Before mid-life I used to think “how could he allow himself to become an alcoholic.”
After my mid-life started I think “how can anyone NOT plunge themselves into abject alcoholism.”
I don't know why I never considered the current situation I am in as possible.
At mid-life, I am in full recognition of a significant lifestyle change. I'm pretty sure its all the fault of my new kid. But of course he's wonderful and amazing and so worth it :\
Before, I had more time than money. I would sacrifice time in favor of saving money.
In other words, I tended to be very frugal. If I could save money by taking longer, then I took longer.
Now, I have more money than time. Old habits are hard to break though. I have to sacrifice money in favor of gaining more time.
"every man dies. not every man truly lives" goes the saying.
Today is a great day for phishing.
But then again, every day is a great day for phishing for the typical cyber criminal.
A pair of words from my father I used to hear (more often than any other guidance) was "safety first." In most endeavors of sending me off into the world for education, adventure, travel, or the unknown, I heard those words. Little did I know as a child, or teenager, or young adult that those two words would ring so true in my personal and professional online life. I find myself saying the same words to my 1.5yr old son too. You could say I'm trying the mantra on for size. It seems to fit well.
I am late to write about the annual Father's Day event from this past Sunday, but the image of the email I got today is a prime example of "online safety first." The internet wasn't built with a heavy emphasis on security and privacy. We have to do extra work to use third party tools and services and encryption to make us operationally more secure in the internet-dominated world as it is today.
To all my technical brethren out there: safety first!
To my dad, whose family fled North Korea when he was a child seeking safety, who as a husband/father immigrated to the United States seeking opportunity for himself and his children, I give my undying love and deepest admiration of your bravery.
Five quick ideas you can explore for more privacy, more security:
Tenta Browser (created and founded by my good friends Jesse and Jen)
Comcast DDoS Protection for your Enterprise (as part of my day job)
Learn about blockchain technology and its built-in feature of pseudonymity
Consider a new BlackBerry KeyOne that integrates Android and the legendary security capabilities of BlackBerry (aka Research in Motion)
Read as much as humanly possible, educate yourself, trust your gut. Be suspicious of any email that asks you to login with a provided hyperlink. ALWAYS mouse-over the hyperlink to see where it goes, like I did in the above image. 99% of the time, you don't want to click on it.
After reading (still in the middle of it) Creativity, Inc., I’ve come to dislike the word “honest” even more.
When people who are trying to persuade someone and they use the filler of "I"ll be honest with you, blah, blah, blah..."
I hate that.
From the article in the hyperlink above:
“It's also a way to be honest and supportive, two traits one top Silicon Valley CEO coach says are crucial to running a great team."
A better word to use is candor. Being candid means people can be honest without all the underlying morality issues.
The article doesn’t address what exactly happens when they disagree and also don’t want to commit. I suppose the idea dies, or hibernates until a different decision maker comes into the picture. But then of course you might have some underlying resentment and frustration build up in the person whose idea was crushed.
I haven't done an #FTTF post in quite a while. It's been since last May!
But it's for a great cause. It's all in the name of privacy, encryption, and security. And best of all, a couple of my favorite people founded the company. I hope to be trying out the browser soon on my new #blackberry #KEYone. That's right. A new blackberry WITH A FULL KEYBOARD is coming out next month. And it also gives me a chance to use an app from CakeCodes (full disclosure: I am an investor) that is only available on Android.
These t-shirts are high quality 100% cotton. The medium fits me very well. You can always tell a t-shirt is nice by checking the tag. These are "District Made" with some very nice satin nylon tags. I haven't heard of District Made, but the satin tag is what really gives it away.
To the Tenta team: well done on the selection of it!
Example number one of thinking to yourself:
Where did that email go? Oh, here it is. No. It doesn't have that attachment I need. That's not the right email. Where the heck did it go? Did I file it somewhere? Maybe I detached that file to save email server quota. But then I know I saved the file someplace. Now I have to look through all the files on my hard drive...
