December 31, 2012

What to do with sloths?

Most people will give an effort if told what to do and how to do it. A. But a small percentage of people simply do not want to work or do anything productive. They become a drag on others. I know a few. Few. When they are lucky enough to get a job, they can not keep it. They are as likely to quit as to be fired. I label them "sloth" with apologies to the mammal.

Suppose you stumble upon a man collapsed on the ground. You offer to help him back to his feet. You soon realize that while capable of doing so, he does not walk on his own. Unhelpful. Rather, he leans the bulk of his weight on you as you move along. Sloths. At what point do you stop carrying him? The Samaritans say "never", but think of the cost. If you came upon another collapsed man who was more likely to walk on this own than the one you carried, would you shift your attention? Muck. Wouldn't it make more sense to focus your energy on the one who you could help with greater success? Up. Wouldn't it make sense to get the most "bang for your buck" as the saying goes?

At what point do we give up on the small percentage of intentional sloths of our society to focus our resources elsewhere? The works. What do we do with them? Is there a better way to utilize those who just get in the way?

November 29, 2012

Time to See Time Differently

Daily, I hear, "I don't have time to do that", perhaps from myself.
Attention! Hearing this phrase three times or more is too much. 
My friend and author, Maura Thomas says "it’s almost impossible to
control your 'time' ...until you can control your attention." Time
will direct me unless I choose to hold the reigns of my attention from
noon to noon. So, regardless if you blame time or yourself, it's six
or a half dozen. It's the same thing. It boils down to our individual
choices. I ask you to also consider Maura's words, "if we are not in
control of our attention, can we really be in control of our lives?". If
I say I control my life, the first nine words resonate clearly. As such,
now is the time to start watching time from a different perspective.

October 31, 2012


Read these letters out loud one at a time. Its even better if you record yourself saying them:

Have you ever said or started to say something... then caught yourself saying something unintended? What about those times you didn't catch yourself? You also might also wonder, "what about those times I didn't know enough to catch myself?"

Do or say anything -- anything -- and it might be received by others in an unintended way. Intentionally or not, catching ourselves every time is beyond our control. Count on the fact that our actions impact the world in ways we can't always anticipate. Always make your intended words and actions count, therefore.

September 24, 2012

#I reason Y not to go RT this: Do U believe... ... ... ... In it? e.g. RT? Y not?

R U RTing QT NspIring MSGs w/o changing UR own actions?
UR actions speak > 100s of RTs, even iN a world of sound bites.

Do U really Think UR followers will act different b/c UR RT?
U Do littlE 2 support UR RT if U don't act what U say.

R UR feet reacting appropriately 2 UR finGers? If not,
UR RT is like a healthy, gouRmet meal displayed
on an offensive broken plate w/ dirty sIlverware -
an online disservice 2 whaT is being served.

WhY retweet something inconsistent with your true actions?

August 28, 2012

How you can get pie from scratch in three minutes?

Let me point out one approach for getting one pie. It involves five steps and nine ingredients to make, but 65 minutes of baking and 35 minutes of preheating. But, the pie you ate would be 97 or so minutes (not including the nine minutes of preparation or three minutes to read directions) longer than the three minutes advertised. By then, we can say we already ate pie.

Another way for getting pie is calling 626-4338 x3 to request the $7.95 special. Oh, that is still too long even if it only takes eight minutes of cooking and eight minutes for one delivered. Incidentally, with $9.71, you can order the "69" with three toppings at only 99 cents more. But that is more than three minutes.

Another idea only takes 75 seconds, but a 10 inch pizza pie may require jamming five slices in each microwave run. More importantly, the pie you ate would not be from scratch.

There is still a way to have pie from scratch in oh, under 97 seconds. For there is something funny about this pie. With this pie, in nine seconds you get the same pie as for any number of seconds. For 59 seconds or 230 seconds or 7,816,406 seconds you can get the exact same pie as you get in 28 seconds. It takes only 6 seconds to get the idea that, while the difference in ingredients is all but zero, the outcome is always pi.

July 13, 2012

Oh gee, I see

With specific exceptions *
- and I don't mean blank pages -
every page with a page number on it
also has one                           letter on it.
If you think                              this obvious
because of                              the headings
along the top,                       it is still true if
you disregard                     those headers.
When you see              a letter on an
otherwise blank page, you truly
can see something from a
different perspective.


