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Wisdom of the Day: Education Water Alive Shades Laughs

Monday, February 16, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: College and Stupid, Racist Stories

Monday, February 16, 2015 8:05 am

But without Jon Stewart, who will gently massage our biases?

Anyone actually watch NBC News? Does anyone know for certain Brian Williams actually works for them?

The new Hitman movie looks kind of neat. I thought the first attempt at a Hitman movie was pretty forgettable.

Shouldn’t you assume someone who made a successful career without going to college is smarter than the average person who went to college?

We’re beginning to treat a college degree like a baptism, as if there’s some moral difference in having one.

Full Disclosure: I have a college degree and am very very smart.

I have a useful degree in electrical engineer, but I really don’t see why it should take 4 years to learn enough to get a job in that field.

For so much of the education system, we should start over from scratch and ask, “What exactly are we trying to accomplish here?”

I learned a couple useful things in college that help me as an engineer today. I didn’t $100,000 worth of things.

Only a tiny fraction of my useable knowledge came from college and was blown away by what I learned my first year on the job.

Computer programming is one of the more useful degrees, but really seems like a year of basics followed by apprenticeship would be better.

If the point of college is to give you knowledge and skills you’ll need for a job, even the best schools really suck at that.

I don’t anything about becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but four years of college to learn tech skills is idiotic.

Tech degrees are different. If someone has a masters, you get wary. If they have a doctorate, you assume they can’t do anything practical.

I will teach my dog to wag his tail when evolution is mentioned and then he will be a smart dog.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg also found out that when you drink enough, the Constitution talks to you and tells you what it really means.

I got a one star review for the Audible version of my novel. “stupid and a little racist.” That’s not a good review!

Best I can tell, my story is racist because Islam gets mentioned in it and Islam is now a race.

And he didn’t like the action scenes? Everyone else liked the action scenes. The guy must be a weirdo.

I got some good advice early on: If anyone is ever critical of your work, obsess on that criticism until you tire yourself out.

Anyway, I just want to counter this libel. My story is not stupid or racist. Your face is stupid and racist.

Anyway, promotion for my novel Superego starts soon, so expect to hear a lot more about it. And it is awesome.

AND THE VOICE ACTOR DIDNT JUST PHONE IT IN HE DID A GREAT JOB!

I haven’t tired myself out yet.

And the female characters weren’t goofy! Again, you’re mistaking things for your face!

My favorite SNL sketch is the one where the guy is like, “I’m Doug, and I’m outta heeeere.”

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Wisdom of the Day: Ball Music Zelda Hurt Old Blindfold

Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Next President, Jon Stewart, and Atheists

Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:57 am

Know what would be a great follow up to the Obama presidency? A mute president.

With all his funny mugging to camera, a good new job for Jon Stewart would be clown for small children.

When I heard John Stewart was quitting, its seemed like a dark day for America. Then I realized they weren’t talking about the Green Lantern.

So has SPLC now been associated with more shootings than most of the organizations they denounce as hate groups?

If the Daily Show is interested in a new host, I’m kinda funny and can act disinterested in politics while being extremely partisan.

Killing people goes against the atheist belief of .

They say if you can reach the end of a rainbow, you’ll find a pot of settled science.

I remember when science was something other than just a fetish of dumb people.

“According to the words of Athor, atheist god of reason, murder is illogical.”

Anyone who murders isn’t a true atheist, because according to the words of the atheist prophet Dawkins: “[profanity deleted]”

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Wisdom of the Day: Bar Monopoly Folks Award

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Casting, Novel, and Kanya

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:08 am

Casting went great. There’s some good talent in Austin. Now back to working on an iOS app. I have a very interesting job.

Sitting at a table with two others judging everyone trying out, I felt like Simon Cowell. Eh, who am I kidding. I was Randy.

Who am I supposed to trust on what is and isn’t Islam? An agnostic white liberal, or a guy who has been in the Muslim faith his entire life?

There’s something really patronizing about a non-Muslim trying to define what true Islam is.

A box of my novel. Everyone should have one.
Box of Superego

Haven’t really started promoting my novel yet; kind of in soft launch now. Available in print, ebook, and Audible (really well done).

So my mom canceled her DishTV because she was moving, and called it the worst phone call she ever had.

She said she ended up shouting to get her point across about canceling. Does customer service like that really yield dividends?

I checked out a book from my local library; I feel so old school. Of course, I did it on my Kindle.

Found this neat site that’s like Twitter but no character limit and it’s not cluttered with anyone else’s thoughts. It’s called GoogleDocs.

