The Cooper Union

“My story today is not my own: it is Peter Cooper’s.  He died in 1883, but his legacy is just as important now as it was then.  He believed that education is a public good – that it should be available to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, gender, race, religion, social class, or political beliefs.  This may not seem like a huge thing now, but it was then.

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Join Me On October 21st to Make a Difference!

So, if you’re already familiar with ALS, feel free to skip to the next paragraph. Take a moment and imagine what it would be like to be a prisoner in your body. You are unable to move, communicate, or even breathe on your own. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal column that control all of your body’s voluntary muscle movements. Little by little, as these muscles weaken and die, you lose control of your body. Your cognitive abilities remain intact, and so the disease effectively traps you inside your own body until the end of your life. ALS is currently incurable.

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Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Don’t expect anybody to fix the things that are in need to be fixed.
Look for people that shares your passion and get to work together.
You can change the world.

Big hug and best wishes to you all,

your sense of morals

The best books I ever read were from the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, though I didn’t appreciate science-fiction up till then. They have given me insights into mass psychology, influencing decisions at critical moments and in possibly predicting the future. Often useful in everyday situations.

“Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.”
Salvor Hardin in “The Foundation” by Isaac Asimov

Free Ideas!

The following are random ideas of things that I will never execute on. If any of these sound cool to you please make them happen:
1. Stoplights could be much more efficient. Think of the millions of cars idling right now at an annoying stoplight for now good reason contributing to global warming.
2. Bananas should be sold in bunches of varying ripeness. That way all your bananas don’t go bad at the same time and everyday you have another perfectly ripe banana.
3. A TV show like Extreme Makeover but for helping people get out of debt. Shows how terrible people are at money management skills and then helps them with budgeting, saving, etc.
4. Moistened toilet paper that is flushable, like the wipes parents use to change diapers. More sanitary, antibacterial, fresh smelling.
5. Babysitting rooms at movie theaters. Gyms have them, why not movie theaters?
6. Gear share program at vacation destinations. It sucks renting umbrellas and stuff when you go to the beach. Other vacationers who are leaving when you’re arriving can hand off the stuff they used.
7. Washers and dryers should be combined. I think these exists but why aren’t they the norm? Moving your wet clothes from thewasher to the nearly identical looking dryer is stupid. I’m sure one machine could do both.
8. Bike-In restaurants.
9. All movie trailers should end with a form that allows you to submit your info and address so you are alerted when the movie comes to your local theater or becomes available to buy.