07 8 / 2014

The Most Troubling Sign

I took this photo at a bathroom outside a local facility around Washington, D.C.
This truly is one of the most troubling signs I think you can find, especially when you have to do your thing. 
Why you can’t use the bathroom, even if you say pretty please, I don’t know.
But I would say, Mr. Toilet here should put his hands down and let people in—for use and not abuse. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Most Troubling Sign

I took this photo at a bathroom outside a local facility around Washington, D.C.


This truly is one of the most troubling signs I think you can find, especially when you have to do your thing. 


Why you can’t use the bathroom, even if you say pretty please, I don’t know.


But I would say, Mr. Toilet here should put his hands down and let people in—for use and not abuse. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

06 8 / 2014

World’s Fastest Bicycle “Egg”

This human powered bicycle is so cool—and fast!
It is called the ETA (or “Banana Bike”) and is being designed by AeroVelo, University of Toronto engineering graduates and students.
These are the same folks that created the award-winning Atlas human-powered helicopter. 
The ETA is expected to reach over 87 mph, thereby breaking the human-powered land speed record of 83.1 mph.
The bicycle mechanics are being enclosed in an egg-shaped aerodynamic shell and it will be powered by a single person doing the pedaling. 
A combination of the movie Tron and the 1970’s sitcom Mork & Mindy, it offers the potential for an environmentally friendly way to get around town and some nice fat-burning exercise too. ;-)
(Source Screenshot: here with attribution to BusinessWeek)

World’s Fastest Bicycle “Egg”

This human powered bicycle is so cool—and fast!


It is called the ETA (or “Banana Bike”) and is being designed by AeroVelo, University of Toronto engineering graduates and students.


These are the same folks that created the award-winning Atlas human-powered helicopter. 


The ETA is expected to reach over 87 mph, thereby breaking the human-powered land speed record of 83.1 mph.


The bicycle mechanics are being enclosed in an egg-shaped aerodynamic shell and it will be powered by a single person doing the pedaling. 


A combination of the movie Tron and the 1970’s sitcom Mork & Mindy, it offers the potential for an environmentally friendly way to get around town and some nice fat-burning exercise too. ;-)


(Source Screenshot: here with attribution to BusinessWeek)

06 8 / 2014

Happy Is As Happy Does

I took this photo of this unusual, yes, garbage bin. 
It has these cheerful, colorful stickers all around it!
I was amazed at how some people can take even things that they probably don’t like doing—like collecting trash—and work to make them happy.
Maybe some would say, it’s like putting lipstick on a pig—just a cover.
But I have to give people credit for being creative, having a good attitude, and making even a bin of trash just a little bit brighter. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Happy Is As Happy Does

I took this photo of this unusual, yes, garbage bin. 


It has these cheerful, colorful stickers all around it!


I was amazed at how some people can take even things that they probably don’t like doing—like collecting trash—and work to make them happy.


Maybe some would say, it’s like putting lipstick on a pig—just a cover.


But I have to give people credit for being creative, having a good attitude, and making even a bin of trash just a little bit brighter. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

05 8 / 2014

Go Quick And Far

I love this African proverb that I heard recently:
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together."
When we’re alone, we are traveling “light”—we don’t have to worry about or help another person…we can go quickly.
However, when we go together with another, we have a companion and support, and can endure more and go much farther.
In life, going it alone…is more of a “flight” response.  When you have to run, you get away as quickly as you can.  
In movie Last of the Mohicans the fleeing male character yells to the woman, “Stay Alive! No matter how long it takes, I will find you.” They dispense, each one moving as speedily as possible to survive.
Similarly, when we have to “fight,” there is power in numbers. We are always stronger and more capable as a team.
Already from The Three Musketeers, we acknowledge the familiar refrain of, “All for one, and one for all.”

Similarly, when a military force advances, it does so in strength with coordination and in unison, but when it is under severe attack and is retreating, often it does so chaotically, running with “every man for himself” trying to save as many as possible. 

Overall, while we need the strength of unity and the speed of an agile runner, in the end we have to have faith, hope, and perseverance to survive.
Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards some are strong at the broken places.” ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Go Quick And Far

I love this African proverb that I heard recently:


"If you want to go quickly, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together."


