22 Sep 2015 Clock Bomb

Clock Bomb Publicity Stunt

It’s like the world has gone completely mad. A kid brings what looks like the timer to a bomb to school and people are shocked he was in trouble for it? What? Of course the kid should have been disciplined. He brought a hoax bomb to school. It wasn’t for the science fair. It wasn’t a school project. It was because he wanted to scare people.

What makes this whole situation more annoying, Mr. Obama invites him over? What? This kid does not deserve to be a rewarded with Mr. Obama’s time. Sure, I’m not an Obama fan. But he is the President of the greatest country in the history of mankind. Okay, got that? A trouble maker kid should be punished, not rewarded.

My two cents or so.

31 Jul 2015

Roddy Piper Dead

Roddy Piper wasn’t my favorite wrestler growing up. I always watched wrestling to see Hulk Hogan. But even though Roddy Piper wasn’t my favorite wrestler of all-time, it saddens me to hear that he died today. At this point, I do not know what was his cause of death. 61 isn’t young, but it also isn’t old enough to leave the earth.

In memory of Roddy Piper, I will kick ass and chew bubble gum this weekend.

28 Jul 2015 Ferado

A Fable About Asking for More

I love to read. Right now, I’m reading a little bit about how to negotiate. Here’s a funny tidbit I’d like to share with you.

There was once a very old couple who lived in a dilapidated thatched hut on a remote Pacific Island. One day, a hurricane blew through the village and demolished their home. Because they were much too old and poor to rebuild the hut, the couple moved in with their daughter and her husband. This arrangement precipitated an unpleasant domestic situation, as the daughter’s hut was barely big enough for herself, her husband, and their four children, let alone the in-laws.

The daughter went to the wise person of the village, explained the problem and asked, “Whatever will we do?”

The wise person puffed slowly on a pipe and then responded, “You have chickens, don’t you?”

“Yes,” she replied, “we have chickens.”

“Then bring the chickens into the hut with you.”

This seemed ludicrous to the daughter, but she followed the wise person’s advice. The move naturally exacerbated the problem, and the situation was soon unbearable, for feathers as well as hostile words flew around the hut. The daughter returned to the wise person, pleading for advice.

“You have pigs, don’t you?”

“Yes, we have three pigs.”

“Then you must bring the pigs into your hut with you.”

That seemed to be ridiculous advice, but to question the wise person was unthinkable, so she brought the pigs into the hut. Life was now truly unlivable, with eight people, 10 chickens, and three pigs sharing one tiny, noisy hut. Her husband complained that he couldn’t hear the radio over the racket.

The next day the daughter, fearing for her family’s sanity, approached the wise person with a final desperate plea. “Please,” she cried, “we can’t live like this. Tell me what to do and I’ll do it, but please help us.”

This time, the wise person’s response was puzzling, but easier to follow. “Remove the chickens and the pigs from your hut.” She quickly evicted the animals, and the entire family lived happlily together for the rest of their days.

The moral of the story is that a deal always looks better after something has been thrown out.

When negotiating, ask for more than you expect to get.

25 Jul 2015 Ferado

Why raising minimum wage is a complete waste of time

To the non-thinkers out there, raising the minimum wage would make a lot of sense. But that’s because they’re not “thinking” about the problem. They’re not taking into consideration the cost of doing business.

Why minimum wage is a waste of time

What is an employee to a employer? An asset, right? Also, an expense, isn’t that true? Employees cost the employers money. It doesn’t matter if the work makes the business money. Employee wages cost the business money. Sure, businesses make money off of certain employees, but not all employees, and there’s still a cost associated with an employee.

What happens when you raise the cost of a business to do business? It hurts the business, doesn’t it? Then what do businesses do? They raise their rates for their services or products.

Essentially that’s what will happen when minimum wages are increases. The cost of business will rise, and so will prices. You’ll never be able to force the wages to match the cost of living. Socialism has tried to re-distribute money, and has failed every time. Meanwhile, capitalism raises the ceiling, and lifts up the poor. What, you don’t feel good knowing that your homeless have $600 cell phones?

