This school year, Dayton is reading and interacting with a book titled, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. On pages 7 and 8 of the accompanying workbook is found the following list. I suspect there are many other deserving quotes for this list, but these are all notable. The context for this list in the book is a section on “Paradigms and Principles.” The list is part of an introductory segue into the kinds of things teens may say to themselves as part of their personal paradigm of how they see themselves (self-esteem/self-awareness issues) and the “stupid quotes” that teens may falsely believe about themselves.
Even though this is a book aimed at teens, the material is not far removed from practical value for adults too. After all the book does not aim to help teens be teens but rather help teens mature into adulthood. As adults we can easily fall into habits that we should avoid just as much as teens should avoid them. We often limit our potential and out outlook on life through the ever-lurking “I cannot’s” and “that’ll never happen’s” and “if only’s” that are sometimes just ways of thinking that have been ingrained in our thinking since our childhood. We know this is true that we can and sometimes this. The quotes on this list were all statements made by adults, many of them successful, wealthy, in positions of authority, and even in quite powerful and influential positions.
I think that sometimes we could all use an introspective “personal paradigm check.”
Here is the list:
Top 10 All-Time Stupid Quotes:
10 “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”
KENNETH OLSEN, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, IN 1977
9 “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”
MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH, FRENCH MILITARY STRATEGIST AND FUTURE WORLD WAR I COMMANDER, IN 1911
8 “[Man will never reach the moon] regardless of all future scientific advances.”
DR. LEE DE FOREST, INVENTOR OF THE AUDION TUBE AND FATHER OF RADIO, ON FEBRUARY 25, 1967
7 “[Television] won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”
DARRYL F. ZANUCK, HEAD OF 20TH CENTURY—FOX, IN 1946
6 “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.”
DECCA RECORDS REJECTING THE BEATLES, IN 1962
5 “For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect.”
DR. IAN G. MACDONALD, LOS ANGELES SURGEON, AS QUOTED IN NEWSWEEK, NOVEMBER 18, 1969
4 “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
WESTERN UNION INTERNAL MEMO, IN 1876
3 “The earth is the center of the universe.”
PTOLEMY, THE GREAT EGYPTIAN ASTRONOMER, IN THE SECOND CENTURY
2 “Nothing of importance happened today.”
WRITTEN BY KING GEORGE III OF ENGLAND ON JULY 4, 1776
1 “Two years from now, spam will be solved.”
BILL GATES, WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, 2004
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On Tuesday, September 26, we left the house we rent (and have rented for 12 years now) for our mission’s annual missionary family conference which was being held at a relatively close location this year in Tequisquiapan (about 30 minute drive from here).
That night, a tremendous thunderstorm rolled through the region dumping a lot of rain in a short period of time (I never read a statistic on just how much that was). The dam upriver from San Juan del Río apparently was already nearly full and the sudden influx of runoff caused the government agency overseeing the dam to decide they needed to open the floodgates in order to preserve the integrity of the dam. This was apparently not done in a careful manner or in a limited way, so the volume of water that was released over a few hours overwhelmed the small riverbed and the river (a “creek” in most spots) was completely breached and dozens of neighborhoods in and near San Juan del Río were flooded with about a meter of water. Our neighborhood, being just about 600 feet from the riverbed, likewise was flooded to about 3 feet depth.
We heard about this on the Wednesday morning that followed and came home from the conference to discover the water had receded earlier but our house had water in it (some areas of the house only had a layer of mud/dirt, other areas had an inch or so of standing water). The basement though became the bottom recipient of about 14 to 16 inches of water and muck. The library is mostly down there and all the books on the bottom shelves and any books stacked on the floor were lost as well as some science and other resources. All told, we lost over 1,000 books (about 200 of them were important to the education ministry and another 400 of them were very difficult to lose; the rest were not of particular importance). Of course, Beth is the book lady here, and this was a tough knock for her. There’s nothing we could do about it, and we’ve experienced more difficult circumstances in our lives before, so we’ll move on despite the painful loss.
Here are some pics from that Wednesday all the way up to just a couple days ago when our co-workers and an intern who had just arrived the day before who helped us get the bulk of the books and bookcases out of the basement so that repairs can be made. For the next month or so, we’ll probably have all the books from the basement stacked in our front living room and the plastic bookcases stacked outside in the patio.
Before heading out on this summer’s home assignment, I decided to order a dashcam online and pick it up and install it in Dallas in order to record our travels. The main purpose is really to provide video evidence for front-end accidents as these days, we see some crazy things out on the highway and people sometimes struggle to tell the truth about what happened (or don’t/can’t remember). Seems like cheap insurance and given our Mexican auto insurance isn’t very good, I figured this would help with some of the innate liability risks of driving in the USA.
Apart from that, we found the dashcam to come in handy for recording unique situations. In the following video, you’ll come across a C-130 cargo plane, a fox, some beautiful scenery in Mexico, some interesting cars, a manned machine gun, and a number of near accidents.
I didn’t have the GPS turned on for most of these clips (but some have it), and I also didn’t get the date and time correct on most of it either. The menu is a little hard to read during daylight. I took a closer look at it last week in a shady spot and got those things figured out. There are several “freeze frames” that I put into place just so you can focus on something in particular. There isn’t much sound. There is a little text included throughout. I’ve got my dashcam set to save 3 minute intervals (it records them seamlessly and indefinitely until the memory is full and then replaces the oldest unsaved 3 minute clips with new ones; the memory card I’m using can handle just over 100 HD clips.)
It was fun to put this together. I used a registered version of Wondershare Filmora to do the simple video editing. It runs around $60 (a little less if you can find a working coupon code/discount). Hope you’ll watch it and enjoy this little creation. Also, the dash cam is a Spytec A119. It runs around $90 on Amazon. I added a high quality 64 GB memory card (Lexar SDXC I, 633x; $40). I installed the camera myself. It simply sticks onto the windshield with a powerful adhesive. I didn’t bother with anything fancy for the power cord and it hangs shamelessly straight down to the 12V power source on the console. I may have it rigged up better since I know of a guy down here who can do it nicely for a few bucks. I’m a little surprised I managed to get it all working and useful. I hope to post more dashcam clips in the future as long as the unit keeps working and as long as we continue to come across things of interest.
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