Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Reward Failure In Schools

I remember my school years teachers rewarded students who answer questions correctly. Teachers penalized students who answer questions incorrectly. Maybe I slipped through the cracks nobody taught me to learn from failure. I'm fortunate I self-discovered learning from failure years later.

I defend my past teachers. I defend most teachers today. How do teachers teach failure is good? Maybe the answer is impossible. Learn from failure is a self-discover life lesson. Disregard the high grades. Disregard earning big points. Focus on the concepts. The better way to learn is make mistakes. Wisdom is acquired making the last mistake. Intelligence is acquired doing something and doing anything to eliminate wrong solutions. Life experience is acquired by trial and error.

Side note: The number 40 in WD-40 means the inventor failed making WD-40 39 times. They discovered WD-40 on their 40th attempt.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Green Steno Notebook 3

The picture above is the notebook I acquired on the first day of my new white collar job. I wrote notes during my job training. I wrote other notes, reminders, and knowledge thereafter. I share many of them. Here is the third blog.

*Jan 2011. My friends and I stayed at The Wilshire Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles June 30, 2010-July 5, 2010. Room number 1178.

*Feb 2011. Cinderella Liberty the movie click here for IMDB information. Cinderella Liberty is also a navy jargon which means a sailor given a pass which expires at midnight.

*Apr 18, 2011. Avoid eating noodles on gym days.

*May 2011. ephemeral: lasting for a very short time.

*May 2011. Eat warm salami and rice together.

*May 2011. The most important lecture Arithmetic, Population and Energy by Professor Al Bartlett.

*May 2011. Junior is younger or subtract. Senior is older or add. A man is 40 and a woman is 20 years his junior means the woman is 20 years old. A man is 40 and a woman is 20 years his senior means the woman is 60 years old.

*Jul 19, 2011. Dental floss cut on my gum. Dental floss in front a mirror. Side note: it took me years later to resume dental flossing in front of a mirror.

*Aug 11, 2011. I listened to a song Take A Chance by ABBA on US Highway 101 Northbound in Sunnyvale, CA.

*Oct 3, 2011. Jean Nate body splash horse race commercial in 1984 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjTbgY7L49I.

*Apr 7, 2013. Garage door open with cover to block the sun. An idea is hang a tarp from the top of the open garage door. Secure the tarp with heavy rocks or bricks.

*July 27. 2013 The driving video game I saw at Chuck E Cheese's in 1981 or 1982 is The Driver by Kasco. YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLRKkzcWIpU. I have strong confidence the video was a red car and not a racing track depicted on the YouTube Video . One scene was a truck spilling tree trunks on the road. Here's a French version of The Driver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwYqmaHw1UY.

*Aug 21, 2013. 1980s television shows. Click title for the Wiki. Lottery!, The Quest, Grand Slam released in 1990, Outlaws, and The Charmings.

*Sep 16, 2013. Colgate Peroxide good for minor oral health problems.

*Nov 12, 2013. Project A bicycle scene starring Jackie Chan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fl43rq3Zqw.

*Apr 18, 2014. Appu recommended personal projects to strengthen my resume. I started my personal projects in Aug 2014.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Self-Esteem Blog

How does a person know he or she has poor self-esteem? It's hard for a person to self-asses himself or herself physically, mentally or intelligently, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. He or she does good living a good life for which he or she doesn't question how good. There are people who call out personal shortcomings accurately. How does a person respond when people or the world tells him or her you have poor self-esteem? The question is does he or she accepts the call out sincerely or denies the call out knowing it's true.
Take note of the conversation tone. It's a personal judgment call.

I'm no expert being a psychologist. I'm no expert teaching self-improvement. I know there is no quick solution to strengthen self-esteem. Time is required. Mistakes are made. Trial and error are required. Prepare to say good-bye to people, places, and things. Patience is necessary. Get healthy. Sleep well. Sitting in front of a television and/or playing video games eight hours a day are prohibited. Spend time with good people. If you don't have good people, then find good people. Good people are hard to find. Prepare for time being alone. Learn to be professional. Learn new skills. Relearn existing skills. Hope for good luck. Hope for fortunate timing.

Update On A Past Blog

Today's blog reminded me a past blog The Person Wants No Help on Mar 24, 2015. I wrote some people don't need help with their problems. Also, how long do people continue telling the problem people they need help? Helpers do the best they can. Some people accept help. Some people refuse help. Maybe the source of a person's problems and the personal choice to accept or to refuse help is poor self-esteem?

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

You're Smarter Than You Think

You may be smarter than you think. There are more people than you think who can't read. Never take reading for granted. 911 operators receive ridiculous emergency calls. I hope you call 911 for legitimate emergencies. You don't drive while intoxicated. A good parent never abuses his or her children. There are no felonies in your record. Everyone makes mistakes. Smart people pay for their mistakes. Smart people learn from their mistakes.

You don't embarrass yourself or other people when you're socializing. You're open to new ideas. You listen to opinions. You always meet new people. There is no complaining. There is no need for good self-esteem assurance via online social networks.

Desire Greater Than Knowledge

Schools teach book knowledge; however, one of the few life skills schools teach successfully is the quote, "I will is more important than I know." Motivation is more important than book smarts. If you don't know it, then you learn it. Innovate infinitely. You don't live a couch potato. You don't watch TV eight hours a day. You don't play video games daily. There is something missing you find it no matter how long it takes. Live life one day at a time intelligently.

Update On A Past Blog

The Prepare Multiple Conversation Subjects blog reminded me there are winners and losers in life. I actually realized nobody wins all the time years ago. Good people don't win all the time. Winners and losers apply to job searches, college applications, games, contests, and life in general.

Presidential speech writers prepare two speeches. The first speech is a winner. The second speech is a loser. The multiple speech preparation applies to CEOs, head of households, coaches, and ourselves.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Throwback Blog: I Remember That Guy

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled I Remember That Guy in Sep 2009. I have an above average long term memory. I saw a student who attended my junior high school when I shopped at Costco. The student was enrolled in a special education classroom or orthopedically handicapped or OH. Pardon my lack of being politically correct. He must use a walker to balance himself. His body shook involuntarily. He talked to himself.

The student was the same when I saw him at Costco. He had a walker. His body shook involuntarily. He talked to himself. His physical appearance stayed the same from junior high and as an adult. He didn't age older.

Take a moment to think about your life and compare with the student. The blog made me pause a moment to reflect how lucky my life is good.

This blog entry is delicate and fragile. I do my best to write without offending anyone. If I do, I apologize in advanced. I'm going to type as is without proofreading.

I was at Costco on Thur Sep 17 buying dinner. I paid for the groceries and walked to the exit. I pass by the food court on my right. I saw a group of mentally and physically handicapped people. I recognized one of the people in the group. He went to my junior high and high school.

I thought about how he's living life today. He lives his life fully dependent 24/7. Comparing my life with other people is a no-no, yet I still do it when I converse with people. My life is good compared with him. I bet he rather be laid off, little money, and going back to school than living mentally and physically handicapped. I saw him alone everytime I walked around campus. He talked with himself, shook his body, and needed a walker. He must be with other people for mental, physical, emotional, financial, and probably spiritual needs. He's not going to get a job. It's highly likely he's going to get married. He can't drive a car. He can't even travel to a foreign country on vacation assuming he can't ride an airplane.

Yeah, something to think about.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Today I Want To Talk About Taking Care Of Yourself

Self-responsibility. Self-respect. I'm serious. Everyone can live better lives working on themselves. Everyone can achieve one step closer to become happy. Take care of yourself honestly. Take care of yourself sincerely. Don't take life for granted. Don't take your body for granted.

