Month: January 2018

Master Persuader? No, Scott Adams, he’s just a Troll.


What is the true definition of Master Persuader? Well, it may vary – however one thing is perfectly clear. The definition that has been given to our President is not what those who perpetuate it want you to believe. That it is the reverse-engineered, retrofitted form of pseudo-psychology created by normally intellectual advanced individuals to rationalize their support for a brash, arrogant, and/or incompetent populist leader. Rather than bring themselves to admit one has simply been successful at preying upon their unconscienced bias and prejudices while playing to their reptilian instincts, this alternative theory was crafted instead. It is also claimed to be a form of hypnotism.

Let’s use this recent Presidential context in a dialog:

Max – “Did you read on Twitter where he said that he heard some things about that soldier’s wife that were suspect?”

Mary – “I did, right after he tweeted about that news anchor’s body odor.”

Mary – “Oh, and I also love that clever nickname he gives to that short Senator. He calls him “Liddle!” Such Genius!”

Max – “Well, you know he is a Master Persuader.”

In other words, what is viewed upon a high level as thus is nothing more than one being able to tap in and trigger that inner troll that resides in most all of us. Maybe not so much anarchical such as those who would just rather see the world burn, but those that get lured into the troll fantasy. Nobody explained it better vividly than Matt Stone and Trey Parker in the famous South Park “skankhunt42” episode from Season 20 Episode 2. Actually, the troll arc lasts most of the entire season yet here are some short gems:

Watch the entire episode here:!airdate

Want to know more, just simply go read Scott Adam’s blog ( as he is the founder of this pseudo-psychology as it applies to Trump. There is no doubt that with the recent cognitive diagnosis of Trump being positive, Mr. Adams will no doubt turn this more towards his “Master Persuader” Theory. However, the cynic in me looks towards the obvious, he’s also leveraging this to sell his book “Win Bigly.” And isn’t this what it is all about?

Remember, this is Scott Adams – who has a bi-directional polarized scorecard with his ventures much like Nicolas Cage does with his movies. Scott’s success came from his view into the IT world with Dilbert – long before it was mainstream. However, his foray into the book/self-help/pseudo-science world is bizarre. When he writes about what he knows (i.e. The Dilbert Principle) it is quite exceptional. However, I like many others was pretty disappointed in the follow-up ( where he starts to go off the rails a bit.

He’s not bashful about his efforts either (to give him credit.) He writes about this in another book (

So maybe this is just another example of him temporarily going off the rails. Let’s hope so.


Urban Dictionary Contribution: Amway Moment

The point within a dialogue or conversation where someone begins to gradually shift (or suddenly shift) focus of the conversation from the original false pretense to the true intention of espousing their recent foray into the world of multi-level marketing thus beginning with immense zeal, their well-rehearsed recruitment speech. This moment is intensified by the nature of the other party initiating the conversation shift. This party is usually one of the following:

1) An acquaintance you have just met and were beginning to possibly explore later friendship.

2) One with whom you may possibly be interested in from a romantic point of view and they seem to be reciprocating.

3) An old friend, colleague, spouse, or significant other with whom you have recently reconnected with via the Internet or in person.

A similar form of usage would be: “to go Amway on you” or “He ruined a good chance of getting her in the sack when he prematurely went Amway on her.”

1.) Prior to the Amway moment, the conversation was going well. For a second there, I actually thought I had made a new friend.

2.) Once that Amway moment happens with a friend, the friendship is irrevocably broken to a certain extent.

View the definition here:

I am Back on the Fitbit Bandwagon

Hopefully this time I can stay on it. truth be told, it was not the use of it that kept derailing me, it was difficulty in keeping up with my device. I am pretty rough on things as well as being absent minded, the looser and smaller things are, the more likely I am to lose them. I was doing really well with the MS band for a while – and I even thought about continuing with it – however – well, right when I was getting ready to get the MS Band 2 with all the protections that one sweaty, grimy soul like me would need – they (Microsoft killed it) just like my beloved Zune. So, Multiple derailments has lead me now to the Fitbit Charge 2 watch. Lets see how this one goes. I have recently moved to a new role where I imagine my body and mind will need to be as fit as possible. Not to mention, I love the competitive nature of it as well. 🙂


Wish me luck.

Urban Dictionary Contribution: Human Cancer

The name that describes an entity within a family, workplace, clique, or any other type of organization or aggregate that creates disruptions of various orders through a variety of means that results in upsetting the entire balance of psychological and/or functional help within that organization or aggregate through a variety of dysfunctional behavior including but not limited to manipulation, deviancy, dishonesty, incompetence, hysteria, and or neurotic-ism. The entity could be an individual person or a small group but the results usually lead to the damaging of careers, relationships, and/or organizational culture.
That manager caused the destruction of way too many careers before he/she was isolated as a human cancer and finally weeded out of the organization – however, the damage was already done.

Dave organized a cult following to rebel against the current plan for the homeowner’s association. There obstructive behavior has perpetuated a human cancer that has devastated the community to the point people have started putting their homes on the market and are leaving.

Mary’s involvement with several co-workers led to many divorces, demotions, transfers, resignations, and firings. It’s amazing how much metastatic damage can be cause by one single piece of human cancer.
Read it on UD:

Travel Log

Did you do much traveling over the holidays?
Flew DFW to CLT – 934 Miles
Drove CLT to Asheville – 123 miles
Drove Asheville to CLT – 123 miles
Drove CLT to Aberdeen – 108 Miles
Drove Aberdeen to Columbia – 132 miles
Drove Columbia to DFW – 1018 miles
Hung out in DFW a few days
Flew DFW to RDU – 1059 miles
Drove RDU to Aberdeen – 72 miles
Drove Aberdeen to CLT – 108 Miles
Drove CLT to Aberdeen – 108 Miles
Drove Aberdeen to RDU – 72 miles
Drove RDU to DFW – 1205 miles
Flew 1993 miles
Drove 3069 miles