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from Memphis, TN

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    • The World is a Great Place

      8 months ago

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      I came into work tonight a little early because I had to run a New Hire meeting. I show up in my office and the older gentleman in the department is in his office absolutely BLASTING A "Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman and singing along at the top of his lungs in the high octave.  This man is always dressed to the nines, he has his phD, a Chemical Engineering degree, and countless professional certifications and he is just here rocking out to a musical soundtrack. No one is going to steal that man's happiness, and I'm glad to be in a world where people like him live. 

    • Is there a Moral Argument?

      9 months ago

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      For Socialism?  For Capitalism? If you support one or the other, what is the moral justification you use?  I'll play along as well.

      I believe that there is a moral argument for Capitalism. All things have value and as such when one thing is exchanged for another it should be exchanged value for value. If one party wants more for a good or service than the purchaser wishes to pay, then the purchaser may seek out someone who is selling the good or service for less, negotiate with the seller for a more favorable price, or just not purchase the good or service. Likewise, a person who has a good or service should have the right to set the value of whatever it is and if they can't sell it choose to lower their price to a point where it will sell.  This is the only moral position for me: everyone has the right to their own earned stuff and the right to assess the VALUE of the stuff they have. I don't have the right to set the value for someone else's stuff, and I am not entitled to anyone else's stuff without their consent and a fair and agreed upon exchange.

    • Thoughts on this article

      9 months ago

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      Try not to look at WHO wrote this and decide what you feel about it before you figure out the author.

      What are your thoughts?

    • Oh goodness, Bernie Sanders

      9 months ago

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      If you want to see all entry level jobs automated...this is how you do it.  I'm not a fan of Trump in many ways, but his tax break to businesses is DIRECTLY responsible for the Billions of additional dollars that the company I work for invested in its hourly staff.  All I want to say to Sanders is this:

      "The more you tighten your grip, Sanders; the more jobs will slip through your fingers." 

    • I have a confession to make

      9 months ago

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      Every time my co-workers mess with the thermostat, I wait for them to turn the corner and immediately go and change it back. No joke: they like it 80* in the office.  I can't handle that. 

    • The Break with Michele Wolf Cancelled

      10 months ago

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      Read this

      This is what is wrong with journalism today.  Mat Wilstein eludes to his thesis with the second sentence of the article, and the event that you missed what his thought was, he throws it right at your face in his closing remarks.  

      It's because she's a woman. 

      He glosses over the fact (but he does mention it) that Joel McHale's show as also axed. Instead, the important part of the story is the fact that, in addition to Robin Thede being cancelled, that the only "late night' talk show hosts that are women are now Samantha Bee and Sarah Silverman. It has nothing to do with the fact that her 'shock' comedy that is aimed directly at roughly half of Americans surpasses funny and is just down right mean.  She is not funny...she is mean. I don't agree with the politics of Colbert, and I understand that the Colbert Report was most definitely lampooning Conservatives (as most successful comedic hosts do) but I could laugh along with him. He may cut a little deep sometimes, but I could still smile.  Michele Wolf's show was cancelled because she completely cut herself off from half of her potential viewers by making them targets. It wasn't elevated humor, it wasn't clever. It was that bully that picked endlessly on you for being fat. It was that person who had no interest whatsoever entertaining your presence. It had NOTHING to do with the fact that she was a woman. If it was, Why is Iliza Shlesinger successful on Netflix?  Her jokes rely heavily on feminism and she did so having beat out a whole mess of men on Last Comic Standing in 2008.  What about Ellen DeGeneres?  She is hilarious, and has a brand of comedy that everyone can appreciate. 

      Fact of the matter, this is why identity politics is so detrimental...even to those in the makes them incapable of reflecting on the facts and understanding reality. She just wasn't funny, she was mean and turned off half of the viewers of Netflix, no one watched her, and Netflix made a business decision. 

    • Follow up

      10 months ago

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      So last Friday we got the tests back: Baby is fine, no issues with her chromosomes. We need to ensure she is eating better and need to monitor her tone, heart, and kidneys...but the bad bad stuff is ruled out.

    • Counting Joy

      10 months ago

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      So I have been thinking a lot about the difference between happiness and joy.  Happiness is fickle and conditional. It is also completely temporary and pursuing happiness requires you to get an even bigger fix the next time in order to chases that high.  Happiness provides you with one lasting thing: the desire for more happiness. Ultimately you never learn anything from the pursuit of happiness other than your need to be happy becomes the purpose in which you have built your life.

