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Inspired genius

Things I wish I knew when I was younger:

Things I wish I knew when I was younger:

* The only think in life you ever really, truly control is yourself.
* Most of it doesn’t matter. Most of the things that drive you crazy, keep you awake at night and make you angry don't matter. Very few things matter. Focus on them and you'll be happier.
* Bitterness and holding on to past hurt is the most destructive force in the universe. Nothing, but nothing, is more damaging to a person than that. It's cancer. Get rid of it.
* Good enough is good enough but perfect is a pain in the ass
* People who follow every fashion trend are generally idiots. The more seriously they take fashion the dumber they are. They're dwelling on one of the least interesting, least important things in life.
* Work is a means to an end. There is a point of diminishing returns for work that comes up pretty quickly.
* The quickest and simplest way to wreck any relationship is to listen to gossip. The worst way to spend your time is spre…

Getting older

* Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
* In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
* It takes a couple of tries to get over a speed bump.
* It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.
* It takes twice as long to look half as good.
* People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?”
* People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
* The clothes you’ve put away until they come back in style… come back in style.
* The little gray-haired lady you help across the street is your wife.
* The pharmacist has become you new best friend.
* There’s nothing left to learn the hard way.
* Getting lucky means you find your car in the parking lot.
* You are cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of the police.
* You don’t care where your wife goes, just so you don’t have to go along.
* You have a choice of two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home earlier.
* You wake up with that morning-after feeling, and you didn’t do anything the nig…

Items of note

I haven't done this in a while but I thought I'd link to a few things with some thoughts on the matter.

Prelude: I had a crap weekend (which I'll detail later) but was relieved that I got out of the house 15 minutes earlier than normal. I got to work early and when I'm the only one there it's quiet and I can get stuff done. I logged in early today and lo and behold my virus software is going bonkers. I have a list of about 50 viruses listed. All of them are critical apps. Scrolling though the list is says none of them are repairable and have been moved to avoid further problems. It's every .exe on my machine. Literally. I find some other hapless soul here at this ungodly hour. He's got the same problem. Seems they modified the anti-virus software over the weekend and the package now thinks that any .exe that is not delivered by Novell is a virus. Whooptie friggin do. So the only thing I can use is the interweb. So, I've now been doing so…

Ten worst things about summer

He speaks for me!

Flip-Flops: I'm sorry, but flip-flops are a national scourge. They're fine at the beach, in the backyard, or for casually hanging out with friends. But the problem is people want to sport them at every opportunity. I'm sorry but flip-flops are not office attire. Nor should they be worn on formal occasions or out to a restaurant (that is not on the beach), and especially not to a bar or nightclub when your little pink piggies will definitely be stepped on by the masses and possibly have a beer bottle dropped on them. (Don't even get us started about boys who wear flip flops to the urinals). Many people have pretty nasty feet that shouldn't see the light of day in the first place, but if you wear flip-flops in Manhattan, then you are disgusting. You will come home at the end of the day looking like a hobbit, but instead of hair covering your feet, it's nasty, black, nameless sludge. And you'll have some sort of perverted tan line on your foot…

What kind of range to they have?

After half-century absence, Black Rhinos fly home to Serengeti

These things can fly!? Damn. And I thought goose poop on my car was bad.

Very well done.

Leave Me from Daros Films on Vimeo.

Bring a hankie.

Your daily earworm

Daily Pictures


Movie Review Haiku

Gerard Butler stars
predictable, noisy and
boring. waste of time

Attention Federal Officials: This is how you do it.

Jindal questions spill response; Coast Guard official takes blame
"The governor is right. It's too slow, and if it's anybody's fault, it's mine, for not pushing (BP) hard enough perhaps,” Stanton said.“We did have a problem with getting boom down here to begin with, but there seems to be boom that is in the staging areas that needs to be put out."

Then, in an exchange with a reporter, he went further.

Stanton: "It’s my job to direct this response in Louisiana.”

Reporter: “Why didn’t you do it?”

Stanton: “Well, the why -- is that really important?”

Reporter: “Yes sir, we live here.”

Stanton: “Well, I guess I'm just slow and dumb."

Thank you. Finally, somebody in government takes responsibility for failure. This guy just improved his stock with me by 10 points. (Granted I'm nobody but I doubt I'm alone on this one.) He's facing an unprecedented disaster and is falling on his sword. Frankly, I don't know that anyone could have stopped …

Which explains why 17 other states are passing the same bill

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Yes, we all knew this already - Obama's Nominee to Run Medicare:
“The decision is not whether or not we will ration care--the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

I now expect I will be told that this doesn't mean what it says. It means something totally different. Like when "hide the decline" doesn't mean "hide the decline" it means there is no decline and it's getting warmer and we're all gonna die unless we start biking everywhere. I'm sure that "ration with our eyes open" means something like "we have no intention of rationing stop saying that". Look, I've been on the business end of Medicaid with my son for nearly 10 years now and I can tell you rationing is going on now. To think that it's not is insane. I'll also tell you that my private insurance is routinely more helpful and more likely to approve something than Medicaid. It is no exaggeration to say that Medicaid denies every single claim that …

This is not good.

Major Provisions in Senate Financial Overhaul Bill - Dispatch - WSJ
- NEW REGULATORY AUTHORITY: Gives federal regulators new authority to seize and break up large troubled financial firms without taxpayers bailouts in cases where the firm’s collapse could destabilize the financial system. (Great idea! Japan has been doing this for decades and look how stagnant their economy has become. This will have the exact opposite effect intended. It will squash small to medium up and comers in favor of large mortibond risk averse entities. Imagine if every bank offered little beyond checking, savings, CD's and modest loans. Stable yes, dynamic no.) Sets up a liquidation procedure run by the FDIC. (possibly not a horrible idea. Devil is in the details however) Management could be removed, with shareholders and unsecured creditors bearing losses.(they can be removed now so there's got to be more to this) Other provisions would make it harder for top executives at the failed firms to…

Simply awesome

h/t: Anchoress

Is anyone thinking maybe Bretton-Woods wasn't a good idea?

Youtube of the Day

Somehow I think Morgan will love this one if he ever sees it. If so, Morgan, this one's for you.

Is there anything more annoying than emo-pop?

That friggin' Fireflies song is all but unavoidable. I don't listen to the radio and I still can't get away from this guy. Watch below for a well done and well deserved skewering.