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Choosing the Correct Words

I was sitting at the bar and the movie Kick Ass was playing. The girl in the movie is Chloe Grace Moretz and a guy at the bar said, “that girl is gorgeous, I’d totally F her.” I’ve never seen Kick Ass, or know who Chole Grace Moretz was, so I was judging off a quick glance, but I felt like the term gorgeous didn’t apply. Now since I’ve done some further research, I see that she’s the girl in Neighbors 2 who I thought was pretty, but not “gorgeous.” I’ll also add that the bartender said she has a potato face which I gathered was mushed.

Gorgeous = beautiful, very attractive
Pretty – attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome

I would say that Chloe Grace Moretz is more on the pretty side, but obviously no slouch (that picture was chosen to make my point but she looks way better as she’s aged). Words get thrown around too recklessly that they start to lose all meaning. When people use the word “interesting”, I substitute “I can’t think of any better word to use and don’t give a shit”. Since I’ve been doing the crossword puzzles, my vocab has gotten better, but I still have a hard time placing precise words. Yesterday I learned what astral means but I could never use it in a sentence. This comes from aging which means that your brain is getting filled with a lot more useless information like words and shit and shit. I would love to sound smart, but it ain’t happening.

If I was going to use “gorgeous”, I’d go with these:

By | 2017-06-16T15:43:30+00:00 June 16th, 2017|My Brain|2 Comments

Writing Posts

I’ve been looking at moving rnningfool.com to a dedicated server to speed it up. I know it’s like a turtle with all of the gifs I put on. Only little problem is it moves the annual expense of about $150, to nearly $1,000. I’ve never run ads on the site (except that one time Gapinski clicked on the same ad 20 times and got me banned from AdSense) and I don’t intend to. I’d also never ask people for money. I’m only writing this post so people know I’m struggling to make this decision. As much as I want to make the site as best as I possibly can, the benefits of a speedier site have little pay off to me personally.

All that being said, I’ve been extremely busy at work and haven’t had my usual breaks to post like I prefer to. I’m not sure how many people actually check this site on a multiple times a day basis, but know that I do my best to update as much as I can even if the post is filler like this. Also please comment and tell me the site is extremely slow as that may sway my decision. Enjoy the video below.

By | 2017-06-15T16:41:37+00:00 June 15th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

What’s Eating Gilbert’s Gaping Grapehole

We were considering some team names for our bowling squad and the title of this post was my favorite. There’s something about the absurdity of the way the words go together. Gaping is a word that runs its course with moist, that isn’t associated with any other activity other than you know what. Throwing in a grapehole is just flat out funny. Next you have to take into context the movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Leonardo plays a special kid. I still literally laugh when I read the title because I’m not sure if it’s offensive or ridiculous. 

 

I’m a big Jimmy Carr fan too. His jokes are always crossing the line and I find him hilarious.

She’s a walking, talking, Stephen Hawking. She’s brainier than Kurt Cobain’s garage ceiling.

Went to my daughter’s netball finals the other day. What a semi!

My girlfriend gets annoyed about my loud chewing, but I don’t complain about the pubes in my teeth. It’s a joke. My girlfriend doesn’t have pubes, yet.

 

A Few From Reddit

A family walks into a hotel and the father goes to the front desk and says “I hope the porn is disabled.” The guy at the desk replies. “It’s just regular porn you sick fuck.”

My girlfriend caught me blowing my dick with the air dryer, and asked what I was doing? Apparently “heating your dinner” wasn’t a good answer.

And one final joke to top it off:
What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters.

By | 2017-06-11T18:50:25+00:00 June 11th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Appropriate Email Response Time

I’m an Email guy. I grew up with the keyboard since the day Ms. DeFranco taught me “B for baby baby make that LOOOONG stretch.” I remember Morgan Watkins was typing 50 words a minute when I was typing 5 in 7th grade.  Plus who can forget Arkanoid during that class. I got off topic for a minute but I prefer communicating by email. Here’s a text from our bowling team:

As you can tell, the Weenis prefers texting. I have nothing against texting. I tend to hit send before I spell check, and my phone case makes the touch screen not as precise as I like, but it gets the job done. The difference is that I can type about 10x faster than I can text. So to me, I treat my E-mail almost like a text. If I’m sitting at my desk (with keyboard) and get an email, there’s a 95% chance I respond as soon as I can. I gather that I’m not the norm as I deal with tons of customers a day who obviously don’t check their emails as often.