When we’re alone, we are traveling “light”—we don’t have to worry about or help another person…we can go quickly.


However, when we go together with another, we have a companion and support, and can endure more and go much farther.


In life, going it alone…is more of a “flight” response.  When you have to run, you get away as quickly as you can.  


In movie Last of the Mohicans the fleeing male character yells to the woman, “Stay Alive! No matter how long it takes, I will find you.” They dispense, each one moving as speedily as possible to survive.


Similarly, when we have to “fight,” there is power in numbers. We are always stronger and more capable as a team.


Already from The Three Musketeers, we acknowledge the familiar refrain of, “All for one, and one for all.”

Similarly, when a military force advances, it does so in strength with coordination and in unison, but when it is under severe attack and is retreating, often it does so chaotically, running with “every man for himself” trying to save as many as possible. 

Overall, while we need the strength of unity and the speed of an agile runner, in the end we have to have faith, hope, and perseverance to survive.


Ernest Hemingway said, “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards some are strong at the broken places.” ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

02 8 / 2014

Fruit Juice Want Some

I took this photo in the supermarket.
It is of these Good 2 Grow juice bottles for kids with cartoon sip tops. 
Everyone from Ninja Turtles to Scooby Doo is here on the shelf.
And peeping out in the middle from the back is none other than SpongeBob SquarePants. 
I guess if I were still a kid holding hands with my mom coming down the aisle, I would stop right here and start yelling and jumping up and down for these.
Juice Smuice…I just like these fun, happy cartoon characters. ;-)

Fruit Juice Want Some

I took this photo in the supermarket.


It is of these Good 2 Grow juice bottles for kids with cartoon sip tops. 


Everyone from Ninja Turtles to Scooby Doo is here on the shelf.


And peeping out in the middle from the back is none other than SpongeBob SquarePants. 


I guess if I were still a kid holding hands with my mom coming down the aisle, I would stop right here and start yelling and jumping up and down for these.


Juice Smuice…I just like these fun, happy cartoon characters. ;-)

31 7 / 2014

Monday Blues

This was a funny sign on the large computer display overhung in a prominent medical facility around Washington, D.C. 
I remember as a kid, Monday’s were notorious for being called “Blue Monday.”
Further, Blue Mondays were in stark contrast to Sunday Fundays!
Already on Sunday evenings, many people would start getting the doldrums and sort of want to just mellow after 5 or 6 pm—I think mostly to deal with the anxiety of a new week. 
My father always used to tell me never to worry, instead to have faith in G-d that he will always do what is best for you—essentially, that faith and fear do not mix. 
I don’t know about wanting to “break up” with Monday, but it would sure be nice if the week instead started with Tuesday. ;-)
(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Monday Blues

This was a funny sign on the large computer display overhung in a prominent medical facility around Washington, D.C. 


I remember as a kid, Monday’s were notorious for being called “Blue Monday.”


Further, Blue Mondays were in stark contrast to Sunday Fundays!


Already on Sunday evenings, many people would start getting the doldrums and sort of want to just mellow after 5 or 6 pm—I think mostly to deal with the anxiety of a new week. 


My father always used to tell me never to worry, instead to have faith in G-d that he will always do what is best for you—essentially, that faith and fear do not mix. 


I don’t know about wanting to “break up” with Monday, but it would sure be nice if the week instead started with Tuesday. ;-)


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

27 7 / 2014

The Calorie Count Cookie

So we were out with family at a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. 
And at the end of the meal, of course there were fortune cookies to be had.
As someone opened the cookie, and was about to plop it in her mouth, she said, “Ah, there goes another 100 calories!”
Then I thought for a moment, and said, “wouldn’t it be great (for those of us watching our weight), if every food had an edible embedded chip and display that would flash the calorie count as you picked it up and were about to put it in your mouth. 
Rather than those esoteric calorie counts on the side of packages for G-d knows what serving sizes, you get a play-by-play count every time you reach, pick up, and are about to ingest the next big gulp.
I think having calorie counts tied to real portions and having these in your face in real time as you are eating could have a huge impact on portion size and weight control. 
It may not be sexy to see the calories in your face as you eat, but boy could it be healthy. ;-)
Copyright to Andy Blumenthal
(Source Photo: Me)

The Calorie Count Cookie

So we were out with family at a vegetarian Chinese restaurant. 