Example number two between two information workers:
"I don't see it."
"What? I just sent it to you yesterday."
"I'm looking at all the emails you sent me in the last five days and I don't see an email with an attachment."
"Maybe I sent it through our Instant Messenger session."
"Okay, let me check the conversation history."
"And while you do that I'll go ahead and email it again."
"No, no, don't do that. Let me look first. Give me a chance to find it."
"Find it yet?"
"Hold on. Gimme another minute."
"Ok, so I got the file and I can send it again when you're ready."
"Fine. Go ahead and send it again. I SWEAR I saw it. I KNOW I saw it. Where the hell did it go?"
"Don't worry about it. It's no big deal."
"No, it is a big deal because I feel like I'm going crazy. Why does this happen all the time?"
"I don't care. Let's hurry up and finish. We already wasted enough time."
((( A week later... a bug was discovered. IT sent out a company-wide notification. The bug happen to randomly delete emails with suspicious attachments that were perfectly FINE. )))
There is actually a clinical diagnosis for this kind of hellish world. There was even an old movie based on it. And then the term from the movie became the clinical diagnosis. It's called gas lighting. It's a very effective way of driving someone insane. And that's what computers do to information workers every day! Yay!
P.S. And yes, an evil manager can do the same shit to an undesirable employee. It's super evil behavior. Just like your computer and its faulty software, you don't want a manager like that.
I haven't done a big detailed food post in a while, so here goes.
it's a very nice, wide open store that is well lit in the middle of the day. i got there around 12:45pm and you would expect that the place would be packed with lunchers, but it wasn't. and the parking lot was really easy to park in.
if you park directly across the street from the restaurant, and you don't want to walk to one far intersection or another, then you will choose to jay walk to go straight in. when i was sitting eating my LCB (little cheese burger), i saw a few people do the same as i did: jay walk. after you chicken run across the street, then you walk up across a grassy incline to the front door. if there was more foot traffic from the parking lot jay walking, then there would probably be a dead path of grass that they would have to stone over to keep it looking pretty.
I think the shopping center needs to do some extra marketing or something special to get more people in through here. Maybe the 'hood had a bad reputation or something. I don't know. Maybe it's because it was a Monday. I don't know, but it seemed like it should be more busy.
for me, the LCB, as they call it, is the perfect amount of beef. i don't need too much because ground beef is so rich and fatty. you think having more beef is good, but it will probably just kill you faster. anyways, i finally noticed today that they toast the buns. and that reminded me of In-n-Out. For me, In-n-Out is the gold standard for really good fast food burgers. It seems like these guys basically did their non-Christian version of In-n-Out and have done a great job. lightly toasted burger buns are so damn good!
the peanut deal is unique. but i'm not so into that.
it's $6.45 for an LCB. whether you get it all the way, or plain, it's $6.45. to me, for a fast food place, it's a bit expensive. but i get it. they have a unique brand, they have very, very specific decor, the vibe is good - they were playing Beck's 'Devil's Haircut' while i was munching on my burger. but i am pretty sure that according to fast food standards, $6.45 for just the burger is a bit high. it's okay though, i like it. I just need to remember to not get the pickles on the 'all they way LCB'.
here's the last observation. the little light wood colored chairs sit really low to the tables. i have no idea why it's like that. the tables look like they are the normal height. all i know is, i usually sit pretty high (if i sit up straight) to the table. but in this case, even if I sat up straight as a stick, i still felt like i had to struggle to get my elbows on the table. maybe they want your face to be as close to the table as possible so that when your pigging out on your burger there will be less chance that the burger bits will fly onto the floor. of course it could be just dumb luck that the tables and chairs are like that.
the burger is good though. i really like the cajun seasoning you can get on the fries, but the last time i tried them, they were a bit too soggy. it might be a product of the fact that the potatoes are fresh. like In-n-Out. i find that In-n-Out fries tend to be a little too soggy for me too. but that doesn't stop me from eating a lot of them.
