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Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
11:40 pm
A long overdue update; a familiar theme
"In order to excel at anything, there are always hurdles, obstacles, or challenges one must get past. It's what body builders call the pain period. Those who push themselves, those who are willing to face pain, exhaustion, humuliation, rejection, or worse, are the ones who become champions. The rest are left on the sidelines. To (be successful), I would have to grow some balls and be willing to leave my comfort zone."

"In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out. Ususally, what you wish for doesn't fall into your lap; it falls somewhere nearby, and you have to recognize it, stand up, and put in the time and work it takes to get to it. This isn't because the universe is cruel. It's because the universe it smart...and knows we don't appreciate things that fall into our laps.
I would have to pick up my bucket and work."

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, October 5th, 2008
11:57 pm
No Subject
My Favorite Drink: Irish Car Bomb (Did you really think I was going to say Sake? Or Tsingtao for that matter?)

My interest in the Irish Car Bomb originates from my personal interpretation of its symbolism: diversity. More specifically, this magnificent drink holds a special significance to me in that trying it and embracing it embodies what it means to break down barriers. When above all else, my life can be described as a personal crusade to defy expectations and overcome social, professional, and economic constraints, I find myself sentimentally attached to the car bomb - if for no other reason, it's nice to me when the going gets tough.

Do I sound like Leo McGarry yet? :-D
Monday, August 25th, 2008
12:33 pm
Alas, Machiavellianism and Immaturity meet at last
As per Michael Tomasky of the Guardian:
"...he needs to give the Clintons their day in the sun and let Hillary's supporters vent whatever it is they need to vent. About 20% of her voters still say they're planning to vote for McCain. This is childish and ignorant beyond belief, but it is what it is. In a more just world, Obama would be able to stand at that podium and say: "Are you people nuts? You're going to vote for a man who'll appoint supreme court judges who'll outlaw abortion rights because you're mad at me and Howard Dean?" I wish he would, but of course he can't. He barely beat her, so he is in the position of having to smile as the Clintons act out their dramas. Whittling that 20% down to 5% won't happen this week. It'll happen in October. If it happens."

My frigging God, this campaign season is getting ridiculous. I wouldn't mind handing my vote over to Congress and the Electoral College at this point and have them decide for me (as well as every other Unnuanced, Stupid American in existance). Am I being snobbish, snooty, and elitist yet?


Current Mood: aggravated
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
5:08 pm
For the record...
In response to http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/economist/98587 , some idiot posted the following comments:

"Did I defend Bush or the Republican party? No. All I did was call out the author for spewing out misinformation. He said federal tax receipts are lower now and attributed that to the tax cuts. That's a lie. He said that there have been no social perks. The Economic Stimulus Package is the biggest social perk of recent memory. Not being attacked by terrorists since 9-11 is a really desirable social perk, in my opinion. I am a Libertarian. I detest Bush for running massive budget deficits. But let's not make fools of ourselves by spewing propaganda. All I ask is that you liberals attack the President with facts, not lies. But you cannot arm yourself with the truth if you don't even know what the truth is, can you? Again, I challenge those of you who praise the "accuracy" of this article to do your homework. Go to the appropriate government website (as I did before commenting) and compare the federal tax revenues now to what they were before Bush enacted his tax cuts. The best thing about this article was the joke about spending like sailors but not having any hookers and booze to show for it. The author reminds me of David Letterman-- funny yet ignorant and painfullly liberal....For the love of God, do any of you have clue? I love it how most of you praise the "accuracy" of this article when it is full of misinformation. Federal tax revenues have been at an all time high since 2006. No Social Perks?? How about the Economic Stimulus Package, not getting attacked since 9-11, the Housing Rescue Plan... Are those not social perks? The truth is that most liberals hate Bush so much that all they care about is hating on Bush. There are plenty of ways you can criticize the Pres, no doubt. But use FACTS, not lies. That's what Dr Wheelan is - a liar. He's an activist, not an economist. I have no doubt that he's well aware that federal tax reveunes have been at all time highs for the last 2 years, yet he still accused Bush's tax cuts of lowering the federal revenue. UNBELIEVABLE. And most of you idiots bought his garbage. And one more thing... You think health care is expensive now? Wait until it's free. I bet most of you liberals are too dumb to even get that joke. God help us."

