Reasonable Nuts

Sometimes nuts. Always reasonable. We are REASONABLE NUTS.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Wonderful World of aaaaiiieeeeeee! My eyes!!!

The piracy / anti-piracy war is getting just a little out of hand, with the promoted concept of firing laser beams at suspected cameras - which could very well turn out to be other reflective materials, such as earrings. One wonders if you'll at least be able to get your $10 back if you are the victim of retinal ablation from misfiring anti-piracy laser beams during Toy Story 4.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Wealth Motor

I've been spending some of the fourteen daily minutes of free time I have on a new online venture, WealthMotor.com. Take a gander, should you be interested in the subject of wealth generation and preservation. Here's some background:
What is the Wealth Motor?

It's not a question of what, but who. You are the Wealth Motor.

No one will ever be concerned more with your finances than you. If you have enough money and enough acumen, you can hire competent advisors to guide your path to wealth. You should be listening to (read: paying for) competent counsel. But still, no matter how much you pay another, no one will become your personal Wealth Motor. Only you can do that.

In a thriving corporation, the Wealth Motor has another name: the CEO. Think of yourself as the Chief Executive Officer of your personal wealth.

I'd very much like to tell you how this website will help you be the very best Wealth Motor you can be. I can't do that - yet. I must admit I created this site for a purely selfish motivation - I want to be the very best Wealth Motor that I can be. Better than that, I want to make money. Better even still, I want my money to make money.

My hope is that as I endeavor to do so, sharing what I've learned and in interacting with you, we will both profit.

Merriam-Webster.com puts it this way:

Wealth: abundant supply

Motor: one that imparts motion; specifically : PRIME MOVER

Prime Mover: the original or most effective force in an undertaking or work

Thus, a Wealth Motor is the most effective force imparting motion, producing abundant supply.

You are the Wealth Motor.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Bloat happens

Opinion Editorials yesterday picked up my revised piece on the Republican Party platform.

So, Republican Party, will 2008's platform, analagous to the every growing Federal budget, grow in size yet again?

Monday, June 12, 2006

TWC Muzak

Ever wondered about the music played during the local forecast intervals on The Weather Channel? OK, you're probably more normal than me. But should you not be, here you go. If that's not good enough for you, here is some of the actual music, recorded and archived (for what reason, I can't determine).

Harry Browne memoriam

The Advocates for Self Government website has a nice memoriam page for Harry Browne. You can tell a great deal about a man by what people say about him.

A rather lively debate...



I cringe at the thought of the horrific thoughtcrimes with which Phelps-Roper has abused her 11 children. I pray for their souls.

RsINO

Jim Kouri muses why the Republican "leadership" fails to connect with the conservative blogosphere:
There is a major problem, however, between so-called conservative politicians and the conservative bloggers and commentators. The problem is there is no relationship to speak of. There's no building of relationships, no cooperation and, if anything, the GOP attempts to avoid contact with the blogosphere. Why are they so slow in discovering what Democrats discovered long ago?

I believe it's because most Republican officeholders in Washington turned their backs on their conservative roots as well as the conservative movement in general. While most Americans are duped by the mainstream news media into believing that "Republican equals Conservative," the truth is the current GOP is run by its RINO-wing (Republicans In Name Only).

Makin' it, Stein style

Ben Stein has a good piece on what it takes to get ahead... in anything. Probably the most overlooked point is the simplest:
To Serve Is to Rule

This was suggested to me by my friend Barron Thomas. If your work on behalf of the costume department head is so good that your boss looks great and can brag about her department, you gradually become not the servant but the master. If you're a beginning chanteuse and your agent wants you to sing Hava Negila at her son's Bar Mitzvah, do it -- and do it so that everyone in the room is on the floor dancing. Then you'll get nightclub gigs.

The agent serves the client. The writer serves the producer. The hairdresser serves the star. The producer serves the studio -- and most important of all, the studio serves the audience. "Everybody's got to serve somebody," as Bob Dylan, the greatest poetic genius of our era, sang. If you serve well, you eventually become the boss.

Happy Father's Day!