And at the end of the meal, of course there were fortune cookies to be had.


As someone opened the cookie, and was about to plop it in her mouth, she said, “Ah, there goes another 100 calories!”


Then I thought for a moment, and said, “wouldn’t it be great (for those of us watching our weight), if every food had an edible embedded chip and display that would flash the calorie count as you picked it up and were about to put it in your mouth. 


Rather than those esoteric calorie counts on the side of packages for G-d knows what serving sizes, you get a play-by-play count every time you reach, pick up, and are about to ingest the next big gulp.


I think having calorie counts tied to real portions and having these in your face in real time as you are eating could have a huge impact on portion size and weight control. 


It may not be sexy to see the calories in your face as you eat, but boy could it be healthy. ;-)


Copyright to Andy Blumenthal


(Source Photo: Me)

26 7 / 2014

Antimissile System For Airlines

Elbit Systems has an antimissile system that can protect commercial airlines from short range, shoulder fired missiles (MANPADs).


The military air fleet of the U.S., U.K., and Australia already have installed such devices to protect them.


Another system by Northrop Grumman is installed for heads of state like on Air Force One and Germany has ordered it for their Chancellor’s plane. 


But the Elbit C-Music is being used already on Israel’s commercial airlines, El AL and Israir. 


The thermal targeting device of C-Music uses a precise laser to deflect the incoming heat seeking ground to air missiles and save the passengers and plane. 


According to the Wall Street Journal, a bill to mandate such devices for American commercial airlines would cost approximately $43 billion over 20 years. 


While this system would not work against the type of sophisticated multiple launch rocket systems that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it would go along way to enhance our anti-terrorism measures and protect Americans and other travelers coming to/from the U.S. 


Please don’t shoot down this idea…  ;-)

24 7 / 2014

Israel’s Near Pearl Harbor

I wanted to share this analysis of the recent threat to Israel from Matti Follman. 
While perhaps not a true existential threat to the country, the death and destruction that Hamas could’ve inflicted via the terror tunnels and missiles at their own time and choosing could have been a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 event (or worse) for the State of Israel. 
Rather, than the United Nations Human Rights Council members and others decrying Israel’s self-defense while protecting civilians (in spite of Hamas blatantly using them as human shields), they should be applauding Israel’s true morality! 
But anti-semites and hate mongers, don’t savor Israel’s safety, security, or continuity as a Jewish and democratic state, they just seek an excuse, like Hitler, to attack whether by tunnels, missiles, boycotts, or resolutions to discriminate and obliterate those that they perceive as historically inconvenient and whom they simply want dead.

________________________________
Provided by Matti Follman

Analysis of the Situation: The State of Israel was facing an existential threat for the first time since the War of Independence. By their deaths, the three youths saved the State of Israel.

The dozens of tunnels that had been dug from Gaza to the southern cities of Israel were not tunnels for the purpose of terrorism – they were the infrastructure for the occupation of the Land of Israel. If we had not surprised ourselves with the severe response to the kidnap and murder of these boys (of blessed memory), Hamas, at a time that would suit them, would have sent thousands of soldiers through the tunnels to occupy cities and military posts; thousands of soldiers wearing the uniform of IDF soldiers, to kill, to conquer and to kidnap, and the IDF would have had no time to organize, and protect the nation. At the same time, Hamas would have fired off barrages of hundreds and thousands of missiles at the center of the country, paralyzing Israel’s organizational ability to defend itself against invasion. What were they waiting for? Maybe a rainy day? Or, most likely, the recovery of Hezbollah, in order to coordinate an integrated attack of missiles from the north… and possibly tunnels dug towards the northern cities too…

In Israel, in such a situation, there could be tens of thousands of deaths, the complete breakdown of national systems, and the need to build protection at the neighborhood and street levels. This, on the presumption  that the Arabs of Judea & Samaria, and some Israeli Arabs, would not join in the fray. Of course, IAF counter-attacks would be futile when the enemy was well entrenched underground and laughing all the way to Jerusalem! The best case scenario - international forces would come in to disarm the country, take our nuclear capabilities, and the dream of the Jewish State would crumble for another thousand years.

