Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rich was right

There is a new Diablo game coming out. When? No one knows (Blizzard will work on it until it's awesome). If it's anything like the previous games then I'm in for some short nights of sleep. Bring it on!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Old Freakin-Hickory

This to you straight from the History Channel:
Apparently, Andrew Jackson liked to duel people, to build his reputation. He was crafty though, one time he made an agreement with the other guy and they both shot their pistols into the air. They both got the street cred for being dueling studs, but they also both got to live.

Another time he dueled a guy who accused his wife of being an adulteress (I would fight too!); the problem is that he was fighting a guy with a reputation for being a great shot. So he hatched a plan . . . he let the guy shoot him (he was hit in the chest a few inches from his heart). He put his left hand over the wound to slow the bleeding. Then he slowly and carefully took aim. He shot his opponent and killed him. It took Jackson three months to recover from his wound.

Dang! The next time you talk about Tiger Woods being tough for playing golf hurt, you should reconsider your definition of tough.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Just in Case

I'm not sure how many of my readers have experience the botched "high-five", but it can be a frustrating experience. Wired Wiki has you covered with a comprehensive how-to.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I have spent one full day as the latest member of the trigenarian club. I didn't hurt too much.

I have been a little depressed leading up to this. Mostly because I don't think I'm as far along in "life" as I expected to be at this age. I know that I shouldn't compare myself to others, but it's hard not to see what other people my age have accomplished in their lives.

Blah, blah, blah - it's not a sprint, it's a marathon - blah, blah, blah. That doesn't keep me from being a little depressed. As a guy, I'm "supposed to" compare myself to others and to compete to be better. I know this isn't necessarily the right thing to do, but in my weaker moments I can't help but look around at other people who have working in their career for 10 years by the time their my age - I'm still an intern. Some times I wonder if I'll ever get there.

Note: I'm not looking to be cheered up. I'm not fishing for compliments. I just wanted to share these thoughts. I'll be fine. I know that I have to walk my path and not others'. I just needed to get this out of my head. Thanks.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More of the same

It's nice to know that I'm not the only one thinking about stuff. In a new article, author Nicholas Carr discusses the way that our brains are changing due to our use of the internet.

The human brain is almost infinitely malleable. People used to think that our mental meshwork, the dense connections formed among the 100 billion or so neurons inside our skulls, was largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. But brain researchers have discovered that that’s not the case. James Olds, a professor of neuroscience who directs the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, says that even the adult mind “is very plastic.” Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. “The brain,” according to Olds, “has the ability to reprogram itself on the fly, altering the way it functions.”
Carr laments his growing inability to concentrate on reading for an extended period - he finds himself constantly distracted, when once he could lose himself in a text. I have to say that I'm feeling the same thing. There are so many books on my shelf that I want to read, I ought to read, but I haven't read. It has been troubling me that I seemed to have lost my ability to sit down and devour a book - this may be the cause.

Finally Carr delineates the difference between information and knowledge. With Google (et al) we have information at our fingertips, but that does not make us knowledgeable, or wise. We must still deal with the information in a meaningful manner to claim knowledge, and without experience we cannot claim to be wise.

Does this ring true with you? Did you scan this blog post for the highlights? Where do we go from here?