Month: December 2008

  • How to Buy an Individual Health Insurance Policy in Texas

    Here are some questions you should ask to evaluate an individual health insurance  plan: Copay: I go to a general doctor, and the bill for the doctor visit (excluding lab work) is  $300. This is my first visit for the year. How much do I have to pay? Lab work . Is lab work and…

  • What to Look forward to this Christmas (and beyond)

    Two events which might be happening around Christmas. Bush may pre-emptively pardon those from Gitmo and involved in torture of foreigners. (WRONG!) Zimbabwe may quickly fall into civil war. (When Nobel Peace Prize winner starts hinting it is time for forcible removal of Mugabe, a certain threshold of urgency has been reached.

  • Dating Tips from the Pros (but not from me!)

    Sometimes I read sites with dating tips. I always find them fascinating.  One subtext of these male-centered sites is that it is ok for a man to hook up with strangers once in a while. It’s a necessary part of growing up (so the argument goes).   Once you lose your naiveté about romance and detach…

  • Math Puzzle

    Each letter of the alphabet represents one digit. HE + ME = WE ME + WE = SHE HE + WE = SUE What is H? E? W? M? S? U? This comes from the excellent children’s math puzzle book Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School.

  • History of Pie-Throwing

    David Sarno collects from Youtube an assortment of famous pie-throwing incidents. The green terrorist group Greenwash Guerillas claims credit for throwing a pie at columnist New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Way to go, guys!  Just as many environments are attempting genuine environmental reform, student-led groups are out there trivializing the movement and all it…

  • 2001 Revelation

    Last night I realized: the best way to watch the movie 2001 is while half-asleep.

  • Immense Frustration!

    As I said before, I bear no guilt whatsoever about taking off from blogging for a while. That said, I have been feeling immense frustration at not having to do any writing of any kind whatsoever. Various personal errands are instead consuming my attention and they have been consuming my attention for the last six …

  • Comics for Christmas

    2 cartoons which made me laugh: from a Roger Ebert article/discussion. See also Tom Tomorrow’s blog.

  • How to Obtain low-priced electricity in Texas

    Texans probably already know that this site can help you choose a good energy provider.  It is also a great place to compare plans with carbon-neutral renewable energy plans. Here are some things I learned: apparently variable rates vary wildly over time. (surprise, surprise). This happened last summer when natural gas prices skyrocketed; some people…

  • Educational Christmas Gifts for Intellectually-minded kids

    Educational gift for kids: Muse Magazine.  (See the amazon reviews of the mag , but they say ordering directly through the magazine’s site is faster).  It’s a no-ads mag with articles about science and culture. As for things not to buy for little kids, don’t buy your child a telescope!  Buy him a good star…

  • Thread to End all Threads

    Last Saturday I came across a single post on a forum. This forum was one I had never heard of, and the subject was something I had also never heard of. Someone had linked to it from another site, and I found the subject to be of immense interest. I am not going to mention…

  • Cost of the Bailout

    Here’s an explanation of the the size of the US economic bailout: If we add in the Citi bailout, the total cost now exceeds $4.6165 trillion dollars. People have a hard time conceptualizing very large numbers, so let’s give this some context. The current Credit Crisis bailout is now the largest outlay In American history.…

  • Charlie Rose, meet Samuel Becket

    Comic experimental video, Charlie Rose by Samuel Becket. Starts off as a gag, but it really succeeds. Google. Google. Google. It occurs to me now. The reason why Charlie Rose invites so many business and media blowhards may simply to ensure that these tycoons contribute a lot to PBS. Be a contributor and then Charlie…

  • What’s for between-meal meal?

    Michael Pollan writes: But the biggest threat to the meal-as-we-knew-it is surely the snack, and snacking in recent years has colonized whole new parts of our day and places in our lives. Work, for example, used to be a more or less food-free stretch of time between meals, but no longer. Offices now typically have…