Technology Finally Did It

Yesterday, I was hurt by technology. Bad.

In the mornings, I like to read articles on my phone while I walk from the parking garage into the office. I was walking down the stairs like I have for the past four and a half years. I was reading a snippet from “Robots Have No Tails” by Henry Kuttner sent to me by Dripreads while walking down the stairs. As I got near the bottom, I felt myself slip and then pain shot up through my foot to my brain. I missed the last two steps in the staircase. Since then, I’ve been limping.

I can’t believe I’ve become so engrossed in my tech that I literally can’t stand a walk to the office without reading something. The singularity is near, and I will welcome it with open arms.

Trump

I think Ed from Gin and Tacos is one of the better political bloggers on the Web.

Today, he posted a great article about the relevance of Arthur Converse’s political science research and it’s relevance today:

The final group is where things get ugly. Converse labeled them NIC: No Issue Content. These people have a party they identify with but cannot explain what it stands for. They have opinion, but opinions with “no shred of policy significance whatever.” They like individual candidates based on their personal attributes and they have no substantive understanding of any policy issue, so the ideas they appear to support can appear quite random and perplexing to the observer in aggregate.

I think the above goes a great deal towards explaining Trump’s popularity. My wife’s uncle and my father-in-law (FIL) were talking about Trump a few months ago. I am firmly banned from discussing politics with either of those men by my wife. Cue the following conversation:

Uncle: I think Trump has the right idea. He’s going to bring jobs back by putting tariffs on companies that take jobs overseas.
FIL: But we’ll all just end up paying more for everything because the companies are going to pass the costs down to us.
Uncle: Yeah, but we’ll have jobs back here after the tariffs.

It’s that type of a lack of any thought that is keeping Trump so popular.

Oh, and the fact that most of the Republican field are like human impersonators doesn’t help either.

For the Good of All

According to a calculator from Vox that compares how one’s taxes would be affected under the presidential candidates’ tax plans, my taxes would be much lower if Trump or Cruz were elected. And herein lies the problem.

Paying less in taxes is good for me. I love money and want more of it. But I also recognize that we have an obligation to each other to create a society where everyone has a chance to thrive. That extra $8k in my pocket is nice, but I would rather have a country with a level playing field for all.

That way, when I crush everyone, I won’t feel so bad.

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Spice Girls

After much thought on the matter, I think Sporty Spice had the best wardrobe situation while with the Spice Girls. She always got to wear comfy workout clothes and sneakers. It couldn’t have taken her more than 5 minutes to get dressed before a show.

Beef Jerky

Over the past 2 days, I made 16 ounces of the tastiest and soon to be famous Korean beef jerky.

Last week, I paid almost $15 for 2 packs of jerky at the gas station. That was only 6 ounces total.

I believe this batch of jerky with ingredients cost $15 total. That’s some real cost savings, people. I will give you a free taste. But after that first hit, you got to pay the man!

Alexander Dumas- The 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.

The Count of Monte Cristo Summary: this includes quotes only. I’ll begin putting in notes for other books in the future.

  • “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”

Black Friday

Those compelled to be at a factory outlet store hustling chinos, or even at Walmart, [on Black Friday] have to find excuses for feeling miserable. Everyone else there is there because it’s their job.- Jeb Lund