Naturally, as an economist, I had to respond.
I am disconcerted by the narrow-minded boldness and pride with which you proclaim: "I am a libertarian!" Perhaps what should abash your futile attempts to distiguish yourself from modern-day conservatives (who have long abandoned their more moderate base) is your inability to cite statistics with proper context. Yes, prior to Bush's tax cuts, tax revenues were at their highest historical levels - but so were real wages and economic growth. Let me put it to you this way: would you expect tax revenues to decrease while the economy was expanding? No need to answer that; it is a rhetorical question.

What should abash your "Libertarian" beliefs even more is the lack of substance to support the forceful convictions you seem to convey - substance an ECONOMIC libertarian such as myself can articulate. I can tell you that while budget deficits are a natural part of a cyclical and otherwise unpredictable economy, the rate at which the budget deficit has grown is nothing short of alarming. There is something to be said when despite five years of economic expansion, increased government spending provides no marginal and tangible public goods. You possess no ability to prove that increased government spending has led to increased security - I can prove to you that increased government spending has led to an increase in the violations of civil liberties, the exacerbation of future liabilities, and the randsoming of America's future. Sure, you misconstrue them as public goods, but I'd like to call them negative externalities.

You give libertarians a bad name. I have conservative and libertarian friends. But you, my friend, are nothing more than a neoconservative hiding under my goodwill and are cowardly hoping to avoid the scrutiny that would otherwise obliterate what precarious foundation on which your "beliefs" are based. Btw, how should healthcare be solved? Well, Mr. Libertarian, if you can even pronounce free-markets, you would still only be half-way there. Ever heard of market imperfections and market failures? Can you please articulate the role of government in the event of market failure? No need to answer that; it is a rhetorical question."

God, I love having an education sometimes.

Current Mood: diabolical
Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
8:16 am
Another Thought Wave
There is a tradeoff between peace (serenity) and accomplishment. The strategic element is expectation.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
12:37 am
What? Two Posts in One Day?!?
Memorable West Wing Quote/Speech:

"In a triumph of the middling, a nod to mediocrity, and with gorge rising, it gives me great nausea to announce Robert Russell, Bingo Bob himself, as your new Vice President. This lapdog of mining interests is as dull as he is unremarkable, as lackluster as he is soporific. This reversion to the mean, this rebuke to the exemplary, gives hope to the millions unfavored by the exceptional. The vice presidency being famously once described as not being worth a warm bucket of spit, let’s now hock a big loogie for Bob Russell. Not the worst, not the best. Just what we’re stuck with. Amen."

Current Mood: amused
12:26 am
This is a free country...
So did anyone else cringe when some idiot said "This is a free country; I can do whatever the hell I want to?"

Questionable grammar notwithstanding, I've always wondered how I best respond. Until today...

"Freedom means choice; you must decide which is the most which is the most responsible course. So how do you like 'dem apples...


Current Mood: amused
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
3:38 pm
Nader is a tool
Did that bastard really have to enter the damn Presidential contest!? He speaks as though he'll provide some unforeseen and direly needed perspective our electoral contests are somehow missing when in actuality his presidential ambitions are either dementedly dilusional or insidious by nature. Eloquent as the phrase, "Dissent is the mother of ascent" is, Nader fails (either intentionally or expectedly) to realize that progress is attained only when dissent can ubiquitously tranform into the standards of society.

Someone please publicly and irrevocably discredit this man for accepting Republican funds to ruin what would otherwise be a fair two-party fight. Or give the man a straight jacket.

Current Mood: Peeved
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
1:56 pm
Food for Thought
There's a scary resemblance between the US primary race and the final seasons of the West Wing (which were thought to be rather far-fetched)...
Hillary Clinton = Bob Russell
Barack Obama = Matt Santos
John McCain = Arnold Vinick
Mike Huckabee = Ray Sullivan

What do you guys think? I love Obama as a candidate but McCain might be worthwhile to watch once he secures the nomination. He might revert back to his maverick self and I hope that it makes this election year a bit more interesting. For all you Clinton enthusiasts, you have to admit that a Clinton - McCain race would just be boring.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
11:00 pm
An excerpt of one of the best speeches I have ever heard
"The politics of hope does not mean hoping things come easy. Because nothing worthwhile in this country has ever happened unless somebody, somewhere stood up when it was hard; stood up when they were told – no you can’t, and said yes we can.

