Monday, May 21, 2018

Donald Trump and Crest Toothpaste

I keep waiting for President Trump to have some petty Twitter beef with Crest Toothpaste or their parent company Proctor & Gamble. Or conversely I wouldn't be surprised to find out that Crest is really behind the Steele Dossier. Why? Because of this story from 14-years ago. Both Trump and Proctor & Gamble are known to hold a grudge about this awful PR:
A spy tells Lowdown that after handing out tube after tube of the decay-preventing dentifrice to passersby, the "Apprentice" team enlisted a plump 51-year-old woman to haul the unsightly empty boxes back to a nearby truck and haul back armsful of sparkling-new boxes. 
For this, they offered her $20. 
As the woman lumbered from the table to the truck and back - "working her a- off," says our spy - she was overheard mumbling, "I have to do a good job for Crest." 
After about an hour, she had worked herself into a beet-faced, sweaty daze. At one point she tumbled over and began to roll around on the ground, chanting "Crest! Crest!" over and over. 
"It was just spooky," said our spy.
This story always makes me laugh.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Let's Go Celtics!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

This is amazing... If I were a CSI investigator every time my wife handed me something I'd bag it and declare "Now it's evidence!" until my wife stopped handing me things or divorced... "True evil has a face you know and a voice you trust. El Mano Negra." Long read but a chilling account about a deadly hit man responsible for about 35 murders... They say that Saint Augustine did something very bad as a youth and it was his guilt that turned him to Christianity. I wonder if what he did was worse than the re-make of Murder on the Orient Express... Heh heh - David Sedaris as Billie Holiday... One of life's great mysteries is how simply placing a piece of white bread with a batch of home-made cookies can keep the cookies from going stale in the cookie jar... Brain Grenade would be a good name for a band (or a hipster poet)...

Heh Heh

Friday, May 18, 2018

Richard Feynman

Fantastic short film on Richard Feyman and curiosity.

Filmmaker Reid Gower also has one on Feynman and beauty.

And one on Feyman and honors.

Beautiful work Mr. Gower!

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Sure call me a misogynist but I still say the push-up bra might be the best thing since sliced bread... And speaking of misogyny - free the nipple!...  For the record - I did not order the code red! You're goddamn right I didn't!... I guess you could say this was true... Who knew? Van Morrison's Brown-Eyed Girl was originally written as "Brown-Skinned Girl"...  Just saying but did anyone ever see Frank Sinatra and DB Cooper in the same room? Coincidence? You decide... How can you not love Dolly Parton?...

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Glad to see Stan Lee taking back control of his life. Elder abuse is very real.

- My feelings about Elon Musk and how he runs his companies is very conflicted.

- Sure he says its not "his thing" but I think he's protesting too much and was serious the first time.

- Excellent advice when it comes to motorcycles. And remember - May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

- Heh Heh

- Brad Stevens on the key to unlocking potential. Good advice for coaches at any level.

- Michael Keaton is awesome!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, one of the great American writers of the past century, has passed away.

Here is an excellent appreciation of Wolfe written a couple of years ago by Michael Lewis. The article is long but worth your time.

Currently overwhelmed with the urge for me to re-read either The Right Stuff or The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Rest in peace Mr. Wolfe. The world is a poorer place for your passing.

State of the Celtics

The Celtics are up 2-0 against the Cavaliers and are just 2 more wins away from being the biggest surprise team to ever make the NBA Championship. And they are doing this without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Haywood who both will be back full strength next season. And they have a pile of high draft picks in 2019. So I guess you could say the State of the Celtics is GREEATTT!!!

