48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – LAW II

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – LAW II

Never put too much trust in friends, learn how to use enemies

“Be wary of friends- they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.”

Personal reflection: Friends are an interesting paradigm. Robert Greene’s book goes in depth in clarifying and explaining each law and it is fun to see how each reflects in history. I have always had this idea in my head that if I ever were to become a politician, Lord help us all, I would probably have one of my biggest political foes on my staff when the results were all said and done. This play worked very well on House of Cards….for a while. Ironically, his wife is now the one going against him. Anyway, its odd on how friends can be so amazing and supportive and interesting while you have them at arms reach. Once time and distance increases between you and them, a natural change occurs. Some friends turn into Old Friends, whom are worthy of keeping close; however, others turn into Distant Friends, and those are the ones that are the most variable in terms of bond over time. We see many historical figures pamper their friends while they are in high positions of power, only to be stabbed in the back by the same sharp knife they gifted the friend long ago. Again, its an interesting paradigm and the next few laws are going to really strike a chord with me. More reflections to come.

 

The Daily Bonkers

Volume 2 Post 2

3/24/2017

Quote of the day

“5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
~James 1:5-8, New International Version

Editor’s Note

Greetings, my dear readers. As time goes on, I have grown to love my blog post title because it is the ultimate irony. The Daily Bonkers is never daily, hell, not even weekly nor really monthly. However, my writing muse has been triggering the brain and I do believe it is time to offer a proper update, as well as a preview of the future projects cooking inside the brain.

First of all, I decided to shake things up with the Quote of the Day. In addition to the usual word-of-mouth quotes, I will also feature passages from different books that I treasure and revere, such as the Holy Bible and more classical works over time. The purpose of today’s quote is to address the issue of doubt. Even I consider this a major weakness of myself. One major flaw of the times we live in, is the fact that there is an increasing and suppressing presence of doubt. People can attribute this to many different reasons and I will leave that up to you, since we all see things differently. Social media gives us a unique window to get a peek into the daily struggles and successes of our closest friends, family, maybe co-workers but be careful on that last point. One thing that I have been seeing, and also one thing that I have been doing myself is doubting my potential and success thus far. Those of us that have some challenges up front in life right now such as finding a job or maybe some relationship trouble or even perhaps a family member in distress, are constructing a mental harbor for doubt to dock and reside.

Just for a real life example, take my experience trying to land that first steady job upon completion of college in May. I have applied to all the companies around, interviewed with few for various internships or full-time opportunities just to get my foot in the door. Rejection after rejection even when these companies consider me a good candidate has beat the living hell out of my confidence, my spirit, and my emotions over time. It has been a slow recovery  in contrast to my usual quick recovery. This has allowed doubt to reside in my mind and wonder “am I really qualified?” Therefore, the rest of the people I see with other problems are probably wondering “is it my fault things are going bad? Can I do more to help those in distress? What am I doing wrong?”

Most likely, just as I have had to realize, we are doing everything we can in our situation. It is not necessarily our faults and more of a victim of circumstance. The economy sucks right now and companies are severely restricted on expansion, it’s not me. As for other people, it is not you. Just know that if you are taking care of someone in distress, you are already doing a mighty thing that many cannot or will not do and you should find joy in that. Someone almighty and above has been watching you and will acknowledge your heart. When life throws curve-balls, just refer to the Quote of the Day above and fight off the doubt. I have learned the hard way and wanted to share to you the simple methods of finding self-confidence, hope, faith, as well as other things that the modern distractions of the world try to prohibit us from seeking, mostly indirectly.

As for the rest of this blog post, I am going to ramble briefly on some literary ideas cooking in my brain in the next section. I do thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed.

~Shane

 

Future Works

  • Tales From The South

    – This is the big project cooking in my mind. Also, it is still at the mere brainstorming stage. I don’t have anything written on this subject as of yet. The central idea is that this will turn into a massive collection of short stories that I write over time. With that being mentioned, it will involve a plethora of recurring characters doing various things. It will probably be a Southern Gothic style of a read with a Hunter S. Thompson layer embedded and encapsulate the former days of the region I grew up in. These are mostly going to be whimsical and fun reads because if you know people such as my Dad, who grew up in the 60s and adventured as a young adult in the 70s, you should already know they have thousands of stories about their wild days and they as well have recurring friends and family involved in their adventures. The central character will be based on him and some stories will be carbon copies of the ones he told and others like the first one I have in mind will be original tales I cook up using characters he knew back then. I am really looking forward to this one and I’m just letting this idea stew for a bit before I really start.

