The time is 10:03am Until recently I've made a daily pilgrimage to the local Starbucks for espresso

The time is 10:03am Until recently I've made a daily pilgrimage to the local Starbucks for espresso and a croissant. Everyday out of habit or a feeling of obligation I tip a buck and change. I have realized lots of things after this habit. One is, companies could make a lot of money if they simply tailored their prices to the local tax codes. For example, instead of charging 4.60 for a drink why not just charge 5.00. Especially when your product line consists of a few dozen products. And especially when the product is something like coffee or some other price inflated product that only people with lots of disposable income pay for. I think it would be appreciated by the customers (who are dumb and can't do math well) and also the shareholders. Obviously. The only ones that might suffer and the baristas or employees. I think tipping might go down slightly because instead of giving a dollar and some change for cash paying customers (the two of them left out there) they might just tip a dollar instead. But that's ok because, and this brings me to my second realization... the service at Starbucks SUCKS. I used capital letters there to add emphasis, oh you already knew that? Well what's done is done so stop dwelling on the past.

Seriously though, I'll grant that Starbucks does have some above average coffee (or stool softener, whatever you want to call it) but these people have become so accustomed to receiving tip that your gratuity means absolutely nothing to them. It seems like if you want good service you have to be an asshole, and while I'm definitely an asshole in most cases, I am never an asshole to members of the service industry. At first I thought that I just wouldn't tip anymore, but then a good friend suggested that I just never go there anymore... a much better solution. Sorry I'm on the train so my post is short today. 

April 16, 2018

The time is 10:05am. I recently ventured into the realm of vegetarianism, more specifically, pescetarianism. I did this for completely selfish reasons at first, because I wanted to lose some weight and I reasoned that since i don't know any fat vegetarians, switching to a vegetarian diet would be an effective way to shed some pounds. I also knew that giving up meat would reduce my protein intake significantly. My comprimise was to become a pescitarian coosing to only eat fish and eliminating red meat, pork and poultry from my diet. I also love sashimi and figured this would be an effective (albeit expensive) substitution for protein intake normally acquired from chicken, pork and beef. I added to this diet the caveat that everything i ate had to be with chopsticks, i rationalized that since i wasn't an expert at eating with chopsticks this would slow my eating process down and i knew that was also a big contributor to weight loss. I was on this diet for two months. And it worked.... sort of. At first I shed pounds like a madman, I lost almost 20 pounds in a month. Im not entirely sure that this was a result of my shift in the type of foods eaten or if it was in response to the type of mindset I was constantly reminding myself of and making overall better choices in my eating habits and lifestyle. Probably a combination of both. But after about a month I started noticing something else. three things actually:

First, I was starting to feel.... I wouldn't call it sick, but i wouldn't call it completely healthy ether. I started getting headaches almost daily. My energy levels were noticeably decreasing and i had these abnormal mood swings (abnormal even for me). Plus, and perhaps "worse" than all of that, I stopped losing weight. In fact I gained back 5-8 pounds. The problem was that even though I was eating fish, and beans and soy and all that other hippie crap, I was not getting nearly enough protein every day to sustain a mildly active lifestyle. I noticed other things as well, like my fingernails were becoming abnormal in a way that i cant really explain in words, or at least i dont think its worth the words to do so.

today general practitioners have been adequately replaced by an internet connection and honest self assessment. 
— me

My diet everyday consisted basically of breads, pasta, red bull, cigarettes and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And as awesome as all of those things are... and they are awesome, they were not providing a sufficient amount of protein to my body and in turn my body started using the protein reserves in my muscles to compensate. This is all self diagnosed mind you, but lets be honest,  today general practitioners have been adequately replaced by an internet connection and honest self assessment. 

the second thing i realized is that I was continuing this lifestyle in some small part because I thought it made me a better person. And when i really took an honest look at this emotion I realized that it wasn't the kind of euphorian idealistic image of a humanitarian not eating meat because they think its making the world a better place rationale... although that's what i tried to convince myself of. It was far more an conceptualized image of self-righteousness as compared to others. Basically, I thought i was better than everyone else who did eat meat, and I wanted people to believe that to be the case. But this comparison and the values given to these life choices were and are completely unfounded. In fact it only showed as proof that I valued the image of myself in the eyes of others, more than how I felt about myself and the person I knew I was. It was my way of saying that i am better than you and here is some tangible proof.

