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I hadn’t watched the whole video until a moment ago. It’s pretty hilarious to see the limits that these BS artists can push, yet so many of us buy into it. At thirteen or fourteen, I remember seeing Jean Claude Van Damme as a badass.

    Of course, the problem of charlatanry in martial arts remains an issue (and I don't accept the sadly-common belief that UFC is the ultimate arbiter of this), but that's always been the case and always will be.

I agree that there will always be some charlatanry in martial arts. It seems like it’s an inseparable part of combat itself. The dude that conquers foes through fear, even if via deception, has expended zero extra resources.

I was a huge Bruce Lee fan in grade school. I didn’t have any sense of which part of his art was for show or for whooping ass, but man did I walk taller after seeing Bruce lay the smack down a platoon of henchmen. Real, or just facade, there’s always going to be folks that flock to perceived badasses.

As I type this, I think I’m getting at the core of the popularity of Donald Trump.

    Electroactive microbes are so abundant, in fact, that researchers now suspect that they have a profound impact on the planet. The bioelectric currents may convert minerals from one form to another, for instance, fostering the growth of a diversity of other species. Some researchers have speculated that electroactive microbes may help regulate the chemistry of both the oceans and the atmosphere.

    “To me, it’s a strong reminder of how ready we are to ignore things we cannot imagine,” Dr. Nielsen said.

Cool reminder of what we don’t know about the world around us. Sometimes I wonder if having a vast majority of the world’s knowledge accessible at our fingertips encourages a bias to believe that there is likely far more about the world that we don’t know our understand yet.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Tom Waits advice

    What’s the most challenging part about being a father?

    Your kids don’t really listen to a word you say, but they pay a great deal of attention to how you are living your life. And if there’s a discrepancy between what you’re telling them and how you’re living your own life, you lose your audience.

Powerful stuff. I’d say that it applies to any type of leadership position a person assumes. The definition for “be real”.

No joke here man. As I was reading your post, Diane asked me if we should take the kids to Miami this winter. She thought it could be important to show them a major city that will likely vanish due to global warming.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Smartphones and dematerialization

Good point.

To me, I see you describing the importance of free markets. Had the United States legislated a reduced use in electricity in it’s citizenry instead things would likely have turned out very different.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: No one should be a billionaire

    I agree. Board of directors or no, roles like CEOs and CFOs and such exist for a reason.

Yeah. Spross is bordering on facetious here. CEO's and CFO's are paid as they are because shareholders and boards of directors see that they need these folks to keep the profits flowing and make the tough decisions that "design by committee" will jack up so many times before getting it right.

This system just works. If it didn't, they wouldn't receive the pay they do.

I expect that he's poking around at the fact that Joe Blow assembling widgets for Mr. Fat Cat CEO is working his 50 hours a week and can barely keep his family of four fed. This issue is not likely at the top of any shareholder, board, or CEO concerns.

Yes. It's terrible what they've done to Chewbacca's home planet.

And yes, I could not overcome my compulsion to add that. :)

Damn. I'm sending off my 8th graders for their last day of the school year tomorrow. I'll have to share this with them, then remember to share it with them often next year. (I teach math.)

    I'm coming to the opinion that the best use of painting, and maybe the entire point of painting, is to ascend to a common summit of skill and understanding, and then to find your own path down.

I'm seeing that this may apply to that age old question of learning, "Why am I doing this? Why is this important to learn?"

I've shared it before, in the sense of, "We need to have a common understanding of the skills in our discipline before we can lead others in our direction, otherwise you'll just find yourself lost and alone." The summit metaphor adds another dimension to this basic tenet of life and learning.


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Agreed. I tend to ascribe to Martin Luther King's, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

Thanks for the "Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the assholes won't survive long in the blinding light of day. " Where'd you get that one? Poignant.

Worth looking into for sure.

Yeah. So true on twisted definitions of love. You know a boatload more about what works than any of the Christian fundamentals you describe.

It sucks how we human beings can allow our fear of the unknown, or unfamiliar rationalize our actions as we jack up the lives of folks that would otherwise be doing fine.

I’m a recovering Catholic myself. I’ve attended a local Methodist church with my wife and kids on occasion with good results. That is, until the Methodist Church leadership recently made it clear they had no interest in gay clergy members.

Our local church, although located in a fairly conservative area, does not want any part of this policy. The pastor was very clear with his disagreement of the policy, yet no action has been taken yet. Turns out the Methodist Church leadership somehow owns all of the deeds to all Methodist Churches, and therefore appears to hold the trump card in this game

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