Hi humans. Today was just another regular day spent at the family business. My day consisted of action-packed activities like cleaning up some rotten apple juice that someone spilled, catching people that try to steal our door stoppers, and answering the endless questions and requests of two college-aged girls while they did their laundry. Oh, and seeing this on the TV: … then checking back in ten minutes and noticing that the text was changed to: So apparently there was a unanimous decision by the jury that the former governor is guilty of supplying false declarations to an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, but was no final decision made for the other 23 counts that he was tried for. What I’m Watching Earlier today, I watched Knocked Up, a movie featuring Seth Rogen and Katherine Hiegl. Knocked Up is about a man named Ben Stone who lives in an apartment with four of his male friends. He doesn’t have a job, and aspires to be successful via a website he and his friends are creating called Flesh of the Stars. One evening, he goes to a club where he meets Allison Scott, a reporter for the E! channel. They go home together, have a one night stand, and think that everything is going to be fine… … until Allison discovers that she is pregnant with Ben’s baby. From that point on, mass chaos breaks out as Allison and Ben’s personalities clash, and the unstable relationship of Allison’s older sister makes the situation worse. I thought this was a pretty good movie. The relationships between the characters are well developed. The plot has a comical twist to it that takes an emergency-level situation and makes it funny while still having the characters act sincerely towards the problem. What I’m Reading After reading and being intrigued by Malcolm Gladwell’s books Blink and The Tipping Point, I went on to read Outliers. Outliers is a book about the special people in the world – the people that are different enough to be noticed as different when placed in a regular societal setting. These people have gifts and advantages starting from birth that define who they are and how much they will succeed later on in their lives. The main concept of this book is that the fortunate opportunities that affect these people are what makes them so special, not the individual effort they put into their work. Although effort and determination is important, luck is the catalyst for success. Gladwell goes on and gives examples of how this is true, like the explanation behind why people born in the last quarter of the calendar year should not even bother trying out for professional hockey. He also follows the story of the lives of famous people like Bill Gates, who, due to a bit of luck, was able to fall under the 10,000-Hour Rule for programming and become the successful founder of Microsoft. Like all of Gladwell’s other books, I recommend this book to everybody, as it gives insight on a facet of life that not many people realize is important. The ideas of this book may explain to some people why they are unsuccessful, and how they could change they way they live to place themselves in the path of luck. The time invested in reading this book could result in massive benefits in the future. The Daily Shoot Assignment of the Day Make a photograph that features a sign of some sort today. Maybe a stop sign. Maybe an information sign. Or an advert.