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I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: vision63
Date: January 20, 2023 06:43PM
When I used a typewriter, I could type about 80 wpm with no mistakes. Now I can't type one line without at least a couple of them. I'm too impatient. I see the raggedy grammar and sentence structure even as I type this. But I'm too lazy to do anything about it.

I should probably drink some juice and take a nap.

I remember when a forum member named "insider" endeavored to create a portable Macintosh. A super long time ago. I don't remember if it was supposed to be a clone or if it predated the PowerBook.

I do remember how impressed I was. Not that I needed a portable Macintosh at the time. But that I was blown away that he made the effort so grand and so bold. It's hard to remember the details. Probably ran into too many obstacles.

But with so many notable people in our lives passing away, I'm always impressed with the boldness of their productivity. They have something to leave behind that basically represents their signature on Earth. Even a one-hit-wonder had the one hit. Even a hitless wonder has the song.

We should all leave our signatures.
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: Don C
Date: January 20, 2023 08:07PM
My dad was a very important person in a very small town in Wisconsin. I all too often compare what I have accomplished with what he accomplished, knowing full well that our skills and opportunities are completely different.
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 20, 2023 08:17PM
>I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.

Have you considered trading stocks?



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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: January 20, 2023 09:01PM
But with so many notable people in our lives passing away, I'm always impressed with the boldness of their productivity. They have something to leave behind that basically represents their signature on Earth. Even a one-hit-wonder had the one hit. Even a hitless wonder has the song.

no doubt. but it is all so ephemeral. nothing lasts forever, of that I'm sure.



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: January 20, 2023 09:51PM
That’s why the forum allows unlimited edits.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: January 20, 2023 10:32PM
I remember insider from the DM forum. When I found out about/joined MRF in 2016, I fully expected to find him here. Maybe he is, just under a different name, as others have done.
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: hal
Date: January 20, 2023 11:24PM
I see the raggedy grammar and sentence structure even as I type this. But I'm too lazy to do anything about it.

lol!
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: RgrF
Date: January 20, 2023 11:36PM
You strike me as superbly competent, that is if we are to overlook your propensity for aligning with losing NBA teams.
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: mspace
Date: January 21, 2023 09:03AM
Then again, how many people one affects is a poor measure.

If you make a difference to one or two, I don't think that has less significance than affecting more. There is no "official" tally.

I totally follow the "Butterfly Effect".
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: DP
Date: January 21, 2023 09:04AM
If you have people-even one-who appreciate you for yourself; if you leave a positive impact on society; if you are happy in your own skin, then you are competent.

I am of the opinion that you make your own luck in this world. Be positive. Have concrete goals. Don't waver from those goals. Work to make them a reality.

Just follow these simple rules and you won't believe how lucky you'll be!

And don't forget, viz, that this forum is appreciative of you, so right there you're that much farther ahead!





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"Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime."- Lavrentiy Beria
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: davester
Date: January 21, 2023 10:40AM
You're the conscience of the forum and I'm sure this applies to the rest of your life. Isn't that enough?



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 21, 2023 11:37AM
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 21, 2023 12:00PM
Wednesday was a strange day for me. Over the course of the day, four different work colleagues told me something to the effect of “I’ve learned so much from you!” Most of them I hardly ever interact with. It was a powerful reminder that we often impact people in ways we might not even realize.

Then I arrived home to find in my mailbox a postcard from Japan addressed to… Zac Efron. A strange day, indeed.



It is what it is.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/21/2023 04:18PM by N-OS X-tasy!.
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: davester
Date: January 21, 2023 12:21PM
Say hi to Zac for me!



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: I've accepted that I'm mostly incompetent. But I'm lucky.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: January 21, 2023 11:30PM
I've often had several occasions of competency.

When congratulated on pulling off some accomplishment, my response was either 'I have my moments' or 'When you're lucky, you don't have to be good'.

But generally training and practice deserve the accolades, but I won't lie — Luck has been a lady a few times, and I don't take her for granted.






I am that Masked Man.

All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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