  • Masonic Symbolism: The Working Tools

    – This will be a series of blog posts that offer information that I will be compiling together regarding Masonic symbolism. It is no secret that I am a Freemason, nor should it be. Both of my Grandfathers were and my Uncle is one currently and they all were and are exceptional men. As a disclaimer, no goats have been harmed in the process of degree works. 🙂   Anyway, I wanted a good starting point and I do believe that the working tools are the most common symbolism even non-Masons see in the real world no matter if they know it or not. The first one will be the 24-inch gauge and I am currently at the stage of gathering information from various places so that I can bring in many perspectives and give an encompassing (yes that was a pun) view of these tools and what they mean to us and how they help us construct our inner temple. Later on, I will branch off to more symbolism that appears in ritual so that the Masons can  enjoy the perspective and that the non-Masons can get a sneak peek without anything being revealed that they should not be privy to and hopefully encourage someone to explore their curiosity by becoming a Mason and seeing these symbols appear in their learning and rituals. Also, I might convert some of these into power-point slideshows and brief presentations for my own Lodge just to give something new to the table.

  • 48 Laws Of Power In 48 Days

    -This will actually start tomorrow on this blog and I will post once a day for 48 consecutive days about this topic. The current plan is to start out with the Law of the given day and then offer a brief personal comment about it, mostly an interpretation or even at the most basic block just the first thought that comes out of my brain when I read it. These posts will be quick reads, unlike this current edition of The Daily Bonkers. Also, it will be independent from The Daily Bonkers and I will probably create a page on this blog to collect and house these blog posts over the next 48 days for your reading pleasure.

The Daily Bonkers

Volume 2 Post 1

Understanding the 2017 NASCAR Changes (Part One)

Quote of the Day

You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.

~ Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

INTRODUCTION

It has been a while since I have been on here. I forgot the unique password I used for this site but I remember now! This edition of The Daily Bonkers will be directed toward the 2017 rule changes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In order to understand the breadth and scope of these changes to the points format, I decided to try a few scenarios and see how the point distribution works. There is a bunch of confusion and it is very difficult to see how these changes will make racing more competitive lap-by-lap until we see some actual results. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until after the Daytona 500 next month to see how this new system will work toward rewarding drivers their points after each race.

Let’s get started!

So in order to understand these rule changes, I will post images of the slides from their press briefing on this subject. All credit goes to NASCAR but I think this does a good job of explaining how the new system will work without myself misinterpreting some of it.

 

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN

I followed the new format given in the first three slides. One cool thing to mention is that NASCAR has introduced a new flag to the motorsports world: The Green-and-White Checkered Flag!  So, a lot of these races will be split up into halves. For one example is Pocono. It normally has 160 laps, let’s go with that for easy math. Divided into 2, we have two 80 lap segments. The final 80 lap segment is going to be our main event. The winner of the main event will get the trophy, the clinched spot in the playoff, and all 40 drivers will get their points awarded. The first 80 lap segment is going to be broken up into two halves. Therefore, we will have two 40 lap heat races to start things off. The top 10 drivers of each heat race will get points and nobody else will. The winner of the heat races get a playoff bonus point which might come in handy when it comes time.

I did the same concept for Bristol Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to do the full race, so I came up with two 20 Lap heat races and then a 35 lap Main event. The scenario I would like to try: Which of two drivers will have more points at the end of the race if Driver A wins both heat races, whereas Driver B wins the Main Event?

RESULTS

For this scenario, I chose Danica Patrick, the driver of the 10 car, to be Driver A. Next, I chose Brad Keselowski, the driver of the 2 car, to be Driver B. I chose the 2 car for Driver B due to the fact that he placed in the top 10 of one of the heat races. A typical race would most likely have this scenario. Let’s be honest: If you win the main event, you more than likely will place in the top 10 of at least one of the heat races.

So, here is a screen capture of my Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. I recorded the top 10 drivers of both heat races as well as some of the main event results. The other drivers were not relevant to the experiment so I omitted a lot of the main event leaderboard by showing the top 10 plus where our Driver A finished at the main event. Driver A is represented in yellow and Driver B is represented in blue

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CONCLUSION

As we can see, Driver A ended up with more total points earned from the race compared to Driver B, even though Driver B won the main event. One interesting note is that Driver B might not have gotten the most points, but they uniquely got a clinched spot in the playoffs by winning the main event as well as 5 playoff bonus points that will be added to their regular season total whereas Driver A will only get the bonus of 2 playoff points but they will still have to win a main event race in the future to clinch their spot in the 16-car playoff, or earn their way in the more difficult way by driving their ass off and getting enough points to take some of the remaining playoff spots left open because we have never had 16 unique winners in a race season thus far.

FUTURE WORK

Now that the hardest experiment is done, which is always the first one. We can build on these results without having to explain so much. It will be more concise and to-the-point. Here are a few other scenarios I will soon be exploring when time allows:

  • What if Driver A wins the first heat race, and then Driver B wins the second heat race, and then Driver A or Driver B wins the main event? Who will have the most points?
  • What if Driver A wins both heat races as well as the main event? Who would have the second most points as a result?
  • What if Driver A wins the first heat race, and then Driver B wins the second heat race, and then Driver C wins the main event? Who will have the most points?

