours …5 Days
As of this evening it has been 5 days since my last drink and surprisingly I feel really good. Lots of energy, clear focused mind and not at all as edgy as expected. Sleep patterns so far have been normal and refreshing. Although I will not be stepping on a scale until another 40 days have passed I am almost certain I have lost a few pounds already. Two notes to self the increased water and increased walks seem to help immensely reduce the headaches and withdrawal impacts. Weekends are always the toughest but I think I will be fine if I stay busy and keep focused on the end prize. Lose weight, self worth, prove to yourself you can do this, the whole purpose is to become re-aware of your life and its fulfillment and to lose some weight fatty. So far I must admit I feel good and haven’t had to pass up to many events yet. +

192 Hours…8 Days
Survived a weekend alone. The say the true you is how you act when no-one is looking. The I guess the true me is awesome and full of all kinds of will power.

216 Hour…9 Days
Went to the bar for my first time with a group of people drinking. Just had soda water with a lime and didn’t feel as awkward as I thought I would. No one was looking at me funny. I didn’t really feel tempted or left out either. All of the feelings I thought I was going to have never really happened. I felt good…even I know it will be weird to say but cool. I was quieter than normal but that could have been just as much with logistics as it was with not drinking the nucleolus of the event was to my right and I was on the end and couldn’t hear very well. Overall I would say it was a success and now onto day 10

360 Hours…15 Days
Was ready to cash it all in this weekend and give it up. What devilish temping event triggered this urge to abandon my mission? Stress? Shakes? Withdrawal? Temptation by others? I was willing to chuck it all in for nothing other than pure boredom. I wonder what other people do with their lives. I figured on average using receipts from the last 3 months that not drinking saves me an average of $12 dollars a day so in 15 days I have saved $180.00. I think my biggest problem is that my mind just never shuts off. It just hums sometimes to a depressing and gloomy end. I often wonder why I am such a positive person when my mind can reach no other conclusion than this is all pointless. I also wonder if my timing of this event may be squandering a narrowing window to enjoy this brand of freedom.

504 Hours – 21 Days $252.00
Still no major concerns, feel good although weight loss has kind of leveled off at 8 pounds will need to switch it up. Went to the bar this weekend to watch football. It was not as fun admittedly but I didn’t feel bad and was under no stress about driving or finding cabs or anything it was just kind of easy, smart and responsible and actually felt good.

792 Hours – 33 Days $396.00
Only 9 pound or total weight loss but 3 inches from the waist line difference is something that I will take. My little experiment has come to an end but it is definitely an exercise I am happy I completed.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Marketing Idea – Recipe Me

Almost everyone I know brings a signature dish to a party. Whether it is artichoke dip, tator tot hot dish, etc. and inevitably people are going to ask for the recipe. Why not have the recipe printed on the back of business cards you could pass out? Although this might just be a regional idea since in the Midwest potluck, football Sundays and neighborhood cookouts are almost sacred.

Other things you could personalize on the back of your business cards?

Top ten business book recommendations.

Or really any top tip list for your industry.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Product Idea #25212 – Reflective E-Book Reader.

Sorry for the crude picture.

One thing that always bothers me as a slightly overweight man from the Arctic North is that when I finally do get to sit in the sun for some reading I get weird tan lines on my neck. Butt white concentric circles that just clash with the tan look I am going for.
The picture above is a proof of concept to mash two like ideas a solar reflector and an e-book reader holder.
The green 1’s are reflector panels.
It has straps to hold the reader in and a felt back to prevent the reader from overheating.
In my mock up I also devised a locking clip that keeps the readflector or e-flector in position denoted with the red like although have found that it is not really needed..
If the tint on the reflectors is correct I think that you could design it so that you wouldn’t have the glare interfere with your reading otherwise you would need glasses and just exchange nick rings for raccoon eyes.

Any good feedback? Anyone want to hook up on an idea or have an idea\ start-up circle please put me in.

Pinocchio = Creepy

Let’s be real this is a little creepy an old guy creates a little boy in his garage.

The movie mannequin also is probably a little inappropriate but at least a little more accurate and acceptable. I mean we have all had a blowup doll that comes to life when no one is looking right?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Why Blog?

I hear this a lot in a world of tweet s and YouTube videos. No one is commenting or reading your posts anymore so why continue? The simple answer is I do it for me.
I do it to liberate thoughts from my mind. To put my thinking, prejudices, assumptions and failings on public display for critic and ridicule. My goal in this day and age of personal branding is not to appear perfect but to become better than I am right now. This only comes with exposing recesses to light not to polishing shadows on the wall.

The biggest critic of my thoughts is my future self. Reading this idea. This mental mile post sometime in the future in a new light. Sometimes thinking of genius and sometimes wondering if I was thinking at all.
That is the beauty of this page for me. It is a mapping of my mind. As it expands and contracts. As it gets stuck in loops. As it breaks new dimensions it didn’t even know were there.

I hear concerns about the image that I am projecting. When I hear that word I shudder. Image. I think of Hollywood sets, scripted. Think about an image a still frame. Is that you? A person reduced to a logo. Catch phase in 140 characters. A stone skipping across the surface of life.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Profiling for Non-Residents

Profiling, the extrapolation of information about something, based on known qualities.

Profiling is illegal in Minnesota. Follow me on this one for a second on my way to work I take an expressway from my city that allows me to quickly by-pass a city on the way to the city in which I work. Every day there are cops from the city I by-pass on the expressway pulling people over for speeding.

