Archive for June, 2016

Burger Direction

My kids were remarking that my wife had her burger upside down. I was doing the same thing (assembling my burger opposite of what the restaurants do), so I asked the kids what made more sense. Now I will do the same to the internet.

Say you need to carry something of not insignificant weight. Could be a book, or a cat, or whatever. And you have a sheet of paper and a sheet of corrugated cardboard. Which will do the job better? What about with more weight?

It never made sense to me why the half of the bun that is least suited for bearing weight is the one that people assign that task.

image of a hamburger with the bun the normal way

image of a hamburger with the bun upside down

And if I get a restaurant burger, I don’t rearrange it. I just flip the whole thing over and eat it that way.

When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.”

Judges 7:13

New Shirt

My wife got me a shirt:

image of a T shirt with a floppy disk, video tape, and cassette tape

My kids were familiar with two of the three items. I need to introduce them to the 5.25″ floppy disk. I do have a bunch of them – they go with the Commodore 64. I’ll have to pull all that stuff out of storage.

We still use the VCR – there’s no way to watch Space Ghost Cartoon Planet other than the shows I recorded back in college. And most of our vehicles have cassette decks – the kids have listened to Evie and Keith Green albums in their original formats.

There is no remembrance of earlier things; And also of the later things which will occur, There will be for them no remembrance Among those who will come later still.

Ecclesiastes 1:11

Vacation Tomorrow

At work, everyone has small whiteboards that they put at their desk or office wall. The most common usage is to write a note for visitors to see if you’re not at your desk, mainly vacation days and such.

I like to put “On vacation – back tomorrow” if I’m gone for one day or “On vacation – back next week” if I’m taking a week off.

The beauty of that is if I decide to take another day off, I don’t need to do anything – the sign is still correct.

But someone at work thinks that’s not a good idea. Every time I come back from vacation, the actual date of my anticipated return is written on my whiteboard.

Next time, I’m writing “Back later”.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Dad Titles

In recognition of Father’s Day, I put together a list of titles for the roles that dads have.

  • CTO – Chief Turner Offer (of the light switches)
  • CQC – Cookie Quality Checker (need to make sure they’re safe for everybody)
  • GTO – Garbage Taker Outer (no one else has accepted this promotion yet)
  • CFF – Chief Food Finisher (do not let a perfectly good half a steak go to waste)
  • CDC – Chief Door Closer (working closely with the CTO)

I’d like to add the title CEO after my name, but I haven’t found a good acronym for it yet. Any suggestions?

The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done.

Genesis 24:66

Last Day of School

No, not for me. For the kids. Today is the end of school and therefore the start of summer. So I am celebrating by taking tomorrow off work.

We can all sleep in, be lazy all morning, play in the sprinkler in the afternoon, eat popsicles outside, then stay up late and catch fireflies.

Then they get to repeat that as often as they like during the summer. Or something like that.

I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?

Ecclesiastes 3:22

Genius and Edison

I was reading a Frazz collection and one of the story lines had to do with the famous quote from Thomas Alva Edison :

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

The more I thought about it, the more it bothered me. It bothered me because it is wrong.

By wrong I don’t mean misquoted. By wrong I mean Edison was mistaken when he said it.

Here is my recommendation for improving the quote :

Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.

Really, think about it – genius can be apparent without effort. And I think Edison was thinking about success when he said it. He probably saw success and genius as one and the same, because he was successful.

I’m not convinced he was a genius though. I’d apply that label to Nikola Tesla. He was a genius, but he was not successful. At least not as successful in the business world as Edison was.

Another vote against Edison’s being a genius is that he spoke about genius-ness. To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, if you have to tell people you’re a genius, then you’re not.

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:19

My Buick

I bought a car.

First, a description of the old car, a 2002 beige Buick Regal with 164,000 miles.

image of the front of a 2002 Buick Regal beige

I wanted to keep driving it, but the transmission does not cooperate with me anymore. It will let me drive for about 30 seconds at a time. And then it waits until the car is shut off and restarted before it will work again. Since it would lengthen my commute time considerably to drive in that manner, I bought a replacement car while I decided whether to put more money into the Regal.