Take care of yourself head to toe. Take care of yourself inside and outside. Everything is important. Physical health is important. Eat healthily. Be physical move your body. Mental health is important. Read books. Learn new skills such as job related skills. More knowledge is required in today's information age. Surround yourself with good people to be emotionally stable. Be honest choosing your circle of relationships. Sleep well to practice good spiritually. Our bodies must sleep to recover. A good recovery is required for good physical, mental, and emotional well being. Finally, control your spending. Make good financial choices. Minimize eating out. Buy the best mattress you can afford.

I've seen people and I've heard of people stressing out. In particular, stressed out mothers and fathers affect their children. Stressed out people forget who they are. Stressed out people become weaker, think slower, lose patience, self-esteem becomes poor, and spend more money on processed foods. They fail to take time to take care of their bodies. No self-responsibility. No self-respect. It's ironic intelligent hard work is required to take care of our bodies which includes family time and leisure time.

Update On A Past Blog

I listed books which were New York Times Best Sellers in 2008 in Instant Bullets Blog Nov 11, 2017. The books are under the bullet point "Top Ten New York Times Books Best Seller list in 2008." I finished reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in Feb 2018. I forgot to add The Beach House by Jane Green on the list for which I finished reading in Sep 2018. I'm currently reading City Of Thieves by David Benioff.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Instant Bullets Blog Oct 21, 2018

*Two Absolute Minimums. An individual's absolute minimum is become a better person each day. Everyday a person becomes better today compared to yesterday. A married couple's absolute minimum is become a better couple each day. Everyday the marriage becomes better today compared to yesterday.

*Faster Car Repair Service. Tell the repair shop manager you have an important event to attend; for example, a wedding trip, a family reunion, or a child's finals recital. Maybe the repair shop fast track your auto repair request.

*Backyard Peace. My mom helped me transfer one of my indoor plants to a bigger pot with better soil. We were in the backyard. I rarely go to the backyard. The ten minutes I helped I felt peace because of the trees and plants.

*Shoes. I better understand why women own many shoes. One reason is art. Women shoes are art. Women shoes are beauty. Another reason is practicality. Women wear the proper shoe for the proper occasion. I own many shoes for the occasion. My shoes are the following: cardio at the gym, weights at the gym, hiking or backpacking, cleats for playing sports on grass, skater shoes for socializing, outdoor shoes involving water, backup sandals for backpacking, sandals walking around the house, ROTC military boots, formal shoes when I wear a suit, and ballroom dancing.

*Stress must be in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) infectious diseases. A group of people stresses out when one person in the group stressed out. Stress is contagious.

*Chrome And Firefox Add-Ons. Here are my add-ons for my two browsers: Awesome Screenshot: Screen Video Recorder; Chrome Download Manager for Chrome only; Complete YouTube Downloader for Firefox only; Download Manager (S3) for Firefox only; Flash and Video Download for Firefox only; Flash Video Downloader for Firefox only; Forest: stay focused, be present; Full Page Screen Capture; Go Back With Backspace for Chrome only; HTTPS Everywhere; Imagus; Mercury Reader; OneTab; Privacy Badger; The Camelizer; The Flash Video Downloader for Chrome only; uBlock Origin; Video DownloadHelper for Firefox only; and Video Downloader professional for Chrome only.

*Labyrinth Movie Life Lessons. The worm said things don't appear as they seem. The wiseman said sometimes you must go backwards (to go forwards).

*Neighbors And Family Friends Keep In Touch. Buy a birthday cake to a neighbor's or family friend's son or daughter on their birthday. Drop off the cake at the residence. Spend a few minutes small talk catching up. A simple idea.

Update On A Past Blog

Freakonomics posted a podcast titled Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete (Ep. 351) on Sep 26, 2018. The podcast reminded me I wrote Top Ten Life Lessons I Learned Watching Sports on Nov 5, 2016. Some of my lessons included redemption, streaks and slumps, and consistency. The Freakonomics podcast mentioned luck, circumstances, and talent are reasons to be an elite athlete. My blog and the podcast both mentioned good coaching and support.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Counterintuitive To-Do List

I was inspired to write an opposite to-do list or an opposite checklist on Sun Oct 7. I was on my desk preparing to write what I must accomplish in the morning. I thought of the opposite idea. I experimented the opposite planner Sun Oct 7 to Sun Oct 14. It felt different writing down everything I accomplished instead of writing down everything to accomplish. The satisfactory feeling was no different writing down everything I accomplished and crossing out everything on my to-do list. There was no increase or decrease in motivation to complete my responsibilities. The following is my counterintuitive to-do list:

Sun Oct 7: Washed sheets, washed hiking hat, job searched, checked email, downloaded financial statements, cleaned desk, archived past blogs, prepared items to sell on eBay, paid DMV car registration, put hiking gear back in closet, uploaded a blog, and played Mahjong.

Mon Oct: 8 Self foot spa, learned Power Query, learned SQL, installed permanent light timer, job searched, checked email, shopped for books online, and cooked.

Tue Oct 9: Learned Power Query, learned Power Business Intelligence, job searched, checked email, archived past blogs, learned Power Pivot, cleaned hiking equipment, cooked, and wrote blogs.

Wed Oct 10: Learned SQL, cooked, job searched, checked email, archived past blogs, learned Python, and workout at the gym.

Thur Oct 11: Self foot spa, learned Power Query, learned Power Business Intelligence, shopped, cooked, checked email, job searched, and workout at the gym.

Fri Oct 12: Cleaned toilet, learned Power Query, learned SQL, cooked, job searched, checked email, learned Python, and workout at the gym.

Sat Oct: 13 Wrote a blog, read a book, cooked, watched an inning NLCS, read another book, uploaded two blogs, watched an inning ALCS, washed towels, and played Mahjong.

Sun Oct 14: Checked email, shopped, attended a gathering in Japantown-San Jose, CA, watched football, cooked, job searched, and uploaded a blog.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Five Quickie Questions

I was inspired from the podcast Sex With Emily. Emily asks five quickie questions to her podcast guests. The questions asked vary. Here are my five favorite with my answers.

1. Biggest turn on. Intelligence and adventure.

2. Biggest turn off. Social awkwardness or poor conversationalist and low self-esteem.

3. What's one thing you tell your partner about your body? Teasing. Grab my butt or slap my butt.

4. Craziness place to have sex. In my car at a parking garage.

5. Biggest pet peeve. Waste food.

Update On A Past Blog

I realized losing my job skills on Jan 2013 A Concern That Requires My Attention. I relearned Business Analyst skills and reviewed Excel and Crystal Reports incorrectly. Fortunately, I began reviewing Excel correctly starting on Aug 2014. I'm learning Python, Power Query, and Microsoft Power Business Intelligence today. I'm reviewing SQL and VBA today.

My latest concern is losing my communication skills. Another negative being unemployed is losing professional communication skills from small talk with co-workers to presentation in a meeting. Similarly, I'm losing my social communication skills. Most of the people in my life have moved on. My life is on pause. I don't know when my life resumes play when I achieve freedom. Socializing is hard when I'm home working hard to find a job.

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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Use It Or Lose It

An obvious blog. A simple blog. I remind myself the life lesson I learned at De Anza College Fall 2010. Use it or lose it. Don't let anything sit around doing nothing. Use it now. Don't let it collect dust. Use anything to make life better. An obvious example is our brains. I wrote a blog The Brain Use It Or Lose It on Sep 22, 2015. It's a judgment call. Sometimes we hold back for good reason. Sometimes we don't need to use it now. It can wait. Timing is bad. Regardless, take advantage of using it to save time, to save money, to learn, to gain an advantage, and to win. Otherwise, get rid of it. Junk is useless.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Am I Being Bold Or Stupid?

I'm long-term unemployed. Do I wait for a job offer matching my skills and knowledge? Do I accept any job? I can work in data entry, as a retail associate, or as a content review analyst. There is no right or wrong answer. Do I make a bold intelligent choice waiting for a matching job which sets a solid career path? Do I make a stupid life forever unemployed choice? A third choice is do I take any job which sets a ruined career path?

