January 31, 2011

You can buy me for the right price 1.31.11

I'm worth more than $100 per barrel.

December 31, 2009

Ten for 10 12.31.9

Recycle the old:

1 Cook at home more.
2 Travel more.
3 Write more.
4 Get more on my "to do" list done.
5 Learn something new.
6 Volunteer more.
7 Spend more time with family.
8 Get in better shape.
9 Try new recipes or be a better cook/baker.
10 Read more books.

Happy New Year!

September 22, 2009

Corrupt state of Massachusetts 9.22.9

What a bunch of corrupt Assholes. I would put a big target on them. I can't believe this is allowed to happen. I feel the Federal Government should stop the states from changing this law after the fact.

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January 04, 2009

More 2009 Goals 1.4.9

9 more resolutions for 2009.

1. See more of the world.
2. Use the senses more.
3. Cook at home more.
4. Have people over more often.
5. Travel more.
6. Be more awesome.
7. Write more.
8. Get more on my "to do" list done.
9. Learn something new, help others more, and spend more time with friends and family.

October 27, 2008

A little humor 10.27.8

Rules for Men.
1. A man shall never sit down to pee.
2. If a man is eating nachos and they are all stuck together, it is considered one nacho.
3. Every man shall allow one empty urinal of separation in a bathroom with three or more urinals
4. No man shall ever turn down free beer because "it’s not their brand."
5. If it itches, it will be scratched.
6. If you trap her head under the covers for the purpose of flatulent entertainment, she's officially your girlfriend.
7. If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd better be talking about his choice of beer.
8. Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of pizza, but not both, that's just greedy.
9. If she complains about the toilet seat being up, complain about the toilet seat being down. You need it up.
10. If you let her do something she wants, she better do it topless.
11. Under no circumstances shall another man sit on your lap.
12. In a 6 person hot tub, there should be a maximum of 3 guys.
13. If a buddy is outnumbered, out manned, or too drunk to fight, you must jump into the fight.
14. No man shall ever own a dog smaller then a housecat.
15. Christopher Columbus did not need directions and neither do we.

July 22, 2008

Haystack needles are tough to find after a year 7.22.8

Back in Boston after spending some time at home and New York.

Looks like.
Parking idiots.
Good reads.
Guide to rhetoric.
Graduation speech by Patton Oswalt.
Name the Simpsons.

February 25, 2008

Thoughts regarding pacing vs. talking 2.25.8

... Another type of leadership. Rather than “leading,” there are folks who “pace.” Pacing basically means listening attentively and trying to match the person you’re having a conversation with. If they’re excited and loud, you incorporate that into how you respond. If they’re reflective and quiet, you match that, etc.

Interestingly, people who pace are able to achieve higher levels of rapport. When someone “paces” us, we tend to feel more understood and accepted. When we feel this way, we become much more willing to follow a leader. via -Blog.

I wonder if that has something to do with the Clarence Thomas silence.....for two years.....about not asking any questions?

November 27, 2007

Spell it before you can say it 11.27.7

Places to go 1. New Zealand. 2. California. 3. England. 4. Webster, MA.,

April 13, 2007

Cow Joke 4.13.7

A funny joke on how a typical country or company would show ownership of cows.

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November 08, 2006

TOD 11.8.6

11 Things needed every day.


November 06, 2006

Link to Mymoneyblog

A favorite link or post on the mymoney blog? Well, I've been reading his tips and tricks for some time, but must admit I don't really have a favorite. I do find and seek out many financial sites goals list and updates. Many sites give a general idea on where people stand and how well they stick to the plan. I like to follow along and see the progress they make. They tend to give you an idea on what caused the months changes along with a recap on what they may be thinking slightly ahead of the curve, like moving into or out of certain plans or investments. Not sure how much is too much in the making everything public realm, but it never hurts to put your goals down and tracked.

March 11, 2006

Would you rather part 3

Would you rather:
wake up and find you can ONLY tell the absolute truth OR only lies? Tell the truth. Jim Carey made a movie about not being able to lie and turned into a more enjoyable person.

gargle with mint listerine mouthwash before every meal OR lick a lime before every bite? Gargle with mouthwash. Licking a lime would distort all of the good tastes from the food.

drink a glass of water taken from a public kiddie pool OR from the shark tank at the aquarium? Shark tank at the aquarium. Not around feeding time with all of the dead fish though.

go out to dinner with a convicted serial killer OR vice president dick cheney? VP Dick Cheney. Something newsworthy might result, but the convicted serial killer would more than likely add you to the victim list.

March 04, 2006

Wisdom from Buffet's Annual Shareholders Letter

When a problem exists, whether in personnel or in business operations, the time to act is now.

Getting fired can produce a particularly bountiful payday for a CEO. Indeed, he can “earn” more
in that single day, while cleaning out his desk, than an American worker earns in a lifetime of cleaning
toilets. Forget the old maxim about nothing succeeding like success: Today, in the executive suite, the all too prevalent rule is that nothing succeeds like failure.

