Monthly Archives: October 2010

The more you give – the more you get

Atlas Shrugged – Day 056 – pp. 619-628 Dagny’s in awe. And in horror. Horrified awe? Awesome horror? In any case, I don’t think she still fully gets it. The part about “inaction” actually being action (in this instance.) She sees things as they are because they (her, Francisco, Hank et al) didn’t work hard […]
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Purposeful Inaction: When doing right seems so wrong

Atlas Shrugged – Day 055 – pp. 609-618 Chapter VIII – By Our Love… A rather sappy title for Rand, no? We’ve shifted scenes to Dagny’s cabin in the woods. It’s May 28. Let’s see.  If she left on the day the directive was implemented – May 1 – she’s been there about a month. […]
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The death of the Comet (and all hope)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 054 – pp. 599-608 Wow. When last we left our epic, the road foreman had just been dispatched to locate a coal locomotive to pull the Comet through the tunnel at Winston(?) Colorado. He received his orders through a chain of command woven so that it could not be traced to […]
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Obeying orders and dodging responsibility

Atlas Shrugged – Day 053 – pp. 589-598 “Split rail,” the conductor answered impassively. “the engines went off the track. . .” Rails were worn. Scheduled to be replaced. Order canceled by Clifton Locey. Might he finally be held responsible? What about the engine?. . .
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Pirate bookkeepers and out-of-town legislators

Atlas Shrugged – Day 052 – pp. 579-588 I’m going to try something a little different starting this evening. Rather than narrate the story like I’ve been doing, I’m going to try to recap a little less and think out loud a little more. A little more color, and a little less play-by-play. I’ll still […]
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Two new faces enter the fray

Atlas Shrugged – Day 058 – pp. 569-578 Eddie continues with his description of the follies. (I’ll condense.)
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Beating yourself with the blackjack

Atlas Shrugged – Day 057 – pp. 559-568 To climb into Hank’s head for the moment, I’d guess that he thinks they have some evidence about his black market dealings or over-pouring Rearden Metal or something like that. Dr F pulls a stack of copies out of his brief case. Hotel registries with the name […]
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A Real life Directive 10-289

It’s always nice to see family. My cousin had a lay-over in Ft. Lauderdale yesterday so she gave me a call and we went out for a bite to eat. She’s a pilot for probably the only profitable airline in the country. We got on the subject of the merger between her employer and another […]
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Resignations and blackjacks…

Atlas Shrugged – Day 056 – pp. 549-558 Taggart says he can deliver Hank. That’s some valuable information according to Wesley Mouch. I should think so. And immediately on the tail of that nugget, Taggart has another idea. . .
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TCU – Baylor: A brief musical interlude and an ass-whuppin’ by the Frogs

I figure as long as I’m logged in, may as well keep posting the trip. Had to cut the nat-gas-mobile conversation short as the Marching Horned Frogs showed for a rousing round of the fight song and other entertainment.   (How is it, you can’t help tapping your feet to a good fight song?)
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Plotting the death of the free world

Atlas Shrugged – Day 055 – pp. 539-548 If I may paraphrase Directive 10-289. . . Point One – you are officially chained to your job — quitting is a criminal offense Point Two – if you own a business, you have to keep it in operation no matter what Point Three – all patents, […]
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TCU – Baylor: The big game

While I’m at it, I should post the rest of my trip before it becomes ancient history. Tailgate party ran out of beer, and so it was time to head to the stadium.  This is part 1 of the whole video.  I’ll call it “A Stroll Down Frog Alley…” Man, what a party these games […]
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The climax of the decline (???)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 054 – pp. 529-538 “You know, of course, I won’t allow this to continue. . . I won’t permit you to have her. Not her. Anyone but her. . . . I won’t permit it! You’ll give it up!. . . You’ll give it up, you’ll leave her, you’ll never see […]
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Secrets revealed

Atlas Shrugged – Day 053 – pp. 519-528 My God! How long have I been gone! Well the move is about done. Pictures to hang and a few more things to organize, but for the most part, I’m all in. I think I set a world record for how much crap one guy can have. […]
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Real-life incompetence…

It didn’t cause a chain reaction of business failures, but it sure did piss me off…
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The death of John Galt

Atlas Shrugged – Day 052 – pp. 509-518 High drama. In the movies I think there’s a name for this. Of course I don’t know what it is.  The board wants Dagny to recommend dismantling the only profitable line in the Taggart Trans system. The line she built…
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TCU-Baylor: the Bash

What’s pre-tailgating with out the actual tailgate bash. . .
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The beginning of the end?

Atlas Shrugged – Day 051 – pp. 499-508 All hell has broken loose. The apocalypse is at hand. And the G is still screwing things up.
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Sex and the city (Ayn Rand style)

Atlas Shrugged – Day 050 – pp. 489-498 Just as an aside, I happened across an article in an open tab I was reading about the death of Tony Curtis. A beautiful man if there ever was one.  It read: “As a performer, Mr. Curtis drew on his startlingly good looks. With his dark, curly […]
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The “non-defense” defense

Getting a little behind on my posts.  Maybe blogging a 1200 page book, moving and starting business in the same month isn’t such a good idea.  (Glad Hank Rearden wasn’t around to hear that.)  Back to business… Atlas Shrugged – Day 049 – pp. 479-488 Hank has just double dog dared the court to take […]
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