I continue training like minor league baseball players training to play in the major league. I learn new job skills. I review existing job skills. Regardless, how can my resume get worse waiting? Patience is a virtue. However, is there virtue having a weak resume?

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Throwback Blog: No Words For Human Feelings

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled No Words For Human Feelings in Sep 2015. I remind myself sometimes we solve problems using our feelings. We use our intuition. Words can't explain parts of life. The feelings are the best way to communicate. Sometimes feelings are the only way to communicate. The late Steve Jobs said, "I began to realize that an intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis . . . intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That's had a big impact on my work."

Humans have feelings. We live our lives with feelings every breath we take. Sleep or awake. Working or studying. Driving or relaxing. Feelings guide how we live our lives. We make choices based on feelings sometimes. These choices include professional, big life moments, leisure, and personal. Human feelings define us being human.

We know the common feelings: happy, goodness, sincerity, trustworthy, positive, comfortable, strong, and optimistic. There are also sad, evil, ungrateful, dishonest, negative, uneasy, weak, and pessimistic. More common feelings include anger, frustration, relief, fatigue, fresh, energize, focus, pain, and confuse.

On the other hand, no words describe some human feelings. Some human's aurora naturally spreads joy, comfort, and happiness. In contrast, some human's aurora naturally spreads depression, distrust, and sadness. How does a person portray himself or herself with a group of people? There's no thinking. The person's feelings come out naturally. How does a person improve their natural aurora in a positive way? I'm not a psychologist. My answer is wisdom, experience more life experiences, genuine, and strength.

Trust the gut feelings. Trust intuition. Sometimes no thinking is the best way to make good choices. There are no words to describe these choices. There are no words to describe the process for the conclusion. Sometimes the best way to get out of problems is gut feelings. Life is full of feelings. People must never fake human feelings. Life punishes fakers. Follow the feelings. Go with the feeling flow. Trust your feelings to understand today's blog.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Farewell Orchard Supply Hardware Store

Orchard Supply Hardware's (OSH) parent company Lowe's announced all OSH stores permanently close on Dec 31, 2018. All participating stores are liquidating their inventory with sales. Discounts increase as the days move closer to Dec 31, 2018. I share my memories and feedback below:

*Light bulbs. I'm attracted to light bulbs. I walked to the light bulbs aisle first when my family shopped at OSH when I was a child.

*Indoor plants. I purchased two indoor plants for my cubicle when I worked at Palo Alto Networks in Nov 2014. The air was dry on my floor. The indoor plants somehow made my cubicle bearable.

*Last purchase before liquidation. I purchased silicon tape for my car in case a tube cracked. The silicon tape temporary seals the cracked tube to drive home safely.

*A true hardware store. OSH was the hardware store I shopped before The Home Depot and Lowe's opened their stores in the Bay Area. I wrote a blog titled SOMT: When A Supermarket Was Just Buying Family Groceries on Dec 5, 2012. I wrote a grocery store is buying groceries, an auto store is buying auto parts, a drug store is buying drugs, and an office supply store is buying office supplies. There was no Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart in my childhood.

*Bad management. Many employees know people leave bad companies because of bad management. Perhaps Lowe's intentionally managed OSH terrible to the point of closing stores to eliminate competition.

*On the other hand . . . I believe out with the old and in with the new. Nothing lasts forever. If OSH failed to keep up with today's retail business environment, then it's inevitable OSH permanently closes. I hope for the best for the OSH employees.

*Black Friday purchases. I purchased a leaf blower in 2009. I purchased a flashlight set in 2014.

*We pay the sales tax. OSH promoted customers pay no sales tax on weekends.

*How To Fair. OSH's yearly event at a fairgrounds or convention centers. The How To Fair was like a trade show or home improvement convention. The fair attracts home improvement companies to sponsor, home improvement celebrities, free samples, classes, and coupons. I have three How To Fair buckets. My last How To Fair was 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

*Desk fan. My room got hot during the summers. Some days were not worth turning on the home air conditioner. The home air conditioner was poor keeping the second floor cool. I purchased a desk fan in Jul 2005. The fan works today.

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Friday, September 21, 2018


Everyone receives unsolicited phone calls. Some calls are cold call sales such as solar panels, home improvement, and real estate. Some calls are scams such as pay a fee to avoid getting arrested and bad credit cards. My household received a call from the phone number at today's blog title last night at 8:29pm. Someone is desperate for money the caller works night hours. I give the benefit of the doubt the caller is cold calling.

Moreover, I give the benefit of the doubt the caller is dealt a bad hand of cards. The caller is down on his or her luck. There have been bad moments. I experience a little sadness the caller disturbs people in the night. I experience a little sympathy the caller disturbs people in the night. The caller is working to make a living. My household lets the voice mail answer the call.

I took a moment to reflect my life. I'm lucky despite being unemployed and living with my parents. I could be the person making cold calls. I could be the person with no education. I could be the person with poor learning ability. I review my existing job skills and learn new job skills five days a week preparing for my next job. Unfortunately, there are too many people living today. The world is too crowded. There are too few opportunities. The size of the pie remains the same. I hope timing and luck favors me soon to earn my freedom.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Lesson To Be Successful Rarely Taught

What is the lesson to be successful? The lesson is timing, luck, opportunity, and chance. How are timing, luck, opportunity, and chance taught? Impossible. If there is a way, then someone teach me. Also, if there is a way, then it's likely the teaching is difficult. Forget the quotes from the most successful people in business, sports, politics, and arts. Timing, luck, opportunity, and chance are four simple words to success. Many people can be engineers. Many people can be plumbers. Many people can be doctors and nurses. Many people can be accountants. Many people can be athletes making an income. Many people can be actors or actresses. Few people achieve those professions.

Are you at the right place at the right time? If yes, then timing favors you. Are you in good health? If yes, then you're lucky. Similarly, do you have a good brain and do you live in a good community? You have good luck. Do you have a complete college education or do you have good training? If yes, then you have opportunity. Do you have interviews? Do you have callbacks? Do you have invites? Do you have offers? Are you in the second round of an audition? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you have a chance.

Some people have the timing, luck, opportunity, and chance. Some people don't have the timing, luck, opportunity, and chance. There are winners and losers in championship games such as the Super Bowl and World Series. There are winners and losers in life. Some bad people win. Some good people lose. Life is unfair. Pray timing, luck, opportunity, and chance come to you.

Update On A Past Blog

Do you need a conversation starter? Do you need an ice breaker? Click Tell Me You Games for tips to get people talking. My tips I wrote on Dec 2014 may be silly. My tips are successful when people talk. The games bring back old school socialization. There are no texting, emailing, and video chatting. Everyone is present. Conversations are intelligent. Technology is okay to lookup information.

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Saturday, September 08, 2018

No Time To Plan

I was a person who must have a plan to complete tasks years ago. Research. Get information beforehand. Think it through. Learn it first. Plan ahead.

Sometimes planning ahead works. Sometimes planning ahead is infeasible. There is no time to research. Information is unavailable. Forget thinking. The learning manual is too complex.

I make a judgment call today. Plan ahead or do it now is a case by case basis. It depends on the situation. Sometimes there is no time to plan. Spontaneous planning is required to complete a task. Plan last minute. Immediate action. Learn by trial and error. Use intuition. It's faster to just do it. Do as it goes. There is no shame switching from a plan ahead to no time to plan mindset. There is no lower intelligence the situation calls for no time to plan ahead.

A Dating Tip

I have a better understanding some people prefer to date a spontaneous person; likewise, marry a spontaneous person. Spontaneity adds surprise and excitement to a relationship. Sometimes the unknown adds joy. Spontaneity tests courage--intelligent spontaneity is more accurate.