We were saved thanks to two things they did not believe would happen, because we also did not believe it: we did not believe that the abduction of the three boys would unite the nation in such a way that it would lead to massive air assault, the return of political prisoners to jail, and preparation for a ground offensive into the wasps’ nest they had built. And we had not believed that the Iron Dome would work. In other words - all of us, those to the right and those to the left, had disdained the Islamic-psychopathic rhetoric calling for the conquest of Jerusalem, had ignored the determination of the psychopaths in Iraq and Syria, and did not want to comprehend that they had built a smart, strong and - in fact - quite an excellent military system with almost no flaws, which was capable of crushing the State of Israel. We had all seen how ten fighting men had exited a tunnel in just a few minutes. What would have prevented two hundred soldiers from exiting a tunnel on any given day, and many thousands altogether from all of the tunnels - including hundreds of commandos landing on the beaches at the same time, and missiles landing in the heart of the country? The truth is that if, now, there were not tens of thousands of Israeli troops in the south, nothing could have prevented the next step in realizing the Islamic dream - the destruction of the Zionist nation, and marching into Jerusalem.

Eyal, Naftali and Gilad - by dying, they saved our country, our freedom and our lives.
Danny Gold - who developed the Iron Dome – may you live a long and healthy life.

And to all of the soldiers – we love you and embrace you. Muster courage and be brave! All the Jewish people, the whole world - and most of all, many of the Arab countries and the sane Muslims - are praying for the craziness to be overcome. Yes, even Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). Thanks to those poor boys, we caught them with their pants down, when the timing and the conditions don’t suit them. Our State has survived and now is the time to settle accounts with the murderers, to the very last man.

And a word to citizens on the home front – when you hear the sirens, go into the shelter or your safe room and smile! When you hear the “boom” – laugh!  These noises are the screams of frustration of the psychopaths in Gaza, whose ingenious plan to crush Israel was prematurely exposed. All of the damage that we are suffering now is nothing compared to what they had been planning.
(Source Photo: here with attribution to the IDF)

Israel’s Near Pearl Harbor

I wanted to share this analysis of the recent threat to Israel from Matti Follman. 


While perhaps not a true existential threat to the country, the death and destruction that Hamas could’ve inflicted via the terror tunnels and missiles at their own time and choosing could have been a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 event (or worse) for the State of Israel. 


Rather, than the United Nations Human Rights Council members and others decrying Israel’s self-defense while protecting civilians (in spite of Hamas blatantly using them as human shields), they should be applauding Israel’s true morality! 


But anti-semites and hate mongers, don’t savor Israel’s safety, security, or continuity as a Jewish and democratic state, they just seek an excuse, like Hitler, to attack whether by tunnels, missiles, boycotts, or resolutions to discriminate and obliterate those that they perceive as historically inconvenient and whom they simply want dead.

________________________________

Provided by Matti Follman

Analysis of the Situation: The State of Israel was facing an existential threat for the first time since the War of Independence. By their deaths, the three youths saved the State of Israel.

The dozens of tunnels that had been dug from Gaza to the southern cities of Israel were not tunnels for the purpose of terrorism – they were the infrastructure for the occupation of the Land of Israel. If we had not surprised ourselves with the severe response to the kidnap and murder of these boys (of blessed memory), Hamas, at a time that would suit them, would have sent thousands of soldiers through the tunnels to occupy cities and military posts; thousands of soldiers wearing the uniform of IDF soldiers, to kill, to conquer and to kidnap, and the IDF would have had no time to organize, and protect the nation. At the same time, Hamas would have fired off barrages of hundreds and thousands of missiles at the center of the country, paralyzing Israel’s organizational ability to defend itself against invasion. What were they waiting for? Maybe a rainy day? Or, most likely, the recovery of Hezbollah, in order to coordinate an integrated attack of missiles from the north… and possibly tunnels dug towards the northern cities too…

In Israel, in such a situation, there could be tens of thousands of deaths, the complete breakdown of national systems, and the need to build protection at the neighborhood and street levels. This, on the presumption  that the Arabs of Judea & Samaria, and some Israeli Arabs, would not join in the fray. Of course, IAF counter-attacks would be futile when the enemy was well entrenched underground and laughing all the way to Jerusalem! The best case scenario - international forces would come in to disarm the country, take our nuclear capabilities, and the dream of the Jewish State would crumble for another thousand years.

