Describe the idiot, excluding yourself, who is preventing you from accomplishing your biggest goal. Describe the goal in one sentence, but spend as much time as you like describing the idiot.
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Aug 4, 2009
goal: to stop procrastinating
idiot: the guy behind this blog and dilbert comics, hahah ;)! kidding!
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Aug 4, 2009
Goal: To develop faster-than-light propulsion to get me off of this hideous rock.

- My brain for not being able to understand the physics behind faster-than-light propulsion. I still think Star Trek is cool though.
- My parents for not being physicists endowed with Nobel-prize winning minds. (All I got was a partial dose of insanity.)
- Vegetarians. Oh, I don't know. Just thought I would throw them in there.
- Vegans. See line above.
- American aerospace companies for not developing a slightly-less expensive of the Starship Enterprise that the ordinary man can buy on installments and fly off this rock. (Actually, the installments are genius! Once you fly off, the bank will never catch you! That is, of course, unless they buy a starship as well. Hmmmm...I might need lasers or meson cannons...)
- Industry in general. For so !$%*!$%* up the environment that I want to leave this rock. I mean, c'mon! The Dodo Bird is extinct people!
- Religious right, left and center. I would so like to go to a place where is there is no religion. Kinda like Congress.
- Dogbert. He has more money than me and can afford to build a spaceship.
- Scott Adams. He has more money than me and can draw better spaceships.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken. If other planets have chickens, will they still taste like chicken?

Great, now I gave myself a headache.

Oooooooooh....Kentucky Fried Chicken...In space.....(Drool! Drool!)
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Aug 4, 2009
Goal: live a quiet, happy life with my girlfriend in our appartment in the city.

1 - Ex-wife who is still jealous of the new girlfriend six years after the divorce.
2 - Neighbours who don't allow my girlfriends cats walking through their garden. One of them built a wired-fence to keep the animal away. Another one came at night and stole the small wooden bridge I built over the creek behind the house. 3 times. Untill one day I caught him and gave him §$%&
3 - Every citizen that thinks cyclists are a hassle; in Germany, there are a lot of them.
4 - Co-workers who can't keep their mouth shut when they're supposed to.
5 - Employer wo fires the most competent employees, because they don't conform to the rules the way they should. BTW, I still work here...

You really got me started, Scott. I could go on for hours on this one.
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Aug 4, 2009
Goal: Work out the rules for being human.
Idiot: Whoever programed this holographic light show

An interesting proposition, blame an other for something solely in your control. Blaming the other denies you time to work toward the goal, the only winning move is not to play.
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Aug 4, 2009
Goal: Work out the rules for being human.
Idiot: Whoever programed this holographic light show

An interesting proposition, blame an other for something solely in your control. Blaming the other denies you time to work toward the goal, the only wining move is not to play.
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Aug 3, 2009
goal: just about anything
idiot: can I call myself an idiot?
Aug 3, 2009
I agree with Charles to be honest. I laughed out loud upon reading his entry.

Than again I'm a member of the Right Wing Conspiracy on a mostly liberal blog. Oh well

Ps. Scott, I have read every single one of your blog posts. You are a brilliant man. Congratulations on your success with your voice issues. You are a remarkable man
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Aug 3, 2009
Goal: Either become or at least create the real Skynet.

Idiot(s): Most of humanity.
Aug 3, 2009
What a strange question. Nobody can prevent you from achieving your goal, if you want it badly enough.
Aug 3, 2009
Goal: Finish at least ONE of the many writing projects I have started.

Idiot thwarting goal besides self: Um.....
Aug 3, 2009
Goal: Enjoy life-
I retired 14 years ago because I wanted to.
My goal was to get away from frustrations in life and now that I have, I find that there are new idiotic actions popping up everywhere if I let them get me down.
I note that you appear to have purchased bad computer(s). I assume that you can afford to buy a higher end one that actually has software and hardware that work together.

PS-Thanx for the icon of Dilbert that I have copied and can use for my favorite files folder.
Aug 3, 2009
Goal: pay low prices for things and keep inflation under control

Opponent: people like way paid who don't realized that they are over paid who don't realize that you can only have a high paying job as long as there aren't people who are willing and able to do the same job for cheaper. Then they cry and moan because there isn't another job waiting for them instantly and try to get the government involved. Once the government gets involve it screws things up big time... like the cash for clunkers program only having enough funding for one week and the government posting instructions on how to damage a fuel-efficient car enough to qualify for the program. One the government and its bureaucracies get involed and the special interest groups start bribing everyone, any hope of keeping our already weakening USD stable disappears.