And where better to affirm our ideals than here in Wisconsin, where a century ago the progressive movement was born. It was rooted in the principle that the voices of the people can speak louder than special interests; that citizens can be connected to their government and to one another; and that all of us share a common destiny, an American Dream.

Yes we can reclaim that dream.

Yes we can heal this nation.

The voices of the American people have carried us a great distance on this improbable journey, but we have much further to go. Now we carry our message to farms and factories across this state, and to the cities and small towns of Ohio, to the open plains deep in the heart of Texas, and all the way to Democratic National Convention in Denver; it’s the same message we had when we were up, and when were down; that out of many, we are one; that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; and that we can cast off our doubts and fears and cynicism because our dream will not be deferred; our future will not be denied; and our time for change has come."

I swear, Obama and his team have to be some Godly incarnation of Josiah Bartlet and his senior staffers because they've been doing an amazing job so far.

Current Mood: shocked
Saturday, December 8th, 2007
7:52 pm
"You Play the Game Correctly..."
"...but you play it for all the wrong reasons." This simple, yet profound quote blindsided me as I was watching House the other day. Hearing it hynotized me into a pensive daydream - one where I flew over my tribulations and accomplishments over the last several years. And by reflecting upon my choices throughout my college carrer, a smile spread across my face and a sensation of supreme self-satisifaction radiated through my body. Needless to say, it felt as though I have rediscovered a piece of my soul and sense of purpose (~as though such purpose ever eroded). Nonetheless, as I reflected on my past, I came to realize that I made them for the right reasons; and nothing is more representative of sentiment than my decision to pursue my MBA.

I know I didn't pursue it to attain a degree that justifies a ridiculously high salary. My disdain of this motivation notwithstanding, I know it is in the constant pursuit of knowledge, the unrelenting desire to challenge myself - to push myself outside my comfort zone - that I manifest the maximum potential I have to grow as a scholar, as a professional, and most importantly, as a person. It doesn't matter that I make mistakes, how often I fall, or whether I fail. It matters that I do it because of the passion I have for it, because I'll get better (even if the margin is almost zero), and because it provides the fulfillment of trying and of accomplishment. Most of all, it matters I do simply because it suggestive of who I am and why I enjoy it.

Many thanks to Davi, Will, Kevin, and Laura.

Current Mood: inspired
Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
12:12 pm
Another thing
"Leo: President Andrew Jackson, in the main foyer of his White House had a big block of cheese--I am making a mental list of those that are snickering and even as I speak, I am preparing the appropriate retribution--The block of cheese was huge--over two tons. And it was there for any and all who might be hungry. It was there for the hungry. It was there for the voiceless...
Toby: Leo, wouldn’t this time be better spent plotting a war against a country that can’t possibly defend itself against us?
Leo: We can do that later, Toby. Right now I’m talking about President Andrew Jackson.
Sam: Actually, right now, you’re talking about a big block of cheese.
Leo: And Sam goes on my list!
Sam: What about Toby?
Leo: I’m unpredictable. Jackson wanted the White House to belong to the people, so from time to time, he opened his doors to those who wished an audience.
Mandy: And then he locked the doors behind them and made them eat two tons of cheese.
Leo: It is in that spirit...
Sam: Hang on. Mandy doesn’t go on the list?"
~West Wing
12:09 pm
I'll come back to this later...there's something I must do first.
"I want to be a comfort to my friends in tragedy. And I want to be able to celebrate with them in triumph. And for all the times in between, I just want to be able to look them in the eye." ~Josh Lymon (West Wing)

"...by seeking out hardship he understood his true potential. His was as much a journey of self-discovery as it was an expedition of field science. Today there is an unfortunate scarcity of new continents to go explore, but we will always have our own boundaries. We have been well prepared to push those boundaries, and it is now up to us to go outside our comfort zones both physically and intellectually, and see what happens. If you’re lucky, there might just be another penguin species out there needing a name."
Jeffrey Marlow, before he becomes famous

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities...it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!" ~Albus Dumbledore

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." ~ Atticus Finch

"I wake up only after seeing the beginning of my dream, but I will one day create the rest of it."

