Sunday, April 26, 2009

Damn Dogs

So today I'm on a flight from Houston to Los Angeles and instead of entertaining myself with the usual recently downloaded tunes in my iPod or reading the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review I took part in the in flight movie. The movie was Yes Man staring Jim Carey, however about 10 minutes into the film it began to flicker so they decided to change it to Marley & Me. I've heard of the movie but never took the extra effort to Netflix it due to lack of appeal. It's the story of a coupe who adopts a puppy to begin the process of caring, caring for a life, animal or otherwise. So here I am 6'1 260 broad shoulders kind a guy’s guy (relative) watching this sappy movie in the middle seat between two ladies in the 38th row of a jumbo jet. If you haven't seen it...IT'S SAD!

And is the case with any chick flick about lifelong friendships with animals, be it horses (black beauty), or dogs or otherwise they all seem to lead up to that one tear jerking death scene.So there I am looking away trying not to tear up but I'm met with screen after screen on small tv’s the length of the plane … unable to escape this tragically sad scene of the dog being euthanized. By now, the ladies on each side of me are crying and I try to think of anything but death, death of this dog, anything to fight back a tear. Biting my tongue, shaking my leg, laughing and then finally the killer line "A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not.” Shit, tears begin to stream and I try not to move or draw attention to myself. During this still moment too afraid to acknowledge my emotions, I began to reflect on my life to recall all those that made me feel rare and extraordinary. I'm extremely blessed... And so must the two guys behind me ... I feel the need to thank them for crying too... For drawing the attention away from myself and onto deconstructing the stereotype that guys must be emotionless. To end a great movie the little old lady to my left leaned over and said “real men cry as it is just pain leaving the body, don’t be afraid.”

Cheers from my iPhone notepad on the decent into LAX

Friday, April 24, 2009

Ron Paul & Hillary

...I enjoy the last few seconds of this clip!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fishing with Friends


Today, I ventured out of the office early to go fishing with my friends Jamie, Jason, and Ty. I wasn’t worried about the 20 knot winds nor the potentially horrible backlash of leaving work early but more on the order of my friends meeting my family. I can’t quite explain it, but I tend to have this unending guilt about my true beginnings. However, after a good meal and camaraderie with my dad and his girlfriend my friends summed the experience up in three letters PWT. PWT stands for Pure White Trash…. And ya know im proud of my PWT beginnings… it has taught me to be kind to people that have less, seek to understand first, and never be too quick to judge as we may never know other people’s circumstances.
Of course… this is uncensored. Question of the day: What is the most important thing you know…
Jason: never, ever take the people that we love for granted… we all to often take for granted the most important aspects of our life… the time we spend with people… friends and family.
Jamie: I’m bad ass. Just kidding. The only thing you can do is be your best self… you have to own who you are!
Ty: … silence… because that’s when you truly get to know people!
Im truly blessed to have such awesome friends and family.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Religion:A Necessary Social Construct?

Below is a status post of facebook regarding religion-- interesting dialouge

Chad Cornett ...is religion a construct of the human mind to explain the unknown? interested in your thoughts

William at 10:51am April 20
Interestingly, neurobiologists discovered a portion of a brian that was labeled the "God spot" that showed hypersensitivity to religious words and ideas. Of course, the tests were run on epileptic patients, so...Then, the human mind tends to humanize the world around t hem, aka anthropomorphism, as you can see in any mythology or legends from any... culture. A guy named Muller said that most mythology is just "primitive" man's explanation of the natural world.So is God just a way to explain the unknown? Like primitive man, do we just not have the vocabulary or knowledge to explain God as he could not explain a flood or typhoon?

Rachel at 11:57am April 20
in undergrad I read a modern christian philosopher that wrote that every human has a map of their worldview, what makes sense to them about what's true in the world based on their observations. Modern christian philosophers believe that the Christian worldview, the one which includes God & Jesus in the picture, makes the most sense of our observations about the world, what we know to be true. That's all from me.

Kate at 1:21pm April 20
I thought it was created by Catholics and early european government to instill fear to create a stable society and a money-collection system. but apparently in a world view there is more to it than that.