Thank you for reading this and have a wonderful day/night! This was fun to try and I hope it helps the average NASCAR fan in terms of the new format being introduced this year. If you are reading this and do not watch NASCAR……..you poor soul! This is probably going over your head which is totally fine. I hope you are at least impressed. I still love you and appreciate you for the read and now you can brag about learning something new today!

The Daily Bonkers

Volume 1, Post 1

11/17/2016

Quote of the day:

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”

~Lao Tzu

Today I just wanted to get a start on this blog. My writing muse has been calling me lately and I think it is time to finally give it the attention it begs for. This blog will feature myself at my most random thought processes. I have a major in Computer Science and a minor in Political Science so expect plenty of tech and politics. I’ll also post cool facts that are worth sharing and some commentary of the things I learn in my never-ending quest for light that comes from Freemasonry as well. Also, I LOVE sports, well most of them, so expect plenty of that too. Today I think I’m going to let my mind be on auto-pilot and briefly touch each topic for the first day. A couple more things you will see on here is a daily quote and potentially clippings from my latest writing projects.

First of all, I have been doing various projects for this semester of schooling involving image processing and manipulation, as well as working on a word game as part of assignments. I’ll also be exploring the difference between serial and parallel programming when it comes to Conway’s Game of Life. It’s not really a game but a simulation, you can google it and get a better understanding. I’m still working on that myself, truth be told.

As for that damn election, the main thing I can say is that I am glad that it is over. I did accurately predict that one candidate would win the popular vote and the other would win the electoral vote. Turns out, I had the candidates swapped! I intend on my first solely political post on here will be addressing the origins of the electoral college and its primary intent in context of the past. My memory has been failing me with this heavy load of a college semester but I think it had a bit to do with the 3/5ths compromise.

One old folksy fact I learned happened yesterday. My father and I were talking with one of his older friends. We all noticed the abnormally vast presence of ladybugs in our area for this time of year. Usually they are around and doing their own thing, but this year there have been more and I have been walking into buildings with ladybugs on one of my pieces of clothing. Turns out, the older folks use this as a sign that bad weather is coming. I tried to ask the friend for some more specifics but that is all I got. She told me that it could mean a bad winter is coming for the state. That would not surprise me to make up for the lack of winter weather last year. I preferred it to be honest and it would be nice for the weather to hold off one more year so I can get through my last semester and not worry about adjusting with the school in terms of inclement weather. It just messes up the course track and leaves everyone scatterbrained.

In regards to my work in Freemasonry, I am hoping to do some more learning during my off-time next month. I have been reading into the history of Freemasonry, explained by Albert Mackey and it has been very interesting. While on the topic, no we do not sacrifice things or do any occult stuff in lodge. If you were a fly on the wall, you might even find it boring when we do administrative stuff. We just want to improve ourselves to be better men as a whole and then let that radiate to the rest of society and…pun intended… make them great again. Also, we like to channel our inner thespian when it comes to ritual. I love performance arts!

SPORTS TIME! How about them Cowboys?! They have been a pleasant surprise to watch all year long in the NFL. Dak Prescott is the perfect QB they need to complement their strong offensive line. The Dallas Cowboys are living proof that a strong offensive line makes your team competitive no matter if your quarterback, halfback, or receivers lack a bit in the speed/talent department. It is surprising to see the Arkansas Razorbacks regress from that same philosophy that has been preached to them. I think there is something going on between the players and the coaching staff that the public is not aware of, and if nothing else, our quarterback is not 100 percent but to be fair this guy has taken a major beating from opposing defenses this season so he should not suffer the brunt of the blame when his offensive line should be alleviating this problem. Still though, I think we have to play like we did against Ole Miss if we are going to take out the Mississippi State team on Saturday night.

I do apologize for the randomness of this first post, however, I wanted to give a brief taste into the things I like to write and discuss. The daily posts that will come after this one will most likely have a focus on one topic. I might include some random thoughts at the bottom like this:

Random Thoughts:

  • I really like this new Metallica album that I’m listening to as I type this.

You get the point.

I’ll end this post by mentioning that one of my gifts for everyone this holiday season will be my Christmas Special. It will be a short story involving Christmas and it will be the pilot that introduces some of my characters and setting for my next writing project. I am bringing back my childhood comic hero in a modern literary context. Redneck Man! It is super satirical, has a lot of humor, action packed and can be serious at times with philosophy. It will be done by Christmas Day for sure and I’ll post it on here as a download or something, those details have not been worked out yet.

Thank you for reading! It’s nearly time for my next class and I will be figuring out my medical insurance bullshit during the next break.

Peace be with you,

~Shane