## Calculating the Distance to California

Something like 90% of the nations fruit and vegetables are grown in California’s Central Valley. Here is a simple calculator to determine how far you are from this fertile land:

2. Count how many raspberries are moldy
3. Multiply the number of moldy raspberries by 250. This is your distance in miles from California.

For example, I am in Northern Michigan this week. I counted at least 9 moldy raspberries in the pack. 9 x 250 = 2,500. This is the approximate distance from my location to California’s Central Valley.

Q.E.D.

## The Secret to Internet Success

In a recent episode of The Talk Show, John Gruber opens with his brilliant observations on the true secrets of internet success. John says that the secret to fame and fortunate on the internet does not relate to what computer you have or what language you code in. Instead, there are three elements that are common to all successful people on the internet:

## Rejecting Rejection

I have always been one to create my own reality. My mom has told me that, as a child, I would often raise my hand and say, “I reject that.”

I found this letter on the tubes today. Apparently this letter was never sent, but it makes me think as much as it makes me smile.

## Christmas Rum Cake

I have had this recipe since the early days of email. It is not original but it is de-licious nonetheless. Enjoy . . .

## Klipstein’s Third Law of General Engineering

Dimensions will always be expressed in the least usable term. Velocity, for example, will be expressed in furlongs per fortnight.

## Running the Country

Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.

— George Burns

## The Death of Ponzi Schemes

So Social Security will be broke in seven years. First Bernie Madoff, now this. It’s like Ponzi schemes don’t even work anymore.

– Bill Muse, Top 5 Rumination

## To Be Is To Do . . . Be Do Be Do

To be is to do — Socrates
To do is to be — Jean Paul Sartre
Do be do be do — Frank Sinatra

I posted this quote for the sole reason that it always makes me smile. But as I looked at the list of names, and their sequence, I realized that, in a simplistic way, these simple words also reflect our evolution of philosophy and thought. Socrates lived more than 2,400 years ago and his influence on thought is legendary. Jean Paul Sartre was a prominent French philosopher at the peak of the twentieth century. Frank Sinatra was born only ten years after Sartre but has come to embody a later generation.