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Faking the funk at work

Muneer: There's a team at work who wanted to manage part of an application themselves without actually knowing how to do the work. They have to come to me to solve any issues beyond the easiest ones. I said they were like college students with free use of daddy's credit card, playing at being adults.

Lisette: I like that you’re keeping everyone in their place during this difficult time

Muneer: If not me, then who?

Lisette: Absolutely. You’re the only with your hand on the wheel nowadays

Muneer: Plus, I'm sure it makes the white dudes who cooked up this idiotic state of affairs angry that their poor planning is exposed. That's a curry on top of the sundae. I was going to correct that, but I'll just leave it.

Lisette: Hahahaha

Steve: vurp



Finding everyday heroes

I have this co-worker on a team full of people who manufacture idiotic crises that don't actually matter

I was talking to her on Friday and she was talking about how vital she was to the company because she'd caught a potentially catastrophic error caused in part by her team's unwillingness to improve. 

In a later conversation about this conversation with another co-worker, I said, "Yeah. We find our heroes where we can. Some people rescue children from burning buildings, others work with Covid patients. Trina saves us from non-issues that everyone will forget about in 2 hours."

She had me on speaker. She said her fiancee fell off his chair laughing when he heard it.



I was forced to warn my good pal about this man. The following is an excerpt from that conversation:

Me: This man is the greatest natural predator of Latinas today. He lures them in with a mix of wealth and balladeering.

Lisette: Even us non-Latinas need to know —who is this man??

Me: His name is Sech. Here's some more information about him. Here he is in action. I call him Noriega's Revenge.

Steve: Noriega's Revenge is what I call it when I poop to "Panama" by Van Halen.

Lisette: Oh my god all of these Panamanian rappers are NERDS. You can tell because all of their video vixens sway side to side with no butts.

Me: To be fair, in the video I sent, all the rappers are from different countries. But as they were being hosted by Sech, they had to steel themselves and accept the flat butt situation.

Lisette: Loool

Steve: Diplomacy in a nutshell


Safe pimpin'


Best Cat Video, Ever.

If I could ever get my cats to do this, we'd have spa days every day.


Corona Tough Guys

Kyle Brandt Perfectly Called Out Coronavirus 'Tough Guys'

This video is what convinced me to drop my tough guy act and take Covid-19 as seriously as was warranted.


#30 on the Detroit Lions is named Dee Virgin. He probably plays against the QB today, David Blough, in practice. So, several times a week, Virgin is trying to get a Blough.

Count of Monte Cristo

I’m stealing this idea from James Clear. I want to begin reviewing books so that I can actually remember what I liked about them and any insights they provided to me.

The Book in 3 Sentences:

  • One can overcome misfortunes caused by one’s enemies by listening to the right mentors.
  • Play the long game when putting your plans into action.
  • You have to preserve your humanity and consider how your actions may affect innocent parties.

Summary: this includes quotes only this time. I’ll put in personal notes for future books.

“Alas, my boy,” said he, “human knowledge is confined within very narrow limits; and when I have taught you mathematics, physics, history, and the three or four modern languages with which I am acquainted, you will know as much as I do myself. Now, it will scarcely require two years for me to communicate to you the stock of learning I possess.” “Two years!” exclaimed Dantes; “do you really believe I can acquire all these things in so short a time?” “Not their application, certainly, but their principles you may; to learn is not to know; there are the learners and the learned. Memory makes the one, philosophy the other.”

“For all evils there are two remedies – time and silence.” “It is the way of weakened minds to see everything through a black cloud. The soul forms its own horizons; your soul is darkened, and consequently the sky of the future appears stormy and unpromising” It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”

“All human wisdom is contained in these two words – Wait and Hope”


People Don't Understand That It Takes Work To Make Something Famous

I have often posted about the crackpottery and general idiocy of the far right wing. But, the far left wing has it's own share of wing nuts. I posted a little while ago about a discussion on Metafilter where people were saying a woman deserved to have her iPad stolen because she could afford to get another one. Well, we now have people asserting that a Canadian man who is buying Trader Joe's products and selling them at his own store called "Pirate Joe's" has an absolute right to do so because once you buy something, you can do whatever you want with it.

Among the justifications for why an unauthorized store selling Trader Joe's should be able to operate with impunity:

  1. The reseller bought these goods at retail prices.
  2. Since he's paying retail price, the doctrine of "first sale" applies, so the reseller should be treated as if he were a craigslist or flea market seller.
  3. It's free marketing and advertising.

This person is not adding any value and clearly infringing upon Trader Joe's trademark. But so what? If people like this person are allowed to do whatever they want with any and all goods they buy, then we have a situation like China, where innovation is stifled because any idea of merit is quickly copied with nothing going to the inventor.

People on the far left want to live in a society where no one achieves anything above anyone else, all things cost the same, and no one feels bad. This is just as bad as the theocratic, anti-abortion utopia the far right nutjobs want to live in.