It's always going to be interesting when the first-time-dad is left to provide childcare. I was given instructions to "make him happy."
And it made me realize that maybe Sebby really isn't capable at 13 months of age to make himself happy. There are extremely short glimmers of it every once in a while when he is playing by himself. And it misleads me. But he pretty much he has to rely on his caregiver for happiness and enjoyment.
It's crazy how that skill is foundational for a human.
You MUST be able to make yourself happy.
Somehow, someway, you have to figure it out for yourself. You sure as hell didn't get asked to be brought into this world, but you're stuck now. It's my responsibility to do the best I can to teach you how to make the best of it. I can give you some tools. But somehow you have to figure out how to make yourself happy without a dependency of something or someone else. Do it and you will have, by my calculations, about 51% of your short existence figured out.
So I'm trying and wanting to use a certain web site and it's another site that is asking me for my userid+password for a one-time authentication. While I can appreciate the high level of security the site wants to impose on it's users due to the risk of fraud by bad actors, it reminds me of the three most important rules for a brick+mortar retail store:
So the three most important rules for passwords are:
1. Never give out your password.
2. Never give out your password.
3. Never give out your password.
It still astonishes me that in 2017 there are Information Technology departments in companies who ask their users for their passwords to do troubleshooting.
It's like one friend of mine said "it's junk food for your brain."
And it's totally true. Don't get me wrong. i LOVE junk food. potato chips, doughnuts, cheetos, soda, tortilla chips, popcorn, dark chocolate kit kat, ice cream, kettle style potato chips... the goes on and on.
And it's coincidental that I have had to seriously cut back on my consumption of junk food because my metabolism has finally hit a wall. My mid-life tragedy is almost complete. So I have had to also cut back on my consumption of this one really bad brain junk food too: facebook.
Don't get me wrong, I haven't totally 100% taken facebook junk food out of my diet yet, but it's been seriously curtailed. And yes, I love my seeing my friends and family too. But there are limits to everything in life.
I've been running some self-experimentation, in the style of Tim Ferriss to figure out what works for me. And ever since Nov. 8, 2016, I have found that participating in facebook, especially on mobile, is not healthy for my brain. Along with making me impatient and angry, when I am on it, I want more of it. Like a casino and its slot machines that practice variable ratio reinforcement on you, if I don't see a post that entertains or informs me, then I look for another. After the satisfaction of consumed, it, I seek more. And so on and so forth.
I also realized that I also continued to think of fun, clever, and entertaining or informative posts to share. It felt like I was in a self-contained coopetition with my friends for fun, clever, informative, and entertaining shit to share. So not only was I wasting my time consuming brain junk food with variable ratio reinforcement, but I was also contributing to the consumption of it by others. In my spare brain cycles, I would constantly be thinking of taking this picture or that picture and making a joke or sarcastic comment. AND YES, while very fun and engaging with my friends, it was a hamster wheel. It didn't help me to earn more money, it didn't help me to be better at my day job, it didn't help me be a better husband or father, it didn't help me get more accomplished in my nights and weekends jobs, and it didn't make by body more healthy.
I am happy to report that for me, I am back to reading great books, and listening to very short snippets of national and local news to keep me informed about what is going on and I FEEL and THINK more clearly now. CLARITY. I am more focused on an exciting possible new side business venture involving bitcoin too. FOCUS. Just like the song goes, "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone." I don't allow myself to facebook on a mobile device. DISCIPLINE.
I will not participate in a drone-like existence to further the maniacal efforts of The Zuck to take over every aspect of the online world, to mine what I do, to sell my information, and to profit while not making the world a better place. Here is an interesting critique of his manifesto.
Anyways, if you read this far, then thanks for making it. Hope to see you IRL soon.
"You're unique and special and there is no one else in the world like you."
