November 25, 2017

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

-Nolan Bushnell

Today is Small Business Saturday. Do you part and help support your local ma and pop shops. They have worked hard in setting up their business and work even harder to stay afloat in the sea of the mainstream brick-and-motors and online giants. Don’t let their hard work and dreams go to waste. If you are in ATX, then I will happily give you suggestions:

  1. Uncommon Objects – vintage shop
  2. Blue Elephant Boutique – women’s clothing
  3. Waterloo Records – music
  4. Toy Joy – toys
  5. Half Price Books – books and music –> ok this isn’t really “local” local but they’re having a 20% off sale and are significantly smaller than Barnes & Noble. It would be wrong of me to not list my favorite place in the world. 🙂
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November 11, 2017

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…

– American President Woodrow Wilson

Today, and everyday for that matter, we salute those who have bravely fought for our country. Today should not be about politics or debates. Today should be about honor and respect. If you see a vet, young or old, black or white, man or woman, take a few seconds out of your day to say, “Thank you for your service” because if it weren’t for them, who knows where we would be right now.

 

November 9, 2017

Because you don’t live near a bakery doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.

-Hedy Lamarr

 

True dat.

She was every nerd’s pin-up girl back in the day. She was beautiful and super intelligent. For those of you who don’t know, Hedy was an Austrian actress and inventor. She starred in movies such as Algiers (1938). Not only that, she aided the Allies in stopping the Nazis by co-inventing a “secret communications system”, what we know today as Spread Spectrum Technology. What’s that you ask? Pretty much (ok, very much) the technical backbone for cellphones and every wireless piece of tech you have within arm’s reach.

Happy Birthday Hedy (Hedwig) Lamarr!

 

P.S – Does anybody know if JK Rowling named Harry’s owl Hedwig after Hedy?

November 6, 2017

Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990s, if you wanted to tell everyone you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out. There was only one way to do it. You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, ‘I ate waffles for breakfast!’ That’s why so many people ended up in institutions. They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.

-Ellen DeGeneres

November 3, 2017

In 1793, Olympe de Gouges was accused of being a Girondist, a group not being favored by the radical Jacobins that ruled during the Reign of Terror. Why? Well, she wrote a progressive declaration in 1791: The Declaration of the Rights of Women and the Female Citizen.

Sound familiar? She based it off The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which was written in 1789.

The most famous quote from de Gouges’ Declaration is the call to action: “Man, are you capable of being fair? A woman is asking: at least you will allow her that right. Tell me? What gave you the sovereign right to oppress my sex?” Basically, she’s asks why can’t humans get along like other animals species? Does it have to be hard?Somehow, more than 200 years later, we are still trying to figure out the answer.