Huge severance payments, lavish perks and outsized payments for ho-hum performance often
occur because comp committees have become slaves to comparative data. The drill is simple: Three or so directors – not chosen by chance – are bombarded for a few hours before a board meeting with pay statistics that perpetually ratchet upwards. Additionally, the committee is told about new perks that other managers are receiving. In this manner, outlandish “goodies” are showered upon CEOs simply because of a corporate version of the argument we all used when children: “But, Mom, all the other kids have one.” When comp committees follow this “logic,” yesterday’s most egregious excess becomes today’s baseline.

Comp committees should adopt the attitude of Hank Greenberg, the Detroit slugger and a boyhood
hero of mine. Hank’s son, Steve, at one time was a player’s agent. Representing an outfielder in
negotiations with a major league club, Steve sounded out his dad about the size of the signing bonus he should ask for. Hank, a true pay-for-performance guy, got straight to the point, “What did he hit last year?” When Steve answered “.246,” Hank’s comeback was immediate: “Ask for a uniform.”

Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases.

Leadership Lessons from CEO of Disney

Set a crystal-clear strategic agenda with three to four priorities, and drive everything from these priorities.

On major strategic initiatives, be very deliberate and analytical in developing and communicating the strategic and economic rationale.

Lead by example, be a great listener, and treat others with care and respect. That's the way to set the tone for the organization and culture.

February 25, 2006

Mellon Financial Sucks

Mellon Financial Sucks. After exercising my stock options, they went ahead and processed the options in a manner that I had not elected. They give no contact information for the people who are "looking into" the problem. It takes 2 hours on hold to get a real live person who can't really help unless they place you on hold. If you have any ablility in avoiding Mellon as broker or place of business please put in as little money as possible to them.

February 17, 2006

Are you more part 2 today

01) One who thinks aging makes one look distinguished or one who thinks aging makes one look just plain old?
You just look old.

02) A tabloid multi-issue celeb story follower (Brangelina, for example) or a person who thinks there’s nothing stupider at the checkout line at the supermarket than that?

There are things stupider that tabloid stories. There might be, but the tabloids have to be near the top.

03) Someone who likes English the way it is or someone who would prefer it if English were spelled foe-neh-tik-lee?
English is OK the way it is.

04) A full night’s sleep sleeper or a grab as many hours as I can sleeper?
Pretty much grab as many hours as I can.

05) Thinking you have some (even only slight) psychic abilities or thinking you have absolutely no psychic abilities?
I have some psychic abilities, but nothing that could be said I'm a psychic and open my own scam shop.

06) A lover of chicken dishes at a chinese restaurant or a lover of noodle dishes at a chinese restaurant?


07) Loving this year’s American Idol or sick to death of the whole American Idol thing?
Death to the whole American Idol. Wasn't that 1999's show?

08) Wishing you were smarter or wishing you were much better at dealing with other people?
Better at dealing with other people.

09) Attracted to people for their physical attributes or attracted to people for their personality attributes?

10) Thinking schools should get back to the basics or thinking schools need to expand their curriculum? Get back to the basics.

Are you more more updates

Made it back from New Jersey for the Marquette/Rutgers game this past Sunday. No 20 inches of snowfall was going to keep us from the game. Not the result I was looking for but a good game none the less. An eventful bus trip down with stops every 20 minutes due to the Greyhound bus overheating. Not the way to be making your first trip from Boston.

Marquette did bounce back on National Marquette day against Georgetown. Defeating another ranked team helps build the resume for the NCAA's so we'll see how they fair against another Big East heavy weight in Pittsburgh.

Change in the crazy winter/spring/winter/fall/summer/winter/spring/winter/spring/winter/spring/winter weather here in Boston. Now a small wind gust of 60mph makes it a pleasant day.

Are you more:

01) Heat-based fat-loss body pads or electricity-based muscle-gain body pads?
Electricity based muscle gain pads although I wouldn't use either.

02) Jar-Jar Binks or Jabba the Hutt?
Jabba the Hutt. Jar-Jar should have hit the editing room trash bin.

03) Warm, slushy winter or cold, snowy winter?
Cold, snowy winter and then a trip down the mountains.

04) One who thinks hardcore B&D can truly be consensual or one who think hardcore B&D can’t really be consensual?
It can't be consensual.

05) Preferring of the smell of flowers or preferring of the smell of fruit?
I prefer the smell of fruit.

06) And impenetrable wall or a moving target?
A moving target. Always avoid getting hit rather than thinking of defense.

07) One who listens to your own little inner voice or one who doesn’t listen and/or doesn’t think you have one?
I listen, but my inner voice isn’t strong enough.

08) An overt pleasure seeker or one who takes whatever pleasure comes your way in stride?
I’ll take whatever pleasure comes my way and take it in stride.

09) An overt pain avoider or one who takes whatever (regular sized) pain comes your way in stride?
I try to avoid pain. No need for the hospital bills.

10) Wishing you were some other age than the one you are or comfortable and content with the age you are?
Younger, but my age doesn't really bother me.

January 21, 2006

Good advice

Living well really IS the best revenge.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

You only need two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape.