Your email should go to your phone which means you should see every email in a prompt fashion. If I see the email from my phone, there’s about a 5% chance I respond immediately because I don’t like typing on my phone. However, I always see it almost instantly. Based on that chart to the right, texting on your phone is more common on the phone which makes a ton of sense. What’s shocking is only 34% of the population sends/receives email on their phone. This means that when you send an email, 2/3’s of the time the only way that person see it is when they are at their desk. This brings me to the appropriate amount of time for an email response.

For an email that requires a response, I email back within 30 minutes. Sometimes 1 minute. If it’s after work hours, most of the time I don’t respond. If I email someone in the morning about a business related matter, I expect an email that day. 48 hours is the absolute max. If there is no response after that, I consider it a closed matter or the person is purposely ignoring it. Anyone else feel differently? Anyone prefer using email to texting?

By | 2017-06-08T15:39:13+00:00 June 8th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Moving Forward From Devastation

“When we come to the office, we don’t know if we’ll come back,” said Ekramuddin Hamdard. “Every day is death for us,” he said. This is in response to a truck bomb going off in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed at least 90 people yesterday.

If I didn’t read this in the WSJ, there’s a good chance I would have never heard about it or ever thought about it. Where we are living, I use we as the few people who read this blog, is the epicenter of prosperity. Even if you have 0 dollars in your name, you don’t have a major fear of some maniac blowing up an area to send a religious message. Be thankful for that.

This blog keeps it light. While I’m updating my Boner Material with hot girls I found on Reddit threads, other people in this world aren’t so lucky. Most of the time we take this for granted. It’s important to take a step back and view what is on this planet from afar. You have billions of people from all over the Earth trying to get along in time. The majority believe the world revolves around them. Events like the aforementioned should help keep your place in perspective.

Feeling sad over events you can’t control is a difficult human emotion. On Sunday, I saw a cat that had been hit by a car in the middle of the street. My first instinct was sadness. How’d the little guy not know to run in front of a car? How did the car not stop? Is the cat even aware that he has one life to live? Then I’m overcome with, “this probably happens hundreds of times a day. If you got sad over this cat getting hit, you’d get sad over every cat being hit. You need to galvanize yourself.” With that I moved on. Life is hard, but you can never stop moving forward.

By | 2017-06-01T08:34:24+00:00 June 1st, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

I’m Scared of BitCoin

If you bought $100 of bitcoin 7 years ago, you’d be sitting on $72.9 million now after new record high

Here is what BitCoin is defined as in Wikipedia:

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a digital payment system[ invented by an unknown programmer, or a group of programmers, under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. It was released as open-source software in 2009.

Fuck banks. The system is peer-to-peer, and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. According to a research produced by Cambridge University in 2017, there are 2.9 to 5.8 million unique users actively using a cryptocurrency wallet, most of them using bitcoin. There is a part about mining which seems essential to BitCoin that I assumed was like mining in MineCraft but was incorrect.

What the Hell is Bitcoin?

Any type of digital currency where 1 unit jumps from $.003 to $2000+ in 7 years has me nervous. I’ve heard of Bitcoin before but never explored the viability in my real life. I’ve read it’s used for underground transactions for people who don’t want to leave any type of currency trace. I know for certain if I owned any BitCoin and it grew to the levels it is at now, I’d head for the hills with any profits. This type of currency feels to unreal to me.

Of course the alternative is to say that dollars are tangible. They exist. I don’t know about you but my dollars are all digitally secured in a bank. At least that’s what I’m told anyway. I’m not sure there is even much difference with what a digital currency is anyway. I’m pretty sure that the system for money is almost exactly the same as the rules of Whose Line Is It Anyway? “Where everything is made up and the points don’t matter anyway.

BitCoin feels to me like the hot stock I’ve ridden for years and as I wait for it to go higher, it loses 89% in a single day. Not sure if anyone has any experience with it but I’m curious to hear them? I do read that instead of 2–3% typically imposed by credit card processors, merchants accepting bitcoins often pay fees in the range from 0% to less than 2%. So they have that going for them. Also you should know that your cash out of BitCoin should be taxed.

I also get all my info from Reddit so here’s a popular Reddit comment:

Here’s why Bitcoin will fail:

1) The average person is not technical enough to understand how to properly manage and use a wallet. Sure, you can say “but no one understood the internet when it first came out” but the difference is that with bitcoin, you can’t afford to screw-up as you learn. Any minor screw-up can lead to you losing all of your bitcoins.

2) No consumer protections (i.e., charge-backs in retailer dispute cases). Bitcoin, by design, protects the seller, not the buyer.

3) No cashback rewards.

