HERE'S A SAMPLE OF MY NEWEST RANDOM THOUGHTS:
1) love that facetious T-shirt that reads "Medicine is the Best Medicine" but I still believe that we should eat healthier and reduce toxins in our environment. I write that having enjoyed fatty Umami Burger and fries for lunch today (but at least I'm a self-aware and embarrassed by that hypocrisy).
2) I spoke at the 'minor leagues' of the famed TED Talks organization - from my TEDx Talk: "Sports can save politics". If rabid sports fans can accept when their favorite team loses then that proves Americans have the intellectual capacity and integrity to be evidence-based even when the results are distasteful. Let's make a standardized, objective scoring system for evaluating politicians. If unemployment goes down compared to the last guy then the current guy gets a point. If unemployment gets worse then he loses a point. Then run the numbers and see which side is better for America.
3 Louis CK is a genius. I love stand-up comedy (I used to perform at The Improv and other big name clubs. But gave it up 8 years ago). Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, Dana Gould Paul F.Tompkins are consistently great. Maria Bamford, Sara Silverman and Kathy Griffin can make laugh really hard. I still miss Greg Giraldo, George Carlin Bill Hicks. Bo Burnham has me hopeful about the future of stand-up.
4) If "Citizens United" was fairly ruled then what could be the new definition of bribery that doesn't actually include what the court absurdly legalized?
OLDER THOUGHTS THAT I STILL THINK ABOUT...
5) Regarding terrorists: You can't punish a masochist with spankings.
6) I think we'll have the "Star Trek"-Utopian future we seek shortly after we stop believing shiny metals have value beyond their actual utility.
7) I make the world's best BBQ pork ribs from my own recipe (actually it's a barely modified version of Big Bob Gibson's recipe using their Habanero Red Sauce).
8) Maybe because I went to Trinity School (1st - 8th grade with classmates like Rupert Murdoch's kids) I grew up thinking my family was poor and complaining about skiing in Vail instead of Switzerland. I idolized "Alex P Keaton" and later worked on the Bush/Quayle'88 campaign. Yeah, I was a jerk. Now hopefully at least slightly less so, especially because I flew myself to Ohio to work on the Kerry campaign in 2004 (the week before the election). Forgive me for not doing more. To redeem my 2004 failure and to save humanity, I worked on the Obama campaign in 2008 (also for a week before the election). You're welcome, America! ;-)
9) I love giving massages (hand, scalp, back.) I believe in loyalty, passion, encouragement, intellectual curiosity, pragmatism, logic, sympathy, generosity and admitting when I’m wrong(and it's happened more than once).
10) Currently, my favorite concept is still "Mudita" - enjoying others' happiness (which is the opposite of the much more prevalent "Schadenfreude" - enjoying others' misery).
11) Parting advice: "Look up to see what you don't have but only if it inspires you. Look down to appreciate what you do have but never let that paralyze you."
WHAT ADVICE OR INSIGHT DO YOU HAVE FOR ME? No pressure, though. We can just hang out, laugh, and save the heavy thoughts for later. (Though I can only hide my nerd side for so long as evidenced by this absurdly wonky section. Forgive my quirks and fall for me.)
NOTE: If you love The Daily Show or Bill Maher then we're more than halfway there. If you also love Community or 30 Rock then we might not need a prenup. And if you appreciate at least some of my newest random thoughts then we might be soulmates.