On Jan 7, 2013
Thought Tweet #646 A dust mite, almost invisible to the naked eye, contains about as many atoms as there are stars in the Universe.
The Thinking Behind The Tweet
There is much to marvel at...atoms so small and at least one universe so big...and such amazing things in between.
On Dec 31, 2012
13: for some, an unlucky number; for Bakers, a dozen.
Isn't it hard to believe my genes may contain some of the remnants of the scoundrel Bakers of yesteryear?
Long before the Enron and Bre-X scams, long before we had aluminum-siding and used-car salesmen...we had the Bakers. The Bakers were notorious for taking short positions to the marketplaces of the Middle Ages. Certainly, as far back as 1000 years ago, the Bakers were known to sell a dozen buns or pies and deliver as few as 10 or 11. I guess the Baker clan somehow evolved to the point they had a flair for profiteering. And, the Bakers' scheme of over-promising and under-delivering worked well 1000 years ago because, apparently, in those days the typical purchaser of baked goods could not count up to 12.
On occasion, however, a purchaser of baked goods could count past 10 and an objection would be filed against the Baker. That did little to improve the Baker's counting. Unfortunately for the Baker clan, during the 13th Century [yes, a Baker's Dozen of centuries] laws were created to place and enforce penalties on the customer-cheating Bakers. Penalties included the loss of a hand...if the Baker was found guilty of delivering 11 instead of a dozen then the Baker would have a hand cut off.
That really improved the Bakers' ability to count.
It also brought about a paradigm change for Bakers. Bakers, in fear of losing more hands, made a habit of delivering 13 when they sold a dozen. That provided a factor of safety for the Bakers. And, it paved the path for the better-Baker business we now enjoy.
So, while many feel 13 is an unlucky number...to this day, Bakers like it a whole lot better than 10 or 11 or even 12.
2013, no doubt about it, a good year for Bakers...expect them to over-deliver.
On Dec 20, 2012
Sixteen years ago, my friend recommended I buy a copy of 'The Fingerprints of the Gods'.
That book contained many startling facts about our world, alien visitors, and an emphatic prediction - our world will end in 2012.
This end-of-the-world-in-2012 prediction dates back to at least Mayan times, [for example, see http://www.december212012.com].
Now, for some reason, for the last 16 years, I've had it in my head the end of the world was to happen on December 12, 2012...i.e., 12-12-12. I even mentioned, to a number of friends earlier this year, my intent to put off buying Christmas gifts until after December 12th just in case the prediction proved to be true. [Why waste time buying stuff that will never get unwrapped?]
As the date 12-12-12 neared, many folks helped me understand the end of the world will not be happening until the winter solstice, December 21st, 2012.
So, I have been thinking about re-setting my Christmas gift-buying strategy.
Regardless, I'm still considerate of the potential there is a bigger fish to fry...actually, all the fish and everything else to fry.
While there is a potential the world will end tomorrow, I am predicting that the Mayans were wrong, those alien-worshipers are wrong, and even my friend who recommended I buy that book 16 years ago is wrong.
I mean, I predict THE WORLD WILL NOT END TOMORROW!
I must write off for now...I've got some shopping to do...
On Nov 13, 2012
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”
This saying is attributed to Les Brown [motivational speaker] and Brian Littrell [lead singer - Backstreet Boys].
This is absolutely horrible advice.
I'm no physicist, but...if you miss the moon then the chances of landing among the stars is infinitesimal. There's a greater chance of hitting our Sun, which is of course a star, than there is escaping our solar system and landing among all those other trillions of stars. But, even with this nearest-star there's a hitch. You will burn up before you can land.
I'm no philosopher, but...there's an argument to be made: you have already landed among the stars. Fortunately, you have landed here on Earth where the nearest star does you much more good than harm and the rest of the stars, at least those visible to us, provide an awe-inspiring view at night. There is little to be gained in trying to re-position oneself among the stars.
I'm no rocket scientist, but...if you shoot for the moon then you just might hit it or, if you plan properly, you just might land on it. When I was a boy the Americans used to do that every once in a while. Yes - in the early 1960's President Kennedy spearheaded a space race to the moon. Kennedy began the race with one of the greatest motivational speeches of all time.
Here, thanks to Wikipedia, is a transcript of his words:
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency."
John F. Kennedy,
Speech at Rice University, Houston, 12 September 1962
Kennedy's vision was realized July 20, 1969..here's a picture of the crew.
Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin
P.S.: Don't shoot for the moon. If you want to go to the moon check out Richard Branson
On Nov 6, 2012
Thought Tweet #602 If we had not learned the word "No" when we were young, we would spend a lot less time thinking about our mistakes.
The Thinking Behind The Tweet
When we were young a lot of people started to say "No" to us. We were made to believe it was wrong to say and do certain things....many things. The rules of "No" versus "Yes" were inconsistent, depending on who was saying them and where all of us were when they were being said. Regardless, when we were instructed "No" we received the message we were doing something wrong...i.e., making a mistake. We heard "No" so many times when we were young we still think about our mistakes, sometimes even the mistakes we made when we were young.
We should shake that off.
On Nov 1, 2012
If we want to grow, we need to add energy.
There's an energy in New Things.
It is clear - if we want to grow, we need to do New Things.
People need and seek novelty, challenge, & [curious as it may seem] struggle.
When people do not perceive novelty, challenge, or struggle they pine and become lacklustre.
Innately, people know it is essential to add to energize.
Small, wisely chosen New Things deliver enormous energizing value. New Things cure boredom; New Things expand and focus pupils; New Things stretch the mind and the body.
Simply put - New Things enliven.