Tuesday, March 23 2010 3:34 p.m.
Back in the days when everyone thought a computer virus was science fiction, you would have to travel to a computer to use it. Computers were large, required special environments and special knowledge just to keep them running. You couldn't take this computer with you, or connect to it from very far.
With time, technology improved. Many innovators made fortunes with computers that became more portable. As the capabilities of the internet have grown, entrepreneurs have figured out how to make products where the real processing isn't happening anywhere near you, but somewhere else where you don't even see it. This is called, Cloud Computing.
You probably already use cloud computing and may not even be aware of it. Gmail is a cloud computing product. As is Facebook and WordPress. The real hard work of running those tools is not done on your tiny phone or in your web browser. The work mostly happens in the cloud.management, politics, programming
Wednesday, December 23 2009 9 a.m.
This is a reminder for you and myself of how fortunate we all are to touch each other's lives. Our circumstances can be defined by fate, but who we are is defined but what we choose to do daily. As we make our impression on people we also leave indents on the clay that makes character. Be sure every interaction and mark we leave on that clay is purposely positive. Not every action will turn out positive, but if we aim for each mark in the clay to be positive, the end result will be wonderful.
Choose wisely and purposely even the little things we do daily. Especially those little things, because they add up to more. You might take a big road trip someplace, but it's those daily trips in your car that add up 10,000 miles per year. Why do one big caring thing once a year to help someone? Instead, keep an eye open as you walk through the daily motions of life to see how you can help.
I find that surrounding myself with positive, beautiful and caring people, landscape and art is the most important thing in my life. These are all things that can be acquired with little or no money. This is important, because since time is money, this gives me the most time to enjoy these things. I only hope that all my friends, family and everyone reading this blog can prioritize their life in a way that makes them happy.
It's within all of us to have a happy holiday and a spiritually prosperous new year.fun, politics
Tuesday, August 11 2009 10:15 p.m.
When a manufacturer incorrectly predicts demand for a product, it's left with a giant glut of product. The glut of product is either dumped by the manufacturer at a steep discount to raise cash, or it runs out of cash and its sold to someone to liquidate the excess inventory. Suddently, the product shows up at a 99 cent store. The manufacturer or liquidator gets some cash, the 99 cent store makes some money, and you can afford that Milli Vanili CD you've always wanted.
Unfortunately, because of the government, that's not how the housing market works. In the name of protecting american home owners, but really bailing out the well connected banks, we're propping up home prices. There are 300k such homes on property value stilts in Florida alone.politics
Thursday, July 2 2009 9:23 a.m.
Outside of a self defence scenario, Would you kill someone? Would you pay someone to kill for you? It's only a semi-rhetorical question.
Taking a life is murder. Taking liberty is slavery. Taking property is theft. Would you do these things? Would you have others do these things for you? Probably not. But someone steals, murders and owns slaves in your name every day. The government does all three of these things every single day. When we pay for GM, give money to Isreal or print government welfare checks those are all theft. Your liberty is taken away every day when the governments bans pot, bans guns and prevents you from leaving or entering the country. The government murders people daily through "preemptive" wars.
If you voted for the government to do these things, you're stealing, murdering and creating slaves of future generations. If you support the government, congratulations, you are too! No fireworks or BBQ for you on independence day.
Here's a clear and concise definition of liberty and how it can never be legally taken away:politics
Monday, June 29 2009 11 p.m.
You probably recall the term "Taxation without Representation" as being a motto that fueled the American Revolution. The idea is simple. Englishmen in America paid taxes which were spent by a government they did not have a direct representative in.
Bush & Obama have done the same. When a government borrows money, the politicians who spent the money do not have to answer to the people who pay that debt. Instead of being separated by distance from the people paying, these politicians are now separated by time.
When you're forced to pay and not represented, you are a slave of the state. Be sure to send thank you letters to your slave masters from the future. Or, be sure to go to one of the TEA Parties and be a part of the next revolution.
Also, change your avatar color to yellow at AvaTint.com to protest the increased government spending.politics
Thursday, June 11 2009 11 p.m.
When someone on the left, as socialists are often referred to in America, talks about Global Warming, now called Global Climate Change, it often has the same ring to it as when someone who seriously believes about supernatural dieties speaks about god. Let's compare.
Besides the believing in god thing, some may sum up the religious right as those people who think you should have no fun. If you have fun, god will smite you.
Some may sum up the religious left as those who believe that you should not focus on producing wealth and industry. If you do, you will be smote.
Of course, both generalizations are inaccurate. Unfortunately for everyone, both sides hold truths in their arguments that get missed because both groups get lost in the trees of their arguments and completely forget about the forest. On the right, the point is to be a moral person. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat.politics
Monday, April 27 2009 11:57 p.m.
Is government better than the people?
As we've been told again and again... capitalism has failed. It's not our fault that we believed property values would go up like a man over dosing on ED drugs. It's not our fault that we lied on our mortgage forms. It's definitely not our fault that no one checked those forms. We wouldn't have lied if we knew someone was going to look at it. It no one's fault. It's the system's fault. If we had a better system, none of this would have happened!
Let's investigate this system we're going to discard.politics
Sunday, January 4 2009 8:13 p.m.
America has a very strong tradition of protecting speech. With good reason. Tyrants can never control thoughts, but if they can control speech, then they control your thoughts and indirectly your actions. Ultimately that's what they care about. Since it's prudent to solve the problem in utero, controlling speech is simply an abortion of your actions.