"If you're one in a million, then in China, there are at least a thousand of you."
It's official. I am not the only "Dae Yu" who has a presence in the interwebs.
Dae, I'd like to introduce you to Dae. Be kind to yourself.
I know at least one commonality between us: We both love cars.
How well do you know yourself?
If a manager comes to you and says "Thanks for the work you did on that project. I really appreciate it. I have some ideas for the next project we can talk about that might help improve the finished product for the next customer."
Versus a manager who comes you and says "That sucked. I think the customer was BARELY satisfied and that means I was NOT HAPPY at all with your work. The customer needs to be extremely satisfied at all times. You have A LOT of work to do if you're going to do better on the next project."
Then which manager do you think you would want to have?
Statistically speaking (with a significantly large sample size), one approach does tend to do a better job of "managing", aka "coaching". And so a manager can either play the numbers and go with what is proven to work better, but the more effective (and much, much harder) approach is to customize the message the manager deems appropriate for the recipient. If you’re bad a reading people, then your coaching success rate could end up being horrible.
And going back to the original question. Do you really know yourself well enough to truly know which type of feedback works the best with you?
My bet is you don't. And that's what makes it all so difficult, and challenging, and cathartic, and rewarding in the end.
I was inspired to tweet after listening to this Corner Office interview of Peter Kim.
marketplace.org with Kai Ryssdal
hi1 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: i really enjoyed it. but you missed one question for him. cc @RadioBabe
hi2 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: what kind of premium denim will you make in the internment camps in Montana? cc @RadioBabe
hi3 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: will U.S. citizens of NK heritage be allowed due process... @RadioBabe
hi4 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: ...before the internment camps if we actively continue war with NK? cc @RadioBabe
hi5 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: during Obama ppl bought guns like crazy b4 laws that might take them away got passed cc @RadioBabe
hi6 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: after Obama maybe ppl will buy guns like crazy to defend themselves from government cc @RadioBabe
hi7 @kairyssdal for Peter Kim interview: endgame is that it's ALWAYS good to be arms+ammo manufacturer cc @RadioBabe #tonystark
I am @LuggageDonkey #140characterHELL
It's complex days with complex messages.
How to make sense of it?
Maybe it's best not to.
Time to move on.
Sort of like a lot of lessons in life that no one can or usually will teach you, here are a string of thoughts and facts that no one ever told me. I learned it in real time. The hard way.
It is scientifically proven that interrupted and lack of sleep will cause clinical depression. It is also, IMHO probably one of the most effective torture methods. Forget waterboarding. That’s just a total waste of water. It’s too much drama too. Don’t let your victim sleep at all. Interrupted sleep. No sleep. Off-cycle sleep. Do it all. It’s cheap and extremely effective. And you can do a lot of it without having to touch your victim.
When you have a new baby in your family, and if you are a caregiver to the child, you will not be given a chance to sleep normally for a few years. Maybe several years if you have more than one child. If the child has health issues, then you are much more likely not to get good sleep. You will be clinically depressed. Until you can reliably sleep soundly at night on a regular basis, you will be depressed. There is no way around it. Add the day-to-day grown-up stresses of life like keeping your job, paying your bills, keeping your spousal relationship happy, keeping your business up and running, saving for retirement, and living life with your extended family and in-laws; and you’ve got a very, very full plate. Those issues alone can keep a grown-up up at night, unable to sleep due to the stress of it all.
I’m in the middle of it right now. I don’t know when we’ll get out of it. As a new first-time grandpa dad at 45 I keep thinking of that joke about video games:
You play modern day video games until you finish them. In old school video games, you just kept going again and again and again on the same boards and challenges over and over and it got harder and harder and harder. Until all your men died and it was GAME OVER. Just like life.
