Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Unexpected acts

Sometimes things happen out of the blue that server to restore my faith in humanity, in the short term at least.  A few weeks back I lost my driver's license somewhere in the Ala Moana area.  I had taken it out of my wallet so that I would only be carrying a minimal amount of valuable things, i.e. car keys, license, phone, water; nothing of value that I would be particularly stressed about losing.

Suffice to say, in a rather ironic or perhaps tragic way, I lost my license.  It must have fallen out of my pocket at some point during my workout boot camp.  I spend a good 30 minutes after the class was finished looking for the darn thing in the sand, but all for naught.  I had to use my phone as a flashlight to keep looking.  I resigned myself to the fact that it was gone for good.

The replacement process was surprisingly quick and relatively lacking in headache; I only spent a half hour at the satellite city hall getting a replacement.  I had to walk away with a paper copy since the real license would take 4-6 weeks to arrive (not sure why that would be, but at that point I wasn't in a complaining mood)   If nothing else, it provided a talking point / ice breaker.

Fast forward a month / month and a half, I receive a letter from the DMV with my replacement license.  In the same bundle of mail is a letter from someone I did not know or even heard of, but it was addressed to me.  Inside was my original license that they had found.  I was very surprised to say the least since it is not common for such acts of kindness; small as it might be.

So, while the world blows up around us (it's always going to be blowing up from what I can observer), we can take comfort in the fact that there are people around that will do the little things to make things a little better.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Crazy? Possibly.

Insanity.  Albert Einstein described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Hawaii is definitely insane according to this definition.   Originally a French saying, "The more things change, the more things stay the same" is a quote that is equally apropos.

The same politicians get voted into office, the same problems happen every year time and again ... and people have the same complaints year after year which they, themselves, caused by voting the same politicians into office.  And even if there is a new face, they do things the same way as those that came before which amounts to the same person being in office.

There are spots of change here and there from the Republican side which shakes things up for a little while, but then they are replaced with another establishment Democrat who does the same broken, and even somewhat crooked, things as before.

I have to state the caveat that I am not affiliated with any party so it is not merely an "unga, democrats bad, smash" reaction.  I object to the fact that there is virtually no opposite side to the equation and that is a major problem which would be the same if the situation were reversed and Republicans were the extreme majority.

So what is the solution?  I honestly am not sure.  I know what the answer is, but getting things changed to make things better is a Quixotic task.  I am fairly certain I will be ok when the ultimate break down occurs, but I really do not want that to happen any time soon.  Time will tell.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Armchair quarterbacking

I have to say that reading the comment sections of articles is both entertaining (get some buttered popcorn and watch the show) and disturbing (how can anyone be this retarded).  I'd hazard to say that most of the comments stem from a distinct lack of information and a heavy focus on the emotional vs the rational.  While it is not necessarily a bad thing to become emotional about a topic, people should always temper that with logic and facts.  Too many times there is a conclusion drawn based on incomplete information.

People also do their thinking from the safety of their home in a comfortable chair rather than in the moment of an event which could be wrought with high stress and high emotion.  A person could react very differently from one set of circumstances to the next and often the general public is not privy to every detail of the situation.  That in itself can lead to widely different conclusions.

This is the main reason why decisions should never be made from an emotional stand point.  Too many times they are reactionary, completely wrong and do not solve the problem.  Doing something just "to do something" is by far the worst reason to do something.  Doing nothing and accurately evaluating a situation before acting produces the most effective results.  One does not need to look farther than their local government to see how many screwed up results come from knee-jerk reactions.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New phone

Finally got a new smart phone (Galaxy SIII). The deal was too good to pass up (both the phone price and the monthly). When smart phones made their debut on the market I was lukewarm about them. I don't really consume content to the degree that warrants a smart phone. I navigate quite well without needing a GPS device or anything else to tell me where I am or where to go.

 The Galaxy SIII is the first smart phone I actually wanted. It has a sleek design, light and fairly easy to use. Now that I have one, I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I've started making ringtones for my different contacts and configuring the various settings needed for the different apps.

 Some people might prefer the iPhone to the SIII; more power to them. It's a good phone and I'm not going to waste my time bashing it with my opinions nor will I make any comparisons since that too is a waste of time. People will like what they like. Research the options and pick the one that best fits your needs or pick one based on your own criteria.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Disingenuous Meme

I keep hearing "social justice" bantered about in various places and decided to think about exactly what it entails. From what I can tell, it encompasses six of the seven deadly sins:

Envy: Coveting the possessions of others
Sloth: Getting a multitude of freebies
Greed: Wanting more and more
Gluttony: Consuming and spending without limits
Wrath: Advocating or commiting violence against others
Pride: Believing you know best for everyone

Lust is not one the can be attributed to social justice unless you count the decay of shame and simple decency stemming from increased "tolerance", but that can be a discussion all by itself.

Decent people don't want to do these things to others and for the most part consider them bad (I wouldn't go so far to say evil, but you could make the case). Many, if not most people, haven't sat down to think about what "social justice" really means and it's not really a good concept for people to buy into at all.

10/1/2013 Update:  After reading this entry again and pondering the "last" deadly sin I came up with an appropriate description of the attribute.

Lust: Obsessing about things to the detriment of others.

Lust takes on a broader definition to include the obsession over anything and not merely sex.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Experiments in baking

I tried a Double-stuff Oreo Chocolate Chip cookie recipe a month or so ago and the results were pretty good. The cookies were malformed, but tasted just fine. I should post some pictures of the final cookies ... might do that when I get them off this digital camera.

I thought about what else I could try to bake into a chocolate chip cookie during idle moments walking from here to there. The obvious first thought was a Twinkie, but when thinking about how to do the cookie itself I came to the conclusion that it would be problematic to get the chocolate chip cookie formed well around the Twinkie. (One of these days I might try it for the heck of it)

A Ding Dong was the next candidate and didn't seem like too big a challenge ... it's round and not excessively wide, diameter wise. A co-worker suggested Reese's Peanut Butter Cups which seemed an even more perfect candidate upon reflection.

So, with idea in hand, I set about putting a Ding Dong in a chocolate chip cookie and a Reese's peanut butter cup in a chocolate chip cookie. The short of it is that the Ding Dong attempt was a structural failure (though they taste great). The Reese's peanut butter cups were a success.










Monday, March 14, 2011

Aftermath

As the reports and news continue to filter in, it's important to remain calm and refrain from perpetuating feelings of dread and panic. The casualty figures continue to rise and the time to respond is when those details are confirmed, not before. We can all pull together to do our part in helping out however we can during this difficult time.