How are they doing this? Well according to one "rival front office guy" Boston finds themselves just 2 wins away from the NBA Championship because;
"They are a team full of killers. Some are loud like [Marcus] Smart and [Marcus] Morris. Others do it quietly like [Al] Horford, [Jayson] Tatum and [Jalen] Brown. And the best, quietest killer of all is on the sidelines because you never see it coming."
That's right - Brad Stevens the quietest killer of all. His nickname should be Brad "Hypertension" Stevens because he's such a silent killer. Celtics fans appreciate that Stevens is the best coach in the NBA despite not even getting a single friggin' vote for NBA Coach of the Year. And if you hear anyone point out that Brad is just .500 in the playoffs (21-21) you can be 100% sure that the person that said or wrote that is a jackass who knows nothing about basketball.

And let's not forget the front office led by Danny Ainge. Trading what ended up being the 8th pick in this draft for Kyrie Irving was a trade Red Auerbach would have been proud of. And no disrespect but when's the last time you heard any Celtics fan mention Avery Bradley?  Ainge traded him for Morris who has been the best defender in the league on LeBron James.

You could go right down the starting line-up:

Al Horford - signed as a free agent to a max deal and worth every penny. It should be remembered that at the time Horford signed Ainge was also pursuing Kevin Durant who had narrowed his choice between signing with either Boston or Golden State. That says a lot about how players are viewing Boston as a desired destination these days.

Terry Rozier - taken with the 16th pick in the 2015 draft. A pick that was roundly criticized by "experts" who are now seeing what Danny Ainge saw back then in Scary Terry.

Jaylen Brown - taken 3rd overall in the 2016 draft. A pick that was booed in Boston!

Jayson Tatum - also taken 3rd overall but in the 2017 draft. Ainge said he would have taken Tatum first overall but instead got a potential 2019 lottery pick from Philadelphia for basically waiting a half hour.

Marcus Smart - taken 6th overall in the 2014 draft. His stats don't come close to explaining how much Smart means to this team. I hope he doesn't leave as a free agent after this magic run is done this season.

That's a lot of talent on the court right there. Talent that can hold their own against anyone in the NBA as they are showing against Cleveland. And hopefully they can show against either Houston or Golden State in the next round.

The State of the Celtics right now and for the foreseeable future is excellent!

Heh Heh

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Iran and Bribes

Interesting wrinkle to President Trump cancelling the "Iran Deal" - the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry threatened to release the names of all officials who accepted bribes to help arrange the Iran Deal in the first place. He hopes this threat will spur Europeans and Americans who took money (probably out of those palates of cash Obama delivered) to save the existing previous deal but it could have the opposite effect.

Imagine once the Korea situation is resolved (one way or another) that President Trump tells Iran that a precursor to opening up any new negotiations would be the release of those names of western officials who took bribes. And imagine if Trump tells them that if it is found that the list provided was either incomplete or incorrect then negotiations would immediately end or any agreement reached would become null and void.

That would make for some fun.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

Seattle City Council's tax on successful companies like Amazon to fight homelessness seems like it should be the plot-line to an Atlas Shrugged sequel... Heh Heh - NBA jokes they're FANTASTIC!... Social Darwinism? Is that like Social Drinking? I only believe in evolution when with friends and only in moderation? And never when alone... Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett when it comes to "moats" and corporate strategy.. Planned Parenthood promoting Mothers Day is like the Venezuelan government sponsoring a gourmet cooking show for the common man. Not sure if it was bad optics by Planned Parenthood or they feel so untouchable politically that they were purposely poking a finger into the eyes of their critics... This is why I love history... Heh Heh...

Stairway to Heaven (on Harps)

I love harps (I wish I knew how to play one).

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Life Advice

"A learning experience is one of those things that say, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." - Douglas Adams
I think living a good life can be boiled down to three simple rules.

1. First simply try to live life by the Golden Rule - treat others as you'd want them to treat you.

2. Try to make good decisions in life. For the most part you know instinctively a good choice from a bad choice. Try to make good choices.

3. You will make some bad choices - it's unavoidable. However when you do - treat your bad choice as a learning experience and take the words of Douglas Adams to heart and try not to make the same mistake twice.

Rinse, lather, repeat. A good life doesn't need to be complicated.

Sinnerman - Nina Simone

Just because.