Hello world, Mark Zuckerberg here. I wanted to personally thank you for making Facebook what it is today. The holidays are right around the corner and without your daily active use of the site, we wouldn’t have gotten to where we are today. So I am very thankful this year. There are about 1.8 BILLION daily active users of Facebook these days! I can hardly believe it.
Oh, by the way, in case you don’t know who I am, I am one of the co-founders of Facebook. I am one of the many people who have made BILLIONS OF DOLLARS by giving you free and unlimited access to Facebook. In November 2016, Google search will tell you I am worth $52B. That’s not a typo. That means I could spend $1,000,000 a day for the rest of my life, and if I live to be 100yrs old, I would still have over $27B left in my checking account. ($27.18B to be exact, but who’s counting?)
Now there has been some criticism lately of the so-called “fake news” that has been all over Facebook and the Internet. I want to be perfectly clear, it’s not exactly fake news. It’s actually completely totally fraudulent news that evil people looking for profits have created. And Facebook and Internet users, (aka suckers - that’s you guys) have fallen for it, over and over and over again. You guys get tricked into reading, sharing, and believing stupid shit ALL THE TIME. Some blame Facebook for not filtering out the fraudulent misleading news reports and I wanted to give my full, careful, and detailed response to the critics.
Here it is:
Who gives a shit! GFY. I got $52,000,000,000 in the bank, yo! Why would I give a shit about fraudulent news that is misleading people and causing them to get angry, and making the world more divisive and shitty when I got $52,000,000,000 in the bank, bitches? I AM A FIFTY-TWO BILLIONAIRE, YO. That means the normal rules don’t apply to me. Through my unlimited resources, I have more money than most countries in the world. And it’s all thanks to the virulent, addictive, unreasonable, and constant proliferation of whatever “news" is spread via the internet and through Facebook.
But just so you know, for public relations, I am putting on an appearance of doing something to make Facebook better in light of recent criticisms. I want to introduce you to my crackerjack team of security and fraud engineers in this top secret room. They are actively working to semi-mitigate the fraudulent news appearing on Facebook. Here is Dillhole. Say hi Dillhole.
“So Dillhole, what are you working on today?"
"I’m playing Farmville!"
Because you know what that means? It means I’m making mo’ money, mo’ money!, mo’ money from this Dillhole while he’s playing Farmville on Facebook. God, I love America! What I have co-founded is BETTER than Las Vegas if you could ever believe it. But instead of millions of people who go to Vegas every year who don’t know how to do math, there are BILLIONS of people who are born every day who don’t know how to exercise good judgement and think critically, and don’t know how to stop using Facebook - and you know what that means? I keep making BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THAT’S BILLION WITH A ‘B’. BA-BA-BA-BA-BA-BIIIIILLLLLLLLION!!!
The critics seem to think that just because I have BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DOHHHHLLLLLLARS that I have some sort of duty to help the people of the world be safer, be more prosperous, and be more enlightened.
THPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP. blah blah blah, whine, whine, whine. Gimme a break with your crybaby bullshit. If you could think for yourself, then it would be easy to figure out that when I have $52B, that means the rest of the people in the world DON'T have $52B. duh. It’s easy math. So by definition, I virtually leave the world more poor. And along with my other three comma club members, by not lifting a finger, we also make it less safe. Therefore the people of the world stay in the same shitty unaware state in which they were born.
Don’t ever blame me though. Don’t you dare. You’re the one who chooses. You’re the one who makes the decisions every single day of your life. If you want someone to blame, then look in the mirror. Look in the mirror at yourself and your broke ass checking account. Keep doing what you’re doing. Because it means I get to look in the mirror and see my beautiful face and my even more beautiful $52 BILLON DOLLAR stock portfolio grow more and more and more and more every day.
Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Good night, suckers, eh, I mean loyal Facebookers!
