Megalomania's only mania if you're wrong

Hey GOP, You Guys Do Remember It's an Election Year, Right?

Added on by Kevan Loy.

Sen. Stacey Campfield (R), TN:

My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.

Perhaps you guys should go take a sex education class what with this confusion with legitimate rape non-pregnancy business and straight folk – not completey, but virtually – being immune to AIDS. Shit, on second thought, maybe you should retry college all together (or high school for that matter).

There's No Open Position for "Denter of the Universe"

Added on by Kevan Loy.

For few months now I have been working for a company doing process improvements and innovations. Not to toot my own horn, but things I've created have rolled out to the entire company already; I'm working on a presentation for next week that will, hopefully, have the same results.

I've been doing this more or less as an independent contractor. When my projects started showing real results it started getting tossed around that I would get scooped up to work with the company permanently.

Today was the day that my superiors were supposed to discuss the situation with the powers that be. The men I'd been working with were fairly confident they'd be able to do something for me. Unfortunately, after the meeting it came to my attention that they wouldn't be interested in creating a position for me, but that if I found something that was available in their current job offerings they'd be happy to oblige and employ me.

Initially upset, I decided to go ahead and see what, if anything, I would be able and interested in working on for the company full-time. However, after searching through the open positions it is apparent that there is nothing I can do for them.

All of this is to say I've realized something: I'm a round peg in a square hole. There's nothing for me at this company and, in all likelihood, there's not going to be anything for me anywhere else – the only hole I'm going to be able to fit in is the one I make for myself.

There's no open position for Denter of the Universe

Stay Classey Missouri

Added on by Kevan Loy.

Todd Akin, GOP Missouri Senate candidate:

 First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge.

I wish that was a fucking joke. Go McCaskill; 'nough said.

Megabus

Added on by Kevan Loy.

I hadn't heard anything more about the Megabus crash(es) until I had a conversation with my father. A quick google search lead me to this Chicago Tribune article by by Jon Hilkevitch from the 17th.

  The buses in both incidents were heavily loaded and operating on extremely hot days, two key factors that cause stress on tires, authorities said.

Okay...

  A tire on a motorcoach loaded beyond its weight rating and operated at highway speeds for a significant period of time is more likely to overheat and fail, potentially placing the safety of passengers and other motorists at risk, the motor carrier agency said in a statement.

No shit, what'd you think the weight rating was for?

  The weight limit for double-deck buses is 80,000 pounds, which is the same limit as for other interstate passenger buses, according to the motor carrier agency.

That's a lot of pounds...

  But the three-axle configuration on Megabus vehicles allows a lower gross vehicle weight, between 53,000 and 61,000 pounds, officials said.

Oh, so Megabus skimped on it to make it cheaper and in the process cost people their lives. Fucking brilliant.

 A fully loaded double-deck motorcoach could exceed the weight limit or the tire weight ratings according to officials... 

Well, sure it could if their dumbasses overload it.

  ...who declined to provide the weight of the accident bus near Litchfield.

Unbelievable. People don't disclose things when its bad for other people to find out. I've had my terrible customer service encounters with Megabus back in college; their complete and utter incompetence in that realm should've led me to the conclusion the whole operation is just as bad.

White Terrorist Versus Terrorist

Added on by Kevan Loy.
  1. White terrorists are called “gunmen.” What does that even mean? A person with a gun? Wouldn’t that be, like, everyone in the US? Other terrorists are called, like, “terrorists.”
  2. White terrorists are “troubled loners.” Other terrorists are always suspected of being part of a global plot, even when they are obviously troubled loners.

Juan Cole nails it.

Think about it: when you watched or read about the shooting in Colorado or in Texas over the last few weeks, did anyone ever utter the words terrorist? Thinking on it, the last time we really spoke about domestic, homegrown terrorism was McVeigh (save for Obama annoucing his canidacy at Bill Ayer's place and the totally unnecessary shit storm that started). These people are no different, we just call them something different to make ourselves feel better.

In the same way we're subject to becoming victims of terrorism, we're at the same, if not greater, risk of being terrorist. Try ammending gun rights and watch what happens.

