Vegas Baby?

So, I’ve been offered a trip to Vegas: airfare and hotel and some food covered. It’s the result of a barter whereas I did some work for a friend. Said friend offered to pay me or “…given that you’re about to turn 21, would you take a Vegas vacation…?”

Oh man. Vegas. What an offer. The first thing I thought of was gambling, remembering of course that gambling is a game that you pay for.
Richard Feynman wrote in Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!:

The first time I was in Las Vegas I sat down and figured out the odds for everything, and I discovered that the odds for the crap table were something like .493. If I bet a dollar, it would only cost me 1.4 cents. So I thought to myself, “Why am I so reluctant to bet? It hardly costs anything!”

So I started betting, and right away I lost five dollars in succession — one, two, three, four, five. I was supposed to be out only seven cents;
instead, I was five dollars behind! I’ve never gambled since then (with my own money, that is). I’m very lucky that I started off losing.

So maybe go gamble a little bit, lose some money, maybe get lucky. Cirque de Soleil would be cool to see (“O” and Love are two I’d be interested in), maybe some other shows. Avenue Q is playing in Vegas as well. Of course, there’s also Star Trek: The Experience, which Wil says that every Trekkie should visit at least once. And then there are are lights. The wonderful neon lights. What kind of cool photos could I take? Pretty much the only time that works for me is sometime between March 10th and 18th. I also have room for one at the hotel (although nothing else would be comped), anybody want to join me?

If I were to take money, it would be less than than the actual cost for me to go to Vegas at a later date.

So now I think it comes down to opportunity cost. I’ve been presented with a opportunity with a value. I could take it or I could forgo that opportunity and take the cash. If I take the cash, I’m free to do whatever I want, whenever I want.

Who Would You Hire First?

My Circuits teacher, Mark Lusk, made this point the other day:

Lazy Industrious

Given the above table, what order would you hire the listed people (Lazy Idiot, Lazy Genius, Industrious Idiot, Industrious Genius)?

One might think this would be the solution:

Lazy Industrious
Idiot 4 3
Genius 2 1

…potentially switching 2 and 3 around. But this would be incorrect! The actual order is:

Lazy Industrious
Idiot 3 4
Genius 1 2

Now you may be thinking, What?! Why would I want to hire the industrial idiot last? Better yet, why would I want to hire the lazy genius first?

Think of it this way. The industrial idiot is going to work hard (he’s industrious, remember?). But he’s going to work hard at the wrong thing…or he’s going to do it wrong (he’s an idiot). Working hard toward something that isn’t a company goal is bad. Even worse then doing the wrong thing half-assed.

Now, for the lazy genius. Why wouldn’t you want a smart person working hard? Because there’s always better way to do it. And that’s what the lazy genius will find: the lazier (and presumably easier) way to accomplish the task. Less time means more money saved.

Simple really.

Countdown Timer v1.6.1

Okay people. I’m soooooo sorry for not getting off my lazy ass and fixing this sooner. But I finally have a fix. Version 1.6.1 deals with users not being able to enter dates. Long story short, you used to be able to use get_option to retrieve data from the database and unserialize it. Sometime in the last nine months (i.e. the last time an update was released), that functionality broke. I’m wonder when that happened…I’m going to have to launch an investigation.

Thanks for Paul Hinze for doing all the leg work on that one.

Also, I’ve been unable to update the wiki for this plugin at Just a heads up.

Read more:

Countdown Timer v1.6.1

Mediation Postponed

This is frustrating. I was supposed to go to mediation with my neighbor tomorrow evening, but that’s been called off as she had something come up. Looks like we might not meet until after the week of February 5th.

The farther into the semester it goes, the harder it’s going to be to find a time that works for everyone.

2007 Calendar

Just like last year, I’ve taken some of my favorite photos from last year and made them into a calendar.

They’re 8×10, so you should be able to download them and print them out fairly easily.

You can also get them printed at one of those Kodak Photobooth stations pretty easily too.

I can also print and send them out to you for cost (i.e. whatever it costs me to run down to print them out at Target and mail them to you).

2007 Calendar on Flickr:

More Radio News

What’s the deal with me and the radio lately? First, I hear Erin Hart on 760 AM here in Colorado, then Bryan Styble calls me, and now another familiar voice. Professor Fred Ebert.

Ebert graced the KIRO airwaves in Seattle circa my Junior year in high school. I remember this because I called his show once on the way back from a track meet. Call it some time in early to mid 2003.


I’m clearing out my quotes section on Facebook so I can collect some new ones. Here are my old ones:

“Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey

“Just to clarify, that came out your donger right?” – Kelly McConnell, clarifying how Duane passed his kidney stone.

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“I perform at my best when I have been most true to my nature.” – Albert Einstein

“Hey Mike, the 3 year-olds called: They want their attention span back.” – Ryan Walter

“In a Democracy, silence is the greatest treason.”

“Carpe Diem, Ferg. Seize the carp.”
Jeff Staples

“Jesus wept”
John 11:35

“There are three kinds of death in this world. There’s heart death, there’s brain death, and there’s being off the network.” – Guy Almes

“Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday.”

“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein

“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. It is the commitment to high quality performance that produces outstanding results of lasting value. Excellence is believing in continuous improvement and never being satisfied with anything being less than it can be. It is quality as a way of life.”

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” – G. K. Chesterton

I Won’t Grow Up


The rise of the boy-genius: psychological-neoteny, science and modern life.

The mid-twentieth century saw the rise of the boy-genius, probably because a personality type characterized by prolonged youthfulness is advantageous both in science and modern life generally. This is the evolution of ‘psychological-neoteny’, in which ever-more people retain for ever-longer the characteristic behaviours and attitudes of earlier developmental stages.

Psychological neoteny.

See also:

If growing up means
It would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree,
I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up
Not me!