Read A Book, Before You Twitter

Scott Adams of has been posting about Donald Trump’s use of persuasion techniques, so it gave me the idea to maybe read a book by President Trump, to get a sense of who he is, in his own words. It turns out he’s written or co-authored some 20 books. I’m just about to finish my second. Without going into full book reviews, I would say if you want to get a sense of the man, and what’s important to him, it’s probably not a bad place to start.

I was not on twitter for most of the last year and half, so only recently learned of all of the pre-election alliances that have been made and broken during the election cycle, (Piers Morgan is making sense, now?). I do see that there are people on both sides criticising some aspect or the other about him, and there is just an obnoxious amount of typical social media slander on twitter. But, at least reading his books is giving me a sense of how he sees himself, (he’s really not shy about letting you know). I also tried to stay away from all of the pre-election controversy and dirt digging, so, I think that probably has helped me keep a somewhat more open mind.


On surfing:


“The quest, then, is not to stabilize the wave and make each one exactly alike and predictable by all, but rather to perfect your own adaptability to an ever-changing situation and make it through to the other end. If you have executed it with style and grace, even better. In this quest, wipeouts are a way of life and planning to never be wiped out is foolhardy at best.” -Tom Barrack, as quoted by Donald Trump in “Think Like A Champion.


Living The Dream

This girl grew up in a small town in Germany. Her parents owned a hotel, and there weren’t many hotels in that town back then. So a lot of people who came to that town were there to race on a unique race track in that town. So the girl decided to become a race car driver. So, in addition to her sponsorships, she makes a living driving tourists around the race track.




Is Rule Of Law Coming Back?

I used to enjoy reading law. (I know, it’s probably a mental illness.) That seems to have gone dormant, as it seemed to me so much that has been going on with our government was completely contrary to it. If the law is irrelevant, what a colossal waste of time to read about it.

I don’t know anything about the merits of what is being discussed here. But I did notice that I found myself interested in reading and learning about it, so I thought I’d share it, in case anyone else is.

The Head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Is Violating Federal Law and Her Actions May Be Void

Optimism, At Last

There are billions of words being posted on the internet right now, regarding everything to do with the presidential election of 2016. There is a lot to be said about where we are, and how we got here.

But right now, in the whole barrage of words, the ones that just came to mind relate to feeling optimistic for the first time in a really long time.

The internet is full of people feeling despondent, and safety pins, and everything else. I don’t mean to steal the limelight from anyone; I felt that way for a long time. And I don’t mean to be a meanie, but when the shoe was on the other foot, I recall quite a bit of meanness from that foot. So, pardon me if my celebration sometimes includes savoring the schadenfreude. I can empathise with you, but I cannot sympathise.

But, for right now, I am just going to let the positive endorphins soothe my tired soul.

Optimistic. Hopeful. Things I haven’t felt in a long, long time.