But why can’t minimum wage compete with cost of living increases?

There are so many factors that go into why a business would raise its rates. Insurance, rent, taxes, raw material costs, employee compensation, etc. All those and more raise the price of the product or service that a business profits on. If there’s a drought, or a war, then prices for raw materials will shoot up 50% or more; some years, probably just 5%. How are you going to match employee wages with that? Simple answer: you can’t.

Conslusion

You can complain all you want about minimum wage. You have some sort of free speech, at least, in America. But why waste the time? Why not focus on things you can do to help? Minimum wage is not the same as a living wage, it’s the lowest wage “anyone” can be paid.

3 Jun 2015 Ferado

America’s Bill of NON-Rights

We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.

ARTICLE I:

You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II:

You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone – not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc, but the world is full of dummies, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III:

You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV:

You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V:

You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI:

You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you get the blue juice.

ARTICLE VII:

You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII:

You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX:

You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over-abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X:

This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you came from, English is our language. Learn it!

Lastly:

ARTICLE XI:

You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, sorry if you are uncomfortable with it.

— Mr. Napper (or someone else)

20 Mar 2015 Ferado

Do we really have the freedom of speech?

I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the constitution lately, and some of the court cases that have happened since the founding of America. The one thing we all seem to over look is the fact the first amendment is only for the Federal Government, and not the individual States.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

See the first word there, Congress? Well, that’s the United States congress; not Florida state or any other state you happen to live in.

Although, luckily, the courts decided to broadly interpret the words of Thomas Jefferson as basis for saying the first amendment affects States as well. I wonder if the Judge knew that Thomas Jefferson didn’t even sign the constitution? Thomas Jefferson may have been involved in the American Revolution, but he wasn’t in town when the constitution was signed.

My next post will be about our right to bear arms, and how we’re not allowed to overly regulate that right…because, well, constitution.

9 Nov 2014 Michelle Noctor

Michelle Noctor

Michelle Noctor is a fictitious person in a made-up story about life. But isn’t all life fake, aren’t most people fake; are you real? No one would know for sure. Please enjoy this article about Mrs. Michelle Noctor. 

Hello World! This is the story about Michelle Noctor, the woman without a story, until now. Sitting around, laying on the beach, thinking about how great life really is. What would come through your mind? Can you imagine being on the beach, just relaxing, living your life. What would you look like? Something like this, you think:

Michelle Noctor's Mugshot & Arrest Record

 What’s the meaning of life?

How did this story come to be, what were we thinking? Sometimes thing’s just happen, words just appear. You never really know what you’re going to do until you do it. Just like when you’re sitting on the beach, thinking about how great life is. Do you know what you do next? What is the meaning of life? Why are we all here? What are we supposed to do with our lives? That’s where the story of Michelle Noctor comes from.

Do you like Chinese food?

The photo below is of a woman eating…oranges…with chopsticks. Pretty crazy right? Maybe this photo has to do with the story. Still trying to think of a way to write the story. What is the story?

Michelle Noctor eating oranges | Mugshot

Michelle Noctor on Tumblr

I posted this tumblr of Michelle Noctor to go along with the story. So what is the story….

The beginning of the story…

There once was a woman, her name was Michelle. She lived a good life. Grew up in a small town in the East coast of the U.S. Raised in a strong Republican family because that’s the only way you can get a strong American family. Just think about it then you’ll believe me. Anyway. East coast she lived, born & raised. A town called Smallville. Not the place of Superheros, but the place Ms. Noctor lived. Let’s just call her Michelle for short because I don’t want to have to write out the whole name each time.

Okay, so Michelle lived in the East coast in a town called Smallville. Such a small town, what do you do with yourself? She helped people. She always had the dream of being the best social worker in the world. She studied her butt off. You know, books all day & night. That’s what Michelle did.