↬ Gruber

Managing Email Realistically

Added on by Kevan Loy.

To effectively manage our email, we have to accept a few basic truths. They’re hard truths, but that only makes them even more valuable. Here they are:

  1. What’s important to other people is not (as) important to you.
  2. You are inherently lazy and egocentric.
  3. Ruthlessness is a hell of a time-saver.

Matt Gammell has some great suggestions for taking care of your huge inbox queue. Truth be told, mine was pushing 20K.

This gave me the motivation to start tackling it.

↬ The Beard AKA Jim Dalrymple

Update: Several hours later and I'm still working on it; 17,343 messages still in the inbox. Also, somewhere between 873 and 1,378 messages iCloud will give you an error about deleting too many messages.

Insanely Simple

Added on by Kevan Loy.

I don't know what has been going on lately, but I've been feeling particularly uninspired. I haven't been able to write anything worthwhile on TLS, we haven't done a podcast in awhile (or at least one we've put up). 

I think part of the problem is that the balance of work to fun in my life is not right: I've been working way too much, way too hard and for way too long without an extended break. I need some time to recoup and get the creative juices flowing again.

Yesterday, I finished readings Ken Segall's Insanely Simple. I've mentioned it before, but never said all that much about it. It's one of those books that, while extremely focused, has implications far outside said focus. I'm trying to figure out how best to apply it to all the areas of my life, but starting here with the blog in hopes that it proliferates through the rest of the things I've committed myself to. I plan to start doing some posts about the 10 or so specific pieces Segall suggests one ought to seek most furiously in simplicity.

Here's to getting back on track.

Brad Gadberry's Martini FAQ

Added on by Kevan Loy.

Store gin and vermouth at room temperature. If you find it takes you longer than a month to finish a bottle of vermouth, then either buy it in smaller bottles or drink more Martinis.

Ever since I started going to The Aviary and their super secret Office, I've wanted to get more into making cocktails and martinis. Great advise.

I Wake Up Disappointed Everytime

Added on by Kevan Loy.

I've been thinking a lot about what I ought to do with my life. I've had the feeling for a long time that I need to make a "dent in the universe" as Steve Jobs once said, but I haven't really figured out what the hell I supposed to be denting. I've banged up my proverbial fist trying to something going, but mostly nothing has happened. It turns out the world is really fucking difficult to change when you don't know how to affect the issues that need attention.

At first I thought there was something I could do with the whole Occupy thing, but that, I believe, is so far misguided and undereducated that there's not much that can be done to save it. It's not that the causes are bad, but the fact that there are so many causes wrapped up in the movement. You want to change the financial system? Great, let's fix it. Oh, you want to fix sixty-seven-thousand other things too? Yeah, that's not gonna happen. Protests work when there's a single cause (i.e. the civil rights movement, women's suffrage, et cetera). The major reason blanket protesting body doesn't work is people simply can't pay attention to that many things.

There's a great example of this in the advertising world in Ken Segall's new book Insanely Simple. The story goes something like this: Lee Clow, Segall and company are having a meeting with Jobs about advertising for a new product. Ironically enough, Jobs idea for the ad is to show off four or five features of the new device. Clow and company go back and forth with him in an attempt to get him to simply show off one new feature. Jobs, true to form, isn't into backing down and the meeting starts to get a little heated. Clow tears five sheets of paper out of his notebook and crumples them up. He throws one at Jobs as he yells, "Catch!" Jobs, looking confused, catches the ball and tosses it back to Clow who says, "That's a good ad." Clow then throws all five balls at Jobs who was unable to catch any of them. "That's a bad ad," Clow says.

People can only really handle one thing, so here's my advice: let's throw one thing--really fucking hard--and get it done. When we're done with that, let's move on to the next item on the list and so forth until the world is the way we want it. We're never going to get anywhere throwing hundreds of ideas out and seeing what sticks. We need to realize we're not going to be able to accomplish everything all at once. Further, we're not going to be able to please everybody and the long we let ourselves believe that delusion and try to keep it alive, the longer things stay the same.