Sunday, November 29, 2015

Can't Journalists Ask A Presidential Candidate A Real Question?

A GQ Magazine "journalist" scored an interview with Donald Trump. And he pretty much wasted the entire interview asking totally inane questions. Probably the most hard-hitting question dealt with whether or not Trump would nuke anybody else.

 The rest of it dealt with "would you still call people names if you became President" and about his trademark haircut.

Trump mentioned he'd released a lot of policy over the two weeks prior to the interview. Not a single question about it.

Why can't journalists ask actual questions about policy? I suspect it's because journalists don't know much about anything outside of the liberal/SJW Narrative.

A sample of questions I would ask Trump if I were given the chance:

Mr. Trump, I heard you comment in an interview a while back about how it cost the Defense Department over $900,000 to SHIP a part from, I think it was, Tennesse to Texas. That was just for shipping of a single item, not the part cost itself. How would you fix the Defense acquisition process so that doesn't happen ever again?

Mr. Trump, you claim you'd have a strong military. How will you go about this?

Mr. Trump, you mention all the tens of millions of people on welfare. How exactly would you go about getting the majority of them off of it? What about the people who can't or won't get off welfare?

Mr. Trump, you claim you'd bring jobs back to America. How?

Mr. Trump, you've mentioned you have a concealed carry permit. Would you do anything to bring about reciprocity, so people like Shaneen Allen are no longer arrested and imprisoned in the People's Republic of New Jersey despite having a properly issued carry permit from Pennsylvania?

Mr. Trump, you've claimed the Iran deal was a bad deal. What would you do instead?

Mr. Trump, you've said the Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad. How would you get out of it, and what would you put in place?

Mr. Trump, how would you repeal the un-Affordable Care Act (Obamessiah Care)? What would you do instead?

I've watched some interviews with Trump. A typical journalist will ask him a question, then three words into his reply, cut him off and ask another or make a comment on the subject from the Narrative. I would ask a question, then STFU while he answers unless his tries to spin, change the subject, or BS me.

Of all the Presidential candidates, Trump is probably the one who would LOVE to go into the specifics of his plans. The rest of them are empty suits who haven't accomplished anything substantial in their lives. Kind of like the journalists who interview them.

That GQ interview is about all the mainstream "journalism" I can handle for this week. I don't know how people can read this kind of stuff all day.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Apparently, Black Friday Was A Bust

Michael Snyder at the Economic Collapse Blog takes a break from blogging that the collapse will happen next month to comment on Black Friday.

I'd never even heard of Black Friday until I met my ex-wife in 2000. I used to get dragged around for that shopping until I finally started refusing to go.

I was amazed this year at how little people and traffic there were around yesterday. I have my children this Thanksgiving, and decided to take each of them out to breakfast alone. I took my oldest to McDonald's yesterday, which in past years would have been almost a suicide mission. But it wasn't very busy. Then I had to run to Wawa (a mega gas/convenience store) for something, and passed Wal-mart. I've NEVER seen that Wal-mart parking lot that empty, ever. And when I absolutely have to get something at Wal-mart, I go very early on a Saturday morning before the average Wal-mart shopper is out of bed.

I even took my boys to Game Stop, and while there was a line, it was nowhere near as busy as it was on Black Friday last year.

Perhaps it is time for retailers to rethink Black Friday, which seems to get earlier and earlier every year. I was afraid Black Friday sales would start after Halloween before too long, then move all the way to Independence Day.

Besides that, whenever I hear about "great bargains", that just makes me think the crap is overpriced the rest of the year.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Why Are People Still Obsessed Over SD Cards?

From my experience, the #1 reason people reject the idea of buying an iPhone (besides "I hate Apple") is: it doesn't have an SD card.

I heard the same thing when I got my Note 5 a few months ago "Well, I like the Note 5, but it doesn't have an SD card slot, so I went with another phone."

Why? To me, an SD slot was useful back in the Windows Mobile days, when the phone MIGHT have 128 MB on board if you're lucky.

When a phone has 64 GB of storage, plus all the cloud storage available, why do people still obsess over SD cards?