Gordon Finley (a psych PhD at FIU) has a sad, but very interesting analysis (and proposed solution) for the sorry state of American fatherhood. He sums it up thusly:
the bad news is that the health of fatherhood in 2006 is grim. The good news is that we got where we are today not through natural disasters but through woman-made disasters -- which can be reversed. Thus, we have the opportunity this Fathers Day, as we have every Fathers Day, to enhance the quality of life of America’s children and fathers through new political initiatives and public policy. However, we must act quickly, lest Fathers become yet another member of an exponentially expanding Endangered Species List.
I did have some thoughts reading his piece, such as "has he been through a tough divorce?" and "is he a misogynist?" But after looking at his areas of study, I believe he's likely writing from a conservative and reasoned POV. One need not be a misogynist to promote fatherhood. Why do I even need to write this?!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

EW ranks "Passion" as #1 most controversial movie

According to the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, where they ranked their top 25 films they felt had most shocked, disgusted, and divided moviegoers, "The Passion of the Christ" is the most controversial movie of all time. They claimed that Mel Gibson's graphic film about Jesus' crucifixion started "a culture-war firestorm unrivaled in Hollywood history."

Other films included in the top 25 were "A Clockwork Orange," "JFK," "Natural Born Killers," "The Da Vinci Code," "United 93," “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Deep Throat,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Basic Instinct,” “Do the Right Thing” and “Kids.”

Friday, June 09, 2006

Proof

Proof that conservatives appreciate liberals: I am a modest fan of the works of both Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor. As such, I was interested in the reviews for the forthcoming film version of Keillor's A Prarie Home Companion. They are quite good, particularly for an Altman film, most of which critics have largely panned since the early 90s.

Next stop: Ulaan Baatar

Think all the great real estate bargains are gone? Well, maybe in the U.S. they are. So broaden your scope and think...

M O N G O L I A.

Yes, Mongolia. While I was reading a daily financial blurb, the ever industrious Gmail brain inserted an ad on the right which caught my attention: mogolia-realestate.com.

My first thought was "how would I ever visit my real estate?" Then I realized these properties are likely marketed at individuals looking to "flip" them, or perhaps own and rent.

In any event, not me.

John Billings quotes

Here are some great Josh Billings quotes I recently read:
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. (As a computer programmer who seldom writes anything from scratch, I truly appreciate this one).

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven; confess them to man and you will be laughed at.

Economy is a savings-bank, into which men drop pennies, and get dollars in return.

Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread.

If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We could not even eat hash with any safety.

It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those that we intend to commit.

It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.

It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.

Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.

Remember the poor, it costs nothing.

The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.

The thinner the ice, the more anxious is everyone to see whether it will bear.

The trouble with most folks ain't so much their ignorance as knowing so many things that ain't so.

There are people who are always anticipating trouble, and in this way they manage to enjoy many sorrows that never really happen to them.

There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.

There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins.

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.

Wisdom has never made a bigot, but learning has.

Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Day of the Antichrist?

Today is a day that comes only once every hundred years and is associated with the Antichrist because it is 06-06-06. People may be feeling a bit wary about today and are taking it as a day of the devil--even advancing or delaying the births of their babies with a June 6th due date.

Even though 666 is called "the number of the Beast," it may be more on the superstitious side to fear another usual Tuesday of the week rather than trusting the One who made the day to be more powerful than any demonic association.

Other beastly numbers

In honor of today's date (06/06/06), I thought I'd share some other interesting numbers which were shared with me some time back.

