Tuesday, November 17, 2015

We Can All Have Everything Forever, Just Not Yet

Who hasn't fantasized about a world where everything you wanted happened?

Think of a New York pizza. Bam! Instantly it's toasty hot right in front of you. Want to visit Ireland? Bam, you're drinking Jameson in a Irish pub with good lads and lassies. Need some cash?Money will instantly spring from thin air. Want an airplane? Or how about flying Iron Man style around the world in outerspace? It is all possible in our lifetime.

Sorry, there is no God making machine, but a world of online consciously unconscious intelligence is no different than waking conscious intelligence if viewed from the right relative perspective.

If everyone could have their own universe to control intellectually, there would be world peace. If everything you want and imagine is only a cerebral integration away, who would fight for what they already have? No one.

This might sound like I'm ripping off The Matrix, StarTrek's holodeck, or Inception, but can you imagine having a hard drive implant in your brain? I can. It would certainly cut down studying time.

I'd like to think of this as more of a community of universes. You want to enter the mind of your best friend to relieve an amazing moment, your friend shares the data with you. If have no friends, you can imagine ones you want to come to life.

The entire time your 'real' body would be essentially no more than a conduit passing information back and forth to the consciously unconscious brain electronically like a server.

Sacrilege you say? What is the difference between a dream and reality? Or a dream, reality, and artificial reality? It's all relative.

Why is this important?

The goal of human society is time. We all (mostly) want more time. People spend their life fortune for 6 more months of life using modern medicine. Who wouldn't give everything to be immortal and omnipotent, even if it is only in your own reality? Lots and lots of people, the world over.

Does time matter when you have full consciousness inside your own constructed reality? Probably not if there is a way to fully copy one's consciousness completely digitally. What is a millisecond in a computer? A lifetime.

So when Cyberdyne or The Weyland Corporation create a way to hook me up to create my own reality, I'll be first in line.

I've always wanted to rule as Pharaoh in ancient Egypt, and it will be no different than my current waking consciousness, from a relative point of view.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Stocks are about to get crushed!

There is a similar sensation of today's economy to that of 2008.

Here's the bad news:

We have very little national economic growth. The growth rate is a meager 2% and a flat as a tortilla inflation rate.

The Federal Reserve raising interest rates will strengthen the dollar even more as investors will buy more dollars as the interest rate provides higher returns.

The biggest problem with the stock market is that starting in 2008 the Fed began printed trillions of dollars by buying up all sorts of assets that inflated the price of stocks; the Fed took the nozzle off the faucet when it came to buoying the economy.

Now with little growth, and no more Fed support, deflation is a real possibility.

Deflation is what creates depressions that can trigger worldwide choas.

Why is deflation so bad? Deflation makes the dollar bill in your pocket worth more. Sounds good at first glance, right?

However, deflation also makes your debts worth more, but not to you, but for the creditor. This means in real terms it becomes harder to pay back loans as the debt is more expensive.

It also means employees becomes more expensive leading to layoffs.

Once middle and low income families default on loans of all sorts, the domino effect begins that can cause a sudden stock market crash that we all know can happen (as recently witnessed by the flash crash of 2015).

Moreover as the value of the dollar increases the prices of stocks are pushed down as the diminished prices are correlated inversely with the increase in the value of the dollar.

Let's also add in that the rest of the world is slowing down as well. We live in a global economy and if any significant market/markets implode, the deflationary cycle begins and we can expect a Dow dipping to around 10,000 before it is time to get back into the market.


P.S. Have a nice day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

How to Get the Job YOU Want!

For most of us, when it comes to looking for a job, we dust off our resume, add and delete items to make it current, and off to the Monster.com abyss it goes.

Isn't this brilliant? I've looked at candidates for positions and a resume tells you basically if some went to school and whether or not they are good at proofreading for typos.

I'm a law school graduate and a commerce graduate and slighty poor spelling is as useful of a way of judging a candidate as is reading someone's palm.

In fact, the best professor at Gonzaga Law, went to get a Master's in Education in addition to his law degree and can't spell worth a damn.