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."~Thoreau

While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organized religion has corrupted those beliefs to justify countless atrocities throughout history. Were I to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite.
~Hyde from "That 70s Show"

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

Geezus I have a lot of quotes.

Current Mood: determined
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
4:25 am
Dear God...
I was a good samaritan today. And I did it not because I was morally obligated or presumed ethically superior.

I didn't even want to. I just did it simply because I could.

What will happen next?

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, October 7th, 2007
5:16 pm
"You Love A Good Challenge"
I am at the most crucial juncture of my life. The choices I make here will profoundly impact where I go for the rest of my life.

I can make several costly compromises and mentally construct sound justifications in favor of accepting my choice to pursue mediocrity. I can accept the offers I've been given, accept that my lack of "work experience" justifies these offers, and just simply go on with school to free up some time.

Or I can become a rockstar and insodoing, push myself beyond the threshold of tears, frustration, exhaustion, and sanity. I can continue applying for dozens upon dozens of jobs until someone will not only appreciate my potential, but be willing to take a risk with me as a young, but extremely skillful MBA. All in the midst of pushing through my classes with one academic goal in mind: Charles F. Knight Scholar and a 4.0.

So what do I do? It's not even appropriate that I even pose such a rhetorical question because 1) there's no point and 2) we all already know what I want to do.

All digressions aside, I've never felt more overwhelmed by the challenges with which I am confronted. I didn't expect managing academic achievement and conducting a job search would be quite this difficult. This issue is further compounded by the interplay of age, experience, and percieved maturity. But you know what? It doesn't matter. I KNOW WHAT I'M CAPABLE OF, THAT I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO OVERCOME THIS CHALLENGE, AND THAT I KNOW HOW TO SUCCEED!

I don't care if recruiters say I need more experience, I'll keep trying. I know quality matters more than quantity. I don't care how much sleep I lose, I don't care how much it hurts. My goal is worth pursuing. I'll work so hard that I'll redefine what it means to have self-efficacy, morale, discipline, and most of all, I'll rise from this challenge with even more personal growth.

I want it all. I want to be a rockstar. And I love a good challenge. And I'm going to work hard to achieve my dreams. GAME-ON!

Current Mood: determined
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
3:55 pm
I am in the business to make allies, not enemies.
I am in the business to make allies, not enemies.
I am in the business to make allies, not enemies.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
1:28 am
Best Harry Potter related quote ever
Kevin: "yeah, voldemort has as much spine as nagini"

Lol...oh, and btw, for all those who doubted you-know-who (not that one but the other one), I thought I'd rub in it and say: "I told you so!"

Clearly, I'm trying not to spoil stuff here.

Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, July 6th, 2007
10:35 am
Being able to motivate oneself and persist in the face of frustrations; to control impulse and delay gratification; to regulate one's moods and keep distress from swamping the ability to think; to empathize and to hope.
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
6:04 pm
It's been a while...
...since I've had such a fabulous day as today. But the reason why this day was great wasn't because I accomplished some huge task or made some astronomical strides towards progress (although, it certainly feels like I did now).

The reason why my day feels so great now is because I took what started off as a bad day and what should have been an awful day, went with it, and did everything I could to change it into a great day. And somehow I did. And granted that this seems so miniscule compared to graduating school, getting accepted into school, or getting an awesome job, I learned a long time ago that life isn't defined by the grandiose nor what happens to you.

At least for me, the true happiness in life is defined by the small joys, everyday laughter, random excersions, and daily achievements that, when looking back at my time spent, evoke a smile.

You can't always controls what happens to you. But you can control what you do in the aftermath. I couldn't change how my day started. But destiny is hardly written in stone.

Current Mood: cheerful
10:28 am
For most things, I don't ever want "I didn't know," "I didn't know better at the time," or "I should've known better" to be an excuse for me.

There will be exceptions to this expectation (there isn't much I can do about natural sciences in my current state). But for the most part, if I find myself ignorant of something, I feel I should go out and find information for the subject of which I am not informed.

Current Mood: blank
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