      Joy, on the other hand is not conditional in that sense. You can have joy inspite of the conditions or stipulations you have in your life. Joy has perspective.  Whereas happiness focuses on ‘Right Now,’ joy is built looking at the entire picture. Joy leaves you with contentment and resolve and comfort; and it also involves others and changes your focus to things outside your own desires.

      This has been a struggle for me recently.  The Thursday before my daughter was born, we found out that she only had a single artery in her umbilical cord. Wikipedia says that less than 1% of all births exhibit this, and our doctor actually said it’s closer to .3% of all births.  75% of the time things are okay, but 25% of the time things get really rocky (I mentioned this in my last journal.)

      So last Sunday my daughter was born. I was thrilled, but the look of concern on the nurse’s face really got to me.  She pulled on my daughter’s arms and legs and looked at the doctor. I know enough to know that she’s checking for reflexes and that my daughter failed something on the initial test.  I also knew that, just by looking at her, that she had fluid pockets around her neck. I had been concerned about Turner Syndrome because a friend of mine’s daughter had it and it was fresh in my mind. She was a big baby, didn’t have webbed fingers or toes, didn’t have odd features, but still...I was worried.

      I tried to maintain a positive outlook, until the pediatrician came and told us that they were concerned about the folds in her neck as well as the low muscle tone. They wanted to do some chromosome tests.  I agreed.

      So we’ve been waiting for a week to get the results back, and have yet to hear from them.  But this is what has made me contemplate happiness and joy. There have been several times over the past week where I have not been happy.  Hell, I’ve wept openly a number of times (once by myself waiting for carry out at Chili’s.) I began to be overwhelmed with all the things going through my head; worried about Turner Syndrome, or CP, or MD and imagining how hard my baby girl’s life was going to be if we got a diagnosis.  But as I have sat and pondered these things, I am constantly reminded that joy is still present. I am sad and scared, but still, even as I write this while my daughter is asleep next to me, I have joy. I have perspective.  If all I did was focus on if I was happy or not than it would be difficult to find this joy.  Joy isn’t loud like happiness and it doesn’t ‘feel’ like it. It’s much subtler and mature, but seeing this life, regardless of any possible complications she may have I know it is still “worth it.”

      I love you Mayleigh Michele.


    • Baby watch

      10 months ago

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      My wife is scheduled to be induced Monday at 4AM. We will have our third baby three days from now.

      I'm going to ask you all, if you pray to do so, and if you don't to just send well wishes my way. We found out today that the umbilical cord only has one artery. This is an occurrence in 1% of pregnancies.  75% of the time it doesn't mean anything, but 25% of the time it can mean something. We think that most of the bad things it can mean have already been addressed. We've had genetic testing done and the test we did looks good. Still, it can mean cardiac issues, renal issues, and other scary things.  While I feel like we are still really in a good place, this has dampened our joy with a small amount of fear. 

      Be thinking about us as we go through this.

      Thanks, I love you all. 

    • Throw Down Your Heart

      10 months ago

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      One of the best documentaries I've ever watched is Throw Down Your Heart. It is a long 90 minutes, but I think it is worth it.  Bela Fleck, a banjo virtuoso travels Africa with his banjo to discover the roots of the instrument.  Most people associate a banjo with Bluegrass Americana music or, barf, Country, but the instrument is actually African in origin (it most likely evolved from the akonting, a hide covered gourd with three strings attached to a pole.)  He travels and meets different people groups with different takes on the instrument, and then he sits and jams with indigenous instruments and you can hear the synergy between the modern equivalent and the traditional at roots instruments that it grew up with. Take a listen.

      There are so many points I want to make with this.  I want to talk about how profoundly sad it is that the name of the documentary is a translation of the word "Bagamoyo" which was the name of the port in Tanzania where the natives who were captured inland were loaded onto ships to be sailed to the West. I also want to talk about how amazing the music of Africa is and how diverse it sounds people group to people group. I also want to talk about how wonderful exchanges like this are. This white man, in a sea of brown faces bringing an 'appropriated' instrument back home and meeting people where they are at and playing music with them is a picture of what we should be seeking today.  There are far too many people pushing to grasp back some form of cultural purity and attack anyone whom they don't wish to participate in something that they claim.  I hope that my kids life in a world where people are able to freely intermingle, share, enjoy, assimilate, mimic, and love the nuances of other cultures. 

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