Band Names

Want to waste a lot of time? Try coming up with the perfect band name.

5 potential ways to go about it –

  1. Try an online band name generator that combines words at (seeming) random:
    Band Name Maker (
  2. Have some input with an online band name generator that asks you to give it some information (or at least words) to use in its generation:
    Band Name Generator (
    Among mine: “A Box of Clocks with Blue Rock and the Cool Humans”
  3. Pick from a list already created by someone, somehow:
    Ten Thousand Statistically Grammar-Average Fake Band Names (
  4. Start typing something interesting into a web search and see what the search engine suggestions for your search might be.
    Beware. I started typing “polymorphic” (sounds like a cool word, right?) and one of the suggested searches was Polymorphic Light Eruption. Awesome band name!! Um… see here what the Mayo Clinic thinks… Next!
  5. Brainstorm with your friends, family, co-workers, random folks you run into:
    • Moving parts
    • Dull machete
    • Toad Crossing
    • 17 Odd
    • The Buicks
    • there were many more, but I won’t subject you to all of them.


Have fun. But don’t forget there are probably other things you have to do.




Simulated Reality

From Vox (

Echoing a paper by philosopher Nick Bostrom, Elon Musk thinks there is a good chance humankind is living in a simulated reality.

The general idea of our reality boils down to three possibilities — humans go extinct before we are able to run a simulation of this size, humans choose not to run ancestor simulations, or we are currently participating in such a simulation. According to Musk, “There’s a one in billions chance we’re in base reality.”

Or,  The Matrix was real.


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First Things

I saw this demonstration when at a training many, many years ago. It is still very vivid in my memory. A great visual reminder. A concept that should be obvious and ingrained, but doesn’t seem to be.

[More on my thoughts about analogies in some later post…]

First things first. If they’re the most important, prioritize them. Schedule them. Make sure they happen. Do not let them be at the mercy of the small, the urgent but unimportant, and certainly not the trivial.

“What if you were to shift to a paradigm of deciding, first of all, what your whole life is about so that you have a philosophical basis on which to make all of the big decisions about what are the big rocks, the middle-sized, the small rocks, and so forth. Put the big rocks in very first, the most important things, then the other ones, accordingly.”



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The Power of the Mind

Two quotes that speak to the power of the mind…

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
– Henry Ford *

You become what you think about all day long
– Earl Nightingale

Just as a reminder!

P.S. Of course one needs to be wary of quotes and their attributions, especially those found online. Perhaps you’ve seen a tongue-in-cheek quote on the web that goes something like this:

The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.
– Abraham Lincoln


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“Anti-Commencement” Address?

I love commencement addresses. Well, good commencement addresses (perhaps because the address at my college graduation, as I remember it, did not fall in that category – note to self: see if you can find video of the address to see how it plays now).

Came across Charles Wheelan and his “10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You” (WSJ) article (there is also a book – 10 ½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said). The 10 things that no commencement speaker has ever said were, apparently, said by Wheelan to the 2012 graduates of his alma mater, Dartmouth College.

The idea not being that the words are literally never said, but that they contain a bit more truth and grit and a bit less platitude and false optimism.

He’s got down-to-earth advice:

  • relish the connections you’ve made with others
  • there will be some rough times
  • don’t over-prioritize your job (the way he talks about this is terrific), and
  • it’s okay to shoot for solid and not great (and, in fact, that may be a good way to end up at great).

May have to come back to this one, because almost every one of his points is analogous to other important ideas – community, resilience, choice, mindfulness, etc. (For example, I’ve been reading and listening to a fair amount of Seth Godin, who stresses connection.) On second thought, perhaps I should first get the book and see how Wheelan expands on the ideas beyond the article. For now, I leave you with his article and (below) a link to an NPR interview with him about his advice.


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Calvin and Hobbes, again

I preached the Calvin Hobbes doctrine in a previous post, but I want to give an updated shout-out to the boy, his tiger, and author Bill Watterson.

In Dan Kopf‘s Priceonomics article, “What is the Internet’s Favorite Book“, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes takes the top spot. Bill Watterson appears 6 more times in the top 20 and is the highest rated author in this study of Goodreads top-rated books/authors.

Love Calvin and Hobbes? You’re clearly not alone.

Still haven’t checked them out? Do it now!

Ode to the Public Library

I recently spent an hour and a half in a car with someone with whom I had very little in common. And, the longer the ride the more and more that became apparent.

The one thing we could agree on: public libraries are awesome!

Tremendous resources. As community centers. For information. For entertainment. With staff ready to serve.

Support your local library! Or, at least, visit it and make use. They are there. They are incredible!


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