4) If you lose your private key, you’re screwed. Your bitcoins are gone forever and you have absolutely no recourse. Whereas if you lose your bank account’s password, there are many secure ways to recover your funds.

5) If someone somehow steals your private key and takes your bitcoins (say they hack into your phone or find it written in your physical wallet), you have no recourse. With a traditional bank, it’s not that easy to have your funds stolen and even if they were, there are ways to recover it.

6) After 8 years, there’s still virtually no major use of bitcoin in day to day consumer transactions. Sure, some retailers accept it, but how many people transact in it? The only “users” are speculative investors. And if a retailer does “accept” it, they’re not truly accepting it (as in holding to it) because they sell it back to the bitcoin exchanges almost right away, thus creating a wash.

7) No simple and straightforward method for how your bitcoins pass to your next of kin upon your death. And please don’t say you can add it to your will. As if someone would really be stupid enough to publish their private keys in a will and risk anyone with access to the will to take their coins before death.

8) Risk of governments banning the sale/purchase of bitcoin from exchanges as ransomware attacks become more prevalent (which they will) and the public sees bitcoin as a method of facilitating anonymous criminal activity (which is does).

9) No economical value for a consumer. Think about it…you buy bitcoins first (and pay a commission), use it to pay for goods, the retailer sells the bitcoin back to the exchange (and pays a commission PLUS the bitcoin wallet-to-wallet transaction fee) meanwhile you get no consumer protections and no cashback offers. Why would the average consumer opt for this?

10) Unconfirmed transactions are hitting all time highs. Yes, Bitcoin is experiencing delays and serious scale-ability issues.

11) Bitcoin wallet-to-wallet transfer fees keep going up.

By | 2017-05-22T15:13:48+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Wawa vs McDonald’s Sausage Egg and Cheese

Believe it or not, I’m growing tired of the Sizzli. The convenience of making your own coffee and getting the Sizzli in a mere minute is alluring. However, like everything else, you can grow tired of the same food over and over again that I was led a quarter mile down the road to McDonalds.

I don’t eat McDonald’s often. Maybe 5 times a year. I’ve had their breakfast before though and knew I liked it. I went through the drive thru and ordered a #2 with coffee. They asked me how many sugar and creams I want in my coffee which I was caught off guard by, but my quick thinking had me order the number 1. The price was $5.61 which was about a dollar more than the Sizzli / coffee combo I am so used to. I had to buy a new router (it increased my speed from 2mbs to 10mbs, whoops) so I sat in the Walmart parking lot and chowed down the sandwich which comes with a hash brown as an extra bonus. Here’s the review:

Price

As noted above the Sizzli coffee combo is about $4.60 but does not come with a hash brown. The McDonald’s meal comes in at $5.61 which seems a tad expensive for breakfast but not going to bankrupt you. With regard to value for the meal, I vote them both the same.

Draw

Taste

The Sizzli is a solid 5. It doesn’t knock your socks off but it provides reasonable sustenance. Since I can create how much cream and sugar I want in my coffee, its more personalized to me which is a plus. I give the taste of the Wawa coffee a slight edge. The McDonald’s sandwich is a bit better. There were black chars around the English Muffin which showed it was cooked properly and the egg is tasty. I give the McDonald’s sandwich a 7. Plus the hash brown combined with ketchup is a plus.

Mcdonalds

X-Factors

The lid on McDonald’s coffee is far superior to Wawa’s. I have no idea who is in charge of the Wawa lids but once that coffee gets swishing, it’s flying out of the top and on to nearby items. My coffee holder drinks much coffee from this spillage. The McDonald’s cup has a flip tab that stays shut and can be closed into itself. The drive thru process although I initially perceived as a disadvantage, may be an advantage. You don’t even have to get out and the time difference is minimal as long as no one is in front of you.

McDonald’s

Decision

The McDonald’s meal gets the nod. It comes down to the sandwich and the McMuffin is better than the Sizzli. More compact. Less soggy because the Sizzli gets killed by the heat lamps. Better taste. I prefer the Wawa coffee but it’s not a deal breaker. The hash brown gives the full nod as well because it’s gloriously delectable and unhealthy.

By | 2017-05-14T08:56:15+00:00 May 14th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Swing For The Fences

This goes right up there when Bovada writes, “your balance is running low” and I have $0.41. Thanks.

Aside from this little chuckle, I’ve been too busy to keep up with the blog. Jeff went away for 2 days and I’m stuck here at work. I’m not complaining, just haven’t had the time to blog. I’ll be back at it in no time.

Great music out by the way. New Paramore. The new Imagine Dragons “Whatever It Takes” is fire flames.

