Disconnected Thoughts

September 5, 2016

Brainstorming

Here are some things I’ve been thinking today. If we were eating a meal together, I would probably figure out a way to inject them into the conversation. But because I have no social life, I am sharing them here, in this blog post, with random strangers, lurkers and family members checking up on me.

  • Why We’re Hearing More Racist Comments in “Polite Society”
    • I believe that future social scientists will come to the conclusion that one result of Barack Obama’s presidency was a resurgence in public sphere racist dialogue. Not just as a reaction to Obama, but Obama gave racists an opportunity to say racist stuff that heretofore had been discouraged in public, under the guise of complaining about a President, and it just grew from there.

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Mystery Daisy Porthole

March 10, 2015

Today, I place your fate in the Universe. Position your pointer, finger or mouse over the daisy, close your eyes and click to travel to a completely random Daisybrain post from the last 250 years, or so, of the Daisybrain blog.

Let the adventure begin….

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How I Lost 55 Million Dollars

March 3, 2015

Editor’s note: Unlike most Daisybrain stories, the following events are true.


In September, 2000, I had moved back in to my mom’s basement. I had a couple of part time jobs in video production which made me enough money to supply my chocolate habit. I wanted to film documentaries, but I didn’t know how to make a living at it. I had recently discovered that I had inherited stock in several “blue chip” companies, like IBM. Being an anti-establishment sort of guy, I wasn’t happy about owning stocks in corporations that I thought were evil. About this same time, do-it-yourself online stock investing was becoming a thing; companies, like Ameritrade, were making it possible for people to invest in the stock market without the aid of a stock broker. To be honest, I had no comprehension of what stocks were, or how the stock market worked. I’ve always had trouble understanding anything that has to do with money. But I knew that I didn’t like these “blue chip” companies, and there was a company that I did think was pretty cool: Apple Computers.

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On Retroactively Lowering School Grades

February 3, 2015

One day, at the New Hampshire middle school where I taught, a school administrator informed me that one of my students was going to have her previous quarter’s grades lowered to all Ds, due to excessive absences during the school year. I was stunned. We do that? We lower grades that students earned, after the fact, as a punishment/incentive to change behavior?

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Advice to Teens

December 1, 2014

Hi. My name is* Jay. I’m just past my teen years, and the memories of what it’s like to live as a teenager are fresh in my mind. I am therefore perfectly situated to give teenagers survival advice. So, if you are a teenager or about to become a teenager, this post is for you.

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