Life is A Canvas and I’m Drawing A Map

I wasn’t born with a map. I don’t know what I’m doing. I recently made a “very interesting decision.” It was a “unique experience.” I’m thankful for the opportunity and I’m looking forward to the next chance to try again. I know what I’ll do in the future, and it wasn’t that. The time isContinue reading “Life is A Canvas and I’m Drawing A Map”

Broken cars and broken hearts [short fiction]

Max flipped through the channels. There was nothing good on any of the 200+ channels. He decided to check the fridge to see if there was anything good to each. There wasn’t. “You want anything while I’m up, Babe?” he asked. “Nah, I’m good. Hey, it’s Saturday night. Do you want to go out?” repliedContinue reading “Broken cars and broken hearts [short fiction]”

The Inevitable Disruption of the Logistics Industry

I have meditated on this long on hard. I have tried to convince myself otherwise. Despite my best efforts, I believe resolutely that the logistics industry will be disrupted in the next 20 years. When I look at the series of industries that have been disrupted by software/technology, I see a pattern. The industries thatContinue reading “The Inevitable Disruption of the Logistics Industry”

Shark Teeth Island Escape [short fiction]

The holes were still moist. indicating they were recent. Captain Riggs paced the yellow sand beach. He navigated the holes, five feet deep and five feet wide, pockmarking the beachscape and made his way to a particularly deep and wide crater. There was nothing to see now, but judging by the bloody body parts scatteredContinue reading “Shark Teeth Island Escape [short fiction]”

The Future of Logistics

After working in logistics for a whopping seven months, it’s safe to consider me an expert in the field. Based on my extensive experience, I feel confident in giving my predictions for the future. Logistics has a problem within the field with differentiating the players. Freight is freight. The only real distinguishing factor is theContinue reading “The Future of Logistics”

Multi-verse Theories verse Multiple Theories

I read a blog called Slate Star Codex, and the most recent post is about “Is a multiple universe theory scientific?”   On the one hand, there’s no evidence. This leads people to say it’s not scientific. On the other hand, a single universe theory doesn’t explain everything and a multi-verse theory explains more.Continue reading “Multi-verse Theories verse Multiple Theories”

Set Thrusters to Full Power

“Set thrusters to full power” “Sir? There’s not enough fuel-” “I said do it! That’s an order.” The command room fell silent, as silent as space itself. The Lieutenant Miaga looked at Commander Frig. Commander Frig looked at Navigator Pezco. None of them moved. “Aye sir,” said Commander Frig demurely. He touched his Tella deviceContinue reading “Set Thrusters to Full Power”

September & October 2019 Report

Time flies when you get older. Speaking of which, I got older. Yay! After working at Mainfreight for six months, I’d like to share what the heck I do all day. I started working with our Canada shipments. For Mainfreight, all of our US shipments going to Canada must go through our Chicago branch toContinue reading “September & October 2019 Report”

Noble Hearts

Author’s note: I wrote this whole long story in several different word processors, only to find that my blog erases all of my formatting. Below is the pure text. Link to a properly formatted document here: Chapter One “Come here, little lad. I won’t hurt you,” said Gustavio. A little squeak emanated from theContinue reading “Noble Hearts”

The Last Airbender: Review

I watched the movie, “The Last Airbender.” It was terrible. Don’t watch it. “The Last Airbender” is a movie by M. Night Shyamalan based on a TV show called, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” They retitled the movie to avoid confusion with the James Cameron movie. It’s a shame that of all of the shows toContinue reading “The Last Airbender: Review”

The Stocks, The Market and Everything

I’ve embarked on a perilous journey, to understand the stock market and reap what knowledge might be gleaned from raw experience and the ancient tomes. So far, not so good. Just as I expected, there are directly conflicting theories and no conclusive results. One of my favorite cartoons is BoJack Horseman. In the cartoon, there’sContinue reading “The Stocks, The Market and Everything”

Everything I Learned about Writing A Book (By Writing A Book)

In case you weren’t on this planet when I announced it previously, I wrote a book. Check it out here for free: Buy it on Amazon for money: Writing a book is hard Writing a book is really freaking hard. It’s in the top 5 hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.Continue reading “Everything I Learned about Writing A Book (By Writing A Book)”