Best type of story


Organizing music

mvp soundsystem

This is a really cool way to keep track of music and ensure that you'll always have a context for when and where you found it.

The Abolition of Work

The Abolition of Work

To abolish work requires going at it from two directions, quantitative and qualitative. On the one hand, on the quantitative side, we have to cut down massively on the amount of work being done. At present most work is useless or worse and we should simply get rid of it. On the other hand — and I think this the crux of the matter and the revolutionary new departure — we have to take what useful work remains and transform it into a pleasing variety of game-like and craft-like pastimes, indistinguishable from other pleasurable pastimes except that they happen to yield useful end-products. Surely that shouldn’t make them less enticing to do. Then all the artificial barriers of power and property could come down. Creation could become recreation. And we could all stop being afraid of each other.

There are some very thought provoking ideas in this essay.

The Curse of Having an Opinion About Everything

The Curse of Having an Opinion About Everything

To say: “I don’t have an opinion on that.” (Even if deep down we do!) To focus on the things in front of us that matter, or more importantly, that are in our control. There is plenty there for us. Plenty to keep us busy, and not miserable.

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue

A Better Way to Look at Most Every Political Issue

Some Americans would feel less polarized and alienated from their fellow citizens if they recognized that some of the people fighting on “the other side” of a polarizing issue actually hold values and beliefs that are strikingly similar to their own.

How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)

I love reading Naval Ravikant and listening to his podcast appearances. How to Get Rich (without getting lucky)

Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you. Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now.

First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

First Principles: Elon Musk on the Power of Thinking for Yourself

First principles thinking is the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there.



Defenders of trolling insist it’s all just a joke, but if trolling is inherently designed to get a rise out of someone, then that’s what it really is. In many cases, it is designed to look and feel indistinguishable from a genuine attack.

Knocking Down a Steel Man: How to Argue Better

Knocking Down a Steel Man: How to Argue Better:
"...steelmanning, the art of addressing the best form of the other person’s argument, even if it’s not the one they presented.

How Trump Ruined My Relationship With My White Mother

How Trump Ruined My Relationship With My White Mother:
No matter how I presented my case, she always found a way to insinuate that maybe it wasn’t as bad as I was making it out to be and that everything wasn’t about race.

Kobach loses


Time to give it up

I'm going to stop voting when I'm 65. The roommate who's moving out shouldn't have a say in choosing the living room furniture.

Great job advice

A wise man once told me that if you're consistently working more than 40 hours per week, you're bad at your job or the company is taking advantage of you. Either way, you need to make a change.


Becoming a man

I once saw a teen boy at SportClips with his mom. The stylist who came to get him for his cut was a Russian woman who was showing a lot of cleavage.

The mom said, "We'll wait until the next person is free" and held the boy's arm. The boy shook his arm free, gave mom a look like "Damn bitch! Let me live!" and went with the stylist.

The mom, angry about this turn of events, loudly announced she was going to get ice cream.

I wanted to run over and give the boy some dap, but restrained myself.

The Rosetta Stone

Fitzpatrick's second career


Base level of competence

My wife got $112 from the FTC from the NetSpend settlement.

She has never had any involvement with NetSpend or its products.

How can we expect #Trump to reunify kids with their families abroad when they can't even track who to send money to domestically?



My speedometer says "BOOB".


Katy Perry

Pop Conspiracy Theory: After she stops being relevant in pop culture, Katy Perry will go back to being a Christian and make money telling everyone about Hollywood's inside secrets.

March Madness Indeed

The NCAA are the mustache twirling villains we all knew them to be. It's time for their hegemony over college sports, especially basketball, to end.

I think more basketball players need to go overseas and actually get paid to play basketball while they wait until they're eligible for the NBA draft. If players decide forgoing unpaid labor to rightfully be paid for their skills, the talent pool for NCAA schools will decrease in quality. I hope this brings more parity to the college game and makes upsets like UMBC over Virginia possible more often.

However, it likely means that the top schools will attract whatever players are still out there and continue to consolidate power into the Power 5 conferences. The NCAA could fix the situation by actually ensuring that college players aren't destitute while member universities make millions off their efforts. That won't happen. Like BlackBerry and Nokia, the NCAA is a legacy organization that hasn't adequately addressed the threats to its business model.

I hope we see the NCAA collapse in the next 10 years, or at least have players see that there are other avenues out there to showcase their skills for the NBA. Jonah Bolden and Brandon Jennings are two pioneers of a movement that I hope continues gaining traction.

So, if you're watching March Madness like I am, you're watching the last days of a broken system on display.

Values Voters

The fact that so many people are voting for a known child predator shows that "values voters" don't have any real values besides keeping "others" down. When you're mourning the election loss of a child predator, it's safe to say you're doing religion wrong.


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