Bonus Moment: people like that losing their jobs for being overpaid and still being jealous and complaining that people who are overpaid should get fired.
Aug 3, 2009
Well it's easy to be critical when someone else is in charge! Hehe.

Our company is in a strangling cycle of "money is tight, overloaded employees." So the effect is that we're stressed out, company can't afford to hire additional help, and most importantly our customer service is really sliding.

I wouldn't call it true *idiocy* but some days it sure feels like it.

Goal: Competent, timely, and productive department.
Idiocy: No resources available when desk overflows. Current solution is "no solution."
Aug 3, 2009
goal- die knowing humanity has some hope of overcoming the thing that has plagued it since its birth

idiot thwarting goal- homunculus in our heads causing us to be emotional, irrational, and ridiculous whilst simultaneously allowing us to not recognize these qualities in our behavior.

I've worked on the idea of a wet robot, and instead changed it to a rider on a horse. You can train the horse to do your bidding, or you can be haplessly strapped to a beast that drags you hither and yon.

As you can see, I have quite the high opinion of us and our plight. Thinking bout things like this always brings me tempted to close comments with this paraphrased quote- a famous misanthrope decided to cut down a tree in his yard, but first went into town to announce it. "I'm going to cut down the tree in my yard, but before I do, I just wanted to check and see if any of you didn't want to hang yourself from it first."
Aug 3, 2009
Goal: Continued employment in the high-tech electronics hardware design industry.

Idiot: The dead hand of Ronnie the Ray Gun and all his GOP free-market blind followers. Open markets are good for the consumer (short term) and the totalitarian countries with no environmental or societal controls on production. My job went to the far east because it's cheaper for corrupt CEOs to outsource design and production to whomsoever produces the cheapest crap. U.S. production had to meet sustainable requirements for the work force and environment. China doesn't, hence it's the most polluted waist-land in the world now. The true cost of production (or cleaning up after production) is passed on to succeeding generations wile the fat-cats count their bucks in Swiss banks.
The people who did a good and government mandated clean job in design and production are working at WalMart or as security guards.
Aug 3, 2009
Goal: Become a modestly well-paid professor at a research university.
Idiot: The financial geniuses who nearly destroyed the economy, resulting in a hiring freeze at most universities.
Aug 3, 2009
Great question! I love it - it either reveals to you that you are your biggest hurdle to accomplishing your goals, or reveals just how pathetic your goals are!

Like "webar" and his SRS; really, that's your "BIGGGEST" goal webar? How sad!

I was tempted, for a second, to provide a similar, work-related answer; I've got an idiot at work preventing me from accomplishing something. But then I thought, "Wait a minute... That's my "biggest" goal? Not even!" My "biggest" goals are personal in nature and I'm the only one preventing me from really accomplishing them.

What a great question Scott. Perfect motivator for a Monday. Now I know what I want to do the rest of the week.
Aug 3, 2009
Goal: To be a successful singer/songwriter.

Idiot thwarting goal: The financial backer I have yet to find. Talent and a good business sense are only part of the equation to make it in the music business - it takes money to market yourself, record a CD, and just survive while building a fan base.

Aug 3, 2009
Goal - Give birth to the fetus that has currently overstayed his womb reservation by four days.
Idiot - Said fetus, who apparently didn't listen to the doctor when she said 40 WEEKS was full term.
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Aug 3, 2009
Goal: complete a software development project on time.

Idiots thwarting goal: Management that thinks outsourcing the development work to India will get it done faster and won't listen to me when I repeatedly ask them to take India out of the picture and let me do all of the development myself. It'll save money and time, while also resulting in better output.

Nothing against India in particular, as I've met many talented developers from there, but the company we're using seems to specialize in botching everything possible and needing to have their hands held through every step of the way. That wouldn't be so bad, but project management didn't plan anyone's time to be spent doing the handholding, and they expect me to do that while still meeting my own objectives.

The U.S. liason to the Indian consulting company is a spin master who is best friends with our CEO, so giving him the boot poses several difficult issues.

My immediate supervisor gets it, but he's powerless to fix the problem. He and I are being thwarted by idiots from all other directions.
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