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Month: March 2014

Regrets and the Bucket List

There has been a lot of talk about these so called bucket lists lately. Things that you must include on your bucket list. I think the point has been missed. ¬†Perhaps appropriate and inappropriate regrets makes more sense. I should have nailed that man or woman? A terrible inappropriate regret. How about travel? Must we see every site with our own eyes? I’m not crazy about traveling. For myself, I like to have some reason to go. I want to retire in a place where me and my buddies work on custom cars all day and have rock/blues jam sessions all night. That is a place want to see.

I think a regret for me would be never owning a Gibson Les Paul. I have been shopping for years. I know a lot about them. The finish, the choice of pickups, accessories. If I had $4k-$20k sitting cold in a bank it probably wouldn’t be an issue. I know I will probably only have one. So I entertain myself by trying to get the best value I can. It’s getting close.

I saw a youtube video the other day. This eight year old girl was shredding a guitar better than Eddie Van Halen and I almost gave up playing. Then I saw an older youtube of her’s and I realized I play about as well as this child when she was about seven. Not a whole lot more encouraging. But this thought of quitting has disturbed me. Why would I do such a thing? Why would I even think of it? I didn’t start to play to compete with her. I have done my own thing with music every day since I started. I have been taught almost nothing. I have had little contact with musicians over the years. My interest must literally sustain itself and that’s OK.

I seems to come back to the old expression that says it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Now the journey is a big question I will dig into at a future post because there is a lot of places you don’t need to go. Put some thought into where you want to go. I believe you will find it’s as much of a philosophical journey as physical travel. The Americans call it the pursuit of happiness.

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Objectivism as a Sport

I think I mentioned Google trends before. I have been experimenting with it for a while. It is amazing for comparing general interest in subjects over time. They use a 10 year graph for everything. Google allows you to compare up to 5 search terms at a time and change individual ones to suit.

As a Sport, we are up against it in terms of popularity. We do beat out a few Sports. In complete seriousness they included: Alligator wrestling, Turtle Racing, Cockroach Racing, Camel Racing, Bicycle Polo, Cow Racing. Actually the Camel Racing had me worried but you get the Idea. A few Sports we didn’t beat include: Base jumping, sky diving, curling, Beer Pong, Mini Golf, Dodgeball. Tough competition.
Also interesting is neither Objectivism or any of the Sports I mentioned beats a general Philosophy or Politics search query. As sports, Politics and Philosophy in general crush Objectivism and novelty Sports. You mentioned Chess, It compares well with Politics/Philosophy, beating them by only about 50% except during major elections. Now if you compare Sports like Football, Hockey, Baseball. Football scales at 75%, Baseball and Hockey hit 10-20%, and Politics and Philosophy are 2-3%, We don’t do well against the big boys. Football is definitely where we want to be but we are a few levels below that. Before we can go for power we have to beat Beer Pong and start competing with Politics/Philosophy head to head. Perhaps beating Chess is a logical goal.
One other thing. Politics and Philosophy in general have almost identical interest, Following each others peaks and valleys. They go together. I think we should be aiming for that level of interest right away.
Juggling statistics is very interesting to me. I could do this part. Also, there is a little Math, Psychology, and card play. It’s a lot to do at once but the payoff could be huge.

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