For my Note 5, I have 1 TB of OneDrive, 5 GB of Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Google Drive, and so on. I also bought a USB to Micro USB cable, so I can connect an external hard drive or thumb drive to my Note.

I can get having trouble with a lack of removable battery, but I don't understand why people are still obsessed over having an SD slot. That's like refusing to buy a computer because it lacks a floppy drive.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Some Productivity Tools Worth Considering

My year of Nozbe is coming to an end, so I started looking at some other tools out there to see if I want to renew Nozbe or switch to something else.

I used to use Outlook heavily. I still use it at work, because I have no other option. But for a personal productivity solution, I find it lacking. I like that Outlook (since 2007) allows you to see your tasks and appointments on the same screen, but Microsoft hasn't updated this functionality since. The only other tool I know of that shows you both calendar and tasks on the same view is Pocket Informant.

Also, you STILL, to this day, can't sync Google Calendar to Outlook. You can subscribe to your calendars, but you can't sync them. This is a deal breaker to me. I've played around some with Outlook for Mac, iOS, and Android, but I find it lacking for pretty much anything outside of email, with one exception: on mobile, Outlook can access multiple cloud drives at once. You can see Dropbox, OneDrive, GDrive, etc. all in one place. This is useful. But otherwise, I'm likely to use Apple Mail on my Mac and iPad, and the gmail client on my Note 5 for email.


I've used MLO off and on for at least 10 years. It's very powerful, but sometimes too powerful. MLO allows you to create task dependencies, and also to accomplish tasks in order. You create your tasks in an outline, and there's a to do list as well that is automagically generated. In the outline mode, you have pretty much unlimited depth. You can also designate a task as a goal, project, or folder.

The drawback is there's no Mac version. They're considering developing one, but it doesn't exist yet and there's no indication when it could be ready. The clients all cost money, and they offer a web sync, which you can pay for in periods of one month up to a year. I think a year is $25, which isn't a bad deal. The last time I paid for the Windows client, it was $50. Every time they release a major update, you have to buy it again. The mobile clients run from $10-20. Plus the sync. It can get fairly expensive, but if you need the power, it's worth it. One benefit though is you only buy the desktop client once. As long as you have a license code, you can install on just about any device.

Cybersecurity at my work blocks pretty much any website that could be useful, even LinkedIN (you can get to Facebook though; weird). MLO's site isn't blocked, and the Desktop client doesn't make any registry changes, so you can install it on a computer without admin access. I have the ability to use MLO at work, which is a bonus. Most of you don't work in such a restricted environment, so this isn't a factor for you. I have to take it into consideration though


I've played with Nozbe off and on since it came out in 2007. All of the clients are free downloads. Nozbe charges you for the sync though. I think it runs $99 a year. I got it on Black Friday last year for half price, which included a second user so I used it for my wife.

Nozbe comes complete with videos to teach you how to use it, plus some basic time and project management skills, Nozbe focused, of course.

It's available on every platform EXCEPT Windows Phone, and when I had a Windows Phone last December, the web client didn't work in the browser. Unlike some other platforms that are designed and behave differently on multiple platforms, Nozbe is the same look, operation, and user experience EVERYWHERE.

With the Pro version (cloud sync), you are allowed unlimited contexts and projects. I follow David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology (somewhat), so I use these features. I like that Nozbe lets you assign multiple contexts to a task. Some others restrict you to a single context. But what if a task fits into both @Work and @computer? Not a problem in Nozbe. Nozbe also allows time estimation. If a task takes 5 minutes or 3 hours, you can add this information, which can be useful for planning.

Nozbe doesn't have sub projects or sub tasks. You can put a checklist into a task. These can't be reordered though, and you have to keep opening the task to access the checklist. You can also leave comments on tasks and projects, to keep track of status, roadblocks, or changes. One of their videos suggests using project comments to track your motivation. Why did you want to get this done? You can use this when you want to use the project functionality to track a goal.

You can also color-code tasks and projects. This can provide a visual trigger. I use red for high-priority projects so they stand out. Blue I use for goals, because I find it pleasing.