Update On A Past Blog

The 2018-2019 NFL season started. I was reminded I wrote September, The Beginning of the End when Sep was the beginning of my calendar year instead of Jan. Sep was the month my school year began and temperatures began to cool down. I take back Sep begins my new calendar year. One reason is school years begin in Aug before Labor Day. I'm with the crowd. Jan begins my new calendar year. If the past year was a bad year, then Jan is a fresh start. If the past year was a good year, then Jan continues the good year momentum to make the upcoming year better. New Year's Day is not just another day. New Year's Day can be a beginning.

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Thursday, September 06, 2018

The New York Times Op-Ed I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration Sep 5, 2018

Blogger's Note: My feeling after reading the Op-Ed is good people still exists in today's complex world. I feel optimistic today. There are more good people than bad people. Some companies, governments, teams, organizations, and families are run by bad people. Yet there are good people who keep these companies, governments, teams, organizations, and families running as smooth as possible. Give these strong and courageous good people beers. These good people wait for the time the bad people are gone.

The article from The New York Times website I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

"There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next," a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Another Lesson From Never Stop Growing Up Regardless When It Started

My regular blog readers know I grew up on Sat Oct 4, 2008. I wrote growing up blogs such as Top Ten Men Truths on Jan 2017, Growing Up Too Late Was Not My Fault on Nov 2015, My Foundation on Apr 2014, Chapter N: Playtime Is Over on May 2012, and I'm No Longer Nice on Mar 2010. I share another life lesson.

One positive growing up is finding our true selves. We find who we really are. One negative finding our true selves is growing apart from people. The people includes friends, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, and, unfortunately, family. We experience natural separation. Our true selves open new roads we must pursue. We say goodbye to people holding us back. The truth is sad. It's life. Also, finding our true selves applies to careers, interests, and hobbies. For instance, I said goodbye to baseball card collecting in college. I retired from anime years ago. We say goodbye to anything holding us back. There are new interests we must pursue. We don't have all the time to maintain all hobbies. We live one life. We don't live two lives.

Natural separation goes both ways. You grow apart from people. Other people grow apart from you. You go your separate way. They go their separate way. People separation is indefinite.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Blog: Be True To Yourself

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled Be True To Yourself in Sep 2008. Here is proof I wrote blogs consisting of swearing. The context spoke yelling. I was pissed off at the world. I was pissed off at myself. I was lost. Everyone experiences loss of self. I wrote the blog on Sep 30, 2008 which was four days before I realized I must grow up on Oct 4, 2008. A grown up person laughs off immature moments. The blog below is another reminder I'm not perfect.

Warning!!! The blog entry contains swearing—lots of bullshit ;)) How many times do we bullshit? Admit it. Be honest and no bullshit. We have bullshitted in our lives. I bullshitted. I bullshitted a final I took at night I crammed on the day of the final. I bullshitted a few reports at my current job. I bullshitted many times in 8th grade which I didn’t know bullshit when I was 13 years old =P 8th grade was an exception because I was young and an idiot, LOL

Bullshitting work, exams, homework, reports, presentations, speeches, deadlines, lectures, and sales are nothing. If nobody catches your bullshit or somebody keeps quiet, then the bullshitter has no worries. One bullshit I despise is bullshitting one’s own soul. I hate fakers. I hate people in social situations who bullshit to get attention or meet new people. Fakers are nobodies :‹

Be honest. If you’re in an argument with a special someone, be honest. Honesty strengthens a relationship and strengthens the forgiveness. Likewise in work situations between co-workers and co-worker and manager. And likewise in family conflicts. Everyone be honest, be true, and the family grow stronger and be closer together. Conflicts can be positive at the end when everyone works together, be honest, solve the conflict, and bring closure. Be true to yourself is no bullshit XD

Addendum: There are people who think I'm a faker. I want to know why some people think I'm a faker, a nobody. I want to know their thoughts and I consider whether they speak the truth and I find ways to correct my fakeness or whether they speak bullshit and are cowards toward me.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Death And Taxes

"In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," said Benjamin Franklin. Another way to say the quote is, "Death and taxes are the life guarantees." Here are more guarantees. I guarantee everyone experience trouble. I guarantee everyone experience frustrations. I guarantee everyone experience problems.

Nobody lives a life trouble free. There are conflicts. Some parents are overprotective raising their children. The parents believe their children must not live a life with problems. Life is good. The truth is life can not be good. Naive people believe life problems never affect them by avoiding problems. Adults raised by overprotective parents must eliminate the lesson avoid problems to life a good life. Life finds a way to give everyone problems. Nobody lives a trouble-free life.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

More Losses Less Wins And More Setbacks Less Accomplishments

One common life wisdom is add up the little things results in big things. The life wisdom goes both ways. Add up the good little things results in good big things. Add up the bad little things results in bad big things. My bad little things or more losses outnumber my good little things or more wins began either May 2015 when I became unemployed or Jan 2016 the start of a bad year from Jan 1 to Dec 31. I choose Jan 2016 because 2015 was a good year despite being unemployed the majority of 2015.

More bad little things, more losses, and more setbacks accumulate frustrations, pessimism, and cynicism. My life is hard when everything I do is a step backwards. It's like my life is Charlie Brown from Peanuts. I fail to see my life is two steps forward and one step backwards. I have little control of my life. There is bad luck. There is bad timing. A few little bad things are nothing. They're forgotten quickly. Many little things add up to frustrations: too many red signal lights, missed *insert anything* by one *insert any quantitative measurement*, cancellations, delays, unnecessary activities, and misinformation. In particular, I got sick two times from other people, a mouth sickness because I became allergic to my toothpaste, and family setbacks in 2018. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

Time is running out. I have experienced too many "are you kidding me" reactions. I have experienced being second. I have experienced too many runner-ups. I have experienced being the alternate. Money is secondary. I need chances. I need opportunities. I have been preparing for freedom. Life doesn't give me rewards.

Life is not fair. There are winners and losers. I rarely think my life I belong with the losers. I might as well stop living life if I'm 100% certain I'm a loser. Today's blog I'm one of the winners.

Finally, I'm not alone. There are people who live a similar situation like me. There are losers working hard to become winners. We are not alone. We hope for the best for each other.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Past Comic Strips Posted Aug 2018

I photocopied comic strips I read at work or read at home decades ago, or downloaded from the comic strip's website. Here are some of my favorite comic strips I took a picture on my camera. I post more later. Enjoy!

Credits: Dilbert by Scott Adams, Foxtrot by Bill Amend, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, Dennis The Menace by Hank Ketcham, and The Duplex by Glenn McCoy.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Piano

I remember my brother, cousin, and I played band when we were children. We pretended to sing Disney songs. I played the piano on a table. My cousin was lead singer. I forgot what instrument my brother played. My mom enrolled my brother and I to private piano lessons years later. My sister learned the piano years later.

I hated learning the piano. The easy answers were I didn't have patience, I lived a childhood life of too much fun, and I didn't have interest. The deeper reason why I hated learning the piano was frustration. Frustration? I realized frustration today as an adult. How was I frustrated? I experienced trouble with timing. I experienced difficultly counting the beats. I experienced problems hearing the rhythms. Maybe my partial tone deafness started when I was in middle school.

I experienced the same frustrations when I enrolled in a singing class at De Anza College Winter 2010. I remember the final exam the instructor asked two experienced students to stand on my left and on my right to sing my final song. I could hear myself sing. I could hear my tone clearer.

I wonder what if somebody called out my tone hearing problems when I was young. The two piano teachers knew their piano. They should be trained in observing hearing difficulties. Piano playing involves hearing. It seemed either they didn't care since I'm learning piano casually or they needed the money. Maybe I used the time instead of learning piano I learned something else. Maybe I experienced less childhood frustrations. Unfortunately, I can't change the past. Unfortunately, my tone hearing problems were self-discovered decades later.

