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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Can I get a Re-do?

Please excuse Douglas for not posting yesterday, he was sick and couldn't get out of bed.

Signed
My Mom



I have this DVR. It has a button on the remote that allows me to jump back 15 seconds and watch something over again. A "re-do", if you will, the TV equivalent of a Mulligan in golf. I can go back even further if I wish. As far back as the beginning of the program. It only works with the TV's that are hooked up to it, the one in the bedroom doesn't have a DVR so I can't do it there. That doesn't mean I don't try.

I also get the urge to re-hear what I just heard the tail end of on the radio. I really need a re-do button for life. Just think, I could undo unnecessary insults and stupid remarks. I need an Omega-13. (see Galaxyquest, the movie)

Just think how useful such a device could be. That time you called the boss an anal opening. *poof* you get to change to "You are brilliant!" Or the time you told the wife those pants did make her look fat. *poof* And you get the chance to say "Sexy, baby! Hubba hubba!" instead.

Yes, that's what is desperately needed today.

10 comments:

IB said...

Hi Douglas,

I missed you yesterday! Feel better soon.

Michael said...

If I had a dollar...

It's like how we want a 'backspace' in life. Or an 'escape'. I hope the sick days come to an end soon.

Michael.

Douglas said...

IB and Michael - Thanks, I still feel like excrement but I could make it across the room to the computer without passing out or barfing.

MilesPerHour said...

No need for asking for a re-do. I don't know how you can post daily. And I am having a hard time fidning time to read and reply these days.

I better get a note from MY mom.

Jonathan Bert said...

I sure could use a redo machine, but wouldn't it cause more lying? The truth hurts; it can get you fired, punched or divorced.

Douglas said...

Jonathan - That's exactly the reason we need a "Re-do" button. Erase that truth and replace with a much more responsible lie.

The Logistician said...

The concept of a "re-do" machine is rather interesting. However, we already have a simple vehicle which can be employed to address many of the imprudent things that we say or do. It's called the "wait and see" machine. It works like this: Simply let things play out for a day, or two, or a week, or even longer, if there is no pressing need to take an action or form a judgment.

For some reason, perhaps because we have such high unemployment in America, and little to do with our lives, we have developed this obsession to immediately attack and criticize the acts or speech of others. I call it the "Nancy Grace" mentality. Is there a reason that this woman needs to attack people before they go trial?

I am often reminded of the women last year who disappeared, and all sorts of suspicions arose that her husband did it. After a week, they found her car down a ravine into which her car had careened in a accident. In the mean time, her husband was vilified for a week.

We do the same with comments by politicians or others in the public eye. I can see a news outlet wanting to be the first get to the scene of a fire or accident, or the announcement of something significant. But why the need to immediately criticize a mere comment, by a progressive or a liberal, about a societal issue.

We have to have more important things to do in life.

Douglas said...

As much as I would like a "Re-do" machine, I doubt the media would ever bother using it.

As you already know, I am one who advocates a news blackout on election results for 24 hours after polls close in the westernmost states (Hawaii and Alaska). After all, no candidate will take office and no proposition, or amendment, will take effect the morning after.

I have taken to waiting 24 hours before reading news flashes. The facts don't become clear for at least that long.

As for Nancy Grace, the answer is simple: ratings. Outrage is all the rage, don't you know?

The Logistician said...

The concept of a "re-do" machine is rather interesting. However, we already have a simple vehicle which can be employed to address many of the imprudent things that we say or do. It's called the "wait and see" machine. It works like this: Simply let things play out for a day, or two, or a week, or even longer, if there is no pressing need to take an action or form a judgment.

For some reason, perhaps because we have such high unemployment in America, and little to do with our lives, we have developed this obsession to immediately attack and criticize the acts or speech of others. I call it the "Nancy Grace" mentality. Is there a reason that this woman needs to attack people before they go trial?

I am often reminded of the women last year who disappeared, and all sorts of suspicions arose that her husband did it. After a week, they found her car down a ravine into which her car had careened in a accident. In the mean time, her husband was vilified for a week.

We do the same with comments by politicians or others in the public eye. I can see a news outlet wanting to be the first get to the scene of a fire or accident, or the announcement of something significant. But why the need to immediately criticize a mere comment, by a progressive or a liberal, about a societal issue.

We have to have more important things to do in life.

Douglas said...

As much as I would like a "Re-do" machine, I doubt the media would ever bother using it.

As you already know, I am one who advocates a news blackout on election results for 24 hours after polls close in the westernmost states (Hawaii and Alaska). After all, no candidate will take office and no proposition, or amendment, will take effect the morning after.

I have taken to waiting 24 hours before reading news flashes. The facts don't become clear for at least that long.

As for Nancy Grace, the answer is simple: ratings. Outrage is all the rage, don't you know?