The point is spelllling is trivial (see what I mean). And, the idea workers don't waste time on trivial matters.

So this is how we eliminate amazing potential employees? By picking out little flaws that have no relevance to an intelligence workers' ability to perform. This is going to change very soon.

I want you, the job seeker, to take a new approach. Why not if you've applied to 100 positions to only get insurance salesperson offers?

You pick the company you want to work for. Don't even look at their job board yet. If you could work anywhere where would you want to work?

Google? Apple? Starbucks? ESPN?

If you believe in the company there is no reason why you can't get the job you want.

1a. Market research - Just like you would look through the web for hours before buying a new car, spend serious time researching everything about the company you want to work for.

1b. Knowledge - Know the names of the company execs, the company story, learn what the company does well and does poorly. Learn about the companies' competiors. Talk to current employees, ask what they like and don't like about the company. Talk to employees in different positions. Ask what customers say to the employees about their experiences. Talk to the company's customers directly. Know the financial situation of the company and be able to talk about everything. Do you recommend they go public, franchise, divest? Get you answers while documenting everything you notice.

1c. Keep going - It's easy to stop and say I have enough information,  and enough good ideas. Ask now what else is there that I'm not thinking about? Look at the companies' vendors, potential new suppliers that could help create that value that makes you worth every dollar you ask for. Think about ideas as minor as: e.g. if Starbucks has wireless charging stations, what could be better about them?

2a. Analysis - Now that you have spent hours (and I don't mean 2 or 3, I mean a work week or more) collecting information of every kind about this company ask the magic question...


2b. Better? This is essentially a way of creating efficiency or value, where current processes do not exploit the ways we know and are always learning to make the company greater profits. In the long run, only gains in productivity create real gains in wealth. See any ecomonist with a noble prize for a reference credit.

2c. Always ask: Can it be better? e.g. Does the company have a phone app? Does the phone app work the way you want?  Do they even need one?

2d. Why you have value. You know more than the CEO on how a store is being run when you are in line waiting on whatever. When you can use your intelligence to turn inefficiencies into saved costs or greater revenue, you will have earned your keep. It's that simple.

3a. Presentation - You've collected the information, analyzed it, and probably understand the company better now than many of its paid employees.  Now is the time to prepare the show. When you ask for a job it's hard for an executive to listen to the 1001 ideas you have, even if they are all amazing. It's time to ask yourself yet another question. How can I best convey everything I've learned and thought of as succinctly as possible in a way that grabs the executive's attention?

3b. Showmanship - This is a quality that allows the less talented to get better jobs because these people intuitively or through practice know how to appear more qualified than they actually are. The only point of using this tactic for our purposes is to make sure you have the complete attention of the executive and have that person on the edge of their seat wanting more. I don't recommend stripping down nude or offering the exec a joint, but you need to be novel in an inspiring way.

3c. Find the right ear. You may have the best info, analysis, ideas, and presentation, but going to pitch yourself to the wrong person in the company will be fatal. Ask yourself who is most likely to understand what I have to say. Get contact information for that person on LinkedIn or other avenues.

3d. Interview - Getting the right audience is hard, you may not receive call backs, return emails, or any other sort of response when you contact the person you need to get in front of. Where do they work? Ask for an appointment. Go down to HQ and let the exec know you are not letting go until you are heard. At some point, you'll get your audience or a restraining order. Please don't end up with the latter.

4. Money - Ask for what you want to be paid (within reason for the position) and make it non-negotiable. If you have done all the above work, an executive will know you stand out and are worth an extra $5, $10....or more per hour. If the company doesn't want to pay you what you want, they don't deserve you and they obviously do not understand talent when it literally stares them in the face.

5. Confidence - You need to take the approach without being an ass, that you believe in yourself, show your convictions, and when you get the job, the confidence you had will increase no matter how low or high it was before.

In closing, whether you get the first job you go for or not, you will have empowered yourself to get the best possible job at the next choice company you want to work for. And, you will deserve every dollar you ask for.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Back in Business and Ain't it Grand! Blog title: Hillary Will Never Be President

Hillary Will Never Be President
Sorry Dems, she will be the Democratic Presidential nominee, but fail to win the general election.