I wonder how Beethoven mastered the piano. Beethoven was deaf.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Grading My Past Years

I wrote three blogs sharing my moments from my past years 1998-2015, 2016, and 2017. I assign a letter grade for each year. Some may say I have a good life because I have good moments. I correct everyone. I had good years. I had bad years. My life has been a roller coaster life highs and lows like most people. Nothing is perfect. There are bad years in sports, entertainment, and business. There are award winners in bad years.

1998 (Grade: B): I got my first full-time job after I graduated college. I self-taught Microsoft Access strengthened my resume. One of my two weekend vacations was my first time experiencing freedom.

1999 (A): Microsoft Access helped me get a better job. I attended the biggest anime convention Anime Expo for the first time. I experienced life going my way for the first time. The flow felt good.

2000 (D): The Y2K problem never happened. On the other hand, the stock market crashed. Innovate Infinitely was created. Life didn't go my way. There was no flow.

2001 (B-): A roller coaster good year with good moments and bad moments. Anime Expo was at Long Beach, CA. I watched a Golden State Warriors basketball game at courtside. 9/11 changed the world forever.

2002 (B-): A roller coaster bad year with good moments and bad moments. The months Sep-Dec were good including my boss fired, shopping on eBay for the first time, and a Thanksgiving SoCal trip.

2003 (B): Good anime conventions after bad anime conventions in 2002. Back-to-back wedding vacations in SoCal gave my family a road trip vacation which included Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I failed to meet new people and make new friends.

2004 (A): If the only bad moments were two anime conventions, then I had a good year. I wore a costume at an anime convention for the first time. I created my own webpage Innovate Infinitely. I visited Las Vegas. Curses are meant to be broken. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

2005 (A+): I visited Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada for the first time. I purchased my first laptop. The entire 2005 was like 1999. Life flowed my way from Jan 1 to Dec 31.

2006 (A): The 2005 flow continued in 2006. I learned meeting new people and making new friends are important in life. People come and go in our lives for which I learned the lesson the hard way. I had a fun two day local business trip in San Francisco.

2007 (F): I found a new job at Cisco. I had opportunities to make life changes which could have affected the rest of my life. I was given all the tools and all the opportunities on a silver platter. I messed up. I took life for granted saying anything bad is not going to affect me. I was naive. Most of the bad affected me later. I'm still paying for my mistakes today.

2008 (B): 2007 continued in 2008 ending on Fri Oct 3. My life changed forever on Sat Oct 4 when I realized I must grow up. The changes paid off immediately: new clothes, read fiction books, built a new desktop PC, new mattress, new gym workouts, and a soul-searching Washington Canada vacation in Nov. I was a beginner again.

2009 (A+): The growing up continued correcting my mistakes, catching up what I missed, and learning what I should have learned earlier in my life. I continued being a beginner again. Some of the events included taking ballroom dancing lessons, going back to school attending De Anza College, hiking, and playing Mahjong for the second time.

2010 (A): I experienced what's like being a full-time college student again: taking classes, meeting new people, making new friends, experiencing new experiences, and seeking new adventures. One mistake was I didn't job search. There was a chance I find a full-time job during the Great Recession. I knew people who found jobs. If I didn't find a job, then I find additional job skills I needed to learn outside the classroom.

2011 (A): I graduated De Anza College with a AA degree in Accounting; however, the job market continued to be tough from The Great Recession. I maximized my free time experiencing new experiences and seeking new adventures for the second year in a row.

2012 (B+): Lots of job interviews. No hires. Job market was tough. I had too much fun for which I should have spent time learning new job skills and reviewing existing job skills like I did in 1998 self-teaching Microsoft Access.

2013 (C): I learned new job skills and reviewed existing job skills incorrectly using Accountemps. Avoid Accountemps' online courses. I got a job at a retail start-up.

2014 (C): I retired being an anime fan. I learned new job skills and reviewed existing job skills correctly watching YouTube tutorial videos. I listened to Podcasts for the first time. I got sick for six weeks between May and Jun. I went back to a white-collar job.

2015 (A): I experienced new feelings being a professional mature adult. Also, I experienced new feelings sacrificing, nothing to lose, going out of my comfort zone, willpower, and not giving up. There were first time experiences including watching a live Major League Soccer game, visiting Zion National Park, and training for natural disasters. I lost ten pounds.

2016 (F): Life flowed against me. There was no control over my life. Bad luck. Bad timing. Misfortunes. Anything bad which could happen happened. Too much frustrations. I redesigned my own webpage Innovate Infinitely using JavaScript and CSS.

2017 (D): O'Connor Hospital prevented 2017 getting an F. I was an inpatient for the first time because I had Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy surgeries. I was diagnosed with Acute Gallstone Pancreatitis. I lost 18 pounds. Job searching continued. Job training continued.

Here are the links for my complete yearly moments 1998-2017: 1998-2015, 2016, and 2017.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Instant Bullets Blog Aug 11, 2018

*Curse Of Colonel Sanders. The Japanese baseball team Hanshin Tigers won the 1985 Japan Series equivalent to the North America World Series for the first time in franchise history. Tigers fans tossed a Colonel Sanders statue in the Dotonbori River. The Tigers posted one winning season from 1986-2004. The team returned to the Japan Series in 2005 losing to the Chiba Lotte Marines. The statue was recovered in 2009. The Tigers has been posting winning record seasons thereafter. Source: Have the NPB's Hanshin Tigers been cursed by the ghost of a fast food statue?

*A Life Wisdom. A rising tide raises all boats.

*Pet Overpopulation. Perhaps we are seeing a precursor in the human population. Earth is overcrowded. Anyone who denies overpopulation fails to see the big world. The future is too many humans. There are limited spaces in pet shelters; moreover, pets are euthanized when time is up. There is limited land for residences.

*Simple. Too Simple? Change yourself if you don't like yourself. I was quiet, worrying too much, shy, having too much fun, and taking life for granted when I was a child. I'm none of the above today. I have good communication skills. I meet new people. I learn new skills. I earn my freedom. In addition, I never thought I learn programming. I'm learning Python. I never thought I read fiction books. I learn more about life reading fiction books than non-fiction books. The choice to change is simple. How to change is hard.

Another thought. Maybe a person can't change because of his or her brain. Our brain controls who we are, what we do it, why we do it, and how we do it. There is brain damage prohibiting a person to change.

*The Gambler By Kenny Rogers. The poker lesson applies to some board games which scores using the point system. There are some life situations when you need to quit.

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away
And knowin' what to keep
'Cause every hand's a winner
And every hand's a loser

*Young At 30 And Stupid. I was young and stupid at 30 years old. I feel 30 year olds today are more stupid than I was. Maybe the 30 year olds today have weak motivation. They take more life for granted. The world is more complex today than compared to my 30s.

*A Life Lesson Following Sports. Matchups is the lesson. Coaches match up their players against their opponents to maximize their chances to win. The matchups include plays, schemes, and in-game adjustments. Likewise best matchups apply to life. For example, the best hire for a new job, the best spouse in a marriage, the best city to live, the best meal for an occasion, the best marketing materials for a presentation, and the best clothing for an event.

*Overprotective. Is it me or are we overprotective? There is too much fear. There is too much worrying. Too politically correct. We have the mindset everything we say is subject to misinterpretation. We fail to think the true context in our communication. We interpret bad communication politically incorrect.

*I understand when a person says his or her lover keeps the bed warm. The meaning is the couple gets along. The two people are a match. The relationship is strong. In contrast, a couple with a weak relationship sleeps together in a cold bed. It's difficult to sleep with a person who can't get along with the other person.

*Murphy's Laws. If anything can go wrong, it will. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. Enough research will tend to support whatever theory. There are more laws such as love, tech, cop, and nurses. Direct link to Murphy's Laws.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Throwback Blog: Yes Slow Down

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled Yes Slow Down in Oct 2015. The timing is good to remind humanity to slow down. Take a breath. The world is complex. We're human. We mustn't expect to complete everything satisfactory. There are going to be misses. There are times we must say "no." Get extra sleep. It's summer time. Take a break. It's time to take a vacation. I can't say it any more clearer. Slow down.