But being a vegetarian, at least when you love the act of eating really great foods regardless of their origin, was being dishonest to myself. I was creating a value that didn't exist and applying it to my personality. I do not believe that eating meat is immoral, every piece of meat that I eat comes from an animal who only existed so that they would serve as food for me to enjoy. Many others benefit along the process through their exploitation of this enjoyment but I am a willing participant, as are they. To say that these animals lives are displeasurable or lives not worth living flies in the face of everything I know to be true. There is a value to all life, and its usually far less significant that we think, sometimes its only purpose is to be enslaved and then butchered for limited and distant enjoyment by some fat guy in suburbia. That animals very existence is predicated upon the idea that it would serve a higher purpose, beyond any sort of intrinsic measurement. I think this is also the way humans existence should be accurately viewed, but that's a post for another day. So the idea that i was somehow better than anyone else by being a vegetarian was a false construct that I created which simply didn't hold up, and its realization meant that i wouldnt even benefit from this false sense of superiority. 

At the most basic level humans are just biological robots wandering around looking for our next meal or thing to stick our dicks into with random stuff done in between to kill time.
— me

Lastly, I no longer enjoyed the act of eating. I found myself craving foods like fried chicken and hamburgers (man how i missed hamburgers). Long ago I realized that there are only two basic truths driving the actions of sentient beings, namely the quest for physical and emotional comfort, and part of that physical comfort was enjoying the act of eating foods I liked. At the most basic level humans are just biological robots wandering around looking for our next meal or thing to stick our dicks in with random things done in between to kill time. So why would I want to go through my entire life not taking pleasure from that basic human instinct. I was making a conscientious decision to remove that enjoyment by finding mostly inadequate replacements that would only serve to keep me from a healthy physical state. And if the reasons for doing so were ones born of rationale and empirical assessment and the tradeoffs that resulted I would be fine with that, but that is simply not the case. The time is 11:08am

April 14, 2018

The time is 2:10pm. Today was ditch cleaning day. i love ditch cleaning day. Part of the reason i love ditch cleaning day is that i get to meet all of the neighbors that i normally only see in passing on the street. people are so very reclusive these days. there used to be a point in time where you really needed to rely on your neighbors for things, but that time has passed, at least in this neighborhood. These houses are so spread out and people are so standoffish that is something went wrong or if i ever needed help doing something i would never think of my neighbor as someone who would help. ive lived next to these people for a decade and I know almost nothing about them, the only things i really know are the things that ive heard from other neighbors when gossiping on ditch cleaning day. lol. 

But back to what i was saying, DCD is an extremely interesting event for me, its like an entire economic system on a very personal level. Heres the premise, we have a ditch in our neighborhood that potentially benefits everyone who takes part in it. water rights from this ditch are granted to property owners and you can lease these out or buy extra shares. but there are restrictions, you cant have more than two shares and every year you have to participate in dcd or pay a small fee if you decide to abstain. you also have to pay an annual fee for the water rights. the water rights are basically nothing, $43 a year for 8 hours a week of all the water you can handle. thats pretty good especially if you have some way of capturing it and storing it (a large tank, water feature, pond, whatever) the fee to skip dcd is $75. but this is per house and not per share, and there are no rules as to how many people or the amount of time that one needs to put into ditch cleaning. Most if not all of these people are well of upper middle class citizens. they might claim to be broke but they aren't. each one of these homes sits on an acre of mainly unused land and the average price of homes in this neighborhood is somewhere around $600,000. they aren't starving. so the $75 to avoid manual labor on a saturday afternoon would seem a no brainer.

But there are interesting things that i observed throughout the day. Surprisingly the attrition rate for dcd is very high. like 40%. people will show up, sign in, and after about 30 minutes they will disappear. Is the shame so distant that they see no problem in this behavior. this has become such a problem in recent years that people are "required" to both sign in, and sign out. But make no mistake about it, people who don't sign out are never charged a fee or even approached by anyone concerning their apparent ditching of the ditch. This too is suppose to act as a kind of self policing deterrent. Its also interesting to note that there are some people on the ditch that will do almost unthinkable things with the system once the water runs through their yard. they will create intricate irrigation diversion systems with complete disregard for anyone down stream of them. See the ditch runs through all of the members yard, and when its your "time" for water you ideally should have access to all of the water running in the ditch (saver for the obvious uncontrollable factors). but some people drain the ditch into reservoirs that you simply cannot stop the water from being diverted to. So until their tank or whatever gets filled up, whether its their watering time or not, no one else downstream gets any water, period.

