Words Matter; Choose Them Wisely

A recent article over at Apple insider reveals the following about how Apple carefully crafts the words that they use throughout their business:

In keeping with a positive theme at Apple’s retail stores, those who hold the title of “Genius” are reportedly told to say “as it turns out” rather than use the word “unfortunately.” This choice of language is intended to sound less negative when a Genius cannot solve a customer’s problem.

A wise choice.


Carl Sagan vs. Skepticism

A great quote by Carl Sagan:

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

Works for God, UFOs, ghosts, etc. Seems ironic because skeptics are fans of him, yet by taking this quote to heart, skeptics would have to give up their posture that they think they know.

Positive Thinking

Are You Going to Catch That Ball?

You are at baseball practice. Coach is at the plate with the bat and ball and he’s pointing at you. “Pouliot! I’m going to hit this ball to you, are you going to catch it?” The sun is bright and high between you and coach. Horseflies are biting you. It’s a hot day and you can tell you’re not on your best game. What’s your answer?
Of course, the answer is always “Yes!”. You would never shout back, “I do not know what the future will bring Coach, I cannot commit to this!” Coach is not asking you to predict the future; he is looking to you for your commitment.
Life is the same. If you make an agreement with someone, their inquiry to see where you stand isn’t about asking you to predict future; if there is a real obstacle and you need to adjust your commitment, let them know. But don’t hem and haw about unknowns that may get in the way of your agreement. Yes, the future is uncertain, but don’t let that diminish your resolve— answer “yes”.

Quote of the Day Skepticism

Blasphemy vs Heresy

Terry Jones:

“Blasphemy is the undermining of a spiritual belief system.
Heresy is the undermining of the bureaucracy that has grown around a spiritual belief system.”

Quote of the Day

Favorite Quotes


“In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

Albert Einstein

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Do one thing everyday that scares you.”