When baking, follow directions carefully. When cooking on top of the stove, go by your own taste.

Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it.

The two most essential phrases for a happy relationship: “I apologize” and “You are right.”

Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect, it just means you decided to see beyond the imperfections and be happy anyway.

If you woke up breathing, be thankful! You have another chance!

Being miserable because of a former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.

Real friends are those who, when you make a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.

You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.

You should lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

Translation for what women say

Women keywords and their meaning

1. Fine
This is the word ladies use at the end of any argument that they feel
they are right about but need to shut you up. NEVER use fine to
describe how a woman looks. This will cause you to have one of those

2. Five Minutes
This is half an hour. It is equivalent to the five minutes that your
football game is going to last before you take out the trash, so she
feels that it’s an even trade.

3. Nothing
This means something and you should be on your toes. “Nothing” is
usually used to describe the feeling a woman has of wanting to turn
you inside out, upside down, and backwards. “Nothing” usually signifies
an argument that will last “Five Minutes” and end with the word “Fine”.

4. Go Ahead (with raised eyebrows)
This is a dare. One that will result in a woman getting upset over
“Nothing” and will end with the word “Fine”.

5. Go Ahead (normal eyebrows)
This means “I give up” or “do what you want because I don’t care”. You
will get a raised eyebrow “Go Ahead” in just a few minutes, followed by
“Nothing” and “Fine” and she will talk to you in about “Five Minutes”
when she cools off.

6. Loud Sigh
This is not actually a word, but is still often a verbal statement very
misunderstood by men. A “Loud Sigh” means she thinks you are an idiot
at that moment and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here
and arguing with you over “Nothing”.

7. Soft Sigh
Again, not a word, but a verbal statement. “Soft Sighs” are one of the
few things that some men actually understand. She is content. Your best
bet is to not move or breathe and she will stay content.

8. Oh
This word followed by any statement is trouble. Example; “Oh, let me
get that”. Or, “Oh, I talked to him about what you were doing last
night”. If she says “Oh” before a statement, run, do not walk, to the
nearest exit. She will tell you that she is “Fine” when she is done
tossing your clothes out the window, but do not expect her to talk to
you for at least 2 days. “Oh” as the lead to a sentence usually
signifies that you are caught in a lie. Do not try to lie more to get
out of it, or you will get raised eyebrows “Go ahead” followed by acts
so unspeakable that I can’t bring myself to write about them.

9. That’s Okay
This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can say to a
man. “That’s Okay” means that she wants to think long and hard before
paying you retributions for what ever it is that you have done.
“That’s Okay” is often used with the word “Fine” and used in
conjunction with a raised eyebrow “Go Ahead”. At some point in the near
future when she has plotted and planned, you are going to be in some
mighty big trouble.

10. Please Do
This is not a statement, it is an offer. A woman is giving you the
chance to come up with whatever excuse or reason you have for doing
whatever it is that you have done. You have a fair chance to tell the
truth, so be careful and you shouldn’t get a “That’s Okay”.

11. Thanks
A woman is thanking you. Do not faint, just say you’re welcome.

12. Thanks A Lot
This is much different than “Thanks”. A woman will say, “Thanks A Lot”
when she is really ticked off at you. It signifies that you have hurt
her in some callous way, and will be followed by the “Loud Sigh”. Be
careful not to ask what is wrong after the “Loud Sigh”, as she will
only tell you “Nothing”

December 26, 2005

Items for 2006

Ideas for 2006.

As for the Bears/Packers game, it certainly takes a little of the excitement out of celebrating Christmas at home. Tough to see Favre play so poorly, but well enough to be driving the team towards the tying touchdown in the 4th quarter.

Lakers/Heat game is pretty boring to keep me interested in watching. What happened to the NBA? It used to be "Fantastic", but is now sooooooooo predictable that I can't watch any longer.

Stock picks if I had some extra money for 2006.

AIG, BAC, WMT, and MO.

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December 13, 2005

X-Mas List

Brent's X-Mas list:

1. Car.* Must include somewhere, so mine as well be here. Just dependable, good gas mileage, chick magnet, fast, able to alude cops and speeding tickets.
2. Redsox tickets. Individual game tickets went on sale this past Saturday.
3. DVR. Will fill in brand after I complete some research.
4. Decent dress watch. Probably a little too high on the list, but will come to replace the beat up one I wear now.
5. Mac stuff. I need something to play with my new computer.
6. Clothes. Decent additions to the wardrobe.
7. Books, DVD, CD's, Magazine Subscriptsions. No particular order, but Amazon Wishlist might have a few ideas.
8. Airline ticket and hotels in Europe for June, 2006
9. Additional World Cup 2006 soccer tickets.
10. Money

If you are still without an item you can check out an outdated, but helpful list from my Amazon Wishlist. A segway would be pretty cool, but not too useful in the cold weather we have up in Boston now.

November 16, 2005

Fed Article

Fed article for reading up on later.

October 22, 2005


Some current links for browsing. It will take you to other sites.

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