Don at 1:30pm April 20
Chad, this is an interesting question. At least from my perspective, religion is a social institution allowing people to share spiritual beliefs, embody those beliefs in practice and engage in rituals that reinforce these beliefs and practices. "Explanation" is a rational function of the thinking mind. From a Western societal standpoint, science is... Read More the institution most interested in developing rational explanations of phenomena. The "unknown" is probably best envisioned as the vast hidden part of an iceberg in an ocean. The tip that we see is what we know in a cognitive sense. Some philosophers argue that intuitive knowledge exists. This latter form of knowledge is about feeling and sensing in a less mental conditioned/cognitive way. Perhaps a part of the hidden knowledge under the sea is accessed through our intuitive channels. Probably more than you asked for...

Aaron at 1:36pm April 20
I would say religion is the social instution that is designed to promote conformity to socio-political heirachical systems and is used as a political tool that allows for the justification for the actions of those who "have the power to define" (our leaders). Also, religion can be viewed as being an economic form of spirituality wherein one's ... Read Morepayment will be recieved in the here after..."You do this while you are living, and then you will be able to experience an afterlife of bliss and contentment." This is why Marx states, "Religion is the opiate of the masses. Individuals are not addicted to the high of worshipping a diety, but merely the idea of life everlasting; a life without the troubles and misfortune of today. This opiate more or less relieves the pain of living! Religion, when viewed as a socio-political structure, leads to the continuation of current social norms and customs.Now...Spirituality must be the focus...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Milken?

To use (again) a quote from BB King, "the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." I have been extremely disappointed in the quality of continuing education in my field of work. Most of the courses and designations are geared around being a money maker through mass attendance and offer merely elementary topics. This year i am excited to attend the Milken Institutes's 2009 Global Conference. I'm most excited to hear lectures from and meet: Keith Ferrazzi (author of Never Eat Alone), Steve Forbes of Forbes Inc, Michelle Gass -Executive VP Marketing at Starbucks, Jonah Goldberg columnist LA Times, Jim Goodnight CEO of SAS, Robert Hormats of Goldman Sachs, and Jon Huntsman Governor of Utah... to name a few.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

BEN HARPER

Thought I would share a video I recorded of Ben Harper last year in San Fran. Truly one of the greatest artist of our lifetime.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Morning Rituals

Do you have a morning ritual? My mornings throughout most of my life have been completely uncoordinated ---crawl out of bed, shower, run to work or class (usually late), and finally become alert around noon. This year, however I have committed to a one hour morning ritual:

8:30am: arrive/in my office

8:50am: by this time i have just spent 30minutes in silence-- nothing to read/review, just contemplating life. This is kinda my Zen time to look at life in retrospect-- am a good person? what is good? have i helped anyone recently? am i proud of where i am? -- this helps me get focused on the holistic side of life instead of work/post work/nightlife/etc...

8:50am: i begin my morning read in this order (1) New York Times (2) Drudge Report (3) The Dead Pelican (4) Andrew Sullivan (5) Facebook (6) Twitter at least one good article I've read this am that i might think people would want to read

9:20am: off to El Bano for the morning read of the local news paper, The Advocate

9:30am: open Outlook Email and begin the days work...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy's Running Club


Its been over a year now that a good friend of mine, Michael Lang mentioned at one of our "Save the World" lunches that he wanted to start something that paired active people (lifestyle) with fun and mere camaraderie. This idea gave birth to Happy's Running Club, an every Tuesday event where hundreds of young (and young minded) professionals convene downtown to take on a 5K. Today was my second time participating in this event and although I walked/jogged it still felt great. What was even more enjoyable is seeing people interact in a completely selfless way... no pretense, just a mutual joy for being active and well... building social capital! kudos today to Michael Lang and Scott Higgins -- founders of HRC.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter





Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Does the End justify the Means?




There is always something to be said about justifying one’s professional existence. However I’d like to toss out this argument: it could be said that nonprofits are subject to not only their deliverables but the pure judgment of its stakeholders, as opposed to for profit entities where profit maximization is the sole indicator on which stakeholders typically judge success. (Picture is what I have been preparing all day!)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Continuous Partial Attention

The new way my generation digest information! (photo of people playing catch up with the Gen-Yers)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Music & The Dow

Pop Culture and the stock market-- its worth watching

A Week in Vail,CO


I spent this week in Vail, CO at the Consultants Roundtable learning about how the recession is impacting the movement of industry around the globe. All in all it was a pretty great conference, but as with college it seems we often learn more from each other outside of a program… I had the pleasure to visit with some of the greatest brains in the industry and it was Wildly Fascinating. More to come when I’m not being badgered by the screaming sitting next to me at the airport!