Month: May 2020
Resignation / Termination versus Layoff
I had to send this to my team today. An employee actually TOLD other employees to “crucify” him after he made an intentional mistake to try to get fired. He also violated some other policies we have in ways that made it clear that he thought it was funny and was intentionally trying to get fired.… read more “Resignation / Termination versus Layoff”
Patents Prevent Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Why Boeing is a Buy
Patents are a form of government granted monopoly that greatly enriches a few people at the expense of everyone else in society.
Boeing is an excellent example of this.
Have you ever wondered why commercial airplanes look pretty much identical to commercial planes of the 1960’s? Why airframes and materials and everything else hasn’t seen far more advancement?… read more “Patents Prevent Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Why Boeing is a Buy”
Trickle Down Money Puddles Very High
The “trickle down” theory of economics says that if the government gives cash in the form of handouts or tax breaks to the wealthy, that the wealthy will spend that money and it will trickle down to people at the lower levels.
The bailout has been an excellent example of how Trickle Down money NEVER makes it to the lower income brackets.… read more “Trickle Down Money Puddles Very High”
Tustin Buick GMC Dealer Add On Pricing Scam
I saw Tustin Buick GMC Dealer was selling a truck at a good price for $45,000 online. I called in and only after about 15 minutes of discussion that I find that they have a mandatory price markup of $3,000 on every vehicle apparently for their “accessories package”! Watch out!
Massive Personal Changes
The whole covid pandemic has had me completely reassess the way I’m living my life. I decided that living in Los Angeles is too high of risk for me. Over the next 10 years I think there is a 1 in 10 or a 1 in 5 chance that a black swan event happens.
A black swan event could be a worse virus, war with China or another country, the rise of true AI, civil war, or many other risks.… read more “Massive Personal Changes”
Review of Consumer Reports
I just subscribed tonight to look at big truck reviews like the F350. There is none for that size of truck. Further, I tried the Consumer Reports “deal” tool for vehicles and discovered the deals give higher prices than what the dealer posts on their website. I am extremely disappointed in what Consumer Reports has become.
TV news is slow, visual Twitter
Python Datetime, MySQL & Django – Weird Bug
I ran into a strange bug in my application I am building:
When I saved a datetime of 2020-04-09 06:30:00 to the database it would convert to 2020-04-09 13:30:00, 7 hours different. Why?
First, I checked that MySQL, Python, and my Windows environment were all using Pacific time. Yes, they are. Everything shows the same time.… read more “Python Datetime, MySQL & Django – Weird Bug”
Tweet from David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud)
David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) Tweeted: NEWS: Graphic video appears to show Ahmaud Arbery, 25 of GA., whose family says he was out for a run, confronted by 2 men who shot him dead saying they thought he was a burglar. A prosecutor wants a grand jury to decide whether the men should be charged. https://t.co/kEYYJW7UlM https://twitter.com/DavidBegnaud/status/1257737290786443266?s=20