Since the expressway is only used by people who do not live in that city to bypass that city. Couldn’t I make the agreement that by conducting that speed trap they are profiling people who are not residents? Hence profiling just by the nature of where they are conducting the operations? Making the process of a speed trap illegal?
Since 68% of the speeding tickets issued by this city are issued on this expressway unfairly targeting non-residents couldn’t a case be made to overturn all speeding tickets issued since the cops are profiling for non-residents?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Night Indicator

An interesting indicator comes out this time of year. When day light savings hits and it is dark at five o'clock at night you can really see the office space that is vacant because it is dark.

The good news there is less darkness then last year this time.

Bad news is there is still a lot of darkness.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Salvation and Redemption

Two words that have always bothered me. And for some reason when people find out that I am an atheist they seem to be among the first words uttered.

What do you need salvation or redemption from and why? Who is doing it and why?

I am my own salvation and redeemer.

I do not need rescue.

I am not on a superstitious sinking ship.

I do not seek external atonement for my guilt for your quackery is rendered useless here. As the boy pointed to the emperor and said he is naked I so too point at you and your implied power and call you that which you are, which is nothing more than a tax exempt charlatan.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Do I really have 99 Problems?

Can a person have 99 problems? I guess the more mo money = mo problems so maybe I just don’t make enough money to have enough problems? I guess it also depends on how you define problems. I have some issues I would like to work on, so for the sake of trying to complete this exercise I will list issues I wish I could fix as problems.
I suppose it also depends on the gain of how we define the problems for example I need to lose 20 pounds is that a probably for each pound or just a meta problem of being overweight? I will assume Jay Z take a 10,000 foot view of things so I will keep these at the meta grain. Although there is contrary evidence in the song that he is counting at a smallerl grain.

1.) Stucco Patching
2.) Back steps need replacing
3.) Garage Rebuild
4.) Main Level Floor Replace
5.) Bathroom Tile
6.) Slightly Over weight
7.) Don’t make enough money to be a baller
8.) Small “features”
9.) Don’t really like my car
10.) The whole mouth breathing thing

I guess I am better off then Jay –z since I only have ten problems and a bi tc h anint one.

I guess we would all be so lucky if these were our problems so don’t feel bad for me son

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Interesting Encounter

Was looking to farm out some side work to a contractor for a couple months and have been interviewing candidates. In an interesting twist one of the people I interviewed was someone who I went to high school with. I didn’t recognize the name at first but he was someone a bit older who ran with the cooler, wealthier kids. Someone who would not have talked to me in years past. It was an awkward interview to say the least. I don’t think he knew who I was which was actually flattering. It made me think a lot about where I was then and where I am now.

1.)I was mean to a lot of people due to some insecurity about myself. For anyone who might stumble in here who I ever made feel small I am sorry.

2.)Minneapolis is the biggest small city in the world.

3.)I feel 80% bad for and 20% envy for people who have had the same group of friends since high school.

4.)I have come a long way, it wasn’t easy and or pretty but man it feels good.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Data Dictionary

Something that is deemed extremely important, never used and usually created in vain only to be outdated immediately.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Three Reasons I am a Bigger Geek Than I Need to Be

I am a terrible dresser. If I would take 10 minutes more to get ready in the morning and listen to my fashion forward wife I would probably look 10 times better. My biggest problem is I tend to be a function person. Working is some form of IT team for the last 10 years has afforded me the ability to look like a slob most of the time. Khakis and a button down shirt are the norm even if matching them to a similar color scheme isn’t. This is an easy fix spend a little bit of time Sunday preparing outfits and listen to those who know best.

2.)Mouth Breathing:
A broken nose that was poorly set and left a lot of cartilage jammed in the air way has turned me into a mouth breather with horrible consequences. I breath loud, I snore, I have some dragon breath at times. This is an easy but semi expensive fix I just don’t know if I can justify. Little nose job and everything can be back to normal.

3.)Introverted :
I tend to be introspective this has been escalated recently with being on the wagon. Simple fix here need to get out more……………daddy need a drink

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Shape of Thing to Cum

I always get a kick out of people who see Jesus or Mary’s face in a say a piece of toast or a rust stain. I wonder why you never see expelled spunk on eBay in the shape of the Virgin Mary. Some paper towel with a protein outline of the king of kings. I mean when you think about how many times every day these packets are shot about in the world, statistically speaking, of these white Rorschach tests has to have been in some arbitrary religious shape. You couple that the number of times this act is now filmed in high def and someone has to have seen something.

Yet there are no such articles available on eBay.

This must be some conspiracy.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Meta Verbs

Are you really fishing if you don’t catch anything? Or at the point of catching something are you ceasing to fish and actually catching? Or maybe more importantly reeling? I supposed you reel without having to have a fish on the end though? I guess my problem with fishing might be wrapped up in you never know what they are doing? When I say biking you know what someone is doing. They are peddling around I guess this happens in golf too where you could be swinging, walking, waiting, drinking, swearing….really when you think about it golfing and fishing are meta verbs that act as an umbrella for single verbs…holy shit I think I might have just invented and entire new branch of English study. Meta verbs….I wonder if this stunning revelation can count towards my doctorate….probably not.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Social Circle Tides

They say that a person’s social circle changes over on average about once every seven years. As I look back on the years of my life I think that is probably close to accurate. Whereas most people might feel sad about this I think it is remarkable that we can walk this earth with so many different groups of people. We can become ghosts and memories in some circles while manifesting in others only to disappear altogether again.

Sometimes these memories are allowed to linger while other times they are exercised and removed.

While there are a few people that tend to remain cornerstones, the peripheral crowd tends to ebb and flow with difference. Like a tide going out and exposing new treasure with every cycle. I feel on the edge of a new change in circles and it is going to be interesting watching it happen. Fully aware of the transitions from manifestation to memories and awareness to manifestation.

To some it is Au revoir and to some it is hello.