Archive for the ‘DeepThoughts’ category

How to make Wishes come True

March 6, 2010

Fall comes and leaves fall. No problem unless you have large trees on the property. We have two huge trees in the back yard. Every year the trees drop their leaves. Some are blown away by the wind but most end up lining the fence around the yard.

The other day I was wishing they would disappear.

I ended up stuffing leaves onto bags for two days.

Today my wish has come true. The leaves have disappeared and now I know the secret to making wishes come true.

Can you guess what that might be?

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Good Intentions

November 28, 2009

You hear about ‘Good Intentions’ in the face of bad results. The ‘Good Intentions’ factor is provided as a way of allowing the suspected incompetent to try again.

After the third try with bad results on each turn there is not nearly as much benefit to the doubt and the fool in question is usually invited to take his good intentions and go elsewhere.

Good intentions is a quality that cannot be prooven. At least not as clearly as bad intentions and when results are consistently bad one has to question the goodness of ‘Good Intentions’.

Of course, given bad intentions, the perp would not be allowed to play at all. Three consecutive occurances of bad results can be considered as damagiing as bad intentions in the first place.

It's the Thought That Counts

November 28, 2009

No its not!! No one ever got credit for wishful thinking. It is how you put the thought to action that counts and if the action is lacking, you don’t get any credit either. Ask my wife.

Too Big to Fail

October 26, 2009

After the GM post I began to dwell on this topic. The more I thought about it the more absurd it became.

Size (big), and Success do not come in the same package. They don’t even share the same zip code! They may be mutually exclusive. The truth is, the bigger you are, the harder you have to work to be successful.

So, when someone implies something is ‘too big to fail’, they are delivering an oxymoron. In other words they are acting as morons delivering an oxy.

I don’t know what an oxy is either. Suffice to know it is being delivered by a moron. So, consider the source and act accordingly.

The subject of this post is a tool used by the flim-flam man to redirect, confuse, frustrate, and otherwise offer snake oil as a solution to a serious malady.

We confuse ‘too big’ with ‘too good’. Bigger is not better. The malady is not the failure. The malady is the bigness. The remedy is the failure.

Don’t be mislead by the razzle dazzle.

California Bonds

September 18, 2009

The ads on the radio have been often and unrelenting. California is offering bonds to the tune of over 8 billion dollars!

Hey, maybe I should offer bonds of up to 1 biilion dollars.

Same difference, same backing, same investment opportunity.

California is paying its employees with IOUs. Its credit rating is non-existant. These are not junk bonds they are offering, these are toilet bonds!

I cannot believe that an organization that is essentially bankrupt is spending money it does not have on ads that will not deliver results.

Appologies

September 5, 2009

Seems that folk of questionable motivation think that all they have to do is offer an appology for offenses against society, and then only when they get caught.

That is not the way appologies work.

When you offend someone in a moment of anger or frustration but are otherwise a basically good person, you can appologize and expect your appology to make the situation right.

When you are an evil person bent on the destruction of society, you cannot expect anyone to take your appology seriously.

It is like the devil appologizing for having a tail.

Hardware or Software

September 2, 2009

When troubles start most engineers will blame the software, most programmers will blame the hardware. Which is right?

Neither is right. They just are both lazy so they blame something out of their realm of responsibility. They act like politicians. Who?, me?, I wasn’t even there when the s–t hit the fan.

You have to trust your own conclusions based on the facts. The real facts. Facts that you can see and evaluate.

When software that runs on other equipment without incident suddenly goes bonkers in your machine, it is probably not the software. Even if it is your machine alone that goes bonkers. As long as it was working correctly at some time with the software it is running now, it is probably not the software.

That is how I was able to find and identify a bad hard drive and some bad system memory (RAM). The hard drive was not dead but developed some bad sectors. Being more than then years old it got trashed. Same with the memory. The memory was not all dead but had enough stuck bits to not be able to read what was written. Symptoms similar to buggy software but it was definately the memory because when it was replace the problem dissappeared. No not in as in a magic act as in, ‘Look! the elephant dissappeared. It just friggin dissappeared.

No, the problem went away and stayed gone for the better part of a week with the machine running around the clock.

So the next time the engineer tells you it is software, or the programmer tells you it is hardware, take a look yourself. Especially if it is your machine or your investment.