Too Many Young People Skip the Flu Vaccine

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http://www.courier-journal.com/viewart/20130927/PRIME01/309270096/CDC-Too-many-young-middle-aged-people-skipping-flu-vaccine

Apparently too many of us young folk skip out the flu vaccine. Gee wonder why that is? Oh thats right:

People at High Risk for Developing Flu-Related Complications

Since I’m not in any of those categories I absolutely don’t care about getting the vaccine. Also I’ve never had the flu (Cause I’m not a pussy). But beyond that I’ve been thinking about it and I really have no reason to have this visceral hate of the flu vaccine. 

Yes the vaccine is mildly useless. It vaccinates against predicted forms of the flu in the hopes that one of the strains will be the dominant one this year. I don’t know how accurate it is and what not but I’ve always assumed not very. 

I think the main reason I don’t like it is because it’s not a fatal disease unless you’re old or a baby. Same goes for the chicken pox vaccine. I think its dumb. No real logical reason I think that. I just feel like getting the chicken pox is a right of passage almost.

I also don’t like people “selling” me on a vaccine: “There’s something for everyone this year,” said CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat.” Oh is there? That’s fucking great? What is it you’re selling? Varied forms of a vaccine? Oh fuck off then Dr. Schuchat I thought you were selling Girl Scout Cookies. I’m not saying don’t get the flu shot. I’m just saying if you’re a healthy young adult and you get one I think less of you. Pussies. 

Long story short though, I think I’m 100% gonna have to get a flu vaccine because of my work. So that fucking sucks and if I end up with the flu you’ll fucking hear about it. Vaccine my ass. 

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Mars has Water!!

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http://www.dvice.com/2013-9-27/it%E2%80%99s-official-curiosity-discovers-water-mars

This is it people! Mars has water. The Curiosity Rover has science stuff on it to do science stuff. It found the soil it collected is made up of 2% water. Things are gonna get interesting folks. Terraforming Mars. People living on Mars. Buggalo roaming wild and free. Its gonna be Futurama all up in this bitch. If you don’t know what I’m talking about it means you don’t watch enough Futurama. In that case, take a good long look at your life and the decisions you make. Watch more Futurama.

Anyway, the fact that there is water on Mars should spark a lot of funding for Mars related campaigns. Not having to synthesize your own water out of hydrogen and oxygen is a big plus if you’re trying to live somewhere. Hopefully I live long enough to travel through space a bit. You know, casually. Like for spring break. “Just going to Big Red for Spring Break. Biggest resort on Mars no biggie.”

Unfortunately, I’m pretty skeptical of them finding any life on Mars. But prove me wrong NASA! Show me some weird alien shit.

Love What You Do, Never Work a Day in Your Life….Buncha Horse Shit

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So now that I’ve been in the real workforce a whopping 14 weeks, I think its safe to say I know a thing or two about having a real job. What I’ve learned so far is that I think I like what I do. I use the word think because, I’ve determined I’ll never like anything as much as not having a job. That old adage is bunk. BUNK I say! 

Maybe I’m just a different breed of man. Maybe “The Greatest Generation” just genuinely enjoys working and found jobs they love. On the other hand, maybe most people who like their job more than their downtime simply don’t play video games, go to the gym, do organized sports and have a shitty spouse/no sex life.

If I received a billion dollars today, I’d probably just quit my job and give my boss some money for some funding cause I like him. After that, I’m not working a day in my life. You know how in movies they have those excessively rich people who somehow become bored and sad with their lives? Yeah. Thats total bull. I’m pretty confident I’d be content doing whatever I wanted everyday for the rest of my life. You know what is something I don’t think I would want at any point during that time? A job.  

I recently met a man at a bar. When I inquired about his work his response was “full time socialite”. I would kill to be a full time socialite. I imagine it involves doing whatever I want plus lavish parties. I’m all for lavish parties. Just getting all Hedonism Bot with it and having my bottom dipped in silky oils and creams. 

Don’t get me wrong. I like going to my job and I enjoy the work that I do. Just not as much as lounging about doing nothing. 

Pay College Athletes Already. PAY THEM.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/sports/ncaafootball/ea-sports-wont-make-college-video-game-in-2014.html?_r=0

 

So I have always been in favor of paying D1 student athletes. Especially for the bigger name sports that generate a shitload of revenue for the school. Until recently, I assumed that NCAA football games from EA Sports had to have had the names of the students otherwise why would people buy the game? Turns out they just have a number on the jersey and stats. Hardcore (HXC from now on. the X makes it 50% more hardcore) fans would painstakingly enter 6000+ names into the rosters so everyone could download them.

I’m pretty sure student athletes are not allowed to make money off their likeness or whatever. But if that’s the case, you can’t make a game using their team name, likeness, jersey number and stats associated with said jersey number. Pretty sure that would be the players likeness.

I don’t understand why they don’t get paid. Makes no sense. “But they’re getting a free education.” If you’re using that argument you can eat shit. A free education would mean they are a full time student. Not a full time athlete and part time student. I tutored athletes in college and yes athletes do participate in sport related activities enough for it to be a full time job. 

