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About acyckowski

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  • Global 5/SLOAN
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    A, G, C, & T
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  • Biography
    Born, lived, a little fuzzy on the ending.
  • Location
    Wherever I go, here I am.
  • Occupation
    Pillage and conquest.
  • Interests
    I dig ISTJ accountant-types with blue eyes.
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  1. Depends on the make and the model. I notice all the crappy cars you mention are GM. Ford trucks are really well made. I bought a 3yo Ranger back in '95, drove it until 2010 when I sold it to a kid who needed a truck. We still see it around town (it had a very distinctive paint scheme). Now I'm driving an '06 F150--nothing underpowered about its engine--and the biggest problem I have is that the fabric wore out from where I have to scoot my rump up on the seat. Back in the 80's, in response to the explosive Japanese takeover of the US car market, Ford made a conscious decision to focus on quality. My experience (sample size n=2) is that the truck division has it figured out. Don't knock old technology. The Browning .50 caliber machine gun was designed in 1917, the "modern" version fielded in 1932, and to this day remains a masterpiece of heavy weaponry.
  2. Okay, I'll say it. Avoidance of pain is a powerful motivator. The thing about leadership is that different people are motivated differently. Whereas you or I may be motivated by being handed an impossible problem and full latitude to solve it on our own, that's not everybody. Some people will move heaven and earth for a token employee recognition award. Others want to perform, but need clear step-by-step instructions laid out for them: they don't work well with autonomy. Some are good with big elaborate high-visibility productions, others prefer quiet behind-the-scenes routine, and others exist along the spectrum Still, there remains that group of people that are, in fact, lazy idiots. When nothing else works, this group needs to be looked squarely in the eye and told that they are sandbagging, and that you will ruin them and dance on their graves unless they fix themselves. Your job is to figure out what makes the individual tick, and go with it.
  3. #24. We're slipping. F@#$ing Milennials, can't even party properly.
  4. hahahaha. I can't believe I forgot about them.

  5. Don't forget fuck-tards and oxygen thieves. You can't call them out, either.

  6. Don't believe the hype. As a species, our hunter-gatherer pedigree necessarily implies we are meant to eat meat. We've been carnivores for 500,000--1,000,000 years, grain farmers for about 10,000. Processed anything is a problem, of course. If you find red meat problematic--not just what you've heard, but what you've experienced--then go with fatty wild-caught fish as an alternative. Also, full-fat dairy. I suggest you hold off for a moment and consider your premises. Why are you assuming that meat is unhealthy? Because a bureaucrat currying favor with a politician whose campaign was supported by ConAgra said so? You don't get diabetes from too much meat. You don't get obese from too much meat. If red meat in particular doesn't sit well with you--I myself prefer fish, fowl, and dairy--then just don't eat red meat.
  7. The first step is to do something. The greatest improvement you can make is to go from doing nothing to doing 3 sessions of about 30 minutes (arguably 20-45) of steady exercise per week. Walking, running, Zumba, swimming, whatever. This won't take you all the way to peak cognition, cardio-respiratory health, and the like, but it will get you a large chunk of the way there. Once you make regular exercise a habit, further improvement is both easy and hard: easy, because a baseline level of fitness opens up your options; hard, because of the overwhelming volume of arguments for the relative efficacy of this program vs. that program. Don't worry about that right now: pick some activity you don't mind so much, and like Nike says, Just Do It.
  8. Right. Okay, I got you. I can't disagree. Interesting, though, how the pseudo-scientific community gets its collective knickers in a bunch over any observation that it's deeply-held (but shallowly supported) convictions are anything but "pure" scientific method. <sigh> As if we've ever empirically demonstrated the origin of a new species from an old one at anything beyond the virus/bacteria level of sophistication.

  9. "Natural selection is laissez-faire economic theory imposed on biology." Hayek did this in reverse, noting that Darwin was strongly influenced by Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, in [Hayek's] "The Fatal Conceit."

    The concepts are remarkably intertwined, along with the notion of spontaneous order that I mentioned earlier in the thread.

    I'm not saying it's "true", but if you understand spontaneous order arising from evolution in biology, it makes understanding the free-market perspective of economics much easier. That is to say, why having a chaotic, hands-off approach is better than trying to force things to a particular end/conclusion.

  10. Gravity. Were I to throw you off the top of a building, it would not matter much what you believe, you would most certainly fall.
  11. ?? Not sure I follow. Responding to my comment to your post, or my recent post to the thread?

    You'll have to excuse me, it's late and the southeast is snowed in, so I'm quite inebriated in celebration.

  12. Yep. And vice-versa.

  13. Oh, Lord, now you've done it. Welcome to the INTJf.

  14. Still Icehouse.
  15. His "coming out" is a deliberately played move to advancing him in the draft. The SEC player of the year, prospected at a 3rd to 5th round choice? That's bullshit, until you consider that he is considerably underweight compared to other NFL linemen. Perhaps he's concerned about his performance at the imminent NFL combine? This was carefully played. Whether or not it pans out for him remains to be seen, but IMO Sam is assuming that there will be a grab to get the "first openly gay" draft choice that pays off more than his size and performance in the combine deserve. As for the NFL, the league will cash in on the publicity and leave it to the team that drafts him to reap the rewards or suffer the consequences. If he pans out, great, if not, no big deal; either way, the league will promote its open-mindedness while overtly ostracizing Tim Tebow, whose only professional achievement was to take his team to the playoffs as a second-stringer after the "vaunted" Kyle Orton got hurt. Sam is reading the tea leaves. The NFL is going the way of political correctness, and of course they'll embrace him. The only real question is how much earlier he'll go in the draft, and how much more will he get paid for it?