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Dealing with Swine Flu and the Art of Irony

Monday, June 29th, 2009

[3:32:13 PM] beggs says: i feel like shit…
[3:32:32 PM] D— says: ?
[3:34:01 PM] D— says: whats wrong?
[3:34:10 PM] beggs says: just don’t feel good.
[3:34:19 PM] beggs says: headache… stomach not so good.
[3:34:32 PM] beggs says: think I’ll go home as soon as our call is over.
[3:35:01 PM] D— says: k, yeah should go home and take a 10 day quarantine :-P
[3:35:12 PM] D— says: we don’t want any swine flu patients here
[3:35:24 PM] beggs says: haha…
[3:35:58 PM] beggs says: pig flu has a 5 to 7 day incubation… by the time you have symptoms you’ve infected everyone…
[3:36:01 PM] beggs says: :-)
[3:36:31 PM] D— says: great then we all get 10 days off…..
[3:37:21 PM] D— says: they should quarantine all swine flu patients in Hawaii
[3:42:43 PM] beggs says: Palestine…
[3:43:01 PM] beggs says: the whole pig flu/halal angle is ironic and funny.
[3:43:16 PM] beggs says: we can put the Muslim’s with pig flu in Israel.
[3:43:24 PM] beggs says: the infidels in Palestine.
[3:43:39 PM] beggs says: and then I’ll run for secretary general of the UN…
[3:44:47 PM] D— says: (rofl)
[3:45:12 PM] D— says: religion is really funny
[3:48:55 PM] beggs says: If I had any of that funny, it’d be going to hell for this conversation…
[3:49:29 PM] beggs says: but I’m a teapot agnostic, ’cause it’s more fun than being a militant atheist

Thoughtless optimism

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

What kind of organizational dysfunction does it take to completely ignore the changed circumstances and keep at a money-losing business?

What’s even funnier is that [they] could probably have been profitable if they had just skipped the one unnecessarily stupid part of their business model…

Nobody at Clear did any thinking. They had a business model, the business model wasn’t actually possible, everybody knew it, and they still plugged away at it. Thoughtless optimism. I don’t know whether to salute ‘em or laugh.

Joel Spolsky, in The eternal optimism of the Clear mind []

In the eternal words of the Mountain Dew ‘dudes’: “Been there. Done that. Doin’ it tomorrow.”

We choose to go to the moon …, not because [it is] easy, but because…

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Man must be in space – that is what we are destined for. There is nothing else that we can do.

Majel Barrett

The Face in the Tree

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009


Chastity and Impotence

Monday, June 8th, 2009

“It’s always important to distinguish between chastity and impotence.”

Mae Jemison [], quoting Sydney Brenner [] in her TED Talk on teaching arts and sciences together [].