Showing posts from January, 2009

Left vs. Right

I will expand on this later, but for now:

The Left sees our Constitution as a foundation upon which we can add things to improve our country.

The Right sees our Constitution as a box, inside which government must be kept in order to secure freedom.

I thought this up on my own, and I will expand on it soon. But I think it's pretty good.

All The Best,

-- Don

Another Great Quote

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Most Excellent Quote

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.

- Steven Weinberg

django, Rails


From the song "Thrills" by Cake

Man is born, man lives, and man dies
And it's all vanity.


Literal version here. Some semi-mature content.

No Child Left Behind

Click here to see one man's opinion.

All The Best,

-- Don

My Menu for the Week

Marinated Flank Steak
Sweet Potato Fries
Red Wine

Shepherd’s Pie
Red Wine

Stuffed Peppers
Red Wine

Chili with Rice

Enchilada Lasagna
Red Wine

Dining Out


Can you remember the last time you've been so excited about a new President?

The Obama inauguration brings hope and optimism. The last time I was this excited about a new leader was 1980 and the greatest President (so far) in my lifetime, Ronald Reagan. There was a leader.

Obama brings the same optimism, vision and leadership. For those who are more to the right of the political spectrum: Set aside your political differences for a moment and simply observe the historical significance of this new President. Notice the excitement and confidence being displayed by those of us who voted for, and hope for, this man. This is truly an opportunity for the United States to make a bold move forward, both internally and on the international scene. Again, just as in 1980.

"Charity hopeth all things", so wrote the Apostle Paul. Let's hope for continued success, both at home and around the globe.

All The Best,

-- Don

Something To Make Me Feel Old

I just realized today:

When I was born, the United States had 49 states.

Whoa. That makes me feel old.

In Case You Missed Star Wars


Heading here very soon!

Bring Back the 70's!!

This really makes me miss the 70's. Good times...

And, Why Not ...

... some Elvis!

Click here.

I'm Feeling Better, so ...

... it's time from some Robert Palmer!

Click here.


Annie Lennox is great.

My 2009 Book List

Books I will read in 2009. This list is not sorted ... I'm not sure of the order yet, other than Beyond Brawn will be first.

Guerrilla Marketing For Free, Jay Conrad Levinson.
The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle.
A History Of God, Karen Armstrong.
No More Mr. Nice Guy, Dr. Robert A. Glover (I've read this twice already).
Living Your Best Life, Laura Berman Fortgang.
The IsoCaloric "No Diet" Fat Burning Handbook, Next Nutrition.
Getting Real, 37signals (My copy is autographed by Jason, Ryan and DHH).
The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss (I've read this once already).
Maximum Achievement, Brian Tracy.
Life Makeovers, Cheryl Richardson.
The Art Of Happiness, His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
Beyond Brawn, Stuart McRobert.
To Our Children's Children, Bob Greene & D. G. Fulford.
Zen For Christians, Kim Boykin (I've read this once already).
Og Mandino's University Of Success, Og Mandino.
Beyond Booked Solid, Michael Porter.
The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan (Almost fini…


So I got this bright idea this morning: I'll grow my own saffron!

After reading about how to grow and harvest it, forget it! Sheesh.

Need to harvest at only three specific times a year, use tweezers to harvest them, dry them, blah blah no way.

There's a reason saffron is so expensive. I'll be better off to write code for 20 minutes and use that effort to buy some saffron.

Check it out! I'm already making wise financial decisions to start 2009.

All The Best,

-- Don

Quote Of The Day

Love this.

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
- Sidney J. Harris

Obligatory New Year Post

Well, 2008 ended on about the worst horrible note here. A dear friend, who was like a son to my parents, whom I've known over 40 years, past away last Friday (December 26). That's just no way to end a year.

Figures, because otherwise the year ended up pretty well. In no particular order:

Spent a week in Kitty Hawk, got some surfing in.
Smoked many, many really great cigars.
Drank some awesome scotch, bourbon and gin (Bluecoat!)
Spent a lot of time in the pool.
Worked at home on a regular basis (haven't totaled it up yet, but I'm guessing over 50 times)
Started a fantastic workout regime, complete with personal trainer and nutritionist, with a goal of competing in a bodybuilding contest next summer after I turn 50.
Entered my 50th year on this planet (the previous 35,000 on a distant planet were starting to bore me. Trust me, superhuman strength on a distant planet is overrated).
Made it to my 30th year of marriage. I really deserve some sort of reward. Patti's pretty and al…