Nozbe also has a web client, but this is blocked at work. Another drawback to Nozbe is it doesn't background sync well. If I forget to sync it deliberately in the morning, I'll get to my cubicle and find out it didn't sync since last night. Then I have to go all the way outside (I don't get a signal in the office) and wait for it to sync over cellular in an area where I have a weak signal, if any. This hinders me some days when I rely on Nozbe to keep track of what I need to do for me, which is the point.

Nozbe syncs to Google Calendar, so when you have a task that has to be done on a certain day, it shows up on your calendar. This is useful. It also syncs to Evernote and Dropbox. I wish they'd add OneDrive, which I use far more.


Wunderlist is another one I've played with off and on since it first appeared on the scene, but I haven't given it enough attention to evaluate it very well. The free version is simple and powerful and syncs across all devices. They have apps for both Windows Phone and Windows 10. When I got a Windows Phone in early 2014, Wunderlist was the only major task management system available for it. They pro version is $25 for a year, which is fairly inexpensive.

Like Nozbe, you can add a checklist to a task in Wunderlist. And you can reorder this checklist. You can easily drag and drop tasks between lists. However, you can't add a context to a task. I think this might be available on pro. That means you can't make a task both a context and part of a project, because you have to use lists for this and you can't put a task in two lists. But you can have sub lists, and I think sub tasks.


I downloaded Todoist this past weekend, and haven't played with it much yet. Like Wunderlist, it seems simple and easy. But features like contexts and notes are only available in the Pro version. They offered me a free month of pro, so I might take advantage of it to try it out. It also seems available on every platform.


I've used Evernote pretty much since the beginning. I used Evernote 1, and was a beta tester for Evernote 2. Most of you learned about Evernote in 2008, when it became version 3 and expanded to multiple platforms and offered a cloud sync. Evernote originally was blue, and was based on being an infinite scroll. In 2008, they brought in some investors and a new CEO, who was a Mac user. This inspired the change.

Some people use Evernote for all their task management. Others think of it as a "digital file cabinet". I keep my journal in Evernote. You can create checklists, and highlight and markup text, but it doesn't have OneNote's ability to add other symbols.

One funny thing about Evernote: it was originally designed for tablets, and had the ability to write with a stylus. In Evernote 1 and 2, I used to draw with the mouse cursor. Their handwriting and image text recognition goes back to Evernote 2. That was one of the things I had to test out as a beta tester. This functionality disappeared in Evernote 3, and was added back in within the last year or two, even though it's been on tablets for years.

Microsoft OneNote

This is another one I've used since the beginning. OneNote was another program originally designed for tablets (Microsoft had a tablet edition of Windows 98; I think even 95 OSR 2 could run on tablets). Handwriting in OneNote disappeared for several years.

The problem I have with OneNote is its best feature is ONLY available in the Windows desktop client. Not in the Windows Store client. This is the "find tags". I use this at work a lot. I take meeting notes, capture actions and other important topics, then use "find tags" to go back through and make sure they get into Nozbe and Evernote in my personal task management system. But I can't use this on my Mac, iPad, or Note. Hell, the Android version of OneNote can't even open password protected notes. Fail, Microsoft.

The Mac and mobile clients have a feedback mechanism. They claim to encourage you to submit feedback. I've submitted several requests for "find tags" in the other clients, but so far whenever I see an update and check the notes, it's something stupid like "bug fixes" or some other functionality I don't care about.

But, through OneDrive, OneNote syncs across all of your devices.

For now, I see both Evernote and OneNote as a way to take notes or save information and capture action items that must then be put into Nozbe so I can get them done. Evernote can function as a document scanner through your phone's camera. They have an app, Scannable, for iOS. When I was buying my house earlier this year, I used Scannable for documents I had to submit, including my 110 page divorce agreement because the mortgage company insisted on it. But at least now I have it in pdf format.

Apple Reminders

I know people who use Reminders heavily. For me, they're too limited for anything besides asking Siri things like "Remind me to take the pizza out of the oven in 20 minutes".  (Hell, Siri is still too limited for anything besides that). David Allen Company publishes a guide showing you how to use them for GTD.

