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A moral man despite his religion. July 25, 2011

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Cheers,

Josh

10:15PM  I am quite bored.  I just grabbed a beer.  I think I’ll get drunk and blog about it.  Not an original idea, by any means, but it might help with the boredom.

10:18PM  Feel free to post comments/suggestions on my blog or FB on how to spice up the night.10:23PM  I want to snap a pic of me with my laptop, but can’t figure out what program it uses, since I unpinned it from the task bar.  I am a jackass?

10:27PM  Still can’t figure out how to turn webcam on.  Stumbleupon.com showed me that Google Nabs 66% of Searches in November.

10:29PM  My friend is telling me on IM that her friends are too self absorbed to pay attention to her, but I’m a bit distracted with my drinking and blogging.

10:31PM  I figured out how to snap a pic with the webcam, but only through using a 3rd party app, which in this case, was FB.

Predrunk Josher

Predrunk Josher

10:40PM  I see my friend who has a blog here and tell her she should get drunk and blog with me too.    She laughs and walks away into the ether.  Just like the bar, heh.

10:44PM  Beer number 2, wow I am a slow drinker this evening.

Weird, but the preview of the image when I took the image on FB, the Lite was backwards.  What does it think it is, a retina?!?

10:59PM  The bar that takes me 4 minutes to walk to has a popcorn machine similar to this one.

1.   It’s really poor marketing to show this machine and not have at least 1 shot of it filled with juicy, buttery popcorn IMO.

2.  The bar has free popcorn all the time, I should probably go get some at some point.  I wonder what they’d say if  I brought my own bag, filled ‘er up, and just left.

11:20PM  Just now cracked beer #3, man, I am a slow drinker tonight.  Let’s check a BAC calculator.  Alas, 66 minutes of drinking only 2 “lite” beers, 151 lbs, and we are not impaired:(  0.019%BAC.

Sometimes it’s hard to restrain myself from mocking people’s FB posts–usually good-naturedly, but not always.  I’m going to use this post to vent some of that built up mockery.

1.  FB Friend:  “Definetely know were back in OK now.. Cuz of the wind hehe”  Mocking Response:  “Are you sure it’s not because your spelling is back to OK levels?”

To be continued…

Here’s how a typical blog experience works for me.

  1. A strong opinion, insight, or interesting experience strikes me as “bloggable”.
  2. I mentally form a few main ideas or points.
  3. I pull up my blog and write a paragraph or 3.
  4. I start to reread, and realize that there are 15 other points I should make, including background, debunking common arguments to my assertion, etc
  5. Realize that that is a LOT of writing
  6. Get Lazy
  7. Quit

That’s what happens for about 95% of my blog posts.  You see the other 5% 🙂

Getting Healthy

It feels good to quit smoking after 16 years of it.  Even though this is only the 12th day, I can tell it’s a permanent thing.  I did short cardio workouts Monday and today.  I’ve only drank alcohol twice in 12 days, after averaging at least 4-5 days a week for about 13 years.

I’m not against drinking, smoking, or not working out, but I do want to live to be at least 120, hopefully longer as technological advances permit.  So I’m finally ready to minimize my risks of dying prematurely.  I am indeed lucky that longevity runs in my family, and I hope that being healthy maximizes my chance to maximize my existence.

The final straw was when i found out that one of my personal heroes, Christopher Hitchens, is dying prematurely at age 62 of incurable cancer.  Here’s some highlights of Hitchens at the top of his game.

Intellectually Lazy Religious

Lately, the intellectual hibernation of the religious has frustrated me more than usual.  However when one digs a little deeper, one realizes that intellectual laziness is nearly a prerequisite to be religious.

Management

I’ve noticed that a lot of companies with less than 100 people have way too many chiefs and not enough Indians.  Or, as my friend’s friend put it, “too many pimps and not enough hoes.” 🙂

Bad managers can not step in and do the staff level work, if necessary

Bad managers do not have a plan for their area if someone leaves.  Most do not have a contingency plan, because they don’t understand what their staff people do, and they are not qualified to make a backup plan even if they so desired.

Bad managers are not qualified to hire their own staff, as they do not understand the skills necessary for success.

Lucky To Be Alive

You are exceedingly lucky to be alive.  Every single one of your ancestors reproduced, going back to the original bacteria, single-celled organism, or whatever form original life took, through the billions of years of evolution, to your grandparents, your parents, to you today.  Against mind boggling odds of at least one in the chain not reproducing, they all reproduced, giving you life and consciousness.

Another way to look at it.  The ejaculation that produced you contained, on average, about 40 million sperm.  So even if we assume that the egg that produced you would be fertilized, your chances of existing are still about 1 in 40 million.   Had any other sperm fertilized the egg, that person may share a lot of the genetic traits that you have, but it would not be you.

When you add only 1 parent to this equation and take your 1 in 40,000,000 chance and the 1 parent’s 1 in 40,000,000 chance, multiplication shows us that your chances of existing are now decreased to 1,600,000,000,000,000.  Now add your other parent in, and go back 10 generations.  Go back 100 generations.  Go back through the evolutionary tree.

Our minds are not designed to fathom numbers this extremely high or low, but we can understand how astoundingly lucky we are to exist as ourselves.