Also Ive noticed that there are some people who have drainage connecting to their ditch, lord knows the origin of that water, so essentially they are putting their wastewater (granted its probably from some sort of drain pipe or garden drainage system) into the ditch water. That doesn't seem appropriate. No one cares, its simply not worth the headache of trying to fight with their neighbors, no one watch to have an uncomfortable altercation with someone they live close to, weather its for fear of retribution or just desire to avoid any sort of displeasurable interaction with another human being. I hate to admit it but i'm totally in that category.

The thing that really impresses me is that some people can be so incredibly selfish and almost completely without a sense of shame. I don't know if these people are doing these things because they think that its only making a small difference in the overall supply of a resource and that it might not have any significant impact on others directly or if they are just so selfish that they place their wants and desires at above others regardless of anything else. But i started to realize that i could never uncover these peoples actual intentions, and they might vary but its irrelevant. The fact that they are exploiting the weakness of this system is exactly why a socialist system can never really work. This system is set up so that system exploits are readily available for anyone to take. Most of the people play by the rules and are conscientious of the needs and rights of others, but the fact that there are some people who aren't ruins it for the rest of the community. They might never see it directly impact their share of resources, at least not in a way that they can pinpoint or that they might even notice. But that isn't the point.

If given the choice to be honest or to take advantage of others people will take advantage of others, and over time it builds a significant amount of resentment, but people are sill not willing to put others on the spot, to go over to their house and exclaim that they have been wronged, because these people aren't wronging them directly, they are wronging the community, and no one is willing to speak up on behalf of the community . because they feel its not their place, or maybe they don't know if they have the support of everyone in the community, which they likely don't. Some people just don't care that much if others take advantage of a system of which they have a vested interest in, they are willing to carry others who are shamelessly exploiting them. And the wrongdoer benefits for his selfish actions. Others work less hard because of the system imbalance. Can you blame the guy who leaves early on dcd, at least he showed up, its better to leave early than to fuck the rest of the community by diverting water. Anyways, ditch cleaning day has taught be alot about people, and social and political structures. I love ditch cleaning day. see you next year. The time is 2:50pm

April 13, 2018

The time is 10:03 in the AM. 

SO i have this theory, and i have this urge to preface it with a statement about myself. I know that I exhibit racist and sexist tendencies, I feel that when i look at others I make assumptions about them based on things they have no control over. I dont think its right to do this and i don't know exactly why this happens, even though i have pretty good ideas about where these ideas come from. I try and make it a point not to pretend that these things dont matter but understand why they exist and what the impact of their collective phenomenon have on the the world around me. I feel it is important for me to preface this idea by telling the reader that, I know that if people read this idea i am about to write down into the public domain they may likely think that these are racist or more specifically anti semitic notions and ideas. That very well may be the case, but i think its more important to explore these notions than to care about what people might think of me. It is only through a notion of seeking truth that I write today, in the hopes that I can maybe someday better understand if these ideas are valid or have any sort of rationale, or if they are just me being a racist. And if the latter, why?

In simplest terms here is my argument: Only the best jews survived the holocaust. The atrocities of the holocaust shielded jews after wwII from the social prejudices they otherwise might have endured. Because of these genetic and social advantages jews were able to acquire resources disproportionately higher than gentiles. 

I am assuming many things to come to this analysis, none of which I actually know to be true, but since these topics are so taboo there does not seem to be any data answering them. My hope is that there might eventually be someone out there who is far smarter than me who can prove these assumptions wrong.