Don't worry, Ted Cruz won't be President either, nor will Dr. I know the law better than lawyers Carson.

Yes, the nominee will be the one word that terrifies Dems the most: Bush.

Jeb Bush is highly intelligent, maybe he was adopted?  He speaks Spanish fluently and is married to a Latina, with a mixed son, much like me. Jeb can communicate to the Latino community better than Hillary ever could. As we all know, Latinos will be the determining factor on how Florida votes. Did you forget Jeb was an enormously popular governor in that state?

Jeb is the only candidate in my opinion that can beat Hillary,  and after a McCain ass-spanking in 2008, and a creepy cyborg nominee in 2012, the Republicans want a winner more than their God, guns, and grits.

Though 41 lost to Clinton in 1992, we can attribute that to Ross Perot taking votes from 41 just like Nader did to Al Gore in 2000.

Other than being foiled by a 3rd party President Taft style, the Bush's are in general: winners.

Sure, to win a Republican primary now you have to say things that would get an average person committed.  But once the general election nominees are chosen, the real Jeb will come out and you will be surprised to hear his platform.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's past due for a female President,  and I believe Hillary would be an excellent President by recent comparisons (Bill included).

However,  I believe she is her own worst enemy in the same league as Gore & Romney.

We'll see if I'm on my way to being a political pundent, or just spewing filth like Chris Matthews.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Movies Reviews: Muppets: Most Wanted, Noah, The Grand Budapest Hotel & Divergent

Movie Reviews

Muppets: Most Wanted
What a joy it is that the Muppets have been reborn with the last 2 movies. This edition has a great transition to the current plot, filled with musical numbers that will have you tapping your foot. Clean smart jokes are throughout and a fresh. The star of the show is Ty Burrell who plays a French Interpol agent. He makes Steve Martin's rendition of Inspector Clouseau look like Pauly Shore. Tina Fey is wonderful with a Russian accent, but perhaps the best part is the onslaught of cameos that only The Muppets can pull off. B+

First, I have to say that Russell Crowe is an asshole and Emma Watson is a stuck up bitch. That said, Noah wins this blog's: Best Picture out of 4. Everything you loved from Requiem For A Dream & Black Swan, comes together to bring this cinematic explosion

The Grand Budapest Hotel
So disappointed. I love Ralph Fiennes. He is one of my favorite actors. I love the director, Wes Anderson. But, I didn't love The Grand Budapest Hotel. Perhaps my expectations were too high after all the hype the movie was given based on the countless stars in the flick and success Anderson has had in previous movies. However, t
his movie was too long, too slow, awkward, and finally not nearly as funny as it could have been. Definitely a RedBoxer.

The trailers and previews caught my interest. There had been lots of buzz about the movie on the internets. And finally the Today Show, America's last bastion of exceptional hard news, gave the movie a good pump.

The movie from the previews definitely looked like this was best to be seen in IMAX, so I spent the extra $3 for the full experience.

I went into the movie with a some expectations, but not many. Let the horror begin...

1. The not so lovely protagonist, Tris, played by Shailene Woodley looks like she just got her braces off. Literally, she has the look on screen of a 16 year old girl with a little baby fat left.

2. The male protagonist, 4, yes his name is a number is played by a James Franco look a like ironically named Theo James. Despite thinking Franco was on screen half the time, James is the only actor that brings a multi-dimensional character worth watching.

3. The cinematography was blurry. In this supposed city in the middle of nowhere didn't have a director that could edit out views of the Hancock Building in Chicago.

4. There is actually a make out scene between James and Woodley that makes you so uncomfortable you almost want to call the police to prevent statutory rape.

5. The crowning achievement of this "work" is that we don't even know what divergent means or what powers it gives you. The most one can gather is it is some type of mental power, but it is never explained and when a meanie like Kate Winslet is trying to kill you for a "power" that consists of a name, but nothing else, the movie becomes asinine real fast.

There you have it. I finally got out the review!