We were saved thanks to two things they did not believe would happen, because we also did not believe it: we did not believe that the abduction of the three boys would unite the nation in such a way that it would lead to massive air assault, the return of political prisoners to jail, and preparation for a ground offensive into the wasps’ nest they had built. And we had not believed that the Iron Dome would work. In other words - all of us, those to the right and those to the left, had disdained the Islamic-psychopathic rhetoric calling for the conquest of Jerusalem, had ignored the determination of the psychopaths in Iraq and Syria, and did not want to comprehend that they had built a smart, strong and - in fact - quite an excellent military system with almost no flaws, which was capable of crushing the State of Israel. We had all seen how ten fighting men had exited a tunnel in just a few minutes. What would have prevented two hundred soldiers from exiting a tunnel on any given day, and many thousands altogether from all of the tunnels - including hundreds of commandos landing on the beaches at the same time, and missiles landing in the heart of the country? The truth is that if, now, there were not tens of thousands of Israeli troops in the south, nothing could have prevented the next step in realizing the Islamic dream - the destruction of the Zionist nation, and marching into Jerusalem.

Eyal, Naftali and Gilad - by dying, they saved our country, our freedom and our lives.


Danny Gold - who developed the Iron Dome – may you live a long and healthy life.

And to all of the soldiers – we love you and embrace you. Muster courage and be brave! All the Jewish people, the whole world - and most of all, many of the Arab countries and the sane Muslims - are praying for the craziness to be overcome. Yes, even Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). Thanks to those poor boys, we caught them with their pants down, when the timing and the conditions don’t suit them. Our State has survived and now is the time to settle accounts with the murderers, to the very last man.

And a word to citizens on the home front – when you hear the sirens, go into the shelter or your safe room and smile! When you hear the “boom” – laugh!  These noises are the screams of frustration of the psychopaths in Gaza, whose ingenious plan to crush Israel was prematurely exposed. All of the damage that we are suffering now is nothing compared to what they had been planning.


(Source Photo: here with attribution to the IDF)

23 7 / 2014

UN Inhuman Rights

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for investigation of Israel for possible violations.
Hmmm, how does that make sense?
Israel abides by every ceasefire, sets up medical facilities for Gazans, provides advance warning of fighting to get innocents out of the way, and makes every attempt to withhold fire when civilians are at risk. 
This while Hamas and Islamic Jihad use babies as human shields and indiscriminately target vast population centers and critical infrastructure in Israel.

Incredibly, the UN Relief and Works Agency facilities in Gaza (e.g. schools) were being used to hide missiles for use against Israel and upon discovery, the UNRWA returned these to terrorists to continue to harm civilians. 
Unfortunately, in these cases, the UN is not protecting human rights, but rather is enabling the “rights” of dangerous terrorists to act grossly inhuman and immoral.  
Where politics trumps right and wrong…evil is permitted to flourish and good is diminished in the world. 

Only 13 years since the 9/11 attack by Islamic terorrists that killed almost 3,000 innocent civilans here…is the world again getting amnesia?
(Source Photo: here from The Yeshiva World)

UN Inhuman Rights

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for investigation of Israel for possible violations.


Hmmm, how does that make sense?


Israel abides by every ceasefire, sets up medical facilities for Gazans, provides advance warning of fighting to get innocents out of the way, and makes every attempt to withhold fire when civilians are at risk. 


This while Hamas and Islamic Jihad use babies as human shields and indiscriminately target vast population centers and critical infrastructure in Israel.

Incredibly, the UN Relief and Works Agency facilities in Gaza (e.g. schools) were being used to hide missiles for use against Israel and upon discovery, the UNRWA returned these to terrorists to continue to harm civilians. 


Unfortunately, in these cases, the UN is not protecting human rights, but rather is enabling the “rights” of dangerous terrorists to act grossly inhuman and immoral.  


Where politics trumps right and wrong…evil is permitted to flourish and good is diminished in the world. 

Only 13 years since the 9/11 attack by Islamic terorrists that killed almost 3,000 innocent civilans here…is the world again getting amnesia?