The world is tired. Exhausted. Fatigued. The information age is making us live too fast in today's history. Nobody needs to be a sleeping expert to know lack of sleep lowers productivity physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Nobody needs to be a medical doctor to know too much caffeine can cause future medical problems. Why do many of us choose to live a fast pace life? Money? Success? Just because many people are living a fast pace life doesn't mean you must join them.

Slow down. We get more done slowing down. Fewer errors. More relaxed. We help other people slowing down; in contrast, we help fewer people speeding up. Let's complete our responsibilities one at a time. The person who invented multi-tasking is an idiot. The reality is nobody multi-tasks. The best workers complete their assignments one at a time. Work more intelligently.

Obey your body when it tells you to sleep. Everyone should sleep healthy from head to toe. Avoid long-term medical problems sleeping more hours. The information age can help us fall asleep; for instance, I use the Calm Radio app's Sleep Channel to listen to music or the Relax Melodies app to listen to sounds. If the task at hand can wait, then complete the task tomorrow. The world isn't ending tomorrow.

Is the stress worth it? I see people when I leave the house making unnecessary mistakes. I see people stressing out the smallest problems. I see people losing focus. I see people driving recklessly. I see people overreacting. I see people's body language saying I want out or I don't want to do this. I see people losing their professional attitude. I see people desperate for sleep, and most of them sleep for a little bit.

The world wants everyone to slow down. Take a breath. There's a chain effect. The more people who relax, the more people experience less stress, the world is more at peace. Think intelligently to live a life with less stress. Live intelligently to live a life with more sleep.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Computer Programmers Numbers Lists In Text Files

I'm learning Python. I share text files of numbers. The file name denotes how the numbers are delimited or separated. Rename the text file deleting the COMMA, TAB, or SPACE. There are prime numbers, pentagonal numbers, and odd composite numbers as of today's blog post. Direct link to download https://github.com/raymondmar61/numbers.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Life Is Xs and Os

Life is Xs and Os or the letter Xs and circles. Life connects people with others with many Xs. Life comes full circle. Anything people do today affects other people. Anything people do today affects the future one minute later, 12 hours later, one day later, one year later, decades later, etc. We rarely think about our actions at the moment. All little actions affect the future. All big actions affect the future.

For instance, I'm writing today's blog at home. I can be driving running errands. I can be in an accident. I can find an unadvertised sale in a grocery store. I can meet a new friend at the gas station. I can meet an old friend from college. I can watch a baseball game in a ball park. Another person can be in an accident since I'm home. Someone else buys the entire stock of an item on an unadvertised sale in a grocery store. I never meet a new friend at the gas station. I missed a chance to meet an old friend from college. Somebody else purchased my ticket at the ball park. There are moments every second. There are instances every second.

Every breath we take something happens good and bad. We hope favorable timing and good luck brings good fortune. On the other hand, we hope favorable timing and good luck minimizes bad fortune. Everyone has bad days. We hope we live more good days than bad days. Unfortunately, there are people living more bad days than good days. People affects other people's good days. People affects other people's bad days.

Everything we do today life finds a way to come back to us. The answers we find come back to us. Life coming back to us in a circle may seem too simple. The late Steve Jobs said it best, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards." Connecting the dots backwards is completing life full circle. Reading books, learning new job skills, exercising four days a week, minimize eating processed foods, avoiding people wasting my time, and sleeping eight hours a night are actions I hope come full circle. When is the full circle complete? I don't know. What are the outcomes? I don't know. Who are the new friends I meet? I don't know. How do I know what I'm doing today makes a difference for me and for other people tomorrow? I don't know. Why am I living my life this way? I don't know.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Some Men Who Are Losers Makes All Men Losers

There is a common knowledge two people in a serious relationship both people should be winners. In particular, a woman should date a good man. The definition of a good man is subjective. Every woman has a different definition who they want to date. Intuitively, a good man is smart, kind, strong, courageous, open, and practices good social skills. Women must avoid loser men. Women must avoid dating a loser hoping he becomes a winner. If the woman is dating a potential winner, then the wait time for a loser to become a winner is subjective. Almost all losers continue to be losers. It's sad. Read my Top Ten Men Truths men I wrote on Jan 2017 to acquire knowledge how to be a winner. A winner attracts people.

Moreover, the attitudes dating men are changing. A kind, polite, and nice man were the top qualities to date. A man with a job, drives his own car, and lives with freedom are added to the top qualities.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trust Time And Trust Life

Today's blog is a simple philosophy on time and on life. Maybe everything happens for a reason. Maybe every event happens for a reason. Maybe every moment happens for a reason. Everyone in the world and everything in the world interacts. There are connections. What one person does make a difference. What one person does affect another person. What one person does may be insignificant one day. Tomorrow may be the day what one person does affect someone or something else significantly. The reason is found in time. The answer comes soon.

The world has been complicated. More time is required to make the complicated easier. Ironic. Take life one day at a time. Increment. Patience is a virtue.

Some people have good moments. Some people have bad moments. We hope for the best. The two things every living being must trust are life and time. Nobody wins 100% of the time. There are winners. There must be losers for winners. It's life. We hope none of us are the losers. Trust life and trust time we become winners. Never give up. Give hard work time. Stay strong. Stay courageous. Accept life is unfair. We hope at the minimum we're winners at least 51% of the time. Some people are losers at least 51% of the time.

In addition, every living being must trust timing. A person met his or her future spouse at the right place at the right time. A car is hit at the wrong place at the wrong time by another car failing to stop at a red signal light. Every living being must trust luck. People who play board games understand luck is a factor. People who follow sports understand luck is a factor.

There are four things every living being must trust: life, time, timing, and luck. The definitions of winners and losers are subjective of course. In conclusion, life is not perfect. We hope tomorrow brings a perfect moment. We hope life brings a big break to change our lives.

Side note: It's okay to eat a chocolate on occasion.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Eat Your Apples

A random thought appeared in my head. I remember my freshmen year in high school during the lunch hour a few of my friends purchased school lunches. The lunches included a fruit. My friends threw away the fruit in the basketball courts. It was wrong my friends wasted fruit. It was wrong my friends littered the high school campus. There have been people struggling financially to provide food for themselves and/or their families. The problem existed decades ago when I was a teenager. The problem exists today. I feel sad and I feel angry thinking about the high school moment. Wasting food is a pet peeve. Don't waste food.

Update On A Past Blog

One negative going back to school attending De Anza College in 2009-2011 was missing business intelligence or BI. I recently learned BI started in 2010. I wonder if I didn't attend De Anza College, then I introduced myself to BI. I'm catching up what I missed job skill wise learning BI. De Anza College was my 2010 moment of the year from my blog Moment Of The Years on Jan 2016. Here's a link to my De Anza College review: My All De Anza Review Blog on Dec 2012.

Also, I shared a story finding my wife from my blog I Need More Stories on Apr 2018. I'm behind in life. I add learning job skills to catch up what I missed.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

My Two Grandfathers

I washed pots and pans one day inspired me to blog my grandfather on my mom's side. My family visited my grandfather's house when I was a child. He consistently kept his house clean and organized. He cleaned all messes. He washed all dishes. He set up the dining room table before the meals. He cooked all the meals. Anything disorganized was reorganized by him. He had all the free time in the world for which he could behave lazy. He made a choice to think of his guests. He committed his home was comfortable for all of his family members. I look forward to maintain my residence like my grandfather which is clean and organized. I look forward to welcome all guests to my residence feeling comfortable.

Everyone visited the cemetery when one of my uncle's family visited for the 2017 Christmas holiday inspired me to blog my grandfather on my dad's side. My grandfather was average intelligent. On the other hand, his financial knowledge was above average. He set up my father and my two uncles never worry about money problems. He taught his three sons financial education which includes investments, savings, and discretion spending. I repeat. He taught his three sons financial education. His family was financially stable. His future family is financially stable. I promise my grandfather I invest wisely, save intelligently, and spend discretionally. I promise my grandfather I continue my financial education to live financially stable. I take none of my grandfather's financial stability for granted.

