Friday, September 16, 2016

Game over: Trump is going to win

I feel like I should preface this blog post with some things about me:

  • I am a far left liberal on social issues
  • I am a moderate on fiscal issues
  • I don't recall ever voting for a republican

Now that we've establish my meager bonafides, I have come to a sickening realization that Trump will win this election. Don't get me wrong, he has no business winning. He's a crystallization of every qualities of a right wingnut job. He may not have started the birther movement but he adopted it as his child and did a fine job raising that racist myth as his own child. He's a dangerous moron that thinks he can solve complex problems outside his realm of expertise. For a guy that rich, he demonstrates a shocking lack of knowledge of basic economic issues.  He's publicly said he would be dating his daughter if she weren't his child and he wasn't married. Seriously, he said this. Not once, not twice...multiple times. Finally, when asked what his 1-year old daughter took from her mother, he said "breasts". This is not an exaggeration. Google it. There's video. This is a grown adult who doesn't care enough to hide that he's sexualizing his 1-year old baby. That's the guy the GOP has selected as their standard bearer. That's the guy the so-called evangelical wing of the country has picked to represent them: a tax dodging, draft dodging, baby sexualizing 70-year old who has never been elected to any office in his entire life! A guy whose "charity" simply takes money from one party, donates it right back to other parties and takes credit for the donation.

So why do I think he's going to win?

Because he's turned this entire election cycle into a Seinfeld that it's all been about nothing! Think about it. It's post-labor day and today's main topic is that Trump is going to accept that Barack Obama was born in the United States! This is what we are talking about less than 2 months to the election. 

Let's go back to the GOP primary. How did Trump win? Did he win by distinguishing his policies from that of his competitors? No. Did he wow us with presidential qualities? Heck no! He basically insulted them (Little Marco, Lying' Ted and low energy be fair, Jeb Bush was severely lacking in energy), bragged about the size of his penis and called Rosie O'Donnell a pig. Oh yeah, he also made impractical YUGE promises that everyone knows he can't fulfill. But he won because he's the master at this reality show game. He's a master bullshit artist and he figured out a way to reduce the GOP primary to a reality show where nothing matters but the presentation and the bombast.

Back to the general election. I'll admit I didn't think he could do it. I thought he would be pummeled into submission by the Clinton Juggernaut. I said to myself "he's going to find out the difference between college and NFL". But guess what? He's done it. While the political talking heads are going on and on about electoral college pathways, he's dictating the agenda every single day (good and bad). It's September 16...where are the ads that'll bring this con artist down? Where are the ads that'll stitch together all of the rubbish he's said for the past 1.5 years? They are nowhere because he's got Hillary Clinton and the mainstream media talking about things he wants them to talk about. Even his refusal to release his taxes distracts the press from doing a full analysis of his tax policy. It's all about the razzle dazzle. Everybody (media, leftists) is asking him to show us his tax returns and his medical report. This past week has been spent talking about his medical status...that's one less week he has to spend defending the actual bullshit policies he's proposing. That's another week where his lies that he'll make the economy better gains more ground. It's a political rope-a-dope. By all counts, Clinton should be winning. She's a seasoned politician who has spent her adult life in the service of the public. But this isn't politics as usual. She's playing on Trump's turf now and she's losing

When Trump wins the election in November, remember this picture and know that he successfully got everybody to play on his terms in this election.

Finally, I'll leave you with this, the lyrics to Razzle Dazzle from the great musical Chicago:

Mr. Flynn, his honor is here

Thank you. Just a moment.
You ready?

Oh Billy, I'm really scared.

Roxie, you got nothing to worry about.
It's all a circus, kid. A three ring circus.
These trials- the wholeworld- all show business.
But kid, you're working with a star, the biggest!

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?

Razzle dazzle 'em
And they;ll never catch wise!

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle

Razzle dazzle 'em
Give 'em a show that's so splendiferous

Row after row will grow vociferous

Give 'em the old flim flam flummox
Fool and fracture 'em

How can they hear the truth above the roar?

Roar, roar, roar!

Throw 'em a fake and a finagle
They'll never know you're just a bagel,

Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll beg you for more!

Give 'em the old double whammy
Daze and dizzy 'em
Back since the days of old Methuselah
Everyone loves the big bambooz-a-lah

Give 'em the old three ring circus
Stun and stagger 'em
When you're in trouble, go into your dance

Though you are stiffer than a girder
They'll let you get away with murder
Razzle dazzle 'em
And you've got a romance

COMPANY(The same time as BILLY's)
Give 'em the old
Razzle Dazzle

Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
Show 'em the first rate sorcerer you are
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talents?
Razzle Dazzle 'em

Razzle Dazzle 'em
Razzle Dazzle 'em

And they'll make you a star!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Product review: Anker RoboVac 10

This is a first. I have never done a product review on my blog. To head off questions, no I am not being paid for this. No, I did not receive this item as a sample or promotional item. Yes, I paid full price for it.