Welcome to Night Vale book review

I recently had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook, “Welcome to Night Vale.” The book is about a young girl and a mother on a quest to find information about a mysterious man named Troy. In effect, it was a tour of the fictional town of Night Vale which seems to exist in multipleContinue reading “Welcome to Night Vale book review”

Why I’m Libertarian

Let me preface this article by saying that most people’s beliefs are heavily influenced by the people they hang around with, and their exposure to different ideas. I couldn’t be a libertarian until I knew what libertarianism was, and I would certainly be something else if I discovered something better. Ultimately, it comes down toContinue reading “Why I’m Libertarian”

The Elizabeth Holmes In All of Us

There is a big scandal surrounding the start-up Thermos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes Her actions are indeed despicable. However I want to look at an aspect of her that was admirable. Life is hard. Things have to be done all the time, and it can be unclear whether we’re qualified for the tasksContinue reading “The Elizabeth Holmes In All of Us”

IM MOVING TO JAPAN! March 2019 Report

April fools! Hahaha I couldn’t resist. My full-time job is to look for a job. I’m finishing up a month and a half in this position. Frankly, I’m not seeing the results I promised myself when I hired myself for this job. Unfortunately, based on what I’ve seen, and the competitiveness of the market, I’mContinue reading “IM MOVING TO JAPAN! March 2019 Report”

Why Tipping is Terrible

The system of tipping servers in the United States is terrible. It’s glaringly, obviously, bad. Servers are employees, and should be compensated like any employee, with an hourly or annual rate. There’s no reason to add randomness into the equation. We don’t tip cashiers or janitors. It’s possible that the tipping system might encourage serversContinue reading “Why Tipping is Terrible”

An Anarchist Approach to Global Climate Change

There are some solutions to Global Climate Change which are painfully obvious to an outside observer. I feel like the kid pointing out the emperor has no clothes. Here are three suggestions on how to fix the US’ contribution to Global Climate Change Stop subsidizing cars and roads. Stop bailing out car companies. Stop fundingContinue reading “An Anarchist Approach to Global Climate Change”

September-October 2018 Report

It’s incredible how busy you can be doing nothing. The problem with being unemployed is that days blur into weeks, weeks into months, one month into the next. I had a lot of fun these past two months. I caught up with multitudinous friends. It was grand, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Unemployment has beenContinue reading “September-October 2018 Report”

Skyrim game review

I recently had the pure pleasure of playing an epic fantasy game called, “Skyrim.” In the world of Skyrim, you’re the chosen one who has to save the world from an infestation of dragons, while defending yourself from assassins, manipulative wizards, and blood thirsty bandits. The good Huge It’s huge. It’s expansive. There are likeContinue reading “Skyrim game review”

The Anti-Coffee Snob Guide to Espresso

Intro This guide is intended to answer all of your questions about espresso, but were too afraid of sounding like dumb to ask. Espresso beans I bought a package of “Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans.” I thought to myself, “Surely there are no such things as “Espresso beans.” I’ve been to a coffee farm, with coffeeContinue reading “The Anti-Coffee Snob Guide to Espresso”

All this time

“‘Morning Bill75875” said Bill75876. “Morning Bill75876” said Bill75875. Bill75875 and Bill75876 considered each other brothers, although they were no more brothers to each other than they were to Bill54656 or Bill245243, not even Bill1 or Bill0. It just so happened, by pure coincidence, that two consecutive Bills were placed in the same Work_pod. Their representativeContinue reading “All this time”

Master Thief

“Halt! Who goes there? We got orders to kill anyone that get close and don’t identify themself.” “It is I, Boton Fairchild. I mean no harm.” “I never heard of no Fairchild. The gate is closed to outsiders after sundown unless yur a noble. Since ya’in’t a noble, you can come back in the morning.” “How do you know I’m not a noble?” “Cus noblesContinue reading “Master Thief”