(Source Photo: here from The Yeshiva World)

22 7 / 2014

Time To Get Up

This person is sitting on a stool and waiting for the Metro.
The quiet and complacency of this person just sitting there was a stark contrast to the big train coming down the tracks.
I wondered if this is not a sign of our times where the world is moving large and fast in turmoil:
- With big airliners with hundreds of passengers being shot of the sky
- Thouands of rockets and dozens of murder tunnels aimed at cities full of civilians by terrorists hiding in hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds, 
- Six year old girls raped by their roller-skating instructors
- Women being stoned to death for alleged adultery. 
…but where we are sitting here quietly and contemplatively as the big train rolls over any vistages of moral decency left in humankind.
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Time To Get Up

This person is sitting on a stool and waiting for the Metro.


The quiet and complacency of this person just sitting there was a stark contrast to the big train coming down the tracks.


I wondered if this is not a sign of our times where the world is moving large and fast in turmoil:


- With big airliners with hundreds of passengers being shot of the sky

- Thouands of rockets and dozens of murder tunnels aimed at cities full of civilians by terrorists hiding in hospitals, mosques, and playgrounds

Six year old girls raped by their roller-skating instructors

Women being stoned to death for alleged adultery. 


…but where we are sitting here quietly and contemplatively as the big train rolls over any vistages of moral decency left in humankind.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

21 7 / 2014

Shout It From The Rooftops

Awesome picture of the sacred Jewish prayer:
"Hear, O’ Israel, The L-rd is our G-d, The L-rd is One."
In lights on Tel Aviv Mall in Israel. 
(One more from my Cousin Betty—thank you!)

Shout It From The Rooftops

Awesome picture of the sacred Jewish prayer:


"Hear, O’ Israel, The L-rd is our G-d, The L-rd is One."


In lights on Tel Aviv Mall in Israel. 


(One more from my Cousin Betty—thank you!)

20 7 / 2014

G-d Changes Path Of Rockets

From the Jewish Telegraph.
I have to say this one terrorist was pretty smart. 
Despite his blind hatred of Jews and desire to obliterate Israel, at least he knows why the Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets are not hitting their targets.
"Their G-d changes the path of our rockets in mid-air."
Yes, technology may help intercept missiles heading for the populated cities.
But the chief engineer is none other than G-d almighty, the ultimate protector of the Children of Israel. 
Next up after Iron Dome is Iron Beam (by the same G-d inventor).
(Thank you Betty Monoker for sharing this with me.)

G-d Changes Path Of Rockets

From the Jewish Telegraph.


I have to say this one terrorist was pretty smart. 


Despite his blind hatred of Jews and desire to obliterate Israel, at least he knows why the Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets are not hitting their targets.


"Their G-d changes the path of our rockets in mid-air."


Yes, technology may help intercept missiles heading for the populated cities.


But the chief engineer is none other than G-d almighty, the ultimate protector of the Children of Israel. 


Next up after Iron Dome is Iron Beam (by the same G-d inventor).


(Thank you Betty Monoker for sharing this with me.)

20 7 / 2014

Better Early Than Never

So I learned a new word/concept today…PREcrastination (New York Times)
It’s when you do things early!
The better known opposite word is PROcrastintion.


That’s when you put things off or delay…often until the very last minute.
We know why people procrastinate—they don’t want or like to do something, have more important things to do, may be overwhelmed with too many taskers, or perhaps they are just plain lazy. 
But why do people precrastinate?
Well, it’s sort of the inverse of the above—they may like doing it, it may be a priority, or they just may want to get “ahead of the curve” on all the things they have on their to-dos, or they may be a Type A personality and don’t rest until they’ve “got a handle on things.”
Getting things done at the last minute (procrastination), can push off stress until later—perhaps a better time to deal with it, but getting it done early (precrastination), can help eliminate stress by just getting it over with. 
Some of us who get things done right away, may be doing extra work, because at times, the necessity of the moment is “overcome by events” (OBE) later on or we may start something before we even have all the directions or information and do it wrong altogether. 
While others who dilly-dally, may find that they waited too long to get the job done or have other things going on later that precludes them from meeting the timeline—as they say, “if you fail to plan, plan to fail!”
Is there a right or wrong in terms of Pre/Procrastination?
I want to tell you now, but I think I’ll wait until later. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Better Early Than Never

So I learned a new word/concept today…PREcrastination (New York Times)


It’s when you do things early!