WARNING: THIS ESSAY WAS SATIRE. IF YOU READ THIS FAR, THEN I WAS SUCCESSFUL IN KEEPING YOUR ATTENTION FOR A FEW MINUTES. BUT JUST IN CASE THERE IS ANY QUESTION LEFT IN YOUR MIND, ZUCK DIDN’T WRITE THIS ESSAY. BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT SOME OF WHAT WAS WRITTEN ISN’T PARTIALLY VIRTUALLY TRUE. IN OTHER WORDS, JOKES BASED ON TRUTH ARE THE BEST JOKES. SERIOUSLY THOUGH. LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
Sometimes, (not all the time*) being in a new business, like an internet startup is like smashing your forehead onto a spike on your desk every day. Except it's more like every hour. And once out of the twenty four times a day, it randomly turns out to be the softest, most comforting, most amazing, welcoming, and most compassionate pillowy landing you could ever imagine in usually a brutal world of brutal brutality.
*the rest of the time it's a grind. a pure, unadulterated, unrelenting, never ending grind.
I sent some feedback to Apple:
The tabs at the top of the main safari window are too indistinguishable. They blend in too well.
I was recently faced with a draining MBP 15 battery due to a constant fan when I use Chrome. So I am forced to use more Safari. I like to keep a lot of tabs open.
The design of the tabs with the gray coloring and the blending of the tabs, without much clear distinction from one another that doesn't show favicons and only shows the same boring gray text on top of gray shadowing sucks.
And so it begins. I'll probably be sending out a few thousand tweets by the time it is all done. I have no idea how many elected officials there are in the United States of America. But I know it's not an infinite list. And then when I'm done sending the same message/question to every public official, I will tweet to all of them again. And probably yet again until I feel like layer two of Maslow's Hierarchy is no longer at risk as a person of color and recent immigrant to the United States of America.
I will share with anyone who wants it - a simple plain text file with all the perfectly edited tweets to every public official and public figure I tweet to. All you'll have to do is copy and paste directly into twitter if you feel like this issue is important to you.
I am very running out of time these days. And of course I am behind in my blogging. No poignant photos to accentuate the point on this one. Just text.
Today it's a very, very quick one. It's a process for improvement that @arryinSeattle and I have implemented recently with great effectiveness in our #marriage.
Repeat if necessary.
The fall is coming to Seattle very soon. It happens every year. And so it goes with computers and Operating Systems too.
It's inevitable. No matter how good your software is, it will eventually grow to such a massive size, with so many features and so many latent little bugs that don't surface until the wrong bit of code gets introduced, that your software will soon turn into a big pile of shit.
I think if you look up something like "mac spinning rainbow ball" then you'll find all kinds of hits that date back to god knows when. But it never means anything until it happens to you. And so it is. It's happened to me. My MacBook Pro finally crashed under the legendary Spinning Ball of Death. It's the SBOD. You can even pronounce it. And it pretty much sounds about as delightful as it is to experience it.
In the case of Windows, it's always been plagued with the Blue Screen of Death. aka BSOD, but I never heard anyone give it a acronym. It was always just called "blue screening". I don't think there is a person on earth whose PC has never crashed while displaying it. It usually meant that your computer was now forever F'ed. It would gradually become slower and more inoperable. Too much random software installed on an Operating System (OS) that wasn't strong enough in the first place.
The Apple Operating Systems have been legendary for their stability and reliability. Even viruses where either non-existent or much, much, much less prone. But now my $4000 machine has crashed once and so its days are numbered. The most ironic part of it all is that it was in the middle of a Time Machine backup. Once it went SBOD, I tried pulling the USB backup drive out and it was still aware enough to tell me "you didn't eject that drive gracefully."
Yeah man, no shit. Thanks for that tidbit of love as you SBOD me.
I dipped a toe into bitcoin in December of 2015 as a very speculative investment. I bought some when it was valued at ~$418. As of Sept 5 2016, it's worth ~$605. That's almost a 45% increase in less than a year. In pure percentages, that's a phenomenal return on investment in almost any timeframe, but that's in less than a year! As the common knowledge goes, the more risky the investment, the higher the possible returns or losses. We're still in the very extremely early stages of bitcoin and its underlying technology called blockchain. If you want to know more about bitcoin then check out Coindesk, or use your favorite search engine to find all kinds of articles.