Wow. NPR has a lot of good podcasts.

Criminalizing “hate” speech is taking the position of terrorists. You’re saying you’re willing to use violence to end speech.

It would give greater clarity if people didn’t say “I’d like to criminalize” but instead said “I’m willing to use violence to stop.”

I think now they’re not giving Grammys to Beyoncé just for the hilarious Kanye West response.

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Wisdom of the Day: Candles Frequency Evolving Remembered Revolution Lowe Phone Weatherpersons

Friday, February 6, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Religious Beliefs and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Friday, February 6, 2015 8:31 am

So was it bad religious beliefs or bad economics beliefs (i.e. Communism) that led to more people being murdered last century?

If all the major news anchors are known liars, I think that will actually make us smarter about news consumption.

A lot of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s twitter feed just reads like a dumb guy trying to sound smart.

Wow. Some people get mad if you criticize Neil deGrasse Tyson. Aren’t there more worthy scientists to mindlessly leap to the defense of?

I honestly understand more why I’ve heard of Lena Dunham than why I’ve heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

All I know about Tyson is he has some sort of relation to science. Or to Science!

Tyson seems to have a following among not very bright people who are quite enthusiastic about what they imagine science is.

None of this is to claim Tyson isn’t smart or that he isn’t really good at… whatever it is he does.

I’m pretty comfortable with the fact that when someone is talking about violent Christians, they’re usually talking about 1000 years ago.

Today is casting for a script I helped write. That is going to be a brand new experience.

I’m okay with how I’m the one who handles the trash cans every week because then I get to growl, “Time to take out the trash.”

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I’d Buy That For a Dollar!

Thursday, February 5, 2015 5:00 pm

It’s a new EconPop! This time, it’s about the movie RoboCop and the subject of public goods. And I think it’s got a pretty awesome cold open. Give it look; you have 20 seconds to comply.

BTW, working on some really cool stuff with Emergent Order. I know I’ve been saying that for a while, but eventually you will get to see the fruits of my new day job.

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Robert A. Heinlein Plus Mickey Spillane?

Thursday, February 5, 2015 11:00 am

Roy “Griff” Griffis has a really nice review of my first novel, Superego. You should be excited to read it — which technically you can do right now. Or listen to, as there is a really well done audio version. But we haven’t started the official promotion yet, which is why I haven’t been mentioning it a lot. But soon. And then reading it and writing a great review on Amazon will be mandatory. I’ve wanted to be a novelist long before I started blogging, so this is a pretty big deal for me. And this is just the first novel of many to come (which will hopefully include a sequel to Superego).

Also, check out Griffis’s novel, The Big Bang, which I read and it’s pretty awesome, kind of Red Dawn with Islamists. You all like reading, right? I mean, that’s what you’re doing right now.

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Random Thoughts: Brian Williams

Thursday, February 5, 2015 8:37 am

If you’re worried about the effects of vaccines, you should get a vaccine vaccine.

This is Brian Williams’s worst day since he had to kill his love Jean Grey with his adamantium claws.

What a magical world it would be if you actually could easily mistake things you heard of for things you did. #BrianWilliams

This has to be tough to watch for Brian Williams’s family and his longtime girlfriend who we never met because she goes to a different school.

“Sorry, there was some confusion. My helicopter was not hit with an RPG… because I karate-chopped that RPG out of the sky!”

This whole Brian Williams thing is making me think of that one episode of The IT Crowd. “I’m disabled!”

Perhaps there’s confusion over the acronym RPG. Maybe Williams’s helicopter had to land because of an out of control game of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Wisdom of the Day: Questions Swim Indiana Harper Pride Hobbit

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Vaccines

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:18 am

It would really help things if scientists just told us what causes autism instead of making everybody guess.

I just found out that my parents vaccinated me as a child without my permission.

I thought Harper Lee was a publishing company.

For the record, vaccination shots made my children very angry. But they were little babies so they couldn’t do anything about it.

Man, does America need a tiger to swallow whole before we choke to death on all these gnats.

The reason we couldn’t get that ultra-libertarian colony on the moon going is we couldn’t agree on what the vaccination policy should be.

It seems like with vaccines and GMO foods, some people aren’t weighing the known benefits enough versus the possible, unknown problems.

If I were presidential candidate, I’d carry needle of vaccine to inject any reporter who asked me about it. “That’s how much I support it.”

I really like vaccines, but I also don’t like people arguing for things they don’t understand by yelling, “Science!”