A Libertarian With Too Much Freedom

Too much freedom? I never though I’d hear myself say those words. In the book “The Art of Choosing” the author tells us about her parents’ arranged marriage. For a long time, I considered arranged marriages to be a form of slavery. Except, as far as I can tell, it is voluntary. The  participants actually want it that way.Continue reading “A Libertarian With Too Much Freedom”

January 2018 Report

Well, it’s that time of year, February 1st. The time when we officially give up on our New Year’s resolutions and try again next year. The time we give up the charade of “Christmas-time cheer.” The time when we stop complaining about how consumerist Christmas is, and start complaining about how consumerist the next holidayContinue reading “January 2018 Report”

Hand On The Stove Level of Stupid

I’m listening to this audiobook called “The Art of Choosing” which has radically altered my world view. Everyone has some need for individualism, and some need for community. There’s one part of our brain which wants us avoid being outcast from the tribe, and there’s another which insists that we refuse to walk off aContinue reading “Hand On The Stove Level of Stupid”

What am I doing with my life? (Ship life FAQ)

What have I become?!? The answer is that I have become a bus boy on a cruise ship. Most people say, “Wait, what?” Today I will answer as many of your questions as I can. I’m learning as I go because unfortunately, none of the information is in one place. Many of the administrators whoContinue reading “What am I doing with my life? (Ship life FAQ)”

Labor theory of value of hot koolaid

First watch this absurd and slightly humorous video: The support character in this skit (Julian) is a good representation how I view socialists, particularly Marxists. Marx had this kookie idea called the “Labor Theory of Value.” He posited that the economic value of a products is derived from the amount of labor that goes intoContinue reading “Labor theory of value of hot koolaid”

Fitness advice: Don’t get broiled

If there’s one thing I’ve learned on my fitness journey, it’s that slow and steady always beats fast and jerky. Increasing by 5 pounds a week for 10 weeks is better than 25 pounds in 2 weeks. It’s the same when it comes to cooking. You don’t broil a 25lb turkey. You cook it lowContinue reading “Fitness advice: Don’t get broiled”

Doctors, Car salesmen, and Asymmetrical Information

Most interactions can be boiled down to two people, either trying to cooperate or manipulate (aka defect). When each person has a nearly equal amount of information about the other, then it’s hard to defect. It might work once or twice, but eventually the other person will learn from their mistakes. Fool me once andContinue reading “Doctors, Car salesmen, and Asymmetrical Information”

Hawaii goers and everyone else

There are two kinds of people in the world. When I tell people that I’m going to Hawaii, I get two responses. “Oh wow! That’s awesome! You’re gonna have a great time” “Yeah but what about your engineering degree?” To the first people I say, “Thanks! I’m super excited.” To the second people I say,Continue reading “Hawaii goers and everyone else”

Why I’m (Slowly) Giving up Alcohol

I’m slowly giving up alcohol. It’s not about feeling superior, or a principal, or risk of addiction. I simply don’t like alcohol. What’s the best part of a mimosa? The orange juice. Jack and Coke? The Coke. They sell a beer called a Vanilla Java Porter and it does sound delicious, until I realize thatContinue reading “Why I’m (Slowly) Giving up Alcohol”

Things Would Be Different, If Only Things Were Different

I catch myself thinking, “If only I had X, then I would do Y”. Ah ah ah! Not so fast. I quickly realize that I already have what I need to do Y. For example, I often think, “If only I had a weight belt, I could burn more calories when I run.” Except thatContinue reading “Things Would Be Different, If Only Things Were Different”

How to Make the Tops (Onshape Tutorial)

Being the Onshape Master and Engineer that I am, I wanted to create the best possible spinning top. The fundamental principal of a spinning top is the moment of inertia. To keep a top going and going, you need a high concentration of mass far from the axis of rotation. Essentially, I’m looking for theContinue reading “How to Make the Tops (Onshape Tutorial)”

To Be Smarter, Do Smarter Things

When it comes to intelligence, I think about two aspects. There’s horse power and there’s acceleration. Some people, by nature, are smarter or more intuitive than others. Some people just apply their focus more sharply. I know really smart people who couldn’t win a chess game to save their lives, and chess masters who can’tContinue reading “To Be Smarter, Do Smarter Things”