Lets take this argument and see what we can do with it. 

the first premise here is that only the best jews survived the holocaust. Obviously the term best needs to be defined, I used the term "best " above in an effort to simplify the argument but I think what I mean is that in order to survive the holocaust in europe a jew had to be smarter, stronger, more clever, more resourceful than other jews. Because the death camps of germany were designed to do just that, and because at the core of human nature is the will to survive I feel its worth uncovering why those who survived, did so. There may never be a way to actually determine this quantitatively. But lets look at an honest examination of what likely happened, people of all different nationalities (mainly jews) were brought into these camps, the first thing the germans did upon arrival is sort them out by physical abilities. I know there are some exceptions to this rule, but this i feel is true for the most part. But lets look at why some people died and others did not. First its worth noting that for many jews they were able to escape the war altogether, some fled to foreign countries, those who fled were those who likely had more resources and better foresight of the impending events that bight befall them if they stayed. So if a jewish family were wealthy (presumably from exploitation of their knowledge, or family resources). Lets looks at some of the reasons they might have survived. There are incredibly inspiring stories of successful escapes from the concentration camps. There are also amazing tales of people successfully hiding underground and in hidden rooms. Read some of them here

Some were saved for their ability to use artistic talents as a benefit for their would be captors. Others used extreme cunning and social abilities to evade capture for years in various ways. Many of those who were able to escape or evade capture during the entire course of the war went on to become engineers, professors, and hold other positions that seems to indicate they had a high capacity for intelligence. I know most of this evidence is anecdotal at best, but it's all i have to go on. If you have time for an amazingly inspiring read, pick up 'If, by miracle' by Michael Kutz. His true story of being one of 12 jews out of 4500 in his town to survive will humble you in ways you may never have thought possible.  

The less time they were able to spend within the death camps the more likely they were to survive. Some were able to escape all together, but many were not so fortunate but were able to use their kinships or wits for lack of abetter term to foster relationships that created conditions where they were able to hide from the nazis for an extended periods of time. This likely increase their odds of survival dramatically. One year in a concentration camp is probably less likely to kill you than 4 years in a concentration camp. Other examples we see of how people were able to survive is told through the various first person stories. 

but lets talk about how those who were eventually brought to these camps survived. The first thing the nazis did upon arrival is try to seperate the week from the strong so that those who could work would be put to work. I see these camps as not work camps, but these were truly death camps, if the nazis didn't kill you outright, they were going to kill you slowly, its not that they really needed any work to be done ( as most of the work was carrying rocks and building railroads) but it was also and maybe for intentionally about stripping humans of their sense of dignity, of their essence of humanity. But those that survived did so by resorting to understanding what their most basic needs in life were and then using skill, knowledge, cunning and collaboration to meet those needs. When people died, their possessions were used to their advantage, their cooperation took form in some of the most basic ways, they huddled together at night to use their body heat to survive the cold, but also they used cooperation in other more obvious ways. By forming these networks of cooperation and using the resources of the many they were able to keep themselves alive just long enough to survive. Most who survived knew that jobs which intailed work outdoors was an almost certain death so they did whatever possible to find jobs that did not put them at risk of long term exposure to the elements and exaustion but also jobs that put them as far away from the nazis as possible. In the documentary 'One Day In Auschwitz' Kitty Hart-Moxon tells how she was able to survive by working in the "bathrooms" if you can call them that. Her job was to shovel the shit out of the shallow latrines when they became full. She describes it as one of the best jobs a young girl could have at Auschwitz for the primary reason that most guards had no desire to be anywhere near such a foul place so she was far less likely to be confronted with an SS officer, while she new would increase her chance of survival. 

In a way I think the holocaust could have served as a sort of brutally "effective" large scale example of darwinistic survival of the fittest. In order to survive it took for than luck, one had to be smarter and stronger than the rest, those who were weak minded, those who were sickly, those who were unable to use their resources to full advantage were killed. Those who survived were, for lack of a better word, the "best" jews.

Jews comprise 2.2% of the USA population, but they represent 30% of faculty at elite colleges, 21% of Ivy League students, and 25% of the Turing Award winners. Plus, “Jews have made up 50% of the top two hundred intellectuals… 40% of partners in the leading law firms in New York and Washington… 59% of the directors, writers, and producers of the fifty top-grossing motion pictures…” link

On the world stage, we find that 54 percent of the world chess champions have had one or two Jewish parents.

Many Jews subscribe to a folk theory that attributes Jewish intelligence to what would have to be the weirdest example of sexual selection in the living world: that for generations in the shtetl, the brightest yeshiva boy was betrothed to the daughter of the richest man, thereby favoring the genes, if such genes there are, for Talmudic pilpul.

