Thursday, January 28, 2010
2. Whatever ever happened to the Montreal Expos? Or should I say what has happened to the Washington Nationals? They always had young talent. Now...
3. Why do elementary schools have mascots? We were the Eagles, but we didn't have any teams.
4. Why does the NFL play the Pro Bowl? I would rather watch these NFL guys play basketball or flag football or something.
5. Is overpopulation the problem? I see guys (here is Paul Shirley's blog post and here is the New York Times giving crap to Andre Bauer) catching a bunch of crap for suggesting this, but I used to stay up at night thinking about it. I remember telling myself that overpopulation is the essential problem. Too many people searching for too little resources. I feel differently now. But I haven't seen anyone address the underlying point that Shirley and Bauer are unsuccessfully trying to make. I guess it goes back to the first paragraph of this post.
6. What am I going to do when I grow up?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Throughout yesterday, my back felt like it was going to spasm. I have played enough football to know that there is no structural damage, but my lat muscles are bruised and tight. I could go to a doctor/emergency center. They would probably x-ray me to make sure I had no structural damage. They might even give some good muscle relaxers. Of course, I have played enough football to know that you never go to a doctor/emergency room unless someone absolutely makes you go. But if my wife wasn't a thousand miles away, I would have to stop complaining or do something about it. And I do like complaining.
I am afraid this "do something about it" mentality is another one of these factors in healthcare that isn't getting enough attention.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
When the crap hits the fan, the best immediate development (disaster) policy is to throw money, food, medicine, and bottled water at the problem. Notice I start with money.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
2. The bus was on time this morning.
3. Part of me wants to really delve into men's fashion. I enjoy looking nice, but I don't want to look too nice. But a nice pair of pants that fits well feels is wonderful. (Some of these feelings is inspired by the suits in Mad Men.)
4. My holiday weight gain has not helped in the "nice pair of pants that fits well" feelings.
5. I read an article yesterday that emphasized the necessity for fitness goals. For example, you should sign up for a half-marathon in four months. I don't know what I think about this. I am certainly never going to be able to run a half-marathon.
Monday, January 18, 2010
The last few nights I've been riding the bus with this crazy guy. He is younger than me. He sits to himself and swats flies and elbows and punches enemies. I don't know what his disease is. I don't know who is enemies are. Part of me wants to help him. Another part of me envies him. God knows that inside of me I want to swat and fight the air. I can barely contain myself, but I do.
I have no idea how these first few sentences sound. But the idea is that "supposed to" and "should" tends to rule our lives. And no matter how enlightened we think we are, most of the time we follow rules without fully thinking them through. This probably isn't a bad thing. But it is a thing.
2. "Moose" Johnston tries so (too) hard. It reminds me of this clip of him at the Emmit Smith roast. After watching that game, I started listening to the Colts-Ravens game on the radio. I think I prefer the radio. This reverse-technology-preference intrigues me. I think these types of preferences are going to be important to selected businesses in the future. I guess what I am saying is audio broadcasts of games are going to stay around longer than I initially expected.
3. I guess I am rooting for the Vikings. But the Saints, especially Reggie Bush and Shockey, impressed me on Saturday. My dislike for them certainly centers around Gregg Williams, Sean Payton, and that Redskins game.
4. Rex Ryan is following Brian Billick's Super Bowl XXXV strategy of already scheduling the whole post-season. I like this confidence. But I also like Pierre Garcon's DIII ties. It should be a fun game. I can see Ryan finding a way to get pressure on Manning. No matter what, I think it will be a close game.
5. The NFC Championship has a chance to be great, but it also has a chance to turn out like the Saints-Cardinals game. It should be fun.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Friday, January 08, 2010
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
When I was in the 11th grade, I had to write a paper about a magazine advertisement. I chose a Microsoft advertisement. I can't remember the complete copy of the ad. I am pretty sure it was kind of like their ads today. I am sure Bill Gates was trying to convince me that Microsoft was catchy, young, and inspirational. I am sure the ad was trying to convince me that Microsoft was just as good as Apple but with greater market share. I do remember that the bottom of the ad had something like this: "We want to thank Bob Beamon for breaking the world long jump record by over a foot in Mexico City." The idea being that Beamon's jump gave them the courage to build better Microsoft products.
I took offense to this last line about Beamon. I wrote in the paper about how Michael Powell had broken Beamon's record by a significant amount. My point being that Microsoft made itself look uniformed and lacking in the research area. My English teacher didn't like my paper much. She thought Beamon's jump held more cultural significance than I was giving it credit for. Beamon shocked the world. He proved that the limitations of humanity were illusions. We could "out-jump "our pre-conceived notions by leaps and bounds.
I didn't understand her in the 11th grade. I don't understand her now. Some of it is age. I am sure if I was alive and alert, Beamon's jump would have meant more to me. But the problem is deeper than age and cultural significance. I hated 11th grade. A large part of that hate was due to too much homework and me being sixteen and me playing football and throwing shot and discus. But part of it was the fact that my English teacher couldn't see that if Bob Beamon didn't speak to me then the ad had failed. She wanted creative arguments. But she wanted reflections of her creativity. She wanted honesty, but she wanted her honesty. To me as an 11th grader, the assignment itself reflected a lack of creativity and a lack of honesty. At heart she wanted her students to see the art as well as the manipulation involved in advertising, but she wasn't going to allow a student to say "it is what it is, and Bob Beamon is not the long jump king anymore" without deducting points. She and I's subjective utility functions were not overlapping, but she "couldn't find it in her heart to get out of my way." (John Hiatt)
The point here is that the biggest mistake a teacher or a leader or a boss can make is to not recognize that people are different. I probably deserved the grade I got on the paper, but it would have meant something to me if my 11th grade English teacher had the courage to say, "You know what; all grades are subjective." She liked some kids more than other kids. I think it would have made me a more balanced and hopeful individual if she had told me and the class this. The best teachers I have ever had told it like it was. None of them were overly concerned about grades. It was more about the ability to think and be happy in your own skin.
We work so hard to create ourselves. We work so hard to create and find a persona. It is easy to see this in celebrities and athletes. But the fact of the matter is that they are just personas. They are just something we create to survive and thrive. We find who we really are when the personas crumble, and we have to be really honest and creative.