Thank You Michael Jackson

Micheal Jackson has been the top trending topic since his death on June 25, 2009. But Michael Jackson is not the only top trending topic, so are the following: MJ, mj memorial, RIP MJ, thankyoumichael, michaljackson

Here is a small sample of the hundreds of thousands of tweets expressing a heartfelt thank you for the man behind the music.

  • NinaLaDolce: #thankyoumichael || you will truly be missed
  • christopherbw: #thankyoumichael …For making it cool to be different.
  • Punky_Pan: #thankyoumichael ♥ +1 :’/
  • maliamorgan: #thankyoumichael for music that moved us in so many ways…RIP
  • ItsIMANIrose: #thankyoumichael for destroying barriers, bc of u we not only touch stages but you dared us to command them!& all the worlds a stage!love i
  • JamilGotcher: #ThankyouMichael for all of your amazing performances and humanitarianism. You make me want to be a better person.
  • dchector24: #thankyoumichael you’ll live in on forever in our hearts <3
  • TinaMontgomery: #thankyoumichael for giving us beautiful music and vibes
  • Techalla: #thankyoumichael for addressing real world issues in your music…
  • mznita216: #thankyoumichael for everything you did in this crazy world.. you will be missed love ya
  • Assibraut: Smile, though your heart is aching. #thankyoumichael
  • therealestJG: #thankyoumichael you will always be my inspiration and will always be forever lived as the King of Music, not just pop.
  • JustAnt1: #thankyoumichael for showing the world WHO’S BAD!
  • mandymandy09: #thankyoumichael I cried for most of the memorial…but his daughter made me bawl, how sad :(
  • cancan19: Thank you for your music #thankyoumichael.
  • yararocks: #ThankYouMichael for all the great songs you’ve given us!
  • jenadear: #thankyoumichael you will be missed more than you could ever imagine. we love you.
  • nytuan: Watching MJ memorial made me think: popular culture at its best moments is about being together #thankyoumichael.
  • SleeplessInATX: #thankyoumichael …. for all the music that was a part of so many wonderful memories which will last in my heart and mind forever.
  • shadedforests: i’m gonna make a change, it’s gonna feel real good. #thankyoumichael
  • JESSIKINHAAAA: #thankyoumichael YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
  • d_n_matty: #thankyoumichael you forever have a place in our hearts.
  • vickymcfly: #ThankYouMichael you inspired so many people.
  • LamarLee: #thankyoumichael for making people think. your concepts were far from cookie cutter
  • kiki102909: #ThankYouMichael for your music, your dance and your compassion to our world :)
  • ashleyisrad: #thankyoumichael for your love for everyone. black, white, young, old. thank you for caring and helping change the world.
  • Divine_Spirit: #ThankYouMichael for love. Peace. Happiness. Creativeness. Legends. Dreams. To believe. Thank you for talent. The moonwalk. Love you
  • ohheynicole: #thankyoumichael for being an epic performer &getting me interested in music &dance & providing me w/ a soundtrack to some great memories.

The 4-Hour Workweek and The Mexican Fisherman

During the first half of The 4-Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss spends a lot of time making the case that he is a self help douche bag, in the classic sense of the word. The first half of his book, he talks about how he bended the rules on a martial arts competition to win a championship, how he travels the world wining Tango competitions and learning foreign languages, all along while virtual minions ran his business. There has been a lot of debate and dispute about the claims he makes in The 4-Hour Workweek. Bu the truth is that his claims to credibility are not the issue. There are many other problems with the premise of this book. Tim claims that we can earn substantially more money by working 4 hours a week than if we worked 12 hours a day. To this, some would reply, why not just work 8 hours a day and make ten times what you would make working 4 hours a week! So the credibility of the author and premise of the book is are immediately thrown out the window.

Thomas Friedman said that The World is Flat. Tim Ferriss is trying to make the case that we can use the flatness to our advantage. One of his arguments if that we can earn dollars, pay rupees, and spend pesos. He talks about being able to rent the equivalent of a Park Avenue apartment in Buenos Aires for less than the price of a studio in Queens, and how you can hire a Virtual Assiantant in India for less than a value meal at McDonald’s an hour. Many hard working blue collar individuals will romanticize with this idea, and this can work well for many individuals that have a free of responsibilities, but it does not work so easy for many people with families. It may be possible but it is not practical in many of the situations that I know.

In the end, his biggest argument for this ‘new found lifestyle’ is the old story, The Parable of the Mexican Fisherman. The author of this story is lost, but story has been retold many times over as such…

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”

The American then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”

The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”

The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?…Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Mac Daddy or Spiritual Father

Which of the spiritual leaders of the world’s greatest religions would get more chicks, I mean responses, on an online classified adds. Jesus Christ was a rebel, he spoke out against the established Jewish leaders, he loved to travel, and didn’t really have a job. I think the ladies online would love this guy. I think Jesus was the original hippie, he preached universal love and had long hair. I think that Christ was a pimp with the ladies, and not a pimp in the biblical sense.

Buddha was like a three-hundred pound short dude. Yeah, he laughs a lot and chicks like to be around a fun loving guy. If he had a hog, Harley, I think that would be a better look for this big bald dude. If he had a Harley he could rewrite Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Here is what I think his ad would read like if he was looking for a hot date to reach nirvana with:

Non conventional hottie here! A little on the heavy set but I just like to crush a lot.

Krishna is your typical playa but remember to not hate the playa, hate the game. It is said that Krishna could please several milk maids at once, and as soon as one of them would get jealous he would leave her. Sounds kinda like a jerk. The ladies say, according to scripture, that he is a passionate giving lover. He is said to play with the hearts of a whole flock of cowherd girls. Anyways, this is what I think his add would read:

NSA fun. Boddy call, all you have to do is dial.

Before you go to the confessional after reading this, I will admit that this will sound like heresy to some ardent believers. I believe too, but I have been pretty much excommunicated from all of the world’s religions. I think I will like King Edward of England and start my own phony religion based on no moral grounds so I could marry a whore and make myself the patriarch of the church, you know like the Church of England.

Twitter Haiku

One of my favorite hashtags on Twitter is #haiku. Every once in a while, when I a bored or need some inspiration, I search twitter for recent haiku tweets. Here are some of my favorite that I have collected over the time.

  • @Baron_waffles: trying to figure / out the mystery which is / the female species.
  • @marcmaron: Lazy Tweet Haiku: Tweety tweety tweet / Tweety tweety tweety tweet / Tweety tweety tweet.
  • @AshiAkira: Winners are heroes / Losers are rebels always / Universal law.
  • @AndreaBlythe: I miss / the taste of salt air / the feel of sand.
  • @amiablephd: Critical sister; I feel fat, lazy, stupid; Sadness in my bones.
  • @jasonm68: The ocean breeze chills / Pelicans dive into waves / I’m still not awake.
  • @simonscotland: I’m on a diet / strict vegetarian brains / for my consumption. #zombiehaiku
  • @magnusholmgren: the butterfly’s wings / quickly pushed the air away / everything else stopped.
  • @simonscotland: The distance between / us can be measured in miles / yet we are still close.
  • @Christwitery: Fragrant aroma / lures me into my backyard / neighbor’s BBQ.
  • @KrisLindbeck: Southward down the beach / clouds erase the line / between sky and sea
  • @coachcreative: How inadequate / just seventeen syllables / to spill out my heart
  • @Tiny_Fiction: midnight car alarm / there are no car thieves at large / just a lonely car
  • @UncompletedWork: The Macbook Charges / The Kitten purrs in my lap / I hate writer’s block!
  • @dracolytch: Planning a bike trip / A ride through my history / Need more camping gear