I still haven't used apps like Omnifocus or Things, which still seem to be Mac and iOS centered. I think one of them may have a Windows client now. They also seem a little too expensive.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

"Professional" Journalists Make Things Up- Less Accurate Than The Onion

An article I linked and commented on yesterday turned out to be made up.

Politico‘s Kyle Cheney admitted that he fabricated a negative story about Ben Carson. At least, according to his own standards, he admitted the grievous journalistic sin.
In a story published early on Friday, Politico’s Kyle Cheney authored a piece headlined “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship” with a subhed “Carson’s campaign on Friday conceded that a central point in his inspirational personal story did not occur as he previously described.”
There were at least five major problems with the story:
  • The headline was completely false
  • The subhed was also completely false
  • The opening paragraph was false false false
  • The substance of the piece was missing key exonerating information
  • The article demonstrated confusion about service academy admissions and benefits
But other than that, A+++ work, Kyle Cheney and Politico.

Just goes to show once again that you can't trust the media. Sooner or later, they will discover how irrelevant they are. And hopefully will go out of business.

Remember back in about 2003 or 2004 when Dan Rather completely made up a report on George W. Bush being AWOL during his National Guard duty?

I suppose like an unprogrammed digital clock flashing 12:00, the media could accidentally get something right twice a day. Just assume they have the same credibility unpaid, amateur bloggers like me have. Except I have no reason or desire to lie to you. And I have no responsibility, real or implied.

Cleary Doesn't Watch Debates For About The Same Reasons I Don't

That pretty much sums it up. Presidential debates are a bunch of lying, psychopath politicians lying in sound bites.

At least in this cycle, the Republicrats have two men who have actually accomplished something in their lives: Carson and Trump. Cleary favors Carson, a brain surgeon, which is no easy feat. I'm kind of hoping Trump turns out to be something. Trump has balls, and gets things done. And his projects are almost always done on time and UNDER budget. Trump is not a typical establishment guy, although he runs in those circles, so it remains to be seen whether he'll sell out to them, or knock them into line.

And the Demonicans are running somebody with military experience: Jim Webb, an Annapolis graduate and U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. As a veteran who has been deployed to a war zone, I get so sick of hearing these draft dodging political psychopaths playing fast and loose with sending troops into war zones. None of them have been in the military, none of their families have been in the military, and none of their friends have been in the military. It's totally abstract to them to commit soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen to combat action where many will not come home, or will come home maimed for life.

But Webb is not going to make it. The writing is on the wall: either Hillary or Sanders, people who have done nothing outside of law or politics their entire lives. They've never run a successful project onto anything resembling a schedule or budget.

The biggest problem with our political system is the hope so many have of getting "the right person in office". I explored that about a year and a half ago.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Why Would You Lie About West Point?

Apparently, Ben Carson lied about being accepted to West Point:

Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICOthat a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. 
The academy has occupied a central place in Carson’s tale for years. According to a story told in Carson’s book, “Gifted Hands,” the then-17 year old was introduced in 1969 to Gen. William Westmoreland, who had just ended his command of U.S. forces in Vietnam, and the two dined together. That meeting, according to Carson’s telling, was followed by a “full scholarship” to the military academy. 
West Point, however, has no record of Carson applying, much less being extended admission. 
“In 1969, those who would have completed the entire process would have received their acceptance letters from the Army Adjutant General,” said Theresa Brinkerhoff, a spokeswoman for the academy. She said West Point has no records that indicate Carson even began the application process. “If he chose to pursue (the application process), then we would have records indicating such,” she said. 
When presented with these facts, Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false.

I'll never understand why people do this. What's interesting is when they don't even understand the military academy application and acceptance process well enough to lie about it correctly.

As I recall the process, you first apply. If your application is accepted, you have to get an appointment. You can get these from Congressmen, Senators, or the President and Vice President.  Most people who lie about being admitted to a military academy leave out the appointment part; probably because they don't know about it.

In high school, I applied to West Point, the Chair Force Academy, and Annapolis. West Point and the Air Force pretty much told me to get bent. Annapolis told me to retake the SAT and reapply, which I interpreted as the same thing. I even had an appointment lined up; as I'd met with my representative who agreed to give me an appointment if I got accepted. I ended up not needing it. I didn't know about the Merchant Marine Academy at the time, and I'm not sure if I would have considered them if I did.