My two grandfathers worked hard to take care of their families. Much respect. Much recognition. Much appreciation.

Update On A Past Blog

I was sick with allergies and coughs on Jan 2018 and Apr 2018. My mouth infection was Angular Cheilitis on Apr-May 2018. I wrote a blog The Best Life [Timeout] Or Distraction Is Being Sick on Nov 2012. My Jan 2018 sickness I took a short timeout. On the other hand, my Apr 2018 sickness I took a full distraction. The recovery for Jan 2018 was longer than Apr 2018. I should have taken a full timeout in Jan 2018. No timeout or distraction was needed for my Angular Cheilitis. I took a full timeout when I was an impatient at O'Connor Hospital needing two surgeries on Apr 2017. The first surgery removed gallstones or Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP). The second surgery removed my gallbladder or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Throwback Blog: FYI, Parents You Are Teachers, Too

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled FYI, Parents You Are Teachers, Too in Jul 2009. Good timing for parents raising children. Summer vacation began weeks ago. It's a good time for parents to teach their children which includes keeping their brains active for the next school year. Use it or lose it. Also, the blog is a reminder parents must find time to teach their children despite long working hours. We live in the information age. More jobs require more than 40 hours during a work week. There is no excuse parents not teaching their children.

Parents, it's tough to raise children in the fast pace way of living. In middle June, two twin sisters fought in front of my house. One of the sisters alleged their father was abusive. I don't know who's telling the truth. But, wow!!! In addition, the recession is making financial decisions tough for struggling families.

Parents, find time to teach the soft skills schools don't teach. Schools teach the reading, writing, and math academic education. Schools don't teach manners, computers, communication skills, ability to deal with others, and physical fitness. Also, schools don't teach dancing, sewing, cooking, singing, fixing cars, yoga, and basket weaving. Furthermore, schools don't teach positive attitudes, responsibility, earning, innovating infinitely ^__^, trying new restaurants, visiting new places, welcoming failures and mistakes, and finding who your kids are. Avoiding teaching the soft skills because of long work hours is inexcusable. You're the parents, you signed the contract to raise and teach the children the moment they're born.

My parents failed to teach me the soft skills and the life skills. I forgive them! I'm taking responsibility and taking action to correct their mistakes and catch up. I have a long way to go. I'm late learning what I should have I have learned a long time ago. I'm growing up, and that's good to realize now instead of later.

All of my friends and classmates in college agreed general education classes are a waste of time and waste of money. I believe college students need to take classes in soft skills—skills useful when they live their lives in the real world. Students pick the skills. The skills include first aid, cooking, car maintenance, basic PC computer skills, sewing, palates, and telling jokes. Science, humanities, liberal arts are good to learn. In today's world, who cares if someone knows the periodic table. I rather know ballroom dancing and cooking scrambled eggs =)

Side Note: Another sign of the recession when retail stores sells back to school supplies a week after 4th of July.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Reached The Top Innovating Infinitely

I ask myself the following question, "Did I reach my peak innovating my life?" My quick answer is no. My long answer is almost yes. I never stop innovating my life. There is more to learn. I must learn more to live a good life. I must learn more to earn freedom. More work is required to innovate more. More work is required to receive the returns. More time is required to continue getting better. Further, I must find something new. I must think deeper. I must work harder intelligently. Innovating infinitely was easy the first times around. The returns were immediate. The effort was easier. Innovating infinitely is hard today. The returns are later. The effort is harder.

Similarly, I realized I must grow up on Sat Oct 4, 2008. I changed my life to be a true adult. The costs were cheap. The returns were immediate. The changes were easy. I increase the number of friends. I found new hobbies such as hiking, reading fiction books, and ballroom dancing. I created a new gaming PC. I purchased new clothes. I have been catching up what I missed in my youth.

The growing up continues today. The innovate infinitely continues today. The costs are expensive; e.g., I upgraded my gaming PC to a desktop PC for which the upgrade costs is more expensive than a new built PC at a computer store. Another example is seeing new places outside my home. I'm learning new job skills such as Python which is both harder to learn and require more time than reviewing Excel and SQL.

It's easy when a person starts a new job, a person learns new skills, or a person meets new people. The returns are immediate. The costs are cheap. The efforts are easy. Time passes. There are more responsibilities in the job. Skills are advancing to a difficult tier. More time is required to maintain existing relationships and continue meeting new people. The returns are delayed. The costs are expensive. The efforts are hard.

It's ironic some tasks get easier the more involved with quicker returns and some tasks get harder the more involved with delayed returns. Examples of tasks getting easier are playing football, playing games, cooking, driving a car, and reading. Examples of tasks getting harder are programming, relationships, medical care, automotive technology, and television shows. The following is based on my intuition: anything technology or a business gets harder as each gets complex or grows.

In short and in many instances, the closer we reach the peak, more time, more costs, more effort, more research, more practice, more mistakes, and more frustrations are inevitable to achieve another goal.

Update On A Past Blog

Sir Paul McCartney appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden's Carpool Karaoke Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke. McCartney shared past history and his band sang at one pub The Beatles used to play. The Beatles song "Let It Be" appeared number one in my Top Ten Favorite Beatles Songs, Top Ten Life Lessons From The Beatles, Top Ten Songs That Cheers Me Up Updated, and Top Ten Songs That Cheers Me Up lists.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Raymond Mar One Liners

Muscle & Fitness July/August 2017 issue interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger titled "Arnold" by Peter McGough. The interview inspired me to write one liners reflecting me. There is no particular chronological order. I write anything I thought my mind.

The first time I realized the importance of physical fitness is watching Sesame Street. There were skits promoting exercise. I become consistent working out at the gym decades later.

My first laptop was a Dell Inspirion 8600 in 2005. I saved $800 because the model became a closeout sale. My second laptop was a HP Compaq 8510p in 2007 for which I use today. I upgraded the RAM and installed a SSD. I don't play video games anymore. The 8510p is perfect for Office, browsing the web, and watching DVDs.

I was lonely in my childhood. I failed to take advantage of being lonely. I goofed off. I was weird. I'm lonely today. I'm taking advantage because I'm working hard to catch up what I missed before I realized I must grow up. For example, I'm learning new skills, working out at the gym four days a week, and visiting places I never visited before. I'm preparing myself for freedom.

I realized I must grow up on Saturday October 4, 2008. My life changed since the day. I'm an adult. I'm catching up what I missed in my 20s which should have made me stronger, smarter, kinder, and wiser, and make mistakes, and learning from my mistakes.

My first career goal was a high school math teacher. I'm happy I'm not a teacher today. There are too much politics. Gone are the old school teaching of drills, repetition, and self-discovery.

Steve Jobs is my most respected person. I read his biography by Walter Isaacson twice. Jobs knew what the f**k he was doing. I can't think of anyone today matching Jobs' genius.

Goodbye to anime, video games, baseball cards, and past friends. Thank you all for the memories! Never say never. In particular, an event can lead me back to my past friends.

I never say goodbye to books, board games, cooking, hiking, and working out at the gym. I miss ballroom dancing, daily commutes, meeting new people, and creating new circle of friends. Never say never. Anything can happen which changes my life.

My daily rules of living: 1) Don't criticize, condemn, and complain. 2) Don't act like a jerk or bitch. 3) Always speak calmly and be calm. 4) Don't daydream when driving. 5) Keep your head up high . . . look at their cute face when talking. 6) Breath with your nose and stand up straight. 7) *removed 06/17/17* 8) Let me think. Be discrete. 9) Welcome the roller coaster life. 10) Back in time and front and present. Number 7 was "Have faith. Believe in yourself" for those curious.