666 -- Biblical Number of the Beast
660 -- Approximate Number of the Beast
DCLXVI -- Roman Numeral of the Beast
665 -- Number of the Beast's Older Brother
667 -- Number of the Beast's Younger Sister
668 -- Number of the Beast's Neighbor
999 -- Number of the Australian Beast
333 -- Number of the Semi-Beast
66 -- Number of the Downsized Beast
6, uh..., -- I forget Number of the Blond Beast
666.0000 -- Number of the High Precision Beast
665.9997856 -- Number of the Beast on a Pentium
0.666 -- Number of the Millibeast
X / 666 -- Beast Common Denominator
0.00150150... -- Reciprocal of the Beast
-666 -- Opposite of the Beast
666i -- Imaginary Number of the Beast
6.66 x 102 Scientific Notation of the Beast
25.8069758... Square Root of the Beast
443556 Square of the Beast
1010011010 Binary Number of the Beast
1232 Octal of the Beast
29A Hexidecimal of the Beast
2.8235 Log of the Beast
6.5913 Ln of the Beast
1.738 x 10289 Anti-Log of the Beast
00666 Zip Code of the Beast
666@hell.org E-mail Address of the Beast
www.666.com Website of the Beast
1-666-666-6666 Phone & FAX Number of the Beast
1-888-666-6666 Toll Free Number of the Beast
1-900-666-6666 Live Beasts, available now! One-on-one pacts!
Only $6.66 per minute! [Must be over 18!]
666-66-6666 Social Security Number of the Beast
Form 10666 Special IRS Tax Forms for the Beast
66.6% Tax Rate of the Beast
6.66% 6-Year CD Interest Rate at First Beast Bank of Hell
($666 minimum deposit, $666 early withdrawal fee)
$666/hr Billing Rate of the Beast's Lawyer
$665.95 Retail Price of the Beast
$710.36 Price of the Beast plus 6.66% Sales Tax
$769.95 Price of the Beast with accessories and replacement soul
$656.66 Wal-Mart Price of the Beast (next week $646.66!)
$55.50 Monthly Payments for Beast, in 12 easy installments
Phillips 666 Gasoline Used by the Beast (regular $6.66/gal)
Route 666 Highway of the Beast (where he gets his kicks!)
666 mph Speed Limit on the Beast's Highway
6-6-6 Fertilizer of the Beast
666 lb cap Weight Limit of the Beast
666 Minutes Weekly News Show about the Beast (airs daily from
Midnight to 11:06 a.m., on Cable Channel 666, of course)
666o F Oven Temperature for Cooking "Roast Beast"
666k Retirement Plan of the Beast
666 mg Recommended Minimum Daily Requirement of Beast
Lotus 6-6-6 Spreadsheet of the Beast
Word 6.66 Word Processor of the Beast
Windows 666 Bill Gates' Personal Beast Operating System
#666666 Font Color of the Beast (the gray in this table!)
i66686 CPU of the Beast
666-I BMW of the Beast
IAM 666 License Plate Number of the Beast
Formula 666 All Purpose Cleaner of the Beast
WD-666 Spray Lubricant of the Beast
DSM-666 (rev) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast
66.6 MHz FM Radio Station of the Beast
666 KHz AM Radio Station of the Beast
66 for 6 A Beastly Score for an Innings (in cricket)
6 for 66 Bowling Figures of the Beast
6/6/6 Birthday of the Beast (but in which century?)

Monday, June 05, 2006

Ready?

For those concerned with tomorrow's date (06/06/06), The Rapture Index as calculated over at RaptureReady.com is 157. Apparently this is high. Good luck.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Vet have a case?

(CNN) -- Filmmaker Michael Moore is being sued by an armless Iraqi war veteran who says Moore's controversial movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," used clips without his permission that misrepresented the veteran and his sentiments about the war.

The suit, which claims "defamation and infliction of emotional distress," also names film executives, distributors and the NBC television network, which shot the original footage Moore used in his film. The suit seeks multi-million dollar damages.
What say you, Protagonist? Does this guy appear to have a case?

It would seem to me it all depends upon the deal (if any) he made with NBC and the fair use clause(s) of that (possible) agreement.

Morally, of course, he has a substantial case. If your views are misrepresented for any reason, it's a misdeed of some proportion. In this case, the proportions are significant.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Satan gaining on Bush, Kerry flatline.


Google Trends is a beta product which allows one to compare and contrast search subjects over time. The above is the graph of a comparison I performed earlier today. As you can see, John Kerry and George Bush both shot to prominence leading up to the last presidential election and then Bush settled back to a background level, whereas Kerry has almost slipped Google's radar. Interestingly, Satan is more prominent now than Kerry, except in Washington, DC and a number of other cities (where Kerry must yet have fans). Jesus keeps on truckin', however, eclipsing Kerry, Bush, and Satan. As it should be.