And there's really no sense in bragging about a "full scholarship" at a military academy. There really isn't a such thing. At a military academy, you become an employee of the military, with a service obligation following graduation. I think it's 5 years. It's not quite a scholarship. You're getting an education, sure, but it's more like exchanging 9 years of indentured servitude for education.

If you want a good first hand account of what a service academy is like, read John T. Reed's "Should I Go To, Or Stay At, West Point?"

I never seriously considered supporting Carson. I admire him, because he's actually done something productive in his life unlike the typical politician, who got into law, foundation or non-profit work, or academics.

I respect the fact that Carson came clean. When the typical politician is caught in a lie, they usually double down. I usually assume they're lying about everything.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Being Connected and Perceived Importance

On my job, our tech is somewhat behind the times. My work-issued laptop doesn't have wi-fi, so on a day when I'm attending meetings in different locations, I'm disconnected completely unless I happen to be in a room with a network jack or switch. 

I'm also not important enough to have a BlackBerry.

Every time I comment that I wish I could get a BlackBerry, someone inevitably asked "Why would you want a BlackBerry? Then "they" can bug you 24/7. Most people comment that they hate BlackBerries because of this.

Personally, I don't want a "BlackBerry", as I am not fond of the platform. It sucks. But, when it comes to keeping up on email, it's better than nothing. I've had BlackBerries on previous jobs, and if I don't want to be bothered by it, I shut it off or leave it in another room. During work hours, it stays on my belt. Outside of work hours, I use it only if and when I decide to. I am in charge; not the device. The same goes for my Note 5. If I hear a chime, I decide if I want to know what it is. If it's important to me, I deal with it. If not, I deal with it if and when I decide to.

I've never understood what is so hard about that for some people.

Mike Cernovich has a good post up on the subject:
Eliminate your illusion of self-importance. You think answering emails and texts right away makes you important. Does it?
Ask yourself this: Does Warren Buffett look down at his phone constantly to ensure he gets back to people right away and is super responsive? When Steve Jobs was alive, did he have to respond to email and Facebook statuses and messages?
When you are truly important, you can respond to people if and when you feel like it.
Being on-call 24/7 makes you feel important. That’s an illusion. Being connected non-stop is slavery.
Go without answering texts and emails for a day. People will get angry at you. How dare they? What mindset motivates people to believe they must have their emails answered on their terms?
Exactly. Entitlement. People believe they own you.
Set yourself free.
Mike hits the nail on the head. Being connected is supposed to be your power. Not somebody else's. Exercise some self-discipline. That email, voice mail, text, or reply on your Facebook post will still be there when you decide to get around to it. If you decide. Ask yourself: who is in charge, you, or your phone notifications? If the notifications are in charge, you need to reevaluate your life.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Marketing Tactics You Shouldn't Use (at least, if you want to do business with me)

Marketers are annoying. I know, there are tons of "boot camps", "webinars" and "master classes" out there to tell you how to supposedly sell your material. Most of them suck, and make you look annoying if not dishonest, greedy, and stupid.

I've been exposed to many of them. There are some people, like Mike Cernovich, that get it right. Mike recently put a new book up for pre-order. He wrote a blog post, and sent out a SINGLE email to his mailing list with a link to the post. Essentially, it was low key. "Hey, guys, I have a new book coming up. Here's what it's about... You can pre-order it here." That's all. I pre-ordered it, because I like Mike's work and he didn't annoy me with his sales pitch. I also read his book "Gorilla Mindset", which I haven't gotten around to reviewing. You can buy it here:Gorilla Mindset.

Contrast that to some other techniques, most of which send me running the other way.

Using the words "webinar", "boot camp", or "master class".

These words do not resonate with me. Webinar for some reason, I associate with scaminar. Somewhere back around 2008 or 9, I signed up for some free "social media webinar". It was an hour and a half of things I already knew, followed by a sales pitch for some multi thousand dollar "social media bootcamp".