But pride has always been haunted by fear that public acknowledge of Jewish achievement could fuel the perception of "Jewish domination" of institutions. link but since that fear isnt allowed in modern society this no longer becomes a barrier.

I think the main point of this writing, while full of conjecture, and riddles with mindfields of perceived antisemitism is that while hitler wanted to eliminate what he saw as an inferior race, what he may have actual done inadvertently is to create the conditions while allowed the jews to become the superior race. 

 

The time is 10:23am April 13 2018

April 10, 2018

The time is 9:08 in the AM. I cant think about what to write today so i looked through my notes and found some random one which lists a bunch of ideas for products and services that are a good idea but I know that i will never implement, so feel free to make any of these happen without my consent or attribution, I think think the world would be a better place. Please keep in mind that these were thought of and written down on or before october of 2016 and undoubtedly some of these ideas have already been thought of and produced by others. 

Hasap plans online:

Hasap plans are plans that companies use and submit to the usda when they are getting approved for making and selling food to other businesses. These are only used when places are not selling directly to the consumer. There are very antiquated systems out there and services that you can hire that will come in and create hasap plans for/with you but these systems are extremely outdated and do not scale well. All of these plans could be done through an online form system which also offers advice for how to create the best LONG TERM plan. With some logic rules and fill in the blanks you could make a program that is profitable and offers a significantly cheaper option to companies looking to get into the business of making food to sell to other businesses. This webapp could offer templates, advice on current up to date usda rules and be easily updated or changed if the business decides to change their products or processes in the future. This is a pretty solid moneymaker if someone wants to invest a little money with a very promising return. This would also really help to provide a valuable service to small business just starting out in this area.

Sidewalk/wall projection advertising:

Think of this as one of those stupid christmas projector light things that you see on peoples houses during the holidays. But instead they are used to project, no lame christmas colors and designs onto a house, but advertising for a product or location all year round. There is so much wasted space on the sides of buildings and on sidewalks along streets. In most modern day urban areas pedestrian traffic generally consists of people walking alone either staring at their phone and or staring at the ground in front of them. Why not put a cheap projection of your logo on the sidewalk in front of your restaurant. Or put a coca cola logo and advertising projection on the side of a large movie theatre wall in suburbia. The possibilities for this are endless and with led technology these would be far more cost effective than any physical billboard. You can probably see how this can be monetized pretty easily. 

Kitchen mate grocery scanner/meal planner/food orderer:

This one has probably been done since original conceived, essentially its a stand alone ipad type hardware system (or even just an ipad app) that you could use in various ways in the kitchen, for cooking, for ordering groceries, etc. Features could include, scanning your groceries when you bring them home so that you can order them online later, especially the things that you always use regularly, milk cereal, whatever. Once a informal or formal inventory of your kitchen is taken it could suggest dishes you could prepare and how to use them, knowing exactly what you have on hand and how much of it you might need. There are many integrations that one could use with a product like this. Amazon alexa, recepies.com or wherever people get recipes, i don't cook so i have no idea.  

Personal probation liaison. 

This one i thought of during the affluenza kid thing when that drunken spoiled rich kid from texas suburbs killed his friends in a truck and then basically got off scott free. And then got in trouble for violating his probation and went to jail, so did his mother by the way. I just heard he got out recently but mom is still in prison or something. Fuck them. but anyways, it gave me an idea for a personal liaison service that wealthy families can hire to basically babysit their children while they are on probation or if they are in danger of getting into trouble with the law because of their reckless antics. These people would have to be very good but they would be there to gain the trust of the kids while making sure that they dont drink and drive or break the law therefor jeopardizing their future and costing mom and day heartbreak and legal fees. This wouldn't be a cheap service but people care about their kids and some people have a lot of money and want to be able to see their kids succeed or at least not end up in jail. Maybe barron trump could be the first client... one two three "not it!"

Drones that you can rent to advertise smoke messages or banner messages in the sky. 

