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vegas, book idea, iPhone

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I am blogging this bad boy from the car en route to vegas. We hit Disney's double feature in socal along with universal studios. Today I turned 25. Now I will hopefully drop the hammer on some llamas in vegas in the 1-2 game.

The iPhone continues to rock muh sox. The fact that no pressure is needed for this keypad is a huge ergonomic benefit that, with all the talk of "text thumb", I'm surprised we haven't heard more of. The autocorrect on this thing is genius.

I got to meet a guy today I only know online from coh, which was cool.

I have seriously had my main two book ideas percolating, and I think real writing is near. I need to do some physics research for one. When I get home I will likely be doing some consulting work again. Seems like I will be quite busy, but opportunity doesn't let you pick your schedule.

A guy from work has been pushing me to take swim lessons and swim on a regular schedule, and I think I'll jump on it... I am by no means in the worst shape, but I'd like to get back to a fully fit weight and tone, and I'm feeling empowered lately. I will be busy... Have to cut some game time. Oh well.

Antibacterial Soap is Bad

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It's no more effective than regular soap, and it triggers mutations that make bacteria resistance to triclosan.

Check it

How would Abe Lincoln roll?

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"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

Abraham Lincoln

Thirty-One

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I turned 31 today. It is much the same as 31. But you know, it marks the passage of time. Inexorable time, which eats away life. I've discussed occasionally the possibility that we might live forever. My generation. Stem cells, telomeres... and some people have told me they wouldn't want to live forever. To hell with that, I say. Sign me up for eternal life. I'm quite certain I could go on forever. Ennui? Not likely. Ennui is for the boring.

And I actually think we can do it. I don't think immortality would wreck the world. Plenty of deaths come from accidents, or diseases we can't yet cure. General suspension of aging won't literally let us all live forever.

First objection: overpopulation. I say wrong: the age in civilized countries for childbearing is on the rise. Assuming fertility stays (no reason it shouldn't) with youth, people will stop having children young. Normally age for first child will range from 40-200, or less. General rate of childbearing will drop drastically. After all, you don't need kids to carry on a legacy if you can carry it on yourself.

Immortality aside, it's been a hell of a year. Not really in a good way, but things are on the mend, in most ways. Work is good. Nice people, promising company, good pay, good general attitude (read: do not work employees to death).

There are still a lot of things I miss, or things I want to improve... but the more things get worked out, the more attention that can be paid to the things that remain.

Here's to you, world! At my most optimistic, I have the brightest vision for the future, and I love the world.

Damn you, self

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Tonight I was chatting with a friend about life, production, economics, politics, conspiracy... and having a couple glasses of wine, which go well with such a thing.

I'm still a libertarian. And it's sort of painful. You know, it's not that I'm not productive. I have an excellent career. I do well. But I'm painfully aware of what I'm not doing. I see people who have succeeded greatly - say, Mark Cuban, who proves very often that his biggest asset is drive. That's what I'm not doing.

I painted this illustration for my friend, as we chatted over Teamspeak, both having a drink, while I played City of Heroes and blew a nice Saturday night: Let's say you make $1000 a week. You spend $900 on lifestyle. You put $100 toward retirement or whatnot. Imagine if you worked 50% harder. 50% overtime. Whatever. You don't just make 50% more... because the money you spend on lifestyle is lost to you. You're really 'creating' a net $100 in the scenario... so if you suddenly make 50% more, you now are really "making' 600% more. That is, your creation, net your destruction/consumption, is 600% higher, despite only 50% more effort.

The caveat is that the extra 50% of effort is not 50% harder. Working 60 hours a week is not 50% harder than 40/week. It's more like 200% harder or something. And I've worked 90+ hour weeks. I remember my boss waking me up from under my desk, asking me why I was still in.

What would I be if I worked 16 hour days? 90 hour weeks? I was doing well as a consultant, working for myself. I claimed I couldn't do my hourly stuff AND develop my core product, but that's a lie - I just needed to up my effort level. I wonder if 5 or 10 years down the road, I'll curse myself for not doing it. No one held me back but me. Nothing stopped me but me. Not that I'm angry about it. Or even really self-damning. That is economics, that is choice. The chance at millions - and I really felt like I had it - was not worth, in terms of expected value - the time with family, the time to live, to enjoy my life and my leisure. But the thing about leisure - as with consumption - is that if hard times befall, it is easy to regret. And I really feel like I took something away from the world. How many people would I have employed? How much money would my software have saved people? I don't know. I'm good at what I do though, and I believe that my choices matter.

So this is my reason why - if the pod people of The Matrix subconsciously were aware of their predicament - that they would nontheless "choose" to remain consciously unaware.

the ring left behind

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Someone finds a note and a $15,000 diamond left sitting in their unlocked car.

I wonder what the odds were of the ring being stolen by someone else AFTER it was left behind and before the car owner returned.

We're back

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We're back from Disney. Photos coming shortly. Whew. Disney is a different sort of place... a very "intense" sort of vacation. I feel like I've been away working for weeks or something, not taking a "vacation".

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