Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dead Friends

  There is death all around us. There are the deaths that affect us.  Then there are the deaths that affect us in profound ways. I had a friend who died a number of years ago. He was not a close friend, but he was a GOOD friend.  He was a coworker and a fun person. Most of all, he was fair. More fair than anyone I had ever met. I valued that enormously. I didn't go to the funeral. We were not close, but  I thought so much of him that I was embarrassed by how much his death affected me. To this day my eyes water when I see his name. He was the kind of person that I want to be. He was the kind of person I want everyone to be. I am sure there are things about him I would not like if I had known him better, but those are things I never saw. I am not sure they are things anyone saw other than his spouse and really close friends.
 I do know this. I have many times said "Never meet your heroes." but there are always exceptions. This is one. The only one I know of.
Tom, you are missed and will always be so.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Boys club.

I really don't get the Boys Club mentality. What is the allure there? I think any business or organization would benefit from diversity. When I see a board room picture and it is all old white dudes all I can think is 'sausage party'. The same goes for the Boys Night Out mentality. Is is all guys so they can make inappropriate jokes about women? How lame is that? It reminds me of adolescence boys snapping each other with towels in the locker room and making fart jokes. Maybe find women who like a good fart joke then. They are out there.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Movie about heaven

I need someone to make a movie about heaven.  A horror movie.  The twist is that when people there,  they are hunted and eaten by giant gods. The gods prefer the good people for two reasons: 1) Because good people are lower in toxins.  2) when good people are punished their body creates more of a chemical that the monsters love.

Someone get on that please.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A story not about climate change, but about climate change.

Say you want to doctor and the doctor told you you have a disease. If you get treatment you have a good chance of living a full life.  If you don't, you will surely die.  Then you go out and over the next two years you get not just one second opinion but say 2500 opinions . Of all the opinions one of them tells you you don't have the terminal disease. But that doctor works for a company that says that the disease doesn't exist.
Then you go out and ask 10000 people on the street who have heard about your diesease whether or not you have a terminal disease. Out of that ten thousand people, forty percent think the doctors are making it up. 
Would you A) Get treatment for the disease.  Or B) Believe the people who think the doctors are making it up.

Theory of the kickstand

So in the eighties and nineties bikes stopped coming with kickstands. People took them off because they were always falling down. I think the bike companies made they cheap so they would fall down on purpose. Then everyone would not want one and they would save millions from not putting kick stands on bikes. Genius.
Except now they make them with kickstands again.   They probably charge extra for them.  Jerks.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coming for your guns? I don't think so.

Okay, so I'm not going to go on about gun rights. Everyone's got an opinion whether they are shitty or decent. What I am going to go on about quickly is a scenario where the government wants to take everyone's guns away. I don't believe this ever would ever actually happen. No matter how paranoid you are, it is impractical. Worst case scenario is the government would ban the sale of guns and slowly, as people committed felonies or broke gun laws, they would take them all away. More likely, they would buy them up.
The the few things I really want to cover are these.
   Who do gun owners think are going to show up to take their guns?  People act like it's going to be some nameless, faceless government employee with an Obama mask on taunting them. Who it would really be is an officer of the law, or somebody in a military uniform. Now, if the choice someone makes is to choose their gun over the life of an armed services member, that is up to them. Now if they also think that the Army will politely leave if the gun owner says no, i think they are mistaken. What would really happen is that they would probably show up with an armored vehicle and take the whole house down. Most people preparing for the apocalypse don't realize their houses made of sticks.
Another point I would make is if gun owners are really afraid of somebody coming to take away their guns, why would they join an organization like the NRA. Joining that organization is telling everyone who they are, where they live, and what guns they have. I would think it was an open invitation to take them out first. For a group of people who do everything they can to stay off the grid , they surely go out of there way to broadcast who they are and where they keep all their guns. 
  Also,  if people want to keep their guns, maybe not threatening the government would help keep a lower profile. Maybe, if the first thought in any confrontation is to use a gun,  whether to shoot some one or just scare them, maybe that is the problem.   Just some ranty thoughts.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Open letter.

What is with open letters. Why do that? I have an open letter for everyone who writes an open letter. 
Dear Everyone Who Writes Open Letters,
Knock it off.  Really.  If you have something to say,  just say it.  Call a press conference.  If no one shows up then clearly you don't have an opinion people care to hear.   That is all.

Love,
Enmelishment.