I have been to boot camp (called Recruit Training in the Navy). Whatever you call your scaminar, I'm sure it is NOTHING like a real military boot camp. Your marketing doesn't even come close in association to me. Maybe some non-military, baby boomer draft dodger will see it as an elite term. To me, you look stupid. And I don't do business with stupid.

You want a real boot camp? Spend 8 weeks living in open bay barracks, doing pushups every time you or anybody else screws up, stand watch at night, march, go up to 10 hours in between head calls (bathroom breaks), try to stay awake through classroom instruction, eat crappy food, get yelled at, experience the "gas chamber", and so on. That's a boot camp. You also get paid for boot camp, although it's probably several thousand dollars less than most of these idiot camps cost.

Master class is another word I associate with a scam. What makes your class any better than any other class? I have a bachelors degree and am more than halfway to a master's. I've been to many classes; real classes put together by people who are hopefully subject matter experts and accredited by an association. Is your "master class" accredited by anybody or anything? Then what value can I expect from it, especially when it costs more than a regular college class, many of which are too expensive anyway?

Repeated emails

I don't mind giving my email address. Sure, it's your prerogative, maybe even right as site owner to ask for an email address before allowing access to site content. But then the emails keep coming, and coming, and coming, until I'm forced to either unsubscribe or create a filter that just routes them to a label in gmail where I can mark them all as read and delete them at one time. Or mark them as spam.

I recently gave my email address for access to a site. And I haven't had a chance to go through the "free" material yet, but now the guy sends me 4-5 emails a day. Most of which are just repeats. That's Eben Pagan.

Donald Miller is about to get unsubscribed from too. I've read and reviewed a couple of his books, and enjoyed them. I guess I subscribed to his list at some point. Now, I get 3 or more emails a day from him about his story something or other program. One is enough. And I don't mean one a day. Send me a single email announcing it, with the details, and if I'm not interested or able, I'll delete it and move on. Send me more, and I'm off your list. Your precious list.

Subjective value

"This information product is valued at 18 trillion dollars, but I'll sell it to you for $79.95"

People will try to sell a 30 page "ebook" for $40-$70 or even more. Unless you can provide some REAL reviews, I'm not biting.

I can't believe you didn't take advantage...

One of the fastest ways to get me to delete your email and unsubscribe is this tactic, which I see as dishonest. It's normally matched to my name, but I know email autoresponders can do that so I'm on to your dishonest game. "Eric, I can't believe you haven't taken advantage of my $79.95 a month Social Media Master Class!"

Right, as if you're sitting around with my picture and my resume, praying and fasting to God that I'll register and pay so you can fill me with your Holy Spirit of Internet marketing. Kiss my ass. Unsubscribe. I used to follow Michael Hyatt, and unsubscribed from his emails shortly after he tried this bullshit with his Platform University. Believe it, Michael, I haven't taken advantage of your offer. And by this point, I won't. And I'm not buying your book either.

The fake superior requesting somebody do something to get me to buy

This one is even worse. You get what looks like an email forwarded from a higher up to the lower level sales guy "Bob, see what you can do to reach out to Eric. I've been trying to contact him, and he's a perfect fit for this offer- Harry Balls, Supreme Diety of Marketing".

I don't know if anybody is stupid enough to fall for that one. Car dealers around here do this all the time. I'll get a letter with what looks like a photo copied sticky note from the Sales Manager telling a salesman to reach out to me about some great deal, or to get me to trade in my current car for a supposed great deal. I wish they'd just throw them away on their end to save me the trouble.

I've been trying to contact you!

I hate this tactic. If you've been trying to contact me, why don't I see ANY evidence of it whatsoever? No emails, no phone calls, no voice messages. You obviously have my email address. If you want to come off as dishonest right out of the gate, use this one.

Not providing a real unsubscribe

Some people build email lists, and there's no way to unsubscribe from them. Sure, there's an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email, which you click, enter your email address, and get confirmation that you've unsubscribed. But the emails keep on coming. And you unsubscribe again. And nothing changes.

