Skepticism: It’s the Thinking Person’s Secret Weapon (But Don’t Take My Word for It).

Bulls are not permitted to sit on rocks.

Sometime last month, quite likely you were one of millions who received a Facebook or email message telling you of the special significance of this October in particular: there were 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays in this month, and this is something that happens only once every 823 years.

When I had finished reading this email, my immediate (and quite automatic) response was, “What a fascinating piece of trivia!” I couldn’t help but revel in the thrill of learning such an interesting fact. It immediately preceded, however, a sharp ping from my built-in bullshit detector, which was in it’s turn followed by my musing, “I wonder if that really is true?”

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In Honor of Black Friday, Here’s Some Martin Luther King Jr., Some Eddie Murphy and Some Nina Simone

I know what you’re going to say, even before you say it.

Black Friday is not about black culture in North America. It is an annual orgiastic greed ritual which is the symbolic firing the starting pistol for the Great American Christmas Shopping Season Race, or as I like to call it, “How Will Your Loved Ones Know You Love Them If You’re Not Bankrupt?” Day. It’s so named because it is a day that retailers are “in the black”, or making a profit.

I won’t go into the gritty details of fights, injuries, fatalities and other tales of human ridiculousness regarding this event, which is revered nearly to the point of religiousness. Have some black culture instead.

Martin Luther King Jr. – ‘I’ve Been To The Mountaintop’

Eddie Murphy – Delirious

Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No… Ain’t Got No Life

Stop Watching Lost Already! Your Potential is Getting Pissed.

Most people who know me know that I’m a huge geek and that I love reading and seeing all sorts of things that help me expand my mind. One of my newest favorite websites is TED. In a nutshell, it’s a conference that started in 1984 that brought together 3 different worlds, namely Technology, Education and Design and gave a voice to some of the Smartest People In The World.

I love this site because it allows me to look at our future with hope, not to mention getting to see some of the mindblowing ideas many of the contributors have.

Every so often I come across a post that helps shift my perceptions in a new direction or urges me further into directions towards which I am already leaning. This is one of the latter types.

Ever heard of Gary Vaynerchuk? Yeah, me neither. Watch this vid and tell me afterward that you can’t do what you want in your life.

Bet you can’t.