A few years ago I wrote about how important it is to always be the worst player in the band. By surrounding yourself with people who are better than you it's almost hard to help getting better just by being around them.
Are you doing that? I'm questioning whether I am.
Time to find a band to be the worst in.
I've got Google Glass for the next couple weeks. What should I be doing with it?
Not everyone who successfully impacts the hearts and minds of one generation will carry that currency of influence into the generations that follow. -Neil deGrasse Tyson in Reflections on Carl Sagan's COSMOS
This doesn't need much explanation. Watch until the end.
I don't know why this never occurred to me before, but "the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that the flag was still there" is about defiance. The kind of defiance you need when liberty is paid for with blood. The kind of defiance you need when what you believe is not what the people in charge believe. And then I remembered that the song was originally called "The Defiance of Fort McHenry".
You know how you can learn facts but not understand the lesson? I've been to Fort McHenry a number of times, served my country in the military and am a father. You'd think I would understand. I've been alive over 14000 days and just now I feel like I really get that song.
What prompted it was a couple lines from a book "But the lights of an illuminated American flag were still right there in the front window. They were the lights of a Patriot, and they still shown defiantly, just as if he were still here. Mikey would have liked that."
Something about that made the whole thing click for me.
The CNN Breaking news email just now starts with: "Wow! The U.S. economy suddenly looks a lot perkier in the third quarter". Seriously CNN? Breaking news should not contain the following words or phrases: WOW, Awesome, Super Rad, party on, hipster, selfie, twerking, bofu, wicked, bust a moby, deck, life is like a box of chocolates, game over man, bust your conk, comes on like gangbusters, fraughty issue, yarddog, gnarly, like totally, no duh, take a chill pill, gag me with spoon, Psych!, grody to the max...
If you don't like this there may be something mentally wrong with you...
This is actually from 1999 (updated from 1991), but I love this part:
The right to privacy is spread implicitly throughout the Bill of Rights. But when the United States Constitution was framed, the Founding Fathers saw no need to explicitly spell out the right to a private conversation. That would have been silly. Two hundred years ago, all conversations were private. If someone else was within earshot, you could just go out behind the barn and have your conversation there. No one could listen in without your knowledge. The right to a private conversation was a natural right, not just in a philosophical sense, but in a law-of-physics sense, given the technology of the time.
1993 was first thanksgiving in the military and I was in the middle of a 26 week school in Memphis TN.
Hundreds of families in the area volunteered to take in a couple of us at a time. My buddy and I (a Marine obviously) spent the morning volunteering at St. Jude's Children’s hospital and then this guy picked up two strangers and made us a part of their family for 12 hours. Instead of a lonely Thanksgiving, it was warm and festive.
If you have the chance to invite someone who might otherwise be alone tomorrow, please do. A lot of college kids, military, elderly and single people can use a family for a few hours.
Check out this performance of a GREAT Tool song...
We often have to let our 3D print jobs run overnight and unattended. Sometimes in the morning they look like this...
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Tonight is my 20 year High School reunion. Here's a couple things I wish I could have told myself on graduation day.
- Hug your grandparents. Don't let go even if it gets creepy.
- In 1997, you and everyone else will think that Apple is done forever. Their stock is in single digits, and there's no way out. Sell everything you own and buy all of the stock. Also, search for eBay on the stock market. And learn the term for 10 to the 100th power. And then when you see someone spelling it wrong, buy all of that stock too.
- That black spot on the wing of the airplane isn't water, it's ice. Moron.
- Take more pictures, and make sure you're in some of them.
- Love will find you when you stop looking so hard.
- You can stay off of the edge of your seat, the Cubs are never ever going to make it.
- Nothing matters more than your relationships with people.
- The best thing you can do is build an airplane. Once you get all of the parts for it, throw them off a cliff and then jump after them. Trust me, you're good enough to finish building it before you hit the ground.
- Get a good long distance service. When you meet Julie, you're gonna need it.
- Call your mother, she worries.
Our Director of Sales was on vacation in Ireland last week so we decided to make him some art for his wall.
The instructions were:
1) Smash your face on the copier
2) Press copy
3) No do overs