With that out of the way, Anker RoboVac 10 is an automatic self-docking robotic vacuum cleaner. Basically, it's a Roomba. But is a rose still a rose if it goes by a different name and costs far less? I don't know. Never had a Roomba but I bought this Anker RoboVac last week on Amazon and it arrived couple of days ago. Setup was quick and easy but the vacuum wasn't pre-charged (more on this later). So I charged it overnight, set it to clean at 7:30 am and forgot about it. At 7:30 the next morning, it very quietly went to work. While the kids ate breakfast, "Robby" (as my daughter christened it...yeah we have a habit of naming everything...I am typing this on Maggie4) cleaned 2 bedrooms, a dining area, a hallway and the kitchen. Robby was still cleaning when we left the house an hour later. When I got back after work, the house was know that "maid came while we were gone" look? That's how the house looked. And Robby was back on the charging cradle ready for another day of thankless hard work sweeping up after humans.


  • Very quiet
  • For a $199 device, it magically finds it way to the charging base every time
  • Goes under pretty much anything: bed, couch etc
  • Call me crazy but I like the idea of turning it on, leaving the house and coming back to a clean house.
  • It cleans all floor types: carpet, hardwood etc.


  • No battery life indicator
  • The scheduling doesn't handle anything but daily cleaning. I like a clean house but I don't want Robby cleaning every day
  • Apparently, the Roomba has features that lets you map out where the robot should clean. Robby doesn't have that feature. I just made sure to close doors to rooms I didn't want it to bathrooms and closets.
  • Replacement parts aren't available (yet). It does come with an 18-month warranty.

Handling failure

Blogger's note: I wrote this last year but never posted it. It's still pertinent; so enjoy.

The past few days I have been thinking about failure. Not personal failure but professional failure. It occurred to me that while organizations are very good at highlighting success and awards, very few highlight how they handle failure. And even fewer job applicants are interested in knowing how a future employer handles failure. I have been conducting interviews for 5-7 years now and I have yet to have a job applicant ask me about my failures or my employer's failures. I think this is a very important issue. Because, let's face it, success is very easy to handle. Failure, by contrast, shows you way more about a person's/an organization's character.

If you are about to join a new organization, ask them what happens when they encounter failure. Do the managers look for scapegoats? Do the employees shift blame? Do managers and employees focus on solving the problem, learning from it and moving on? I think we can guess what bad organizations do; good organizations focus on solving problems while great organizations, in my opinion, not only focus on solving problems but also cycle back to learn from their problems.

So when you get to the interview portion where the interviewer says "Do you have any questions for me?", ask how s/he handles failure personally and how their organization/division/team handles failure. Like all interview responses, you can expect to get bullshit and PR speak. But hidden in the bullshit will be indicators that'll clue you into how the organization operates. If nothing else, I bet they'll remember you. And that's half the battle in winning at interviewing.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Reply All?

I wrote about this in 2013; apparently Microsoft must not be listening to me (the horror!) since the option is still there in the business version of Outlook. In fact, I think it might be the default because I had to change it to "Reply" from "Reply All" today.

Why would Microsoft include this option, much less make it the default? I have no doubt there are some people who use "Reply All" every time but surely they have to be in the minority. Besides, that's just bad behavior and it shouldn't be encouraged, even minimally, by having an option for this.

Dear Microsoft, it's 2016...stop encouraging bad internet etiquette.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

For real, Microsoft?

Have you ever blogged? This is what Microsoft baked into SharePoint as their blogging platform:

In 2016! Seriously, this is the interface Microsoft expects people to use when composing blogs. Fuck, I don't even want to tweet 140 characters using this crappy layout. This looks like the UI I would have come up with 10 years (you know before the age of great web UI). I am no UI expert but I am self aware enough to know that:

  • this is crappy
  • you can "borrow" better UIs 
Microsoft, please stop with this nonsense. SharePoint is SharePoint; stop half-baking features like this into it. I have been around SharePoint for years now and I have yet to see any company where people actually use all the social features Microsoft is baking into it. All they've done is made SharePoint even more bloated. 

BTW, notice how there's an asterisk by the Title field in that screenshot? Why does a blog, which is sometimes a stream of consciousness writing, require a title? Because it's stored in SharePoint and in SharePoint, everything (yes everything!) is a list. There discussion board is a list, photo library is a list, wiki is a list...everything is a list.

This is what Blogger offers: