June 30, 2008
Unions are typically thought of as fighting for the rights of the little guy, right?
But, don't they often end up being privileged institutions instead?
For example, the benefits are better for those WITHIN the union. But, there's a limited membership, just by the nature of competition and the fact that unions raise benefits. So, the existence of the union actually increases the chance of a laborer NOT getting a job. That sounds more like the country club premise the union was built to suppress?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:29 AM
June 27, 2008
June 26, 2008
Do you really care when people don't wash their hands after they use the bathroom, or does it only upset you when you have to see the transgression?
Because, intellectually, I know there are loads of germs and disgusting stuff everywhere. But, when someone walks out of the restroom when I'm in there without even feigning an effort, I just don't understand it.
Even if you don't want to make it a habit. Please give people like me the benefit of the doubt. Just a quick rinse. We need to pretend the world is clean.
Oh, and this has happened REPEATEDLY at my workplace. And I'm never able to look at the person the same way again.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 8:00 AM
June 25, 2008
How big of an issue is car safety for you?
I was looking up a new car I was interested in and saw it had a 5-Star safety rating, and actually got annoyed, thinking how that little fact probably added 2 g's to its pricepoint.
I mean, are their certain models that you would just REFUSE to get into because of safety concerns? Cars are safe-ish. That's good enough for me.
"Oh, well, if you're driving 85 MPH down a mountain in a monsoon and get struck from a 65 degree angle by a freight train, only this model will make sure you're safe."
I'll take my chances. Keep the cupholder air bag, and give me back my 2 g's.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:56 AM
June 20, 2008
"Once upon a time, there was an acorn sitting in a oak tree. Every day, the acorns played and told each other stories about how, once they fell, they'd start turning into beautiful oak trees themselves. But, this acorn wouldn't believe. The other acorns tried encouraging him to fall. But, he didn't want to risk it. Being an acorn was fun. And he couldn't be sure the stories were true. So, he stayed in the tree, enjoyed being an acorn, and was eventually eaten by a squirrel."
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:50 AM
June 19, 2008
Do you remember learning that microwaves cook food from the inside out?
I don't believe it.
Because my pizza is always cold in the middle, and hot on the outside if I undercook it, just like an oven.
Test it out yourself. Put ice cubes in your microwave for 15 seconds. Take them out. Are there holes in the center of them?
June 18, 2008
I saw this bumper sticker this morning, and became immediately confused. Because I did not know what Polish people were supposed to be proud of.
I understand how terrible of a statement that just was, and that's the point. All the "pollock" jokes I heard growing up in school. Grandmother's on both sides of my family who continually think of people by their nationality.
Nationalism just doesn't make sense to me. And yet it stuck with me.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:34 AM
June 17, 2008
We've talked about the benefits of same-sex schooling before. And now, I'm curious as to where those benefits stop. For instance, would there be benefits to a single-gender business office? Specifically, the same distractions that are eliminated with same-sex schooling. Obviously, there would be serious cons including the gifts and talents and viewpoints of the opposite gender.
But, might the benefits be high enough for a company to gamble on this? Pretending they wouldn't get sued.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:06 AM
June 16, 2008
June 13, 2008
Isn't it funny how all these NBA players just seem to have a propensity for adultery?
I think I just picture an NBA team out on the road, after a game, running into bars, looking to drug girls into sleeping with the them.
The real picture is probably very different. These guys probably get hounded all of the time. Girls know who they are, and how much money they have. And they are likely begged into adultery every day.
Most men who see these athletes as sickos, probably don't have to deal with that same problem. And if they did, they might be sickos, too.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:40 AM
June 12, 2008
June 11, 2008
So, people who rob a bank in a car and don't cover their license plates are idiots, and they need some help.
Here's my invention. A motorized plastic cover that hides your license plates by pushing a button accessible from the dashboard.
Would it be illegal for me to sell these parts? Should it be?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:36 AM
June 10, 2008
My mother raised a big tipper. But, she also raised a value seeker. So, I go to Great Clips to get my hair cut and I don't get a usual stylist. It's random chance, first-in-line seating.
So, if the stylist knew that I was a big tipper, she'd probably be more careful and spend some more time on me. But, they don't get tipped until after the haircut, and I don't see a single stylist often enough for them to remember me.
So, doesn't tipping really well only make sense if you're hoping to establish a relationship with the service person?
Because while tipping out of respect, or appreciation for a job well done is great, isn't an ulterior motive to ensure great service the next time?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:53 AM
June 09, 2008
I watched my favorite Woody Allen movie this weekend, Crimes and Misdemeanors.
There's a quote in it by a rabbi who ends a compelling conversation about God with, "I will always choose God over truth."
Are those our only choices? Is all faith blind? Or is there a way to put trust in that which we can be confident in? A reasonable faith?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 12:30 PM
June 06, 2008
Think about some denominational and church names.
Pentecostal Church - we are totally into Pentecost.
St. Paul's Church - we are totally into that Paul guy.
Lutheran Church - Martin Luther, that's our guy.
how ridiculous is this premise? We distinguish ourselves based on a singular spiritual theme that we think we have right, or based on a single man other than Christ.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:58 AM
June 05, 2008
So, I was in the locker room the other morning. A guy says "Excuse me" and then starts rifling through my gym bag.
What I didn't see was the second before when his goggles fell into my bag from his locker.
I stood there in baffled silence, perhaps so impressed by his nonchalance that if he had taken my wallet, I'd have let him go.
So, it got me thinking. You're somewhere (locker room, restaurant) where your wallet is out. A stronger comes up to you, says "Excuse me", takes the wallet, says "I'll be RIGHT BACK", and hurries away.
What % of people would that work on? I feel like it might. Because crooks don't usually show that kind of courtesy.
Posted by Eric Olsen at 11:14 AM
June 04, 2008
Why do we have to be right before engaging in discussion? Why can't we just be legitimately curious?
Because it means we're stupid - at least partially. Isn't that ok? I mean, who are we trying to fool? Wouldn't you likely be more persuaded by a humble thinker who's trying to learn than a person who think they have everything figured out?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 9:25 AM
June 03, 2008
June 02, 2008
I recently heard an argument against the belief of a giant flood (Noah's) in the ancient past because of the fact that every civilization has a story of a giant flood in their past.
Wouldn't a catastrophic flood be more unlikely if the Jews were the ONLY people who had this story in their past?
Posted by Eric Olsen at 10:35 AM