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The Cult of Tech Companies

Working for the company I do, I interact with quite a few people from the same industry but different companies. I was having a conversation with someone the other night and we were talking about one of my companies competitors. The person I was talking to worked for another company, but there was one that we both agreed had a cult like following. I won't say which large tech company it is, but to describe this company. In the city I live most of the employees live in the area around the offices. When at work they are really into the company. When not at work they hang out together to the point of pub crawls together, evenings at each other's houses playing games, having parties, etc. During these times they spend most of it talking to each other about work items. And of course they date and marry one another.
I've spent a lot of time with one of the people who work for this company because one of the points of conflict between us is my inability to swallow the cool-aid,…

Texas Cop Stuns 76 Year Old Man During Traffic Stop

Another case of cops going to extremes

A Texas police officer is under investigation for using a stun gun on a 76-year-old mechanic he had pulled over for an expired inspection certificate.

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Book Recommendation - An Expat's Guide to Ireland

Looking for a good read. Check out this book by a buddy of mine who moved from the US to Ireland. An Expat's Guide to Ireland: Life in a Second World Country

Hilarious reading.

Good Voting America?!?!


A Cop Tried To Kill My Dog

Out of the blue, a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy approached my dog, drew his gun and threatened to shoot him while we were camping last night. One of the scariest, most upsetting and unnecessary things that's happened to us, here's how it went down.

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Conservatives Prefer Propaganda to Reality

"Pew discovered that conservatives are consuming a right-wing media full of lies and misinformation, whereas liberals are more interested in media that puts facts before ideology. It’s very much not a “both sides do it” situation. Conservatives are becoming more conservative because of propaganda, whereas liberals are becoming more liberal while staying very much checked into reality." 

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Planet marks hottest September since 1880

Last month was the hottest September for globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces since record-keeping began in 1880, the US government said on Monday.
"It also marked the 38th consecutive September with a global temperature above the 20th century average," said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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But there is no such thing as global warming according to the right-wingers.

Robin Williams Death

To add my own commentary on the debate about Robin Williams death. I've seen comments from people about how selfish he was to kill himself and other related items, but really aren't we the selfish ones. The guy wasn't happy living and he wanted to die, so he made the choice to end his life on his terms. Is this really any different than death-with-dignity, where some states allow people with terminal illnesses to end their lives?
I loved Robin Williams, he did so many movies that are on my list of great films. But if he got to a point where he didn't want to do that anymore, where he didn't want to deal with life, let him end it on his terms. Let him be the decision maker on when to leave this planet. Is it really better to grow old and frail, to be unable to walk or think, to be in constant pain? I don't think so. Just like Hemingway who ended his life when he couldn't write anymore, let's remember his for his genius, rather than our selfish desire to …

Flying from Ireland to US

You would think that it couldn't be more of a pain in the ass to fly, yet somehow the US government has come up with a way to do it.

Normally when flying you check-in, go through security, and do immigration when arriving in the country you are going into. The US government has come up with a new system with some countries where you go through immigration at the leaving airport and Ireland is now one of those places. So instead of planning two hours at the airport when flying out you need to now plan three hours.

As is usual you check-in and go through the security check. Then you follow some signs, and find yourself at the US security check. Yes, that's right the US government doesn't trust Irish airport security to do a good enough job so they make people traveling to the US go through security again. Because it's so much fun the first time, you get to wait in a really long line to do it again. Yet, not finding this to be enough of a pain in the ass, you leave …

Vampire Diaries Drinking Game

Each episode of this show is pretty repetitive so coming up with a drinking game for it didn't take more than a few episodes.
Whenever someone dies Whenever a vampire compels (hypnotizes) someone Whenever someone takes a drink  And that's it. With this show you really only need these three items to drink and you will be plenty drunk by the end of the show.

Cop Shoots Special Needs Girl

The spot-on statement in this story is where the author says, "After all, what’s a grown man with a gun, taser, pepper spray, handcuffs and backup supposed to do to a 110-pound girl with a knife, if not to shoot her in the chest" it is a prime example of the pointless nature of the value the police force adds to society.

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A College Degree Does Not Equal Success

In the business world, I work in, it is interesting to see the value placed on a college degree. If you look at studies on income they all come to the same conclusion that an advanced degree equals higher pay. Yet, when we look at some of the most successful people throughout history we see many of the most successful and innovative people are often the ones without the college degree.
Orville and Wilbur Wright - The first to successfully fly using parts from a bicycle shop and a desire to each human powered flight. Yet at the time many people were attempting to achieve the same goal. A large number of those people with advanced degrees in fields that should have set them ahead but didn't.
Henry Ford - Designed the modern production line and founded the car company that now sells its vehicles worldwide.
Abraham Lincoln - Self-taught lawyer and considered to be the greatest president in American History.
Maya Angelou - Recently deceased,and dropped out of school at the age …

Not Using Bike Lane Ticket

Another example of how police waste time unnecessarily ticketing people instead of doing something useful with there time.

The House Won't Cut Defense Where It Is Needed

An interesting editorial in the NY Times this week, that I can't even blame on the republicans as both parties in the house are to blame for the US massive military budget. A budget that the pentagon wants to cut and congress won't let them.