The better known opposite word is PROcrastintion.

That’s when you put things off or delay…often until the very last minute.


We know why people procrastinate—they don’t want or like to do something, have more important things to do, may be overwhelmed with too many taskers, or perhaps they are just plain lazy. 


But why do people precrastinate?


Well, it’s sort of the inverse of the above—they may like doing it, it may be a priority, or they just may want to get “ahead of the curve” on all the things they have on their to-dos, or they may be a Type A personality and don’t rest until they’ve “got a handle on things.”


Getting things done at the last minute (procrastination), can push off stress until later—perhaps a better time to deal with it, but getting it done early (precrastination), can help eliminate stress by just getting it over with. 


Some of us who get things done right away, may be doing extra work, because at times, the necessity of the moment is “overcome by events” (OBE) later on or we may start something before we even have all the directions or information and do it wrong altogether. 


While others who dilly-dally, may find that they waited too long to get the job done or have other things going on later that precludes them from meeting the timeline—as they say, “if you fail to plan, plan to fail!”


Is there a right or wrong in terms of Pre/Procrastination?


I want to tell you now, but I think I’ll wait until later. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

19 7 / 2014

Risk In The Eye Of The Beholder

Should I do it or is it too risky?
That’s a question we ask ourselves many times a day.
- Open our mouths at work or keep a lid on it.
- Run to catch that train or bus or slow down and go more carefully.
- Eat that greasy burger and fries or opt for a salad and smoothie.
- Invest in that highflier stock or put your money in the “G” fund.
The Wall Street Journal presents risk management as both quantifiable and qualitative. 
For example, a MicroMort (1 MM, and sounds like micro fart) is “equal to one-in-a million chance of death.”
An average American has a 1.3MMs chance of a “sudden, violent end” on any given day. 
However, climb to the base camp at Mount Everest (at 29K feet), that’s over 12,000 MM, base jump at only 430 MMs per jump, parachute 7 MM, and go on a roller coaster at only .0015 MM. 
So there you have it—statistics tell the risk story!
But not so fast, our risk calculations also take into account our qualitative values. For example, we tend to lower the risk in our minds of postpartum depression (10-15% or higher) because we value having a baby. 
Similarly, we tend to think driving (1 MM per 240 miles) is safer than flying (1 MM per 7,500 miles) because we believe we are in control of the automobile, as opposed to a passenger jet flown by a couple of pilots. 
The result, “Scariness of an activity isn’t necessarily proportionate to its risk.”
That means that you can easily make a mistake and underestimate risk, because of your personality or cultural and social biases. 
Rock climb at your own risk…BUT do you really understand what that risk even is or are you driven to do something overly dangerous and maybe stupid. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Risk In The Eye Of The Beholder

Should I do it or is it too risky?


That’s a question we ask ourselves many times a day.


- Open our mouths at work or keep a lid on it.


- Run to catch that train or bus or slow down and go more carefully.


- Eat that greasy burger and fries or opt for a salad and smoothie.


- Invest in that highflier stock or put your money in the “G” fund.


The Wall Street Journal presents risk management as both quantifiable and qualitative. 


For example, a MicroMort (1 MM, and sounds like micro fart) is “equal to one-in-a million chance of death.”


An average American has a 1.3MMs chance of a “sudden, violent end” on any given day. 


However, climb to the base camp at Mount Everest (at 29K feet), that’s over 12,000 MM, base jump at only 430 MMs per jump, parachute 7 MM, and go on a roller coaster at only .0015 MM. 


So there you have it—statistics tell the risk story!


But not so fast, our risk calculations also take into account our qualitative values. For example, we tend to lower the risk in our minds of postpartum depression (10-15% or higher) because we value having a baby. 


Similarly, we tend to think driving (1 MM per 240 miles) is safer than flying (1 MM per 7,500 miles) because we believe we are in control of the automobile, as opposed to a passenger jet flown by a couple of pilots. 


The result, “Scariness of an activity isn’t necessarily proportionate to its risk.”


That means that you can easily make a mistake and underestimate risk, because of your personality or cultural and social biases. 


Rock climb at your own risk…BUT do you really understand what that risk even is or are you driven to do something overly dangerous and maybe stupid. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)