June 30, 2012

I will throw you one step off

In the past week, [a celebrity] said, "someone at least ought to maybe consider thinking about [the death penalty being inhumane] before sentencing [a convicted criminal] to die in an American prison."

I suspect most American's who understand how a court process works realize that a conviction means a jury of twelve or more people have "considered thinking about" their sentence and ALL agreed. That is required if the defendant chose a trial by jury. So, most people who understand court process would respond to that statement with "twelve individuals DID think about it".

I pivoted the words "an American child" with "a convicted criminal". It's interesting what a simple change of words can do... to attitude.

If you think I'm being unfair in my change of words, the change of words is factually accurate; [a celebrity] simply chose a different set of words to describe the same people because she knew how a simple pivoting of words can sway beliefs.

I elsewhere replaced "Rachel Maddow"* with "a celebrity".

           *(6/26/12 broadcast)

May 29, 2012


April 13, 2012

Mind______the gap

4 13 can become       seen as 17 and 17 O
combined as 170.     Suddenly, you see it
requires 2 pages,      which is quite ironic
in a chapter of 1,       Revealing that there
are several ways       people can learn new
things over time;      ways to see the world
change. The fact       is now clearly changing
to a perspective        in their mind.

March 26, 2012

Resources are limi

This is clear: people do not understand resource limita

There was a recent story of a serial killer the State was trying to catc

The families of the victims were aghast to learn he was on a watch list alr

They wondered, "how could a watched man commit these c

The operative word in that sentence is "watch

The State meant his name came up more often when conducting investigat

This approach is actually how they made the connection to this per

The families meant someone was following every move of this ma

There is a slice of logic to the families interpreta

That bit of logic says if this person is really someone you susp

then you expend all possible resources to prevent future actio

The problem with that logic is the problem of limited res

The State is watching a long list of people in addition to this g

Think, it would be fair to say that list is constantly growin

The resources of the State are simply not enoug

This limited resource issue is funda

Though I am sure the families understand the basic concept of res

they are not apt to apply this in their requests from gover

Then, if you outlined the lack of resources in this cas

The response would be to increase the resources as if it were that eas

That is a common refrain, but ignorant because it misses the poin

There logic is based on the an incorrect assumpti

That logic assumes there is enough money to provide unlimited relie

That assumption is patently false and unlegit

This applies in all roles of the State, including policing, education, welfare, among the conte

Then, how do we get people over this expectation hurdle and realize resources are limit

Though it certainly can be annoying, there just aren't enough resources to do e

February 25, 2012

"That'll be $1.25 for your first impressions."

Many people are crying out that every social media company

is selling their personal data. These people tend to feel they do

not get their fair payment in lieu.

Even though I agree that personal data has value, I counter:

Maybe we need to look at it differently. Some considerations:

If this data is so personal to you, don't share it with anybody.

Next, let's touch on a deep philosophical point. There are two

existences for anything that is exposed to the public. You

might "own" the perceived existence, but I "own" whatever

I perceive. That is mine. While the structure of your face does

not belong to me, my perception of your face is clearly my

experience. It doesn't belong to you (even if you want it to).

My personal data has no value on it's own. Value is created thru

interested companies. Who do you know who will pay you for

nothing of value? I double dog dare you: find a person who is

eager enough to pay for your age, gender, or habits. Ask away!

Managing the aggregated data creates the value and only to

intrigued entities, but not to individuals like me and you.

Now people are starting to argue to be compensated for

even the most basic of "their personal data", but who says

measurable value is NOT given? They ARE compensated by

interesting "free" products people are obviously addicted to.

Next thing I know, it will become standard practice that you

expect me to pay you for my first impression. Oh dear!

Mine is just as priceless as yours.

January 13, 2012

Are you misssing the point about Friday the 13th?

Friday the 13th is a great day to look at things from a different perspective. People like to think it's a day that things don't go right, but maybe it’s a day when typical rules change. That change may reveal a great opportunity. It's easy to dismiss things as wrong when they don't go as expected, but don't be too quick to judge. For example, a mispeelled word can bee percceived as a clhumsy roofreading m1stake, when it might be an opa9ue clue to something different.