Saturday, January 15, 2011

Law And Order: Robot Chicken

I used to watch the "Real" Law and Order, back when it starred Jennifer Grey's daddy from "Dirty Dancing". Try putting Baby in a corner, and he'd have you in cuffs before you could say "dun-DUN!"

Now there are so many spinoffs that I expect to see "Law And Order: West Seattle" any day now. In the meantime, there's this from Robot Chicken:

(Thanks to Logan Ens who put me on to this!)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Still Working On Not Complaining

My reminder bracelet
If (when) I complain,
I shift it to the other wrist
Last May I wrote about the book "A Complaint Free World" and its simple idea:
We'd all be happier if we dealt with our problems without complaining and, if we could go three weeks without complaining once, the habit would be ingrained.
I figure it'd be easy to go 21 Days Of No Complaining, but here it is eight months later and I'm still working on it. However, I feel it has been worthwhile even if I have not succeeded completely yet.
The key mechanic is the Complaint Bracelet. Right now it's on my left wrist; if I utter a complaint (...thoughts don't count ... think anything you want!!!) then I switch it to my other wrist. My natural competitiveness (or shame...) helps me resist complaining, I really don't want to make the public gesture. This may not be entirely rational, but it works ... so I'm not complaining about it!
Although I have yet to go the full 3 weeks without a complaint, I do feel much more positive and energetic. It is especially valuable when I am with my wife. When conversation runs short, it's easy to find something to complain about (let's be real: there are a LOT of things that "deserve" complaints!) but this easy conversational gambit is just the lazy man's way. Much better is to think of something positive to say, and the desire to avoid having to switch the bracelet (...especially with The Lovely Wife looking on!) helps me be positive.
This doesn't mean ignoring problems; to the contrary, when there is something to complain about, I enjoy the challenge of discussing the topic but not complaining. This sort of forces me to attack the problem with good cheer, which quite frankly, works a lot better anyway.
Thus, although I have not yet "succeeded" with the full program, I already feel success. Let me therefore recommend the book to you: A Complaint-Free World!

(p.s. I didn't get an official bracelet; just any old bracelet will do!)

We The Corporations Rally: January 21, 2011!

The United States Supreme Corporate has ruled that corporations are persons with all the rights of humans (but they can't go to jail or be drafted.) So let's all incorporate! Rally on January 21, 2011 !!!

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Nodwick: Heroic Adventure from the Henchman's POV

Nodwick is the packbearing servant, or henchman, for a classic party of fantasy heros (swordsman, wizard and cleris). In this capacity, he suffers heroically and comically, and occasionally saves the world with his friends or despite them.

Think of it as sword-and-sorcery Dilbert!

It's not just lighthearted humor for those who love fantasy, it's a metaphor for life!

Well, ok. It's just lighthearted humor for those who love fantasy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Palin Can See 1804 From Her House!

Nixon and the King
Never shot their political foes
The absurdist Sarah Palin recently complained
"There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those "calm days" when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?
To answer her question, there was indeed a time in which we had vigorous political debate without the threat of violence from major party candidates­.

FDR, Truman, Eisenhower­, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and even Bush Jr never threatened "2nd Amendment Options" if they lost - and neither did their major party opponents.

Palin is correct that one Senatorial contest ended in a duel, when Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. It's a pity her political and historical knowledge doesn't extend past 1804.

Palin's knowledge
 current as of 1804