Wednesday, November 23, 2016

YouTube looks... different

You can upload pictures on blogger again!

The artificial sweet taste you will love

I will tell you about the product but first, lets get a few administrative items out of the way.

  1. This post is not sponsored by anyone (and I doubt anyone will sponsor me after reading this anyway) 
  2. I don't lift or work out. 
Alright, with those important points out of the way, lets jump into the discussion. The topic today is the artificial sweet taste you will love. Now, don't get me wrong. A natural sweet sense is not bad. Of course, if you are a child, you want the natural care and love from your family. Not everything in life needs to be natural though. Arsenic is natural as nature comes and you don't want that.

Therefore, with great pride I can tell you that the taste of my [redacted] Whey Protein Natural Banana flavor is defiantly not natural. It is an artificial flavoring and an artificially sweet taste. Let me tell you why that is a good thing.

The whole exercise is a matter of taste so of course your mileage may vary.

In my opinion, I like the (takes a swirl) thick consistency and  artificially delightful bubble gum pop sweetness of the protein shake.

That is the gist of my argument. I like it. I have no other argument.

Sorry you had to read this far to find out.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The free market is a lie

Imagine you're a business process with some inputs and some outputs. You would want a very healthy competition in the market that supplies your input so you can get the best prices on your input. Meanwhile, you want the maximum possible margin for your outputs. Now, repeat this thought experiment throughout the entire supply chain and you will realize that competition and a free market is not a natural state of the economy. By natural, I mean the state toward which we would gravitate in the absence of outside forces. This is where regulation comes in. Because we realize that we cannot have perfect competition and a free market, we regulate. People will say "oh, get rid of all regulation" but we can't do that for every single business process in our entire economy at the same time. Getting rid of regulations in a few business processes is an inherently biased action. The free market is a lie.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A beginning of healing through ending means testing

By now, it is clear that there is a deep divide in the population. We need to try to bridge this divide. I propose that we can begin this healing process by ending means testing in our entitlement programs.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thoughts on "form follows function"

I'll be upfront about something. I don't know anything. Any opinion I have is based on an incomplete model of the world I live in and as such most likely flawed. That being said, I believe writing down my thoughts helps me solidify my thoughts so here I go: 

My thoughts on "form follows function" is to say that form and function go hand in hand. It was never the intention to say that any form is bad form but that the form should not get in the way of function. My understanding of form follows function is that the function is half step ahead of form and should shape form not the other way round. Of course, in a stateful world, we often face a chicken and egg problem. How did our beliefs influence church architecture over the centuries? How much of our church architecture influenced our beliefs over the centuries? We could ask the same about any tool and any behavior. How did the advent of git influence software programming? How did the way we do software programming influence the development of git? 

You could say this is a wishy-washy answer or a non-answer but that's all I have at the moment. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What was the most difficult period of my life so far?

I think without a doubt for most people middle school is the most difficult period of their life. Often I hear people say "oh, kids have it so easy. They don't have to go to work. They don't pay bills. Blah Blah Blah."  Well I say they're wrong. School is more difficult than work, no matter what the work might be.