Have you ever seen those planes during a sporting event or outdoor concert or festival pulling a banner advertisement or leaving smoke signals for something? To be honest, ive never actually seen one doing smoke signals and im not sure they do that anymore. Anyways why couldn't you do that but instead of using a plane with a pilot and all the crap thats involved with that as im sure its really expensive, why not just use a drone? or more specifically rent out a drone that is capable of such a things and print custom signs for them. You could sell the signs, the time in the air. You could custie it for all sorts of events. Birthdays, Sporting events, local fairs, really there are lots of possibilities and it would be pretty reasonably priced and once a route has been chosen (by the user or provider) it could easily repeat using those same coordinates and directions. You see where im going with this, it essentially gives all the power to the user with very little human intervention, although obviously you'd need some sort of nerd to fly the plane form the ground. But i bet you whatever you've got in your pocket it would be cheaper than renting a pilot and his plane. 

iphone/ipad app that makes private browsing easy, available, and known.

This was an idea i had back in 2016 and there may have been some variations of it out by now, but back then i had to use a tor network and pgp email communications to buy things from the online black markets (dont judge me) anyways, while i am pretty internet savvy it was a very difficult system to use because it was relatively new and sending encrypted messages was not a very intuitive process. So the idea is simple. Make an app that handles the legwork for sending pgp encrypted emails and messages, and make it easy for the end user to use. Uploading and creating pgp keys could be handled within the app, finding public keys of others could be done through the app, even secure browsing on the latest tor browser could be done within the app, all behind the scenes so that it can be done by even non-techical people. Charge a monthly or yearly fee for the app, businesses and individuals would eat it up. Just make sure that you've got the best security team possible to stay up to date with all of the updates and zero day hacks that come out. 

Hunters license webapp 

Hunters licences are a bear to deal with, no pun intended. If you are a hunter and you want to apply for a license to bag an elk or bear or whatever the hell it is people shoot at other than high school kids nowadays, its an exhausting process that requires constant attention and routine submission for state sponsored sites. often many of these applications cant be used online and money orders have to be sent in to accompany forms. Its a nightmare, the thing about getting a licence to kill a large animal is that it can take years to get a licence to shoot an animal and even then you are restricted to a certain area within the forrest and everytime you submit an application for a certain license, and are not granted one, you can then apply again the next season and have your chances increased because they will continue adding your name into the drawing until yours is selected and then all of your submissions expire. So its very important to submit an application as often as possible to increase your chances. But hunters, and im speaking strictly from a place of complete knowledge and experience here, are kind of stupid (that was a joke, kind of). But honestly these are not the most tech savy folks, they are typically older men who have a lot of disposable income. The idea is to create a web app that would allow people to put in their information and desired animal license (or whatever its called) into the app and allow the service to submit the information on their behalf ever hunting season. They wouldn't have to keep entering in their information over and over every time they submitted a form, and there would be one place that could do this for every state in the country so that no matter where they went or where they wanted to hunt (it would give the option of applying to many different states and many different seasons) they would have once centralized place where they could get all of the information pertinent to that quest. You could also over a lot of custom advertising for guns and tours and equipment based on where they are, what they like to hunt and if they did get a license, specifics about flights (if in another state) hotels, guns guides and the list goes on and on. 

One time use bank card numbers for when you want to sign up for are recurring service but know that you'll never go and unsubscribe from the service. 

I know i've seen this done within the last year so we can skip it. 

Flag half mast edicate iPhone app

This is just a fun one for someone to do. Flag edicate is confusing and I never remember when im suppose to lower a flag to half mast and exactly how its suppose to be done, it would be nice to have an iphone/android app that could give me notifications on when i should be lowering my flag to stay patriotic and complicit with the flag people rules. Theres not much money to be made here, but it wouldn't be hard to do and you might be able to charge a buck for it. 

Record digitizing fairly priced and easy!

Old people have lots of old records and I always hear people say..."oh someday im gonna convert these old recordings to cd" even though cds are not even a thing anymore but you get my point. there are lots of people with analog records and recordings of music that they would like digitized but are not able or willing to do... mainly because this process would take a lot of time and equipment. How about overriding a service that will pay for the shipping (media mail) or your music and then will digitize it in whatever format you want and then send it back to you. All you have to do is put your records in the mail box we send you and it will come back to you in cd format or a link to download or whatever completely labeled and cheaply done. you could pay for rush service and different formats and the advertising possibilities are endless. 

Thats it for today. Ill post more later. The time is 10:08am