Reducing the bookshelf clutter...

Questions to ask yourself when you finish reading a book:

  1. Is this a reference book (dictionary, thesaurus, parenting guide, etc.) that I will refer to often? Will it contain accurate content for at least a year? Is the reference book better and more useful to me in printed form than a digital version that I can access from my computer?
  2. Is this one of my favorite books? Will I honestly re-read it again at several times in the next few years?
  3. Is this book signed by the author and/or dedicated to me? Am I acknowledged by name in the author’s acknowledgment section?
  4. Is this a children’s book for my child that she will ask me to re-read to her again tomorrow night? Has my child decided that this book is more important than vegetables?
  5. If I keep this book, are there two books (or more) that I can get rid of when I put this on the shelf?

If you answered “yes” to the relevant questions above, keep the book. Otherwise, get rid of it by either passing it along to a friend or family member, selling it to a used book store, or donating it to a charity or a local school or public library.


Hang, in there, man...

My project is a big, steaming pile of failure... -Dilbert

The meditation word for today is...resilience.

An Ojibawa koan

Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.

The meditation phrase for today is...resilience

When it all comes down to it...

I am a man who has consciously decided to become unconscious.
- Bret

The meditation word for today is...detachment

Hey! If the government says it, it must be true!

Pesticide means any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest [40 CFR 152.3].

An organism is a pest under circumstances that make it deleterious to man or the environment if it is "any vertebrate animal other than man" [40 CFR 152.5].

This regulation would logically include Democrats.

Alex, I'll take famous quotes for 500, please...

If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.

Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."

- Einstein

I bet you get all the girls...

"Well...actually....I AM a rocket scientist"

- Caltech student T-shirt

Wisdom from a grandfather

You can only get so much work out of one good mule.

- Harry Strauss (grandfather of good friend Fred Strauss)

A quick lesson on Physics

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second.

When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour.

That's relativity.

- Albert Einstein

Any engineers in the audience tonight?

  • All non-zero numbers are significant
  • Zeros between a non-zero number and the decimal point are not significant(this rule applies either direction from the decimal).
  • Zeros between non-zero numbers (or between any significant digit, see rule 4 below) are significant.
  • Trailing zeroes after a decimal point are significant.
Any questions?

A Reflection on Self-adsorbtion

I never saw a wild thing
Sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead
From a bough
Without ever having felt sorry for itself.
— D. H. Lawrence

Other than that, how do you like me?

"There's nothing wrong with you that changing yourself completely won't fix!"

- Grocery store lady to Bob in
That 70's Show

Will we ever learn?

Harnessing the power of the sun remains the Holy Grail of most energy experts. But research on solar technologies remains tiny in scale, though the potential has been clear for decades.

Consider this incredibly prescient quote:

“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

The year? 1931.

The speaker? Thomas Edison.

From Global Meltdown by Andrew Revkin, AARP Magazine July & August 2007

I sometimes wonder if we are having the right debate...

Michael Crichton, at a debate on global warming, had this to say about priorities:

“Every day 30,000 people on this planet die of the diseases of poverty.

A third of the planet doesn’t have electricity.

We have a billion people with no clean water.

We have half a billion people going to bed hungry every night.

Do we care about this? It seems that we don’t.

It seems that we would rather look a hundred years into the future than pay attention to what’s going on now.”

Wedded bliss...

Marriage is like a unfunny, tense version of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Only it doesn't last 22 minutes... lasts forever.

- from the movie Knocked Up.

The meditation phrase for today is...eternal damnation.