Factoria WA Structural Fire

Right now there is a big structural fire about a block from my building in Factoria, WA. All of the office peons are watching it out of our 4th floor window

Factoria, WA Structural Fire Today
Factoria, WA Structural Fire Today

Watching how quickly that fire spread shocked me. I saw it when it was first starting and there was just a little cloud of white smoke. Less than five or ten minutes later the entire building was a giant inferno. Makes me much more respectful of fire alarms: get the hell out while you still can!

Mark Cuban: Pure Genius

I finally got around to reading Mark Cuban’s blog today at the behest of Trent. ‚ Cuban has recently reposted his advice on Success & Motivation (great reads). ‚ I strongly suggest you go check them out. ‚ Here are some of my favorite excerpts:

-Win the battles you are in before taking on new battles

-know what the core competencies of your business are and don’t necessarily change your business without thought.

-the best equity is sweat equity

-you dont need venture capital or any capital beyond your own or your customers

-The edge is knowing is knowing that when the 4 girlfriends you have had in the last couple years asked you which was more important, them or your business, you gave the right answer.

Mark cuban on the edge:

That¢â‚¬â„¢s what success is all about. I¢â‚¬â„¢ts about the edge.

It¢â‚¬â„¢s not who you know. It¢â‚¬â„¢s not how much money you have. It¢â‚¬â„¢s very simple. It¢â‚¬â„¢s whether or not you have the edge and have the guts to use it.

The edge is getting so jazzed about what you do, you just spent 24 hours straight working on a project and you thought it was a couple hours.

The edge is knowing that you have to be the smartest guy in the room when you have your meeting and you are going to put in the effort to learn whatever you need to learn to get there.

The edge is knowing is knowing that when the 4 girlfriends you have had in the last couple years asked you which was more important, them or your business, you gave the right answer.

The edge is knowing that you can fail and learn from it, and just get back up and in the game.

The edge is knowing that people think your crazy, and they are right, but you don¢â‚¬â„¢t care what they think.

The edge is knowing how to blow off steam a couple times a week, just so you can refocus on business

The edge is knowing that you are getting to your goals and treating people right along the way because as good as you can be, you are so focused that you need regular people around you to balance you and help you.

The edge is being able to call out someone on a business issue because you know you have done your homework.

The edge is recognizing when you are wrong, and working harder to make sure it doesn¢â‚¬â„¢t happen again.

The edge is being able to drill down and identify issues and problems and solve them before anyone knows they are there.

The edge is knowing that while everyone else is talking about nonsense like the will to win, and how they know they can be successful, you are preparing yourself to compete so that you will be successful.

That¢â‚¬â„¢s what makes business such an amazing sport. Everyone plays it. Everyone talks about how good they are or will be at it. Just a small percentage are.

Every single day someone has an idea. Every day someone talks about some business they want to start. Every day someone is out there starting a business whose entire goal is to beat the hell out of yours. How cool is that.

Every day some stranger from any where in the world that you have never met is trying to come up with a way to put you out of business. To take everything you have worked your ass off for, and take it all away. If you are in a growing industry, there could be hundreds or thousands of strangers trying to figure out ways to put you out of business. How cool is that.

The ultimate competition. Would you like to play a game called Eat Your Lunch. We are going to face off. My ability to execute on an idea vs yours. My ability to subvert your businessvs your ability to keep it going. My ability to create ways to remove any reason for your business to exist vs your ability to do the same to me. My ability to know what you are going to do, before you do it. Who gets there first? Best of all, this game doesn¢â‚¬â„¢t have a time limit. It¢â‚¬â„¢s forever. It never ends. It¢â‚¬â„¢s the ultimate competition.

It¢â‚¬â„¢s the sport of business. It¢â‚¬â„¢s not for everyone, butI love it.

Finally, here are Mark Cuban’s solutions to preventing another financial crisis like the one we went through recently and went through in 1989:

“I would change to zero the taxes on any gains from the sale of stock or bonds purchased during an IPO and held for 5 or more‚  years. All dividends/interest paid by that stock/bond would be tax free. If you sell it prior to the 5 years, you are taxed at your personal regular income tax rate.

In addition, I would not allow the stock to be borrowed against in any way. If it was, it would be considered an effective sale. Which means you couldnt borrow on it tax free until you have held it 5 years.‚  Bottom line, if you hold the stock/bond , like a real investor would, you are rewarded for it.

For purchases‚  post IPO, in the open market,‚  the same rules apply, except I would tax a personal income rates the dividends/interest‚  for the first 5 years of ownership.

For all other transactions, whether they are options, derivatives, stocks, bonds, whatever, all gains and losses would be taxed at personal income rates.”

South Carolina AG Henry McMaster: SLEAZEBALL!

Henry McMaster, the Attorney General of South Carolina trying to run for Governor, has decided to press criminal charges against the founders of Craigslist for allowing ads for prostitution. ‚ The problem is that Craigslist has actually taken enormous steps to remove these ads from it’s listings nationwide, even going so far as to close it’s “Erotic Services” section. ‚ In comparison, print media in South Carolina including newspapers and even the Yellow Pages carry FAR more hardcore ads for sex. ‚ Even other websites, such as an listing service run by Microsoft carry many more pornographic/prostitution ads. ‚ So why has Henry McMaster decided to pursue Craigslist, a non-profit organization?

Craigslist is a very popular, high-profile website that instantly generates headlines when information comes out about it and‚ Henry McMaster wants to take advantage of the free press to promote his campaign for Governor of South Carolina. ‚ Henry McMaster is a sleazy douchebag and no one should vote for him.


My hair is gone.‚  All of it.

I found a nice electric hair clipper in my new house and decided I should have a new haircut for summer.‚  I was planning on going short, but I didn’t realize it would cut it THIS short lol.

Frightening video of me taken accidentally (I was trying to take pictures and didn’t realize my camera was in video mode):

I thought about stopping with this haircut, but thought my employer may be unhappy with such a decision:

Here’s another:

Crazy photo of me:


The word “work” has so many different meanings to different people that it is useless without context. For me, work has metamorphosised from a damnation into an exultation. For the young Joel, work implied soul-crushing misery mostly because people forced me to do tasks that had no meaning to me: filling out forms at school, weeding gardens that would be full of weeds again two weeks later, and other silly tasks. As I grew older and started to determine my own tasks and started to see the end goals more clearly, work became more manageable. A skill I learned along the way is the ability to visualize long term goals and work at tasks for which there is no immediate results. Exercise, learning new technologies, and developing business ideas all don’t give immediate feedback, but have enormous long term benefits. Today, I have grown to love to work because I can see how it improves me as a person, helps me accomplish my goals and provides a deep satisfaction unattainable through laziness.

Wolverine, Sex Drive, Bigfoot

Tonight I saw Wolverine: It’s a completely garbage movie.‚  The last couple of weeks my sex drive has been MIA.‚  Not sure what happened to it.‚  Maybe diet, lifestyle, time of year, or something completely different.‚  Driving home on I-90 my speed kept varying wildly between way too fast and normal speed.‚  On one of my normal speed sections I was passed by an SUV going much faster than me followed by a cop.‚  Cop pulled the guy over.‚  I felt lucky.

Does Religion Support Evolutions Goals?

Most religions have two central commands to their followers that also coincide with the central goals of biological life:

  1. Have as many children as possible.
  2. Spread yourselves around geographically.

Religion causes people to do evil things to one another and limits the progress of humanity in many ways, but it has survived in part by espousing the central commands above. ‚ 

Is religion a necessary tool for the survival of biological life?