Profile

Cover photo
Michael Smith
Lives in San Francisco
30 followers|24,738 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
The Coffee Machine

I have to love those PR people in the coffee industry.  How much did they pay to get this out?
Two cups a day improve men’s performance in the bedroom, regardless of weight or blood pressure, finds study of nearly 4,000 participants
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Looking to Retire?

If you are thinking about your future, you may want to ponder where you would like to live in your golden years.  Perhaps, a little more space between you and your neighbors might give you a more country-living ambiance.  Somewhere warm and friendly.

'Texas' means 'friendly' in Caddo, an ancient language spoken by the aboriginal inhabitants of what is now north Texas and Oklahoma.  The Spanish adopted their term as 'Tejas' as they took over the area that we later took over and changed again.  BTW, now only 25 people speak Caddo.  

Combine that storied tradition with an average daytime temperature of 77°F and 800 square miles of farming/grazing/mining/oil land and you get a true piece of Americana at the affordable price of $0.03/sq. ft.  That compares to $133/sq.ft. for a homestead in Palo Alto, CA.  In fact, you can get a homestead the size of Los Angeles for less than it will cost to build their next NFL stadium.
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Job Opportunities Abroad

Get a head overseas, no experience required.  Is this the better alternative to lethal-injection capital punishment?  Death penalty states should be following this closely.  Being a technology guy, I prefer the guillotine.
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
High Class

Another Corolla story, great PR.
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
At Drupalcon 2015
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Sequels

Yes, the 2016 election year will be a sequel to the 1992 election.  Before we look that far forward, let's see what America will have this year for sequels at the movies, another form of entertainment. 

50 sequels, enough for once a week with two weeks of vacation:

Alvin and the Chipmunks
American Pie
Amityville
Automation Transfusion
Avengers
Babovresky
Bad Ass
Batman Superman
Beyond Skyline
Bunnyman
Cirque Du Soleil
Contracted
Creed
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Fantastic Four
Furious 7
Gnomes & Trolls
Hansel vs. Gretel
Hot Tub Time Machine
Human Centipede
Hunger Games
Iceman
Insidious
Insurgent
James Bond
Joe Dirt
Jurassic World
London Has Fallen
Mad Max
Magic Mike
Maze Runner
Mission Impossible
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Phantasm
Pitch Perfect
Poltergeist
Rings
Sinister
Sponge Bob
Star Wars
Tanu Weds Manu
Ted
Terminator
The Condemned
The Search Ends
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The State of Hate
The Transporter
Vacation
Zombie Women of Satan
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
30 people
Siravara Vijayendra's profile photo
Chinita Stalzer's profile photo
Vivek Sharma's profile photo
onwumere nnaemeka's profile photo
Ashley Cheng's profile photo
Evelyn Espinosa's profile photo
Sarah Stalzer's profile photo
Jacquie Mendenhall's profile photo
Rector Von Kont's profile photo

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Yes, but . . .

Ice is melting, and the world is heating up.  For most people, this is easy to ignore and of little immediate consequence.  However, there is a presidential election on the distant American horizon, and 'global warming' will be a topic that the Media and the electorate will use to separate the wheat from the chaff (I date myself with that, eh?).  What is the spin?  How do you make polling points on this without making a commitment?  For Democrats, there is no turning back; they are all-in.  However, Republicans are hedging their bets to appeal to their base but cannot afford to look like Luddites in the general election.  This will be their spin --

Could we (7 billion people) negatively impact (screw up) our planet?  Yes
Do a few thousand scientists know how to save it?  No

The savvy candidates will concede the possibility and even the likelihood that we have created a problem.  However, they will draw the line there.  A popular refrain shall be "It is God's will."  This position will be politically pious and highly defensible.  It will resonate with everyone who wants to ignore the problem, a huge voting block.

When those who seek a scientific solution raise their voice, the political retort shall be, "A few scientists cannot be trusted with the future of the planet."  Many unrelated instances of scientists being wrong (e.g., trans fats) will be cited as proof of their fallibility.  In other words, the focus will shift to the lack of a divine solution, creating a cacophony of electoral static.  Scientists will be the whipping boys, freeing the politicians to focus on their image and politically friendly topics such as ISIS or family values. 

Does this mean that our planet may be doomed to thaw out and heat up entirely?  That seems quite possible, unless another event such as a huge volcanic eruption or nuclear war causes a sudden global reversal.  If such catastrophes do not happen, the full brunt of such warming will not be upon the electorate until everyone currently in power dies of old age.  Politically speaking, that is beyond the horizon.
A swath the size of Florida abruptly began melting in 2009 and hasn't stopped, a team of British scientists announced Thursday.
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
The more surprising news is that the sun will rise in the morning.
Roger Goodell on Wednesday confirmed there’s a possibility he’ll reduce, and perhaps even vacate, Tom Brady’s four- game Deflategate suspension.
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
Football, the Latest Scores - Players 1, Commissioner 0

Remember the good-old days, when most of the news was about injury reports and the spread?
Union angry that league is dragging feet in aftermath of federal judge's ruling in Adrian Peterson case.
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
"Everything in moderation, including moderation," Oscar Wilde.
Researchers say they were surprised by the impact sleep appears to have on stroke risk
1
Add a comment...

Michael Smith

Shared publicly  - 
 
International Corolla Index

This is an interesting study of the most poplar auto in the world in various developing countries.  Its value varies wildly and goes counter to simple economics.  Obviously, other factors are at play, perhaps their longevity in different places.
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
30 people
Siravara Vijayendra's profile photo
Chinita Stalzer's profile photo
Vivek Sharma's profile photo
onwumere nnaemeka's profile photo
Ashley Cheng's profile photo
Evelyn Espinosa's profile photo
Sarah Stalzer's profile photo
Jacquie Mendenhall's profile photo
Rector Von Kont's profile photo
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
San Francisco
Links
Story
Tagline
If it's not visible, it's not important.
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Very fresh and well prepared, their Tuesday special is fantastic.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
1 review
Map
Map
Map