The fact that there was a video game about college athletes and they saw no benefits is straight bonkers. Get the fuck out NCAA. You’re an archaic travesty of an organization who’s sole purpose is to make money off of student athletes. Eat a dick. 

 

Dexter Series Finale: Could it have Sucked Anymore?

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Dexter is one of my favorite shows, right up there with Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones. That being said I recently watched the series finale and was horribly disappointed. I’m not putting a spoiler alert in here cause if you read the title and hadn’t seen the series finale you probably shouldn’t have read this post. There are a lot, I mean a lot of ways they could have ended the series better than they did. I’m gonna go over three ways they could/should have ended Dexter.

1. If you want to kill Deb fine. So now Dexter is broken. Ending scene follows. Dexter is working as a logger. Camera pans to him. He stares you in the face. Then the camera rotates 180 degrees and he has a kill room set up. With a person in it. Ambiguous as to whether or not the person is innocent or a killer. Important thing is, if Dexter is a broken man and abandons everything the one thing he will go back to is killing. Period. Dexter evolved over the course of the past two seasons into more of a empathizing human and less of a cold killer. With Deb gone and Dexter utterly broken he goes back to killing. Duh. Would have been cool and fitting. Not too satisfying but who cares. 

2. Alternative ending is Dexter meets up with Harrison and Hannah. They have the shot of all three of them walking into the square in Argentina. Then it goes black. Again cuts to Dexter in a kill room. Maybe he’s working for Spanish police. I don’t know. Point being is that the death of Deb, again leaves Dex hollow enough to go back to killing. Tries to fill the hole Deb left with murder. So poetic. 

3. Possibly the best ending, Deb doesn’t die. Dex leaves. You see montages of Deb rehabbing and Dex on the phone with her. Maybe a little Joey Deb date action. Angel doing his thing. Everything is hunky dory and Dexter is doing his thing in Argentina. The whole point of the show was following Dexter. His battle with trying to be human, to fake it. The real feelings he had for people. Worrying about his son. All that shit is real human shit. For the show to finish happily, we believe Dexter found his way out of the Dark. The whole point of the show is that Dexter is a good person at heart. He does good things. He has a few hiccups but Joey is no saint either.

To empathize with and like Dexter, you can’t feel that he doesn’t deserve a happy ending. I think the writers missed that. Getting so caught up in artistic bullshit they forget who Dexter is. In my mind, Dexter got a happy ending. Fuck the last 10min of that episode. 

Ray Lewis Says the Ravens are Bad Because They Don’t Have Ray Lewis

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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000250127/article/ray-lewis-baltimore-ravens-are-lacking-leadership

Fucking Ray Lewis. Since he retired, he has become my least favorite person associated with the NFL. Constantly opening his mouth and saying stupid shit. “The Patriots HAD to have known something about Hernandez..” Oh really Ray? Does that mean the Ravens HAD to have known you killed someone and just turned a blind eye? Guess it does. Guess that makes you a fuck face Ray. 

“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now,” You think that’s the issue Ray? Leadership? Maybe its the fact that they’re a husk of their former selves. Anquan Boldin. Gone. Ed Reed. Gone. Jacoby Jones. Gone. Dennis Pitta. Gone. Notice how I didn’t list Ray Lewis? Its cause he was slow and terrible and out for basically all of the season. Stop jerking yourself off Ray. You don’t do your dance anymore, you don’t murder anymore, you don’t play football anymore. Your time in the spotlight is over. So pipe the fuck down. 

Known Unknowns and Unknown Unknowns

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I’ve had a lot of work recently and because of it this quote has been on my mind: “Well, what I’m sayin is that there are known knowns, and there are known unknowns, but there are unknown unknowns. Things that we don’t know that we don’t know.” The wikipedia page claims Donald Rumsfeld coined this phrase in 2002 yet Pulp Fiction came out in 1994. Curious. But that’s very much besides the point.

I think that the most successful people are the ones who are the best at figuring out the unknown unknowns. Now in case you haven’t seen Pulp Fiction, there are:

Known knowns: Things we know. As in I know my blog is funny.

Known unknowns: Things we know we don’t know. I know that I don’t know of any funnier blogs

Unknown unknowns: Things we don’t know that we don’t know.

Tying this in to success, when you’re given a project often times it can seem incredibly huge. A task that seems so enormous that you think it will take you an excessively long time to complete it, if at all. Then when you start out on said project, whatever it maybe, the project begins to fit into a time frame more measurable. As unknown unknowns become known unknowns we can better gauge how long it will take us to learn, purchase, or create those things we don’t have or don’t know.

If you feel like there’s a million things you don’t know and you’re not sure of what they are the project is overwhelming because you literally have no idea how to do it or how long it will take or what you need to do to finish the project. In order to turn unknown unknowns into known unknowns you simply have to start the project and see what comes up. Or ask someone who’s smarter than you.

Those who are more successful, are able to see more of the variables of the project as known unknowns rather than unknown unknowns. They can plan the project better because they already have a sense of what they don’t know and need to do/know.

I guess what I’m getting at is that even though I’m pretty confident in my abilities, I’m not as good as I thought at figuring out the unknown unknowns.

P.S. If you read/type the word know enough times it begins to look like its spelled horribly wrong.