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katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Post your first bike.

I remember my Dad saying:

"Live within your means. Not hand to mouth. Too stressful. Gives the control to others"

That, and I remember how cool it was when he mused on about what he'd do if he won a million bucks. "Well guys (to my brother and I), you realize that if you can just earn 5% a year investing that million bucks, that'll be $50,000 a year you'll have for yourselves." I realized much later, that's what retirement should feel like. I've got my pile of F.U. money. Now I do what I do because I like it.

katakowsj  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: First I lift. Now I teach the lift.

Teaching is what it’s all about in my book. Great for you.

Good for you man.

I’m stretching as I type on the floor. Running is great too. I’m 45 and feeling good because I run. I teach 8th grade math and got In my fastest 5k of the season this morning before my first day with students back.

I didn’t take the time to stretch this morning though and wish I’d had. I expect I would have recovered faster.

Thanks for mentioning the importance of stretching.

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. :)

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