If you discover something new every day, then you're living life. Big or small any discovery is a discovery. Hope one discovery leads to a big life change. Realizing discoveries is a sign of self-awareness. Self-awareness helps you meet new people. Self-awareness helps you answer a common interview question, "Tell me something you discovered recently."

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Who Cares Senior Year In High School

My senior year in high school was my worst high school year. District budget cuts closed my previous high school I attended in my freshmen, sophomore, and junior years. Some might say I deserved my senior year to be the worst. I was an idiot. I was naive. I took my senior year for granted. I was depressed. I'm lucky I learned these bad moment lessons in adulthood.

I dreamed last night one true event. I was Cadet Of The Month in the Junior R.O.T.C. program. Only three people cared about my award. They were a classmate in my pre-calculus class, the dean of students, and the principal. The lack of caring wasn't a concern. Student body morale was low because two high schools merged. All of the cadets didn't care who earned Cadet Of The Month.

I think back to the event from an adult perspective. I didn't earn the award. Most cadet officers were awarded Cadet Of The Month. The minimums cadet officers qualify for the award were show up for class, pass physical fitness tests, pass written exams, behave well, and wear the uniform passing inspection on Fridays. In addition, perform better than the other cadet officers when the Marine instructors compare the candidates. I'm sad some people earn their successes doing the minimums and some people doing above and beyond the minimums are struggling today.

Overall, I didn't earn most of my high school achievements sincerely. Most of my successes were handed to me on a silver platter. Some examples include too easy tests, low expectations, and dumb luck. Most teachers didn't care. I wonder how today's high schools are teaching their students for today's more complex world?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Allergies And Coughs April 2018

I got sick a second time in 2018. Frustrating. The first time I got sick was Jan 2018 Allergies And Coughs January 2018. I blog how I treated myself and the likely causes because I want to reference my treatment the next time I get sick. I didn't panic. There was trial and error. I took Mucinex DM and Zyrtec. Coke, chocolate, and naps were important. Today's blog is minimally edited.

Fri Apr 27, 2018. Sore throat in the middle of the morning. Cooler morning. I dressed up wearing long pants pajamas and a sweat shirt. Weather in the 80s earlier in the week. Mental fatigue began on Wed Apr 25. My sister suggested NyQuil for sore throats because allergies can cause sore throats. I drank Coke lunch and dinner. I took a nap 5:30pm-8:30pm. No gym.

Sat Apr 28. Back to cooler below normal spring weather. I needed two blankets when I sleep. I wore a sweatshirt and long pajamas pants the entire day. Temperatures in the 60s daytime and 50s nighttime which was fortunate because my body is weak adjusting to big temperature range between daytime and nighttime such as 80s daytime and 50s nighttime. My throat felt worse falling asleep. I ate two bread and cashews. I fell asleep in approximately 15 minutes.

Sun Apr 29. I felt phlegm down my throat. It meant less sore throat pain. On the other hand, my past sicknesses a sore throat and phlegm down my throat were precursors to getting full sickness. I took a nap 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Mon Apr 30. I woke up with a stuffy nose. Phlegm down my throat intensified. I stayed warm wearing my indoor jacket. My room was stuffy. I opened the window. The cool breeze caused runny nose. I felt cold. I closed the windows leaving a small opening. I took a nap 5:00pm-8:00pm.

I desired to workout at the gym. My target date was Wed May 2. I feared coughing begins on Fri May 4. If true, then I experienced two sicknesses and Angular Cheilitis which started on Sun Apr 22 in four months. Bad health year-to-date. I couldn't sleep because my nose was stuffy. I placed a Breathe Right strip on top of my nose. I took a Zyrtec at 2am. I sat on my desk for 45 minutes for the Zyrtec to take effect. Zyrtec worked.

Tue May 1. High temperature 72. Low temperature 50. I drank more water because my nose felt dry. I adjusted my clothes depending how hot and cold I felt. I craved salty foods before lunch. I took a nap 4:30pm-7:45pm. I was sensitive to cool breezes. Few phlegm down my throat; however, phlegm intensified at night. Ears plugged up. I wore shorts instead of long pajamas pants after I showered. I breathe better when I went to sleep at 2am. No Breathe Right strip. No Zyrtec.

Wed May 2. Phlegm down my throat intensified. Ears plugged up. I fear coughing coming soon again. The first major cough happened after breakfast. I took a nap 3:45pm-6:30pm. White color phlegm removed after I adjusted my throat. It was not a cough. My right ear popped out in the early evening. I biked for 20 minutes and I ran for 20 minutes on the treadmill at the gym.

My fear was realized. I started coughing. I took a Mucinex DM at 4am. My past sicknesses coughing was the last part. I sat on my desk waiting for Mucinex to take effect. It worked. I wore long sleeve pajamas shirt and long pajamas pants in bed. Stuffy nose better compared to Mon Apr 30. I ate chocolate, cashews, and bread.

I should have taken Mucinex DM when I coughed during my Jan 2018 sicknesses instead of Zyrtec. Zyrtec didn't work. One clue was chocolate calmed my coughs.

Thur May 3. I slept 5:00am-8:00am and 8:30am-10:00am. Random cough here and there. Body continued to struggle adjusting to the warm days and cold nights. I felt cold one minute. I felt hot the next minute. No gym today. I took a Mucinex DM at 4:00pm. Today's lunch was the last time I drank Coke.

I arrived home after running errands. I fully opened the windows in my room. I wore a black colored t-shirt and shorts. Cool breeze. Coughing was light. I felt phlegm down my throat. I coughed out white color phlegm. I switched to a long sleeve pajamas shirt. I felt hot. Coughing stopped.

I read my past sickness blogs. The commonality was sore throat, runny nose and/or stuffy nose, phlegm down my throat, and ending with coughing. My causes were inconsistent: sinus infection, throat infection, allergies, and a respiratory virus. My treatments were inconsistent: Zyrtec, Mucinex DM, antibiotics, or nothing. My home remedies included Coke, chocolate, salty foods, and chocolate milk.

Fri May 4. High temperature 78. Low temperature 52. I slept from 2:00am-8:00am last night. I felt too hot last night. I wore a t-shirt. I took Mucinex DM at 8am. I ate chocolate. I wanted two more hours of sleep. I slept 8:45am-10:00am wearing a sweatshirt and long pajamas pants. Phlegm color white. I wore my indoor black jacket in the morning. I had diarrhea after breakfast. I took a Mucinex DM at 8:45pm.

How Did I Get Sick

Parents Were Sick. Mom had a sore throat and dad had coughing earlier in the week. My luck ran out they passed their sicknesses to me. Probability: 75%.

Thur Apr 26 Nighttime. Night time weather became cooler quickly. I wore a t-shirt and shorts. I noticed the cooler temperatures hours later. I changed to a long sleeve pajamas shirt and a long pajamas pants. Probability: 50%.

Hairdresser Sick Thur Apr 26. Was my hairdresser who gave me my haircut sick? Probability: 30%.

Angular Cheilitis. I went to an Urgent Care to get an antibacterial cream prescription. Nobody was coughing at the Urgent Care center. I don't believe a person can get sick from Angular Cheilitis. I'm not a doctor. Probability: 15%.

Workout On Treadmill Next To Open Door Outside Breeze Tue Apr 24 and Wed Apr 25. I have no problems outdoor breezes and outdoor air drafts. I have problems with indoor air drafts from air conditioning units. Probability: 10%.

Update On A Past Blog

Congratulations on the Golden State Warriors winning the 2018 NBA Finals defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James is still the best basketball player on the planet. However, James can't win a championship alone. He must have at least one strong all-star. He must have support. He must have a strong bench. James didn't have all three. I wrote a blog Top Ten Life Lessons I Learned Watching Sports on Nov 2016. The number one lesson is support. Nobody succeeds alone. James can't succeed alone. James doesn't succeed alone.

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