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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Sometimes, you get shafted.

Sometimes the shafting occurs because the people or company you’re scheduled to meet with really don’t want to meet with you. They think you’re a loser, and spending time with you is a waste of time, so they’re reluctant to do so.

Other times, this “shafting” occurs because meeting with you is a high priority for the other party, but a highly urgent matter has come up, and thus you have been shafted.

Or, there could be any number of other reasons for the shafting.

Taking getting shafted to mean “they think I’m a loser” immediately and without proof of that notion makes you a bigger loser than if you just think “something truly urgent must have come up, that is why our meeting has been cancelled.”

This is because if you think people shaft you because you are a loser, then it probably means you really are a loser, and have a very low opinion of yourself. Having a low opinion of yourself inhibits you from moving forward because if you don’t respect yourself, no one else will.

Think of an alien from a planet you’ve never seen before. Assume you can communicate. If you ask it: “What are you? Good or evil?”

The alien responds “I am scum and absolute evil shit.”

You will likely believe it, at least temporarily, unless you have evidence to the contrary.

Similarly if the alien responds: “I am a kind and loving creature. I love everything and I am a blessing to this planet since I got here.”

You will likely believe it, at least temporarily, unless you have evidence to the contrary.

So the point is: DO NOT THINK YOU ARE A LOSER, EVEN IF YOU ARE A LOSER. Because the more of a loser you think you are, the more of a loser people will see you as. Being a loser is a vicious cycle that re-inforces itself, really.

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“Today’s news that Eliot Spitzer was likely involved with a prostitution ring and his refusal to deny it leads to one inescapable conclusion: He has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York,” said Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco. “He should resign his office immediately.”

From article.

Hold on. Let’s see that again, this time with some bolding:

“Today’s news that Eliot Spitzer was likely involved with a prostitution ring and his refusal to deny it leads to one inescapable conclusion: He has disgraced his office and the entire state of New York,” said Assembly Republican leader James Tedisco. “He should resign his office immediately.”

Remember Clinton’s denial of the Lewinsky scandal?

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people.”

And Clinton is still seen in very positive light by the majority of Americans today.

It seems as though the right thing to do in politics is to deny.

It seems that there is no honour at all for the confessor – he is simply dragged to the gallows more swiftly and with far less remorse than the denier.

This is an extremely entertaining flashback about ff1 by Jin-Ning Tioh.

ff1

This is a game that can be played by two people on any sheet of 4 square paper.

First, you just draw a track randomly on the 4 square. Try to make it at least 2 squares wide most of the time.

Rules:

  1. All lines must be
    • straight
    • completely within the track
  2. No colliding (you can’t land on the same place that someone else is already on)
  3. You can only go one more square, OR, one less square than you did on your last move. Applies to BOTH directions independently.

    So for example, on the first move, red moves 1 to the right. This means on his next move he can move EITHER 1 to the right, 2 to the right, or 0 to the right. So for his second move, he goes +1 right and +1 down.

Example:
Bicycle!