Eventually she got older and moved to the big city – NYC. That’s New York City. The big city with cultural within culture. People can get lost in that. Living in NYC taught Michelle a few things about life:

  1. Most people are in it for themselves
  2. Be charitable, but only for you and not others
  3. Keep your guard up
  4. Always stand up for yourself
  5. Let people see you do things

Let’s go over these things she learned about life.

#1. Most people are in it for themselves

No matter what you want to believe, people are in it for themselves. Insert anything for “it” because it’ll work. People are greedy, people do not think of others. The ones that do are taken advantage of no matter what.

#2. Be charitable, but only for you and not others

Okay, this time it’s okay to be in it for yourself. Anyway. Many people try and help others, but they mostly do it because of the perception of being a good person. It’s not because they’re a good person. It’s because they want more opportunity in life. The kid that becomes an eagle scout is doing it because he wants a better job. It’s to make himself seem better than someone else.

You shouldn’t be charitable for that reason. Be charitable for yourself. Don’t do it thinking people are going to be charitable to you. It never happens! People are in it for themselves, so you help them, they take advantage of you. In the end you lose. Therefore, just be charitable, but do it for yourself.

michelle-noctor-mugshot

#3. Keep your guard up

People are always out to get you, that’s why you need to keep your guard up. The guy that schedules you at work, he doesn’t have your best interest at heart. He’s just looking out for him. That’s why you need to make sure you live within your means, and you take care of you. Be strong, always say “I got this” and keep on keeping strong.

#4. Always stand up for yourself

Don’t be pushed around! Stand up for yourself. If you’re being wronged, tell the person that. Sometimes people do things to you without thinking that they’re hurting you. That’s why you stand up for yourself. You don’t have to be a dick about it, but just stand up for yourself. It always works out. If someone fires you, they have a small Weiner. Also, you can probably sue. So you’re still good.

#5. Let people see you do things

I used to do things without telling people. But you know what happens? No one knows you did it and they may give another person credit for it. Why would you want that to happen? So make sure people know you did something. If you clean the kitchen, tell your spouse. Tell your roommate. Make sure they know you did it. That way, you get credit for it.

Other Advice from Michelle

There are so many things in life that we must do to achieve the things we want to achieve. Most of life is about staying focused, and staying motivated. How are you going to get to your destination if you are turning left here, right there, and going around in circles? Staying focused is so important in life. Please stay focused! When you’re on a long journey, and you’re going so far, but then you get the case of “eh, let’s just turn around and go home.” Would you ever get to where you’re going? No, that’s why you need to stay motivated.

How do you stay focused? Well, there are lots of ways. That’s for the next update to this blog.

How do you stay motivated? Well, you reward yourself when you achieve something, sort of like working out and building muscle. More on the next blog update.

Conclusion

This is an on-going story. I’ll update it weekly to make sure you are in the know about everything. This is the story of Michelle Noctor.

2 Oct 2014 How to save water - tips & tricks.

Brainstorm: How to save on water use

My water bill isn’t too bad, even with a pool. I don’t water the grass because it rains so much =) But with the shortage of water in California, not because of the drought, but because of the increase in population size and businesses using the water, it got me to thinking. How can I use less water?

Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Sensor to automatically shut off water when I’m washing my hands or dishes.
  • Timer for the shower to let me know how long I’m taking, and keep stats on previous shower times (day of week, etc).
  • Low flow water heads in every shower.
  • Don’t flush the toilet as much (you know the saying).
  • Put a half gallon jug (from old milk) and fill it with sand to displace the half gallon of water.
  • Use dehumidified water for watering the grass. I live in Florida, it gets humid so I waste electricity (that’s another story).
  • Use AC water that usually drains into the dirt for the pool & grass (if needed).
  • Collect gray water (rain water).
  • Collect all old soda cans, soda water, or any fluid that isn’t too oily; then dump it in a sand/charcoal filter. Use the water in the lawn or boil to drink.

This is merely a brainstorm, and there are other ways I’m sure to save on water. But these are very cost effective solutions, aren’t they?