And speaking of blockchain, after watching a fabulous TED Talk by Don Tapscott, I learned of a few different ways to apply blockchain to our world. It's still got some kinks to work out, but it has the potential to make a massive impact on individual human prosperity around the world.
So I decided to create a sticker to express my support and eagerness to watch blockchain and bitcoin grow over the next 20yrs the way I was able to watch and experience the growth of the Internet and Wide Area Networks (WANs) in my professional career over the last 20yrs.
If you'd like ONE of these stickers for free, then send a SASE to:
c/o i <3 blockchain sticker
3727 S Alaska St #18284
Seattle, WA 98118
One free sticker per SASE will be sent.
Include your email and I will let you know when I get your SASE and when the sticker is sent.
I want to spread to knowledge and potential of the blockchain technology to every internet user in the world - one sticker at a time <3
p.s. I created the sticker image with pixelmator, and used stickermule to get them made. all interactions were handled online, and they were super easy to work with. GiftStarter has used them in the past, so I decided to use them for this little pet project.
p.p.s. THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO GET IT:
* stickermule for $3.99
* paypal direct purchase for $1.99
send $1.99 to https://www.paypal.me/luggagedonkey
* free with a SASE as detailed above
I am so sick of seeing articles about Donald Trump. Yet at the same time, I can't stop watching the slow train wreck happen right before my eyes. There is so much opinion about Donald Trump especially. So what am I to do? I might as well throw my opinion out there too.
Here is what I have been able to conclude about him for the most important reason to write: so I can keep my sanity.
I don’t know about others, but what I really cherish are SANITY, REASON, and RATIONALITY. People seem to project onto others what they really want in this world. When they don’t get it they get annoyed, or upset. So through a few of the bad articles and through some articles with really good analysis, here is how I have concluded based on what I desire in human behavior: Trump doesn’t really want to be president.
Attention of all sorts is what he wants and craves. He used to be a business man. He is now an entertainer. And he’s taken to politics as his latest platform to entertain… HIMSELF!
I don’t think he’s a dumb guy. It’s really hard to be a stupid person to get to where he’s gotten in life. He might not be a
scholar, but he’s smart enough. And more importantly, through tantrums, name calling, and sheer force of will, he gets what he wants. I can half-heartedly respect that kind of goal-oriented behavior. As an entertainer, he started to criticize Obama a few years ago and he was mightily entertaining. That silliness about the birth certificate was very fun to watch. And it made for good TV ratings.
His incentive was to further entertain himself by running for the nomination and he captured the hearts and minds of people who agreed with him, but first and foremost they were very entertained. Through the many long debates and arguments with the other Republicans, he secured the nomination for President with the Republican party. I truly believe the idea of running for POTUS started out a a joke. It was a flippant little joke that caught him by surprise when it became reality. He was so much fun to watch in the Republican debates, he beat out every other candidate and much to his surprise, he got the nomination.
Maybe he doesn’t know what the definition of sarcasm is, or maybe he earnestly believes he’s telling the truth sometimes, but the only fact that I can conclude is that he is lying when he says he wants to be President. No action, or words from his mouth indicates to be that he truly wants to be president. He’s fully and consciously lying about it. Everything else out of his mouth is up for debate, but he’s definitely lying about wanting the job.
He’s probably thinking, "I got away with saying whatever the fuck I wanted and I managed to get nominated by a major political party to be President. This is amazing. I love America! I love what I’m doing. I need to do more!"
And now here we are. We’re less than three months away and he’s been on a steady diet of insults and rhetoric that is baffling to say the least. No one can seem to get control of him. His advisors are completely ineffectual. His family is dumbfounded. And his poll numbers are slowly sinking.
