Monday, January 5, 2009


From Warren Buffett (who didn't credit anyone else, but suggested that he didn't originate it):

"The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Time keeps on slipping into the future

School starts tomorrow for me and my kids. My birthday is coming. I have things to do that I have not done. If I wasn't basically a happy person, I might be unhappy, but it's hard for me to stay unhappy for long. I hope the drugmonkey starts enjoying the scotch instead of using it to forget.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year - Quick Shots

I hope the one time that the Democrats in the US Senate decide to stick to their guns is not the pointless effort to keep Burris being seated. I mean, really, Harry Reid is willing to tolerate torture, but not a mediocre politician?

We need to figure out renewable energy because the world cannot support it's current population, much less any growth without a reliable, cheap source of energy.

Healthcare is populated by an amazing amount of smart people who provide care to everyone which means that there is a lot of disdain in your typical healthcare professional for the intelligence of the average patient.

In an environment where expectations are that things must be perfect or really bad things will happen, toleration for human error is low, at best. It makes it harder for people, especially doctors, to distinguish between error and incompetence because fear creates a "there but for the grace of god go I" feeling in the majority of people who need to hold their colleagues accountable. (And it's got to be a change in the majority attitude if anything is going to change.)

Weight loss can be as hard to achieve as stopping smoking.