In Praise of Laurel

I am extraordinarily fortunate to have married Laurel. She has been the perfect partner for me. She is sweet, intelligent, reasonable, kind, sexy, and treats me very well. Being with her has made me a much better person; I’ve stopped drinking, I treat people better, my old anger has slid away, and my business is booming like never before. I used to get myself all worked up and angry and bitter if things didn’t go my way, and I would fight people just for stupid “principles”. Now I just let problems slide by and try to look at things from other people’s perspective.

Laurel enjoys going to high teas with me, watching movies and shows while I give her back scratches / rubs, spending time with our friends, going on trips to new places, visiting our family, and much more.

We have been working on having a child and have had some difficulties, but we have only grown closer together through these things.

I could never think of anything negative to say about her, and the amazing thing is that no one who has met her could either. She treats everyone with human kindness and understanding.

Fixing Income Inequality By Fixing Property Rights

America has severe problems with special interests getting too strong of property rights and harming the public good. A few examples of this:

  • Tech companies can patent software design (which is just simple processes). This prevents competition from entering the market and allows abuses like patent trolling. Software should never be patentable.
  • Pharmaceutical companies┬ácan patent drugs and hold onto those for many years. They claim that this protects their big drug investment, but the reality is that the government funds most drug research and also that if one company doesn’t come up with the innovation another would within a month or two because of the way science works. Limit drug patents to 7 years.
  • Wealthy people try to stay wealthy by preventing / minimizing any taxes on their property (cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, cars, etc). This is wrong when you have people who are generations removed from the original entrepreneur still not contributing anything to society. The Rockefeller family is a great example. The government could be funded by a universal property tax (maybe 3% per year or something?) that prevents people from just sitting on property unless they can do something with it or derive enjoyment from it. I do think that the government should have a constitutional spending limit though as far too much money gets wasted.

I think that approaches like the three above would weaken overly strong property rights and allow for increased social mobility and reduced income inequality.

New House Setup

Getting this new house setup has been kind of a pain because it is impossible to get contractors out to help right now. I have been trying to get the Crestron guy to come and fix the system and install it on my computer, I need the original builder to come explain what they did with HVAC, I need to get the floors fixed and lots of other stuff.

AWS Architecture I Think I Want

I am planning on updating the architecture for TestedRecruits (The new name for ProvenRecruits as that one might be taken).

Basically, I would like 3 regions – Singapore, Oregon, East Coast.

I want to use Route 53 to automatically direct traffic to the region with lowest latency.

I want to use RDS or Aurora as the MySQL db instance and have a master in Oregon and read replicas in the other regions.

I want to have an autoscaling EC2 instance in each region with the site code.

For now, I am just going to use an M5 instance in Oregon I think though.

Army Futures Command

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/03/18/world/asia/us-army-futures-command-technology.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Another guaranteed multi-billion dollar boondoggle. The sheer incompetency of big government bureaucracy is staggering. And Trump wants to throw many billions more into garbage like this. The Founders are rolling in their graves that not only do we have a standing army against their wishes, but that it is the single largest expense of our economy. Putin is laughing at us as his information warfare runs circles around the big clumsy giant.