Bill Cutshall’s Weblog

October 28, 2008

Seven Monkeys

Filed under: Whimsy — billcutshall @ 6:35 pm

An acquaintance of mine described his wife to me in a way that I still get a kick out of every time I think of it.  He said that if you spent long enough talking to her you realized that her brain was home to seven monkeys that communicated with the outside world by way of a single microphone.  (more…)

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October 27, 2008

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Replacing the Toilet Paper

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 8:00 am
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The roll goes over the top.  Period.  If you put the toilet paper on the dispenser and the flap hangs back against the wall you’re DOING IT WRONG!

Having the next sheet hanging off the front of the roll makes it easier to see and grab.  The last thing anyone deserves once finished on the throne is to have to dig to find the end of the TP roll.  Also, do you really want a bunch of people touching your bathroom wall during this process?  I didn’t think so.

October 24, 2008

You’re DOING IT WRONG! – Dieting

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 6:00 am
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Dieting is not about figuring out what you can eat.  It is about eating less than you burn.  If you are spending your time making lists of food you can and cannot eat on your diet, you’re DOING IT WRONG!

Americans, on average, are overweight.  It is no mystery where the excess weight comes from and yet the strategies devised to correct the situation seem to diverge from dealing with the actual cause almost at their very core.  Simply put, the body burns a certain amount of calories in a given day.  Any calories consumed in excess of that amount will be turned into fat and stored.  Any calories burned in excess of those consumed will cause the body to turn fat back into usable calories and burn it.  If you are overweight it is because you consumed more calories than you burned over the course of your life.  Period.  It isn’t because you have a slow metabolism and it isn’t because you are big-boned and it isn’t because stress caused your body to manufacture cortisol which promoted the creation of unsightly body fat.  The process that makes people fat is long-term and the solution is as well. (more…)

October 21, 2008

I’m DOING IT WRONG! – Drinking Coffee from a Paper Cup

Filed under: Big Help for Small Minds — billcutshall @ 9:46 am
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My Nemesis

My Nemesis

Seriously, I’m old enough that I should be able to eat or drink without spilling anything on my shirt but there is evidence in my family that I may be genetically predisposed to lose that ability as I age.  I was therefore doubly dismayed when I discovered this morning that I had dripped coffee on my white dress shirt, first because I would be spending the entire day at a client’s office wearing a brown bib of shame and second because I might be doomed to a life of dark shirts and fear of sauces and dressings.  (more…)

October 14, 2008

The Brilliance of Obama

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Statiscrement — billcutshall @ 9:15 am

Barak Obama has figured out how to be a tax-and-spend liberal without taxing and spending.  The downfall of the traditional liberal methodology of levying and collecting taxes and then funneling them through government programs to help those in need has always been the transparency of the governmental budget.  People could easily find out how much money went to fund individual aid programs.  Obama’s brilliance in figuring out how to both be a tax-and-spend liberal and still claim to have less impact on taxes than his opponent well very likely win him the election.

How does he pull it off?

In his plan he simply redistributes tax money before the government can get its hands on it.  This has two benefits.  First, if you raise taxes on one portion of the population and give that money directly back to another portion of the population in the form of tax rebates, you can claim that you didn’t raise taxes.  Clearly this claim is well within my definition of statiscrement.  Second and more troubling is that the redistribution is accomplished without any government oversight, management, or accountability.

Turning the IRS into a welfare agency is deplorable policy.

October 1, 2008

Grosser than Gross

Filed under: Economics — billcutshall @ 6:31 pm

The current financial situation distilled:

People got loans and bought overpriced houses then went bankrupt when the houses lost value and they didn’t have the money to cover it.

Banks got loans and bought overpriced mortgages then went bankrupt when the mortgages lost value and they didn’t have the money to cover it.

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