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Republicans Protesting Laws Passed by Republicans

In another example of Republican stupidity, a Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has gathered a bunch of right-wingers in protest of a law that allows the government to charge ranchers for grazing cattle on federal lands.
As usual they are blaming Obama for infringing on freedoms, etc, all.
But the reality of the situation is that the Obama administration is just enforcing a law that has been in place since a Republican has been in office. In fact the Republican who extended the law they are now protesting is, the god of the Republican Party, Mr. Ronald Reagan. 

TSA Agents Confiscate Woody Doll's Toy Gun

Just to prove that the US isn't the only country with moronic TSA agents, TSA agents at Heathrow Airport in England confiscated the toy gun that Woody the character from Toy Story carries.

Yes, not only do they take your shampoo, your sewing needles, they will also take away a quarter inch toy gun out of the hands of babies. Thanks for keeping the world safe TSA.

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Check Out Chasing Ice

Here is the link to the DVD on Amazon as well.. Chasing Ice

Scrap The Jones Act

In 1920 a congressman from Washington State proposed, passed a law through congress known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, aka The Jones Act. What the Jones Act does is requires any goods going from one US port to another port in the US to be shipped on a ship made in the US and captainedby an American.
The idea initially was to promote US jobs in shipbuilding and crews. Of course in the modern era something different is happening. In the modern world not many ships are built in the US anymore. So what happens now is you can ship from one port to another on trains not built in the US, you can ship on planes not built in the US, you can even have a truck going from one port to another driven by someone from another country and built in another country. But you still can't have an item put on a cargo ship in New Orleans and have it dropped off in a port in New York unless that ship was built in the US, flying a US flag, and crewed by Americans.
The US council of economic advis…

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Drinking Game

With any drinking game you can change the rules as you see fit. You can take a drink or take a shot, or for couples take off an article of clothing.
Every time we see Buffy's bra strapEvery time Giles cleans his glassesEvery time someone kills a vampireEvery time someone mysteriously disappears Every time actual human diesEvery time Angel shows his vampire face

Family Guy Drinking Game

With any drinking game you can change the rules as you see fit. You can take a drink or take a shot, or for couples take off an article of clothing.

Whenever someone insults MegWhenever they have a flashback or cut sceneWhenever Peter fights the chickenWhenever Stewie tries to kill someoneWhenever the evil monkey appearsWhenever someone breaks out in songWhenever a celebrity appears WheneverQuagmire says "giggidy"

Ode to the Smoke

Of all the ways to pass the day, how fantastic would it be to break every hour or two, walk down the stairs, and stand out in the warm sun. For a pack a day, a fantastic relief could be had, a calming nerve agent with a habit that sets me apart for the rest.
Unfortunately, I'm not one who partakes of these delectable little sticks.  Not one, who sits by my computer typing away with an ash laden try by it's side, and a cig dangling from the mouth. I don't enjoy a "smoke break" in the way my poker buddies do during those Monday night games. Nor do I get to be the pal whom one can bum a smoke.
Maybe with a little perseverance as a child I could have picked up the addiction. Maybe, I should have spent more time with the smokers, the not so cool kids who now get a reprieve from the military formation line. Maybe then, I could hold my head high as an adult, blow smoke in the face of that passerby with the dirty look, or even maybe, I could be that guy, who with a flick…

Ways Women are More Shallow than Men

Women like to imply that they are not shallow, they act as if they are the better of the sexes preferring personality over bod. I however disagree and have met a few men who disagree as well. Let's see some examples of why women are more shallow than men.

Is He Funny?
They always say what they really want is a man with a good sense of humor.He just also has to be good looking. Go to a Ralphie May standup routine, and see all the good looking girls there laughing at his jokes, then look and see how many of those girls are there with guys that look like Ralphie. And yes, I know his wife is a hottie. There are exceptions to all rules, and it doesn't hurt that he's famous.
Good Looking? Ever hear the phrase, "tall dark and handsome." That's not something men say. Women will openly reject a man because he is too short. I don't know many men who reject women because they are too short, or too tall.
According to one study of over 12,100 people they found that w…

Coal Slurry Spill in West Virginia

Well West Virginia, you get mad when is crazy liberals try to take away your sweet jobs in the coal mines by moving the country to cleaner energy. The price you are going to pay is an occasional river of coal slurry spilling into your rivers and creeks.

The latest one involves 108,000 gallons of the stuff in your rivers. Read about it here..

Hipster Tagging

A friend and I decided to come up with a new game. We call it hipster tagging. The idea of the game is to go out and see who can get the most hipster pics at a time. My first attempt I found three.

Fun for the whole family, you try and see how many hipsters you can tag in a day.

As a reminder here is how to spot a hipster

Search Results on Bing and Google for Flipboard

I've noticed a lot lately that when searching for a site that new algorithms on search engines are bringing up everything except the site. But I think bing has managed to get even worse that google. At least a search for flipboard actually returns the site at the top of the results. On bing, the actual flipboard site doesn't even make the first page of results.

A little FYI Microsoft, if you want to actually beat google you do need to actually give people the sites they are looking for when searching on bing.