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Wisdom of the Day: Secure Thrones Bills Beer Roman Honda Heroes

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Mitt, Jeb, and the Super Bowl

Monday, February 2, 2015 8:14 am

Had a nightmare that Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney combined into an unstoppable squish called Meb.

So how is Hillary going to appeal to today’s youth? Offer them hard candy?

For most animals, males are judged by females solely on their appearance, but feminist get angry because in one species it’s other way around.

But without Mitt running, the Republicans only have 83 other candidates to choose from.

If Hillary wanted to really still Mitt’s thunder, she could announce she’s not running for president.

Casting is scheduled. I’ve never written anything before that involved casting. This is cool.

I really like script writing. As you may tell from my novel, I love writing dialogue.

And by script writing, I mean like for a tv show or video. I hate writing Python scripts. I don’t know why; I just don’t like that language.

Need a word for when you’ve never actually heard someone say viewpoint x, but you’re inundated with righteous denouncing of viewpoint x.

For instance, haven’t seen anyone legitimately angry about a female Ghostbusters cast, but I’ve seen tons and tons of responses to that.

Was trying to remember another big recent example: All the righteous attacks on the non-existent people angry at a black stormtrooper.

“Tolerance” is seen as the great virtue of the day, so all the craven people want to constantly demonstrate that’s what they are.

Anger at this made up other used to be the domain of racists, now it’s primarily the domain of the supposedly tolerant.

Another example of history rhyming, I guess.

Who’s Sugar Knight? Sounds like someone from Candy Land.

The reason George RR Martin takes so long to write is he’s constantly going through his manuscript saying, “Wait, who is this guy again?”

“Ha! This will be a shocking death! Or did I already kill off that character?” #GameOfThronesWriting

“So how long do I have to wait between introducing a new character and shockingly killing them?” #GameOfThronesWriting

I believe in traditional gender roles. So far it’s my wife who has given birth to all our children.

All this obsession with organic this and organic that is getting in the way of us becoming cyborgs.

Finally decided to check out Supernatural. When the pilot says “22 years ago” I guess I should adjust that to 31.

I was wondering how long it would take to get into Supernatural, but it has a pretty strong pilot.

For Pete’s sake, could we just stop talking about Obama until his farewell speech.

So does the winner of the Super Bowl go on to play in the Ultra Bowl?

Budweiser always has a number of Super Bowl ads because it take a lot – A LOT – of money to convince anyone to drink it.

Is football a serial? Like will I not understand the season finale if I didn’t watch all the other episodes?

Nationwide: “Your children will die and it will be your fault but we’ll still pay on the policy.”

“Remember, we provide life insurance – for those of you who will die tragically instead of sad and alone.” #Nationwide

So what were the most talked about ads from the first Super Bowl? “Look! A woman – driving a car! Insanity!”

If the Super Bowl were more like quidditch, the halftime show would mainly determine the winner.

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Wisdom of the Day: Krang Dictionary Tombstone Spider-Man Unsee Canada

Friday, January 30, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Audible, Downton, Devil

Friday, January 30, 2015 8:23 am

Listening to Audible.com version of my novel is kinda nerve wracking. Hearing it read aloud makes me question every word choice.

Voice actor is good. I think it would be fun to voice the main character, but getting unique voices for all the supporting isn’t easy.

Kind of arrogant how every episode of Downton Abbey ends with the word “Masterpiece” coming on screen.

In “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” it says the devil is “in a bind” because he’s “way behind” in soul collecting. Who’s setting his quota?

Wife just now looking at kids’ science book: “So narwhals are real?”

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Wisdom of the Day: Magician Better Guns Capitalization Cables Superman

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:00 pm

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Random Thoughts: Snow and New Ghostbusters

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:33 am

If you don’t have anything nice to say, welcome to the internet.

Back in my day, we only got a snow day when there was actual snow, not just a rumor of it.

My dog is 12 years old and 70 lbs; when is she going to stop bounding around the house like a puppy when she knows she’s going for a walk?

I’m not sure uber-serious is the way to go with Fantastic 4.

I know a few people in New York City, so did anyone survive the winter storm?

If not, well, whatever. That’s nature for you.

Since the new Ghostbusters is going to star women, does that mean it’s not going to be a comedy?

See, the joke in that last tweet was that women can’t be funny. And it was a good joke because I made it and I’m a man.

“Back off man; I’m a scientist.”
“No you’re not. You’re a woman.”
#NewGhostbusters

We let women drive. And we let women vote. But we need to draw the line at them starring in big budget, special-effects-laden comedies!

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Wisdom of the Day: Winklevoss Bee Succeed Turkey

Monday, January 26, 2015 5:00 pm

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