Breakthrough Hybrid Car Technology

Saw this photo on Facebook.


Thought this was just too excellent. 


Yes, a new hybrid car.


– The chassis goes one way.


– The passenger compartment goes the other way. 


Was the engineer on hallucinogenics? 


Or perhaps, this is some super secret new technology for easy parallel parking. 


Think about it, if the car is driverless than what difference does it make anyway? 😉


(Source Photo: Facebook)

Strategy, Strategery, Stratego

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Like the all knowing eye…


Strategy is our way of trying to forge a coherent path ahead. 


Of course, as humans, we are imperfect and don’t know what we don’t know. 


But whether we call it strategy, strategery, or stratego, the goal is to have a method to our madness. 


We can’t just rely on luck, gut, intuition, or subjective whim to get us wherever. 


Having no strategy is brainless following or aimless wandering. 


Strategy means your thinking ahead what you want to achieve and then at least trying your best to accomplish something. 


Ample course corrections allowed and encouraged, as needed. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

What Path Are We On This July 4th?

Over and over again, I hear people say that as a country we are on the wrong path.


According to recent polls, around 70% think we’re moving in the wrong direction!


Very pessimistic bunch or something more going on?  


Despite all the technology advances–from smartphones to video-on-demand, drones to 3-D printing–people are still feeling like things are a mess. 


And the upcoming election seems to have given everyone with half a brain, reason to pause. 


The world seems like a very dangerous place these days with a resurgent Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and ISIS with your guess as to where terrorism of the day will be hitting. 


Moreover, weapons of mass destruction are proliferating from nukes to chemical and biological weapons…can anyone say $350 billion in the next 10 years to modernize America’s nuclear arsenal


Deadly diseases from Ebola in Africa to Zika in South America are striking without warning and causing horrible sudden death and frightening birth defects in infant babies. 


The economy and politics of the world are grossly unstable with many banks now offering negative interest rates and Brexit tearing at the very core of the EU.  


Hundreds of thousands are dying in the Arab Spring and Middle East wars and millions of refugees are streaming to Europe and as far away as America. 


Ballooning national debts are leading to the looming bankruptcies of not only Greece, Spain, Ireland, and Puerto Rico, but also the 3 pillars of American entitlements: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 


Unemployment shows at a deceptive 4.7%, but yet anyone looking for a job knows this is far from reality, and robots, artificial intelligence, and automation loom large over any future prospects. 


Racism and hate are all too alive and well as tempers seem to be boiling over in city after city, with or without police shootings precipitating things. 


Already as a kid, I always used to ask my dad rhetorically, “What’s gonna be?”


As an adult, I understand that this was a question born of the deterioration of the moral and leadership fiber of our society and a future that was far from certain in the inner city or beyond, along with the anxiety born of wanting to have some reassurance that things somehow would end up being okay. 


But things aren’t okay in our f*cked up world!


Especially with political jockeying to gerrymandering, from sit-ins to sequestration, from pork-barrel projects to outright fraud, waste, and abuse…the system is getting so broken. 


Now when I think in my head, what’s gonna be, my mom and dad are not here anymore to reassure me that everything will be alright, and frankly in this day and age, those reassurances would not even be able to ring true. 


We need change and hope, but perhaps we must look Heavenward for it to come, because down here, things are looking more like a creeping hell, than a heaven that awaits.  


But good people can help to change things…one good thought, word, and deed at a time. You and I can be influences for good, for a brighter tomorrow, for peace, for freedom and equality, and for prosperity for everyone that doesn’t buy into the status quo and the spin and lies that sustain it any longer. 


This is our magic wand to wave and wave and make good times based on values and faith return again. 😉


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

Making a Right, Left, or Straight

When Nothing Goes Right

This was a funny sign to an Ethiopian cafe in downtown Washington, D.C. 


“When Nothing Goes Right, Go Left.”


(and next to it is another sign that says, “Money isn’t everything, but it keeps the kids in touch.”)


So what type of person are you?


When the going gets tough and nothing is going right, where do you go–to the coffee shop, door on the left–or more seriously do you:


– Close your eyes and keep marching forward like a good soldier?


– Get scared off, turn around, and run the other way?


– Take a break or slow down, stopping long enough to figure out what’s wrong, and come up with solutions? 


Maybe you do a little of all three–sort of the Curly Shuffle. 


But aside from faith in G-d (and coffee-drinking), perhaps two really critical traits for success in life are resilence in the face of adversity and your problem-solving skills.


That doesn’t mean that you never plow on or turn back–these are appropriate at times too–but that you know when to turn right, left, or make a straight dash to the goal line. 😉


(Source Photo: Danielle Blumenthal)

Heading Askew

Head

I thought I’d end the year with this photo that I took yesterday at the Hair Cuttery. 


There is this mannequin’s head just laying on top of the washing machine. 


Is that what happens to customers’ heads who don’t cooperate with their haircuts or perhaps if they don’t tip enough? 


More seriously though…


Maybe this is a good picture to summarize 2015–heads are down and the hair is all messed up, but it won’t stop us from trying to wash the darn clothes going out there. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Give ‘Em A Choice

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This is a funny sign from Germany for exiting…you can go this way or that.

I guess that’s a choice…even if they both take you to the same place.

It’s like my dad said to me the other day, “Give ’em a choice: take it or leave it!”

It’s true–we can choose–and if leave it, then we have another choice, “Walk away or run!” 😉

(Source Photo: here with attribution to Martin Fisch)

Upside Down in D.C.

So coming downtown this week in D.C., I see this quite unhelpful posted sign. 



If you can read upside down, while rushing down a busy street with a million and one things on your mind for the day, it says, “Sidewalk Closed. Use Other Side.”



Of course, the people flowing speedily down the streets in the morning, were still walking on this sidewalk, despite the construction and potential dangers. 



But in a way this reminds me of a bigger question here–is this really a sign of the times?



Today, I read in the Wall Street Journal about continued problems with Healthcare.gov–no, not related to the crashing websites, exemptions and delays, parts being overturned (such as with the contraception mandate), low enrollment (particularly after accounting for over 5 million people that lost their coverage with the new law and in effect had to sign up), but now in terms of thousands of people who signed up not getting their benefits due to continued problems with the enrollment system.



This is not just an issue for this party or that, but rather matters of government that we as a unified nation must tackle togther to grow our capabilities and competitiveness econically, militarily, and socially. 



Are the signs pointing us in the right direction and what streets should we be going down as a nation in order to succeed? 



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)