By | 2017-05-12T13:31:51+00:00 May 12th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Thank You Sir!

I hate writing posts like this because they make me come off like a phony. As if I’m playing the system when in fact I do this genuinely. Here’s my little trick, adding the word sir to people who aren’t normally called sir displays a sign of respect which isn’t shown nowadays. Here are some examples:

  • The gentleman who makes my sausage, egg, and cheese in the morning always asks if I want saltpepperketchup. I’ll reply with, “yes, please” and then a few minutes later he’ll hand me my sandwich. I like saying, “thank you, sir.” Now I guarantee he doesn’t get a lot of appreciation for his excellent sandwich making skills. I’m not saying this makes his day, but it’s noticeable.
  • Today I went to pick up some food and there was a man waiting to the right of the cash register. I couldn’t tell if he was waiting in line or if he was figuring out what to order. I was picking up so I went to the front ahead of him to pay. As such, he looked perturb I cut the line. Once I noticed what I did I said, “I’m sorry sir, I didn’t realize you were waiting in line, my mistake.” It’s hard to get mad at people who show the sincerity and respect like this.
  • The final example also happened today in the same time frame as the guy before. A woman comes rushing back in the door with here take out in hand and says, “whr R may FREE noodlz? Dey alwayz giv me may FREE noodlz!” Now her strategy also worked because she did indeed get her free noodles. Our methods of dealing with people vary slightly.

Treating people with respect isn’t rocket science. People just don’t do it so when you actually know how to, you get results.

By | 2017-05-10T18:38:27+00:00 May 10th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Here’s a Warm Message Ori Fire-Bush

Most people will have little interest in this story if you aren’t living in Philly, but for those who do, pay attention.

Here is a sign posted in Point Breeze.

What happened last night was 11 houses in Point Breeze being damaged or destroyed by fire at 20th and Wharton. Shocker to know that Ori Feibush is the owner. If you don’t suspect arson, you don’t have a career as a detective.

Why are the “black and brown people” so upset that their area is becoming nicer?

  • If they own – their property taxes will start to increase
  • If they rent – their rent will start to increase

The original residents, believe it or not, want their place to be a shit hole. This keeps the property value down.

Here is the best comment on why this is not the appropriate way to handle this.

“Smash Gentry Scum”? Really? Can you imagine the moral outrage in Philly if similarly worded posters went up up in mostly White neighborhoods targeting Blacks and Hispanics. There would be a crescendo of outrage. This poster is racist, offensive and plain obnoxious. Fuck the people behind it.

Tough situation going on. The lower income folk being pushed out against their will. The developers want to create a nicer space to live. Both sides can’t be happy.

Here is an article from back in February about a meeting about the scenario.

A community meeting in a gentrifying neighborhood of Philadelphia was forced to end abruptly after local activists hurled anti-Semitic comments at Jewish real estate developers.
At the Feb. 22 meeting in Point Breeze, in South Philadelphia, activists with Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze yelled “Go back to Israel!” and other insults at developers who were making presentations, Philly.com reported.
“This was not one person with a screw loose. This was a mob mentality,” Ori Feibush, a local developer who is Jewish but was not presenting at the meeting, told Philly.com.
One witness, who asked not to be identified, told Philly.com he heard someone shout “Go back to Lakewood,” a town in New Jersey with a large concentration of Orthodox Jews.
It was not clear from the reporting how many of the developers presenting at the meeting were Jewish or if any were Israeli, but Philly.com said at least one was wearing a kippah. Feibush, according to the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, has dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship, but grew up in and still lives in the Philadelphia area.
The meeting was adjourned after the head of the organization hosting the meeting learned of the anti-Semitic comments, but participants continued to shout at one another outside.
Concerned Citizens leaders, many of them African-American, have clashed with Feibush and other developers before, voicing concerns that new developments will displace lower-income minority residents from the neighborhood.
“This is not an isolated incident,” Feibush told the Exponent. “There’s been a crescendo over the last several years. But this was incredibly antagonistic. No ambiguity: This was 100 percent anti-Semitism.”
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson said that while past meetings concerning gentrification have “become heated,” it “never rose to this level of disrespect.”
Johnson, who was not at the meeting but heard about it from an aide who was attending, added that “those comments — whether anti-Semitic or racial — are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Attempts by the Jewish Exponent and Philly.com to reach the Concerned Citizens group for comment were unsuccessful. The group did, however, issue a strongly worded email denying its members had made anti-Semitic comments.

By | 2017-05-01T13:24:30+00:00 May 1st, 2017|My Brain|3 Comments