The true irony of atheism is that it requires as much faith that there is no God as those who believe there is….

– LM

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Diplo

That new Blackberry commercial with the fresh sounding club beat made me hunt it down and find a new artist.  Diplo’s “Make You Pop” is a nice mix of club and techno.   He’s got some other nice mixes as well….. provides a unique sound and atmosphere.

The Apple iPad… let the haters eat dirt!

The Apple iPad

After watching more of the videos, I’m even more encouraged and excited about this device.

After a night of reflection and seeing more reactions to it I am convinced most people, especially the naysayers, don’t understand what this thing is and what it was meant to be. I think most people were thinking it would be a MacBook or MacBookPro in tablet form. It’s not, nor is it supposed to be.

It’s an Internet connected, multi-media device that is focused on entertainment in multiple formats. Those who want Flash and multitasking etc… already have this in other avenues, such as the MacBook Air, Macbooks, etc…   These petty complaints betray the motivations of those who seek to find only the bad in Apple’s new toy.

It’s also plainly apparent that there was a lot of built up hype over this thing that nothing Apple could have put out yesterday would have satisfied the masses. I really believe Apple needs to tighten up the leaks or stop having these events. They are creating unobtainable expectations which quickly turns into animosity when those who think they know better don’t get what they want.

Seriously…. how many companies in America, let alone the world, take such grief over innovating and bringing new product to the marketplace? Step back from this and realize this is not life and death… just a piece of electronics. Simply amazing….

In the end, I’m convinced this will be a tremendous success, despite all those who want so much to see it and Apple fail.

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“The Boys of Summer” by Roger Kahn

“You may glory in a team triumphant… But you fall in love with a team in defeat.”

One of my all-time favorite books, about the struggles of the Brooklyn Dodgers and their quest for a World Championship, offers one of the greatest quotes of all time for any sports fan.   I remember when I read the page it was on and that seminal moment I knew that it rang true and pure with a resonance that was equally rare.

I often refer back to it when one of my teams takes a beating and leaves me a bit down.  The full quote goes on a bit deeper and more eloquent, but this is the heart of the matter.  Maybe in a different lifetime I was a Cubs fan, but I know what it is to follow a “lovable-loser.”  I’ve been blessed to see some of my teams win it all, but like another saying goes, it is the journey, not the destination.

The Omega Speedmaster Professional a.k.a. the “Moonwatch”

What is most likely considered the icon watch of the modern age, the Omega Speedmaster Professional is quite simply the most accomplished timepiece of our era.   Not satisfied with just being the only timepiece certified by NASA for all EVA (extra-vehicular activities) it is the only watch to be worn on the surface of the Moon by Buzz Aldrin and others who followed him.

It’s a manual wound chronograph that measures 42mm in case size, not including the crown.  It uses the Omega 1861 calibre movement, a slight variation on the original movement that accompanied the astronauts in 1969.   The manual wound movement was chosen since an automatic movement’s rotor  that is required to wind the main spring would be useless in zero gravity.   The watch is impressive in size and heft and immediately has presence when wearing it.    It’s uses a unique acrylic Hesalite crystal instead of the more modern synthetic sapphire one.   This was specified by NASA so if cracked in space, there would not be shards or shattered remains floating in zero gravity.    Its raised profile gives it a great retro look and feel.    It’s as strong or better than sapphire, but not as scratch resistant and must be worn with care if wanting to avoid unsightly marks.

Omega Speedmaster Profession, the Moonwatch

Omega Speedmaster Professional, the "Moonwatch" (photo credit "epatz" from WUS)

This indomitable piece of history is still made and sold today, and noted as being quite popular among engineers and astronauts at NASA.  It’s celebrated history has been honored many times by Omega with limited edition models.

I’m proud to wear it and honor not only those who pioneered space travel, but those who lost their lives in pursuit of it.  It is one of my favorites and is in my active rotation.

The indomitable Moonwatch from Omega

The indomitable "Moonwatch" from Omega

My very own...

My very own...

Rewarding failure….

Nothing we’ve accomplished in this country has been because of government, it’s been in spite of it. Liberals have turned our society into a bunch of lazy, handout grabbing, do-nothings who want everything to be given to them instead of earned. We live in a society that has a “lottery” mindset where those who work hard are punished and those who waste opportunity and whine are rewarded with bailouts, mortgage assistance, and socialist programs that divides wealth and multiplies failure.

Lately I’ve started noticing that as a society, we’ve turned everything upside down.   Everything that was once good is now bad and we continue to reward failure.   Then we have the audacity to act shocked when those who fail, continue to do so despite our best intentions.     Those slackers who used to cut up in the back of class, the ones who never worked for anything… you know them!   They’re the ones you’ll be paying their mortgage for.  They’re the ones who voted to take what your hard work and success has provided for and line their own pockets with.    The greatest crimes in a liberal’s mind is income inequity and people who are able to do for themselves.

If you’re still unable to follow the plot, it’s all about control.   They want you to be totally dependent on them which will give them power over you.   Everything they do is aimed at removing your ability to pursue your own destiny, your own will, and your freedoms.

An interesting thought to ponder….

I found this on an online forum I often frequent.   It is quite an interesting thought to ponder in the new days of our era of hope and change….

 

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out
of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person
must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody
anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When
half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the
other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the
idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what
they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You
cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

~~~~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 – 2005 ~~~~~