New Orleans trip 2018

this year i had my in-laws join my wife and I in the city of my birth, New Orleans Louisiana. We stayed downtown and really took in the city including the food. Oysters are a big par to the cities culinary cuisine and as the photo above shows, they were amazing.

The oysters and the pork chop (photo above) was from this amazing place called Galliano’s – We found the place late and were so lucky how amazing it was.

The next morning we went to the famous Brennan’s restaurant for brunch. The photo above is the eggs cardinal and it was amazing!

We took this photo in the front lobby where the famous rooster is located.

We also went down Frenchman street to the Blue Nile to see Kermit Ruffins perform. I have seen him many times and that night he did not disappoint.

The last great place we went was Emeril’s flagship restaurant.

Risk vs. Uncertainty

Was listening to a podacast and they were talking about how people do not understand the difference between Risk and Uncertainty. The lack of knowing this causes people to make grave financial mistakes. Also not understanding can really effect your view of the world.

a great example I heard of the difference is the concept of a bucket with balls in it. Risk is something you know the odds for, lets say 50% of the balls in the bucket are red, what would you bet the first ball is red. Uncertainty is something you do not know any odds / in our example there are 100 balls in the bucket, it is unknown what % is red and if there are any Red balls in the bucket! Taking a wager on if a red ball will be pulled is a serious uncertainty.

Manchester United Game – May 6, 2016

In the spring of 2016, I did a English / Dutch trip for the company and one day after doing some distributor training in Liverpool, we were asked if we would want to go to the last game of the season to see Manchester United in their home stadium Old Trafford. I was really excited to go since it is the most famous football/soccer team in the world! We had an amazing time and I really am gratful how lucky I was to go. Elarlier today I watched an ESPN 30 for 30 on George Best from Man U and it got me thinking about my visit.

This is the famous old Trafford the night I went. As you can see, it is an amazing holy place where giants of the sport world play!

We were in the Execitive club and this is a photo of George Best playing for Manchester united back in the 70’s that was on the wall when you come into the main entrance.

This is a selfie in front of the “captain’s” wall art. Such an amazing day!

Another of me looking into the stadium.

We had dinner as part of the ticket and it was a real swanky affair including the Manchester United logo on the butter!

I also took a video of the famous crowd singing a song during the game here.

One of my favorite YouTube Videos : Deserving

The human brain has as its main objective to continue the species – just like every other organism on the planet. One of it’s best defense mechanisms is to allow you to believe the world revolves around you. Children have this for sure when you think everything is just a part of your world – and everyone is lucky to be part of it. A part of that is the idea that what happens to you – both good and bad – is because of something you did; something you deserve. This is not the case! Every morning you wake up and are still alive you should be grateful that you did not end up like the bug that hit your windshield the night before – we are the lucky ones based on blind luck!

This video from John Green really moved me the way he explains this subject – very disarming and mater of fact, he explains why gratitude is something that we should all have more of. Enjoy!

“Three years of Sundays” – Frank Nelson Cole

I first heard of Frank Nelson Cole a few years ago and about how he figured out one of mysteries in Mathnatics – the Mersenne number M67. M67 is computing increasing powers of 2 and finally subtracting 1. The result was the 21-digit number 147,573,952,589,676,412,927. Édouard Lucas had demonstrated in 1876 that M67 must have factors (i.e., is not prime), but he was unable to determine what those factors were.

Cole was an American mathematician born in 1861, was educated at Harvard. He lectured there and later at the University of Michigan and at Columbia University, New York. He had heard about M67 in college and it always interested him.

On October 31, 1903, Cole famously made a presentation to a meeting of the American Mathematical Society where he identified the factors of the Mersenne number 267 − 1, or M67.During Cole’s so-called “lecture”, he approached the chalkboard and in complete silence proceeded to calculate the value of M67, with the result being 147,573,952,589,676,412,927. Cole then moved to the other side of the board and wrote 193,707,721 × 761,838,257,287, and worked through the tedious calculations by hand.
Upon completing the multiplication and demonstrating that the result equaled M67, Cole returned to his seat, not having uttered a word during the hour-long presentation. His audience greeted the presentation with a standing ovation. Cole later admitted that finding the factors had taken “three years of Sundays.”
What have you done in the last 3 years on sunday? Let’s say he spent only 3 hours a sunday on this, that is 468 hours. The determination I think is amazing!

Positions I have had at Chesterton

Today i was looking at my linkedin page and realized I have almost perfect symmetry between the 3 groups I have worked for at Chesterton. I started my career in Application engineering and then moving over to R&D. This was for a total of 9 years and 10 months. I then had my first stint in Training, when you combine that with my second time there it comes to 9 years and 2 months. Then the position I have now and back before my last time in Training was Marketing – I have now over 8 years and 5 months in that group.

The second thing I noticed is my current time here in Marketing just surpassed the last time by 1 month (1st time 4 years 2 months, current 4 years 3 months)!

Chicken Tax and the Subaru Brat

Learned something new today about how Lyndon Johnson in 1963 created a 25% import tax on trucks that is still on the books today! He created the law to counter a tax put on frozen USA chicken in Germany- The tax is named after that as the “chicken tax”.

This tariff has allowed Domestic trucks to dominate the market since the 60’s resulting in the Ford F-150 as the most popular truck on the planet. Some foreign automakers have tried to get around the law, the most famous is the Subaru Brat. It was so popular even Ronald Reagan owned one to tool around his ranch. After he was elected, he was never photographed riding it because of the “optics”. but the Brat was only around a few years because the Fed’s finally caught up to Subaru and forced them to pay back taxes.
Reagan’s BRAT!

I learned all this from a great podcast from NPR called planet money. Excellent podcast with amazing info that will make you look smarter then you are. Also here is good story from Wired Magazine also talking about the tax.