Month: July 2008

  • Buying Camera + Camcorder for Europe Trip

    I await the opinions of the gods. Which camera/camcorder is best for my European trip in September: Seeking point/click cam w/ video 200-400$? need for 3 wk EUROPE trip. portable, sdhc. mainly vids during  trip, but photos after. Ideas? Canon PowerShot G9 12.1MP $449, Canon SD 750  $149 Kodak Easyshare V1253 12MP $180, Canon FS100…

  • Minimum wage is now $6.55

    According to Tony Pugh, the federal minimal wage rose yesterday to $6.55 (It has been in the $5 range for over a decade). Robert Reich thinks the problem lies in depressed worker productivity: But there’s also a limit to how many hours Americans can put into work, so Americans turned to a third coping mechanism.…

  • Youtube videos

    George Carlin video on death cliches.(long)  He became caustic in his old age, but he’s shining here. Wacky singer with a gimmick. And it’s amazing. (Here’s another example) If fonts were  people… Charlie the Unicorn (an annoying and funny video). See part 2 Daft Hands (great, funny video). Again, this could outdo their Michael Gondry’s…

  • Real Cause of Weight Gain

    I’ve been busy trying to lose weight over the last month, and although progress has been made, it has been frustrating.  Here are some things I’ve noticed which are impeding progress: family commitments. Visiting family members and doing errands for them requires extra driving and time. Also, as  a sidenote, there are often uncontrolled opportunities…

  • Crazy Dubai!

    Here are some photos and artist rendering of what Dubai looks like now and will look like in the next decade. This is pretty astounding. For starters, here’s a photo of its underwater hotel (to be finished in 2009).

  • Lowered fertility rates

    Kay S. Hymowitz on Fertility rates and Carrie Bradshaw: Demographers get really excited about shifts like these, but in case you don’t get what the big deal is, consider: in 1960, 70 percent of American 25-year-old women were married with children; in 2000, only 25 percent of them were. In 1970, just 7.4 percent of…

  • Love Hungers and Drew Carey

    If you haven’t watched This Website is Down (from yesterday’s post), watch it now. Here’s another crazy “love scene” from my favorite show, Drew Carey Show.  See also the furries Drew Carey love scene linked here from a few days ago.  Update: I guess I never posted that link. Here’s the link to the Drew…

  • Deconstructing Satire

    Tom Tomorrow notes that in the satirical Obama cover for this week’s  New Yorker,  the NYT coverage of the scandal interviewed several TV hosts but no political cartoonists. Here’s his great lesson on how to deconstruct (and degut) a piece of satire . Here’s a good interview with Obama by Farreed Zacharia. I wish someone…

  • Computer Annoyances

    I frequently download jpgs of public domain paintings for my web projects. It is astonishing how rarely jpegs of paintings are given meaningful labels. I would expect names like mona_lisa_da_vinci_1506.jpg  Instead they have names like n34343.jpg  or picture.asp.jpg or annoying things like that. Why is it so difficult to input or view metadata for images?…

  • This Website is Down Video

    Hilarious video (which is 10 minutes long and full of profanity). Aside from the pure genius of the video, I like the fact that it shows people’s desktop(s) and how cluttered everybody’s is. It would be interesting to see how people’s desktop experience vary. The thing about this video is that the idiosyncrasies detailed here…

  • Secret to Buying a Sweet Watermelon

    Once at Walmart, I ran into a man who was an  eccentric health nut. He was talking to strangers about fruits and vegetables, so of course I had to talk with them (that’s my   job, I guess). We talked about lots of random things, but he shared with me a tip about identifying a good…

  • Sad Way to Learn about Criminal Justice and Neurosurgery

    Quite by accident I read in my JHU alumni magazine an sad account of a man’s murder in Baltimore and how his Anna wife copes with it. Michael Anft wrote this excellent piece. Speaking of how one of the perpetrator fell through the cracks, he writes: As Eric’s life began to spiral once again, his…

  • My New Facebook Group

    Due to overwhelming demand, I have formed a new facebook group about my national media watchdog campaign. Also, watch Idiots of Ants facebook parody. In other news, I am busy with several websites, but it just occurred to me that the wide columns probably make for a crappy reading experience. Maybe it’s time for a…

  • How to Spot a Man who is an Asshole

    i hesitated about linking to this article titled "16 Commandments of Poon", but I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. (Btw, don’t bother reading the comments).  Occasionally I stumble upon pages about how alpha males should behave. I don’t know how seriously to take  well-written  nonsense like this. Perhaps it was written ironically. To my…

  • Odds and Ends

    Click and clack on how your automobile can use less gas: The softer your tires are, the greater the friction between the road and the rubber, and the harder your engine will have to work to move the car. When we check tire pressure on our customers’ cars, we notice that they are often nowhere…

  • Blue Cross Texas: More Lunacies

    Businessman and KPFT radio commentator Leo Gold tells an amazing tale of how Blue Cross Texas rejected his medical coverage (and later found that the Texas health insurance risk pool assigned him to be insured by…the same company!). I looked a little deeper at the Pool’s information, and to my surprise I discovered that the…