Tactical Weapons Training and Sandy Hill

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Interesting day today. I went to a tactical weapons training class in Azusa. Learned rapid reload, emergency reload, room clearing, quick draw, multiple assailants, and more. Spent from 930 am to 3pm shooting live 9mm ammo and going through different setups. Quite fun.

My driver an hour out there and back was Sandy Hill, a well-known mountaineer who has famously summitted the tallest peaks on all 7 continents… and infamously brought a french press on the 1996 everest climb where there were multiple fatalities (though none in her expedition). Talking to her about her perspectiveas on the situation was fascinating. Sandy is also known as an NYC socialite, female mountaineer, author and the ex-wife of the founder of MTV. Read more on her wikipedia page- http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hill_(mountaineer)

Bonehead Crashed His BMW 535i into a pole in my parking spot and left his car there.

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Must be wasted.

Watch “The Grey”

I highly recommend this excellent film. See it in the theater and go alone. Trust me.

Lakers vs Clippers

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Took my employees to the Lakers vs Clippers game on Wednesday for their Christmas present. Hiren was very happy the Lakers won. Blake Griffin threw down some monster dunks.

All Texas’d Out

Austin is nice.  Good Barbecue and nice people. Home to University of Texas, a great school with cutting edge buildings.

I just don’t really get the whole Texas pride thing yet. Everywhere I go I see Texas this and Texas that. Even the cars license plates have Texas written on them in a font almost larger than the number itself. Don’t ask me how the cops catch anyone; they probably just figure if you’re from Texas then you are A-okay. As if the license plates weren’t declaration enough, 10% of the cars have some big decal with a braggadaccio sticker about why Texas rules on their rear window.

Every country song I’ve listened to has gone on and on about Texas and what a wonderful place it is.

I even went to the Texas History Museum, which was bigger than any state museum I’ve ever seen even though it only houses 150 years of history. I paid $10 to watch their imax movie that was only 45 minutes long and mostly consisted of weak videos of people riding horses in the country.

The state capitol is taller than the national capitol, the monument to Texas war dead is taller than the Washington monument, and everything is Texas Sized.

I just don’t get it. Does the whole state have small penis syndrome?

I didn’t see that much to be super excited about. The museum said that Mexico didn’t want Texans moving in (actually set up a border patrol to keep them out initially). The Americans didn’t want Texas either until they got scared Texas was going to make a pact with Great Britain.

As I said, the BBQ is good and people are nice. Maybe I need to spend more time here and let the constant “Texas Rules!” propaganda change my mind.

Each photo below will have my caption underneath it.

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Best rated BBQ place in Austin: JMueller’s BBQ.  I had the good fortune of listening to a talented folk music band while there.

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More from JMueller’s.

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Prime rib & pork sausage & beef sausage.

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My tiny rental car, a Chevy Aveo.  I probably should spend a few bucks more next time and get something less rattley to drive.

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View of downtown Austin from the park on the river just south of it.

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The river running to the south of Austin.

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Walking trail was pretty full of people.

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Occupy Austin hard at work.  I thought all the Occupy encampments shut down? Someone should let these guys know.

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Statue to the confederate war dead from the Civil War.  Note proclaims that the North broke the Constitutions rules by not letting them secede.

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Statue to confederate war dead.

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People protesting in front of the capitol building.

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Weirdo dressed like the statue of liberty.

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Inside Texas state capitol building.

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Pictures of Texas’s governors.

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The legendary Texan himself.

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Roof of the capitol building featuring the Lone Star.

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The thing in the back of your throat, memorialized in granite.

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The true Texas capitol: Longhorn stadium.

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I should move here: People playing pickup flag football at UT.

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The clock tower a sniper killed people from a few years back on the UT campus.

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Special exhibit on football at the Bob Lubbock Texas Museum of History.

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Exhibit on restaurants where locals discuss high school football.

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Texas football classifications.

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Books on Texas football.

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Exhibit on native american settlements.

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Religion is shamelessly tied into all of the exhibits in strange ways.

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Exhibit discussing how Mexico wanted to keep Texans out 150 years ago.

Public Officials Restrictions

Public officials should not be allowed to campaign for a new job while still holding their current job, especially since they do so while still being paid by us.

Public officials should also not be allowed to set their own salaries, retirement pensions or benefit packages. As a matter of fact, they should receive no benefits other than a salary pegged at the median Americans salary.

Quit letting these vampires feed on us.

Filthy 50 Crossfit workout

Workout of the Day:
“Filthy 50s”
For time:
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

Took me 36 minutes to do.

I love Google! Stop SOPA!!!

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Repost from Jeremy: AI to Structured Play

Repost from Jeremy’s new Tumblr.

Artificial Intelligence

Growing industry and something that you would want to specialize and find a way to grow a company in

Sales Reports using Google spreadsheets and javascript

Joel taught himself Google’s api script, which uses javascript

On Sales Reports – Joel was confident that the increased transparency would add to his bottom line

Jeremy was skeptical of this – not all good ideas work as expected

Good to be crazy and iterate – Newton had crazy ideas some good some bad – Newton believed in gravity and ghosts

He was only right about one

Took 2 days to build a program that pulls information from your sales people’s spreadsheets into one main spreadsheet

More flexible than Salesforce

Joel thinks that this is superior to Salesforce or any off the shelf product, because you basically expand it as needed and there are no limitations

To do lists – Joel’ s list is 100 to-dos, start with ideas break them into tasks

Jeremy’s list is 5 -10 to dos per day of small, small tasks – research shows such as write thank you notes should be broken down into smaller tasks such as, look on Amazon.com for thank you notes, narrow them down and purchase, create list of people to send them to, personalize the cards, buy stamps, send the cards

We talked about structured free time

Hang out build a sandcastle instead of going for walk on the beach

With structure comes greater utility

When you accomplish something, you get better at working with people/ you create something, you have a fun way to improve yourself and build a stronger bond

Your thought is lost in the air, but written down it is concrete and captured

Yours to keep, instead of lost by the odds

Italian Employment Law Caused Carnival Cruise Ship Debacle

Almost everyone agrees that the Italian captain of the Carnival cruise ship was utterly incompetent and caused the deaths of several people when he ran his ship aground.  He is now being charged with manslaughter, abandoning ship and other crimes.  Read more about him abandoning ship here.

The question is: Why was this idiot the captain of a major ship in the first place?

I don’t know the captain’s personal details, but I do know that Italian  law makes it nearly impossible to fire any employee, regardless of how incompetent they are.  Such a legal structure not only causes obvious disaster such as the cruise ship, but it causes hidden economic disaster since you can’t fire someone when they are underperforming.