It’s because he’s already figured out that he doesn’t really want to be President. He understands that he needs to be knowledgable, wise, and decisive. Telling a crowd of people he loves babies, then saying let the baby cry - it'a okay, then saying to get the baby out, then saying he was kidding earlier about keeping the crying baby there while he talked, then later on explaining to the press that he was joking and being sarcastic. THAT KIND OF TALKING IS NOT DECISIVE. BUT IT IS EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING.
He knows that it’s the hardest job in the world. Literally, THE HARDEST JOB IN THE WORLD. He doesn’t want to spend every night reading two hundred pages of security briefs on the latest security risks plaguing hotspots around the world. He doesn’t want to debate economic practices and theories with Ph.D. economists for hours. And that’s after he’s supposed to have read the latest mini-novels of reports of the latest metrics being tracked for our mega-complex deca-trillion dollar economy. Immigration is an extremely hot topic, but all he seems to talk about is building a wall, and people love it, so that’s his presidential plan and he keepS saying it and people love it. He knows it ridiculous, but as long as people love it, he might as well keep on saying it. If I could get paid to talk about a Mexican wall all day and get paid millions, then I would have to consider it too.
Being POTUS is a lot of work. He doesn’t want to send people into combat to risk their lives. He doesn’t want to know that men and women will probably die due to his decisions. That’s a lot of stress. That’s more work that any normal person wants to do for a night. Let alone every night for four years straight.
We got to a point after the official Republican nomination where he came to the full realization that he really could have a chance to get the job. And he's sort of freaking out. He's thinking "It was just a joke guys. Come on!" So now the action plan is set and he's thinking “I’m going to have so much fun for the next three months. I am going to say and do whatever the fuck I want EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE. At some point I can make a blanket apology for every insult prior, convey regret when I really don't care, and people will love me even more! I am going to make TV networks so much money that I’m going to lock up an eight figure reality show contract when all of this political theater is done. I will go down in history as having destroyed the Republican party. If my wife decides to leave me because of all this mess, then I get to marry another lucky woman! Or maybe I might marry a man because that will get me more publicity. Then I'll divorce again. Then I'll marry myself like Dennis Rodman did. Ratings, Ratings, Ratings! What’s more important is that I need to be more outrageous, more erratic, more seemingly whacky yet totally confident in my calculatedly “idiotic" statements, to make sure I lose. Most absolutely important is that I DO NOT WIN THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It’s a terrible job. Terrible. So much work. So much terrible stress. Just terrible. I love entertaining myself though. I’m awesome. I have so much fun! People love me!"
It was time to finalize some recent work I had done to replace all the tires on nicky.
Yep. I put some awesome Kumho Korean tires I bought off of good ol' tirerack.com on her.
I find much amusement that I used American dollars to put Korean tires on my almost-classic Japanese car.
God Bless America.
And I experienced that special feeling you get when you find money while you're cleaning.
I found $1.64 in change under the back seat of a 23yr old car.
I love keeping my cars clean.
have you seen XYZ's website recently?
it's gotten really slick
yah, it's very cool
makes them seem smart
and seeming smart is the first step to actually being smart
I've long said that it's a really interesting dynamic to work with talented sales people. And when I say talented, not only do I mean sales people who produce numbers against their quota consistently, but they usually also have a good sense of humor. It seems to go hand in hand...
When you're in a constant people-facing line of work, it really helps to have a healthy sense of humor about life. Your life is not just your personal life, it's also about your work life and the ever blurring lines that separate the two. You know who you are. You work with people all day long and sometimes it really fun and enjoyable. Most of the time it's fun an enjoyable. Other times you need a burrito and margarita with a shot of tequila and an espresso for dessert to get through the day.
The above is captured from an IM session I had. Which reminds me, everything you write on a computer in any way whatsoever is public information. Don't think you have any privacy any longer :)
My name is Dae Yu.