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The cycle of shame shouldn’t stop us from being better people

Its really easy to get discouraged when reality doesn’t measure up to expectations. I set a goal to make a blogpost everyday this year. I’ve done very well but earlier this week I missed a day. Its easy to say “My goal was to do a post everyday. I missed one. I can’t reach my goal anymore. I may as well give up on it.”

Maybe the shame cycle isn’t the write phrase for it maybe its the “I’m just a … syndrome”. Like after you say something rude, excusing it by saying “I guess I’m just a jerk.” So you said something rude, don’t let it define you. If you do then every bad thing will define you. It’s settling for something less than your potential.

Perfect standards are completely out of whack with reality. We shouldn’t let high expectations keep us from healthy attitudes and self-improvement.

Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

Don’t mess with ze germans


Posted Monday, April 14, 2014

Talking it out

I was trying to come up with good ideas to blog about today by going through all my past unfinished drafts. Each of these drafts had one thing in common. They all started with a false premise.

Each post shows the logical following from a false premise until it comes to a paragraph where it becomes apparent the idea is rubbish and should not be fin

Posted Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fun with relativity


There are tons of really fun thought experiments with relativity. Here are a few of my favorites. If you find any errors please mention it!

Fun with relativity

Posted Saturday, April 5, 2014

What are we really supposed to learn from fairy tales?


Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s ok to make crazy stupid decisions as long as it ends with you breaking into a private home, stealing, and murdering the home owner.


Beautiful hair is the only thing that can save you from a dreary life at home.

Red Riding Hood

I have no idea, don’t be unable to distinguish between wolves and your grandmother?

The Frog Prince

Kissing frogs leads to interesting visions.

The Gingerbread man

Parenthood leads to disillusionment and abandonment. You’ll be overly controlling leading your children to flee and everyone in the world will compete to devour them until a sly fox tricks your child and eats him.

The Pied Piper

Pay your exterminator or he’ll murder your children.


Coming of age as represented by Pinocchio clearly parallels the same story arc as the loss of innocence in the allegorical elements of the garden of Eden. Pinocchio cannot gain knowledge of good and evil until he partakes of the fruit of knowledge. Leading him invariably to failure, sin, and learning. Without his journey Pinocchio could not prove himself and become a real boy, just as Adam and Eve could not fulfill their mission to replenish the earth until leaving the garden.

Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Doing things just to do them

In high school I made a goal to read books everyday and so most nights right before I fell asleep I would lean over, pick up the book I was working on and read a sentence or two. I wouldn’t pay attention to what I was reading, just read it while thinking about how much I’d rather be in bed.

This is sort of like fake it to make it except you fake faking it to not make making it.


Posted Monday, March 31, 2014


In the last week I’ve been talking about our failures to predict the future. In this post we’ll look at a few people who were very good at predicting the future.

I just finished reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov. The fictional study of psychohistory consists of using statistics and psychology to predict with extreme precision historical trends and events.


Posted Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marketers hate Facebook’s audience approach but it is the future.

If you haven’t seen this video check it out. Basically spammers are diluting FB audiences so brands can’t connect with the audiences.

Marketers hate the new approach to FB because it means their fans aren’t their audience, Facebook is curating the audience. This is the future and everyone will do it.

Marketers hate Facebook’s audience approach but it is the future.

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014

Opt out of the scanner at the airport, its great.

I always opt out of the scanners at the airport for a few simple reasons.

Opt out of the scanner at the airport, its great.

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fights and 911


Yesterday Robynn took me out to dinner at our favorite spot, Communal. On the way back we drove by Fresh Market and Robynn brought up an incident I had completely forgotten. One day we were in the store and some kind of fight broke out. I don’t really remember the details but Robynn remembers me getting the people to leave the store.

She said “You’re always doing stuff like that. Jumping into fights.”

I don’t know if that’s true but there have been a few times that come to mind. One time we were at another grocery store and two teens were yelling and shoving eachother. I got out of my car and asked them if everything was all right. They immediately stopped fighting, assured me that everything was, and promptly left.

Another time I was driving on the highway and noticed a car weaving lazily in and out of traffic. The driver appeared drunk so I called 911, followed the car and helped coordinate the police to box him in.

In the last 5 years I’ve probably called 911 on at least two dozen occasions.

  • “There’s a car on fire across the street from me.”
  • “There’s a dead deer on the middle of the road.”
  • “I just kicked several kids off my lawn for smoking pot.”
  • “I just pulled up on a bloody accident. Where is it? Across the lawn from the hospital, better hurry, or not.”
  • “That dead deer is back again.”

Apparently I’m action (or at least call and whine) prone. Really, I guess I’m a little of proud. But lest you think my ego is completely unchecked here’s the last time I jumped into action.

I was home at lunch and taking a nap in bed. Suddenly, a strange and loud noise woke me. I jumped to my feet to hear my toilet boiling. Actually it wasn’t boiling, it was spewing gas into the house.

What would you do? If you answered freak out, call 911 and prepare for evacuation then you and I are a lot alike.

Turns out your toilet shooting gas out of it is no cause for alarm. It just means they’re cleaning the sewers.

But common, wouldn’t you freak out?

Posted Sunday, March 23, 2014