Tyrants, however, are clever animals. While Americans are militantly vigilant of the right to speak freely, we're not so vigilant of everything else. Tyrants are happy to let you say whatever you want, as long as you do what they say.politics, privacy
Tuesday, November 25 2008 10 p.m.
Recently, you may have heard the term "Too Big to Fail" (TBF). TBF is simply a euphemism for well connected. The company or industry being spoken about is too well connected and has too many lobbyists. Notice how the financial sector and auto industry both get bailouts, but the realtors and the builders get nothing. The reason for this is that realtors and the construction industry don't have enough lobbyists making laws for them in congress. Too bad for them. Even worse for the rest of us since we've committed our kids to paying off a few trillion dollars in debt. AIG is too big to fail but your kid is little enough to saddle with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.politics
Monday, November 3 2008 9:15 p.m.
There are some who are quite confused as to why people would vote against their own "best interests". It seems to me to be quite condescending to know what is in the "best interest" of an entire class of people. Looking past that however, I will try to explain, why such "confused" people think this way.
Violating the golden rule is universally wrong. By forcing, at gun-point, some people to pay a large portion of their income to an organization; we'll call it the Government and not The Mob for now; while requiring others to pay absolutely none is just wrong. Just because you see someone walking down the street with the latest shoes you have been looking at for weeks, doesn't allow you and your friends to steal those shoes. Just because you're stealing those shoes through the proxy that is the U.S. Government doesn't make it any better.politics
Wednesday, October 29 2008 11:30 p.m.
You might be OK with socialism. But know what you're buying and what you're selling to get it. I believe I'm in the company of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington by saying that whenever we depart from personal liberty and try to do good using force, the immorality at the core of using such force ultimately corrupts all those good intentions. Bottom line, socialism is morally wrong and breaks the Golden Rule. And Obama, as well meaning and intelligent as he is, by trying to protect the American Dream will destroy the founding father's dream for America.
My mother, purveyor of all things wise, including myself, recently said, "No one will fool me about what is communism. Obama speaks just as well in both message and delivery as Fidel (Castro) ever did. (Obama) promises cheap fuel, health care for all and elimination of poverty; it's the same speech I heard over 40 years ago. It makes me cry."
It makes her cry because she actually lost her freedom and came to this country to get it back. She knows what she would be losing. Americans don't know that loss... yet.
My view is that Obama is a socialist, not quite a communist. But as Khrushchev himself once said, you cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to communism. You need small doses of socialism first. Or heavy doses as prescribed by Obama.
Sorry, Senator Obama, but don't spread any of that immoral wealth towards me. My idealism and personal want to help others is not so naive. My freedom is not for sale. Is yours?politics
Tuesday, October 21 2008 8 p.m.
The neo-socialists, epitomized by Obama, Biden and cheerled by the mainstream media and those that can't do, but teach at major universities, give a new spin to an old yarn. They cleverly focus the class warfare on a smaller percentage of rich and claim that it would not negatively impact the average citizen. It's only negative to those at the very top. Since, of course, that makes it OK. These neo-socialists believe that the libertarian principals sowed into the declaration of independence and harvested in the U.S. Constitution are out-dated and view freedom with disdain. They would even try to redefine freedom for us and explain how patriotic it is to be taxed. This new socialism promises to make people happy at the expense of a small minority, which we don't like anyway.
Encouraging those at the top to work less translates to less tax revenue in the long run, which means that the commitments for all the new permanent entitlement programs will fall on lower and lower tax brackets, encouraging everyone to work less and producing a feedback loop of inefficiency and corruption that will ultimately end-up in the collapse of the economy and loss of happiness for many generations.politics
Friday, October 17 2008 1:10 p.m.
It's been the hobby of many to take a shot of liquor during the U.S. presidential debates after one of the candidates says the word "Maverick". I began to wonder why it was that this crowd believed it would be amusing to drink whenever the word "Maverick" was uttered. There are other buzzwords that could be mocked, like "change". This one in particular seems to ruffle the feathers of those who took those shots. Let's try to figure out why.
Here's the definition of "Maverick" from Merriam-Webster.politics
Wednesday, July 16 2008 11:03 p.m.
This post is a follow-up to my earlier post about celebrating your personal freedom.
If you're on your way to being free, congrats. If you're not on your way and you think you're free, you probably don't know how controlled you are. Of course, this doesn't apply to everyone out there. But chances are, it applies to you.politics
Thursday, July 3 2008 11:01 a.m.
With the country celebrating its independence, it's a perfect time to talk about about freedom and independence. As you may have overheard in school... America declared independence from tyranny over 200 years ago on July 4th. That was the short-term action. However, America wasn't free on July 4th. Just like in weight-loss, it takes time to reach the goal. It took long term commitment and determination to actually make a free society. A society where personal responsibility is of utmost importance and freedoms for everyone are the ideal goal that we hope to never fall short of.
It's been over 200 years that that long-term commitment to freedom has been declared. How free and independent are you? There's probably an easy way to measure this. Freedom is directly related to responsibility, just as light is related to visibility. The more light there is the more you can see, and so it is with responsibility.politics
Monday, June 23 2008 6:17 p.m.
The likely next president of the United States has very interesting answers when asked about guns.
For all of those that think owning a gun is ridiculous and no one should have the right to have one... Here's an open letter.
The average American outsources so much, that they can't even change a tire without calling AAA. Should we outsource a basic need like security? Shouldn't we be allowed to provide our own security with appropriate tools?politics
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