Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Quote of the Day

    "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
    -- Albert Einstein

    Posted by Tom, 9/22/2011 3:45:41 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011


    I've always been fascinated by the Dungeons & Dragons concept of alignment. It makes as much sense to me as any MMPI or Myers-Briggs personality type, and it's far more accessible. It's basically a two-axis rating: Good vs. Evil, and Law vs. Chaos.

    Here's a handy test, hosted by Wizards of the Coast, current owners of the D&D trademark.

    And here's a bunch of amusing pictures I found to illustrate the concept of alignment (click for embiggenation)...

    Random Characters:

    Firefly characters:

    One from Firefly that I like slightly better:

    Star Trek: Deep Space 9:

    Various Superheroes:




    Big Bang Theory:

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    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Know thyself

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    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Child Abuse

    A little girl just came to the door trying to sell worthless crap that nobody wants to raise money for camp.




    Look people, it's real simple: Buy a truckload of movie-theater-sized candy bars, mark them up to make some profit, and give every kid as many boxes as they can carry. PEOPLE WILL BUY THEM.

    Nobody wants a $10 tin of stale popcorn that will arrive in 6 to 8 weeks. Offer an immediate exchange for something they actually want (or could be tempted to want), and the money will pour in. All of this wrapping paper, cheap gewgaws, "festive holiday tins", and all that other garbage is just some sad second-rate marketer's idea of how to unload the Christmas overstock from 3 years ago that's been rotting in a warehouse in Poughkeepsie.

    Again: Stuff people actually want. Immediate exchange for cash. Boom, kid goes to camp, everybody's happy.

    I told the little girl I wasn't interested in anything in her catalog, and gave her $20 as a donation instead.

    Posted by Tom, 9/5/2011 12:43:20 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...