Mike Adams "The Health Ranger" is a good example of this. I once thought it might be worth being on his email list. But he sends out more than 6 emails a day, which is far too many for my tastes, especially when hardly any of them have value. So I tried to unsubscribe several times. Each time, I got confirmation that I unsubscribed. But nothing changed. So I was left with no choice but to mark his emails as spam. And sure enough, every morning when I check my spam folder, I have six or more emails from Mike Adams in there. And every other email list that doesn't actually let you unsubscribe. It's getting overwhelming to the point where I have a hard time filtering out the real email that got marked as spam for some reason.

Changing your autoresponder email address

This one really annoys me. I prefer to keep my inbox only to emails that are important to me. If I decide your email is low priority but still worth reading WHEN I DECIDE TO READ IT, I create a filter and have it shunted off to another folder. Then you change your address, and I get a ping on my phone telling me I have a new email in my inbox. Hoping it's somebody I actually want to drop what I'm doing to hear from, I check email and find it's only you. So I set another filter, and you change addresses again. This is annoying. What are you, an attention whore? Nobody likes an attention whore. Go post selfies on Facebook like a good attention whore and leave me alone.


This one is just as bad as too many emails. Brian Tracy is famous for this, among others. "Only 24 hours left to get this great deal!" "Only 23 hours left to get this great deal!" And so on.

You will never see this deal again!

Bullshit. I've been on your list long enough to know you've been running this same deal every 3 days for the past several years. Liar.


I do business with you for the value it gives me. Not the other way around. I don't care what you get out of the deal. I don't even care if you're still around next month, and the more you annoy me, the more I hope you're not. If you provide value, and don't annoy me, I hope you're around for a LONG time.

So for you younger guys getting into Internet marketing, please remember. Create a product that brings value to people. It's probably useful to offer some free information to show that you have value to offer from your paid products. Great examples of this are Ramit Sethi and John T. Reed. Both provide a lot of useful free information, and their paid for products are an even better value. I haven't taken any of Sethi's classes, but I have bought his book. I've bought and read 4 of Reed's books. Good stuff. Follow their examples, and the examples of men like Mike Cernovich and Roosh V, not Brian Tracy, Eben Pagan, and some of the others I've mentioned. Don't annoy people. Remember, it's about what's in it for me. (Me being each individual customer you hope to acquire- and of course, ME).

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ryan Holiday: Purge Toxic Friends

For all his intellect and learning, Ryan Holiday wrote a blog post that left me wondering how he hadn't figured this out yet.

I have a dirty secret: I’m a “hate follower.” A hate reader too, I suppose. For a long time, my social media accounts have reflected this. So has my information diet. It’s not that I necessarily hate anyone, but what they post makes me irrationally upset. What they say, what they think, what they take pictures of  
Yet I follow them anyway.
It provokes me for a lot of reasons. Because it’s annoying, wrong, hypocritical, fake, lame, pretentious, whatever. Sometimes it’s real life friends. Sometimes it’s people I don’t even know. Who they were or what they do just gets me all riled up.

I never quite understood this. I know people who almost seem to want to be riled up. They deliberately set up their newsreaders and social media feeds to piss themselves off. On some sites I read, people who disagree with the content seem to spend hours in the comments trolling. Why?

If I click a link to an article I disagree with, and discover that there is no logic in the article. I CTRL+W to close the tab and move on. I don't go into the comments trying to argue. Who has EVER had their mind changed by a comment on a blog post or article? Probably the same number of people who have had their minds changed by a political meme picture on Facebook.

I've written in the past about how I don't like the overuse of the word "hate". I consider it Orwellian Newspeak; a dumbing down of our language. It usually works like this: psychologically soft person reads or hears something that triggers a weakened amygdala. Person interprets the feeling as "hate", then projects it back onto the speaker or writer. "If what I just heard makes me hate you, then you must hate me".

Most uses of the word "hate" seem to be simply that: psychological projection.

I don't "hate" read. I read. I tend to stick to things that will stimulate me intellectually. If I disagree with them but they're well argued, I'll take from it what I can. If I disagree and it's not well argued, I spot the fallacy and move on. Life's too short and there's too much good content out there to waste time on deliberately trying to piss yourself off.