Author Archives: RantingStu

Most Philosophy is Bad Philosophy

I was listening to the philosopher Stefan Molyneux one day when he said, “Most philosophy that you hear is like people staring at helium balloons and saying, ‘Well, I guess everything falls up!’”

Once you’ve reached any level of enlightenment, you quickly realize how true that is. Just try browsing Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or any of a litany of social networks available today and you’ll quickly see an absolute s#!tload of bad philosophy getting posted and reposted over and over again.

I’ll provide just this one example. Hopefully it will help you open your mind and look deeper than the surface of these overly-simplistic views of the world.

Love Yourself First
Take a good hard look at the image on the left. Okay… not that hard.

It’s true that you cannot love others if you don’t love yourself. But it’s also true that Continue reading

Are You Ready to Revolt? The Answer Is, “No.”

I was listening to a podcast involving producer and author G. Edward Griffin recently in which Mr. Griffin was discussing fractional reserve banking. Mr. Griffin said of such a system that, “If the average person knew that this scam was actually going on, well there’d be some kind of revolution probably by morning.”

Well I hate to disagree with someone who is, in all likelihood, much smarter than me, but I’m going to any way.

For starters, I think there are Continue reading

Security and Police Uniforms Should Come With Warning Labels

Warning: putting on this uniform may cause you to lose all sensibilities and experience a false justification to exercise power and authority over others

Remember the Stanford Prison Experiment that psychology professor Philip Zimbardo ended up having to shut down early because the “prison guards” in the experiment became excessively brutal towards the “inmates”?

If you haven’t read up on it, you really should. It’s a fascinating study on how, even under controlled conditions, perfectly normal people will turn against those who were previously viewed as equals simply because someone told them, “You are better than those people.” History has seen similar examples repeated many times over.

And here’s the latest example. Only this time Continue reading

Give a Crazy Person a Bunch of Lottery Numbers, and This is What Happens

So an interesting thing happened to me today. I was checking my external hard drive (a 2 TB monster I bought a couple years ago) to see if I had ever backed up the DVD for The Incredible Hulk to it. Why was I doing this? I wanted to get the quote from Edward Norton — as Bruce Banner — saying in Portuguese, “Don’t make me hungry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.”

Sadly, I had never backed up that movie. But while I was digging around in my hard drive, I discovered Continue reading

Bob Dylan – Friday, 1976

It was 1976. My father, after 12 years in the US Navy and two tours to Vietnam, had decided not to re-up so he could get to the business of caring for his family. My mother and I traveled from the Philippines to San Diego to meet my father as he disembarked from a destroyer for the final time. As my father came down the ramp, I spotted him. Reaching my arms out, I screamed for him, “Daddy! Daddy!” as my mother held me. Finally, she released me. I ran into my father’s arms as he scooped me up. He looked in my eyes and handed me a vinyl 45 sheathed in white paper. With the gift, he included the following letter: Continue reading

Unplug Your Cell Phone Charger When Not In Use!

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this is some sort of message to be environmentally friendly by unplugging your cell phone charger when it’s not in use so it doesn’t sit there drawing power all day.

Well, sure, there is that. But my message to you today is a matter of life and death. My concern is not that you are draining life from our planet Earth, but that you may very well be putting your life — and the lives of others — at risk, not to mention the much bigger issue of possibly contributing to the complete destruction of Continue reading

Five Guys in St. George, UT Makes Me Happy

There’s a saying I saw floating around this series of pipes known as the internet. It pertained to the proper way to run a business and went something like this:

Act like taking care of your customers earns you $100 an hour and everything else earns $10 an hour.

Now, I haven’t eaten at but a few different Five Guys locations, all of them here in my home state of Utah. But in all my visits I received a very distinct feeling that they really cared about the customer experience. That is, until I moved to St. George.

To be fair, things are done differently down here. I noticed that Continue reading

Words I Had to Teach My Cell Phone

Technology is just amazing, isn’t it? Work in artificial intelligence has been making especially large leaps. What with a machine named Watson making Ken Jennings its bitch on Jeopardy! and computer-controlled players in video games so realistic I actually kind of feel bad for blowing them up with my double-barrel shotgun, it’s no big surprise that my cell phone has the ability to learn.

Although, when I say “learn” in this context, what I really mean is, “the ability to manually add words to its obsessive-compulsive auto-correct dictionary.”

Okay, so my phone has a ways to go before it reaches the levels of Watson awesomeness. But hey, it’s a start, right? But as I started the process of “teaching” my new phone old tricks, I began to wonder, “Shouldn’t something as smart as my phone already understand something as simple as tacos?”

And thus, a list of words that I’ve had to teach my Verizon Thunderbolt phone over the last few months.

To start with: Continue reading

I Guess I Can’t Complain When I Only Pay $5 for Content … Or Can I?

As someone who spent a few years as a professional copywriter then later as an web marketing consultant, it always makes me cringe just a bit when someone — in all sincerity — offers me a copywriting job for what amounts to a pea pod with no peas.

Hey, come on! We all know that the best part of a pea pod is not the pod, but the peas!

So I guess I should feel a little guilty doing the same. But the thing is, I don’t! Why? Well, first off, I’m a businessman. I’m not going to pay the rate I ask for if I can get away with it. Shoot, if I paid everybody my rate, there’s no way I could stay in business!

Also, the following are samples taken from actual articles that I paid $5 each for. Yeah, after seeing these, I think you’ll agree with me that I’m the one that got ripped off here. Enjoy the show! Continue reading

Three Wars At Once? No Problem! Right?

If you take a look at the United States’ military budget, you’ll see that we spend as much annually as the next TEN highest spending countries… COMBINED!

Sooo… that means we can go to war with the next 10 most militarily powerful countries before even breaking a sweat, right? Well, not quite. Continue reading