Month: September 2009

  • Male Poaching, Psychology of Breakups and Shoe-Buying

    Melissa Burkley on male poaching: (PDF) What were the main results? Single women were more interested in the man when he was described as attached (90% interested) than when he was described as single (59%). Men showed no difference in interest between a single and attached woman. Why are single women more interested in men…

  • Twitter Boredom

    Matthew Moore on Twitter faux pas. Michael Cane on his guidelines about whether to follow you on twitter. 2) You Follow more than 1,000. Really, what is up with that? I’ve Blocked someone who was Following over twenty-five thousand forty-two thousand. That’s not having a conversation! That’s performing espionage on a small town! … a)…

  • What’s the Word? Tinklenberg!

    ZE Frank video. (He’s an Internet comedian). Don’t miss the Atheism Videogame at the 12 minute mark. See also his Poptech talk about Airline Safety Cards. Paul Hipp left-wing musical propaganda. We’re Number 37 (in health care, that is). See also Right is Wrong and Free Money in the USA. Bachmann McCarthy Overdrive is a…

  • Is Oprah a threat to Humanity?

    Weston Kosova and Pat Wingert talk about the problems with the medical gullibility of Oprah Winfrey on her show.  In other news, Oprah has chosen a book by an African Jesuit priest named Uwen Akpan.  Here’s an interview by Grace Talusian and a short story Ex- Mas Feast (and an interview with New Yorker editor…

  • Death metal & comfy Norwegian prisons

    (I collected this at least two months ago, but then forgot about it….Oops!) Mark Ames reviews two dissimilar books: a Satanic heavy metal music and a ho-hum Richard Perle political screed. Hilarious. And why not go all the way for murder and arson, considering what the "consequences" of murder are in Northern Europe. Oo, a…

  • Flannery O’Connor on herself

    Rare audio recordings of Flannery O’Connor reading her famous story A Good Man is Hard to Find and giving a little lecture. Here is the print version of the lecture – slightly different from the audio version, but very rich indeed. Here’s her take on compassion: It’s considered an absolute necessity these days for writers…

  • Roger Ebert on Sucky Movies

    From Roger Ebert’s review of the bad movie Jaws: The Revenge (which I have not seen): Here are some things, however, that I do not believe: That Mrs. Brody could be haunted by flashbacks to events where she was not present and that, in some cases, no survivors witnessed. That the movie would give us…

  • How to Handle a Dispute with a Credit Card Company or a collection agency

    By now I consider myself an expert on handling disputes with credit card companies. I recently had a dispute with HSBC and after some wrangling arrived with a settlement with the company that was fair and just. I’ve learned a lot. Here are two things you can do: File a complaint with the Consumer  Financial…

  • Perils of Complexity

    Fascinating story about a Tennessee woman who died from lupus, as reported by Jane Zhang in the Wall Street Journal. “Nikki didn’t die from lupus,” her doctor, Amylyn Crawford, said. “Nikki died from complications of the failing American health care system.” Three points from it: the woman’s sickness caused her to lose her job and…

  • Viral Video Film School Hilarity

    ok, here’s some utterly hilarious videos from current TV. The series called Virus Video Film School and narrated by the very clever Brett Erlich. All of these are 3 minute and safe for work  (but there is a lot of adult language). The dumbest how-to videos (my favorite is the dish washing video), a look…

  • Comic Gems

    Here’s one of my favorite comic episodes of my favorite TV show Cheers. Simon Says  (starring John Cleese as a madcap couples therapist paid by Frazier to counsel Sam and Diane). On Youtube they divide the 26 minute episode into three parts of 8 minutes each. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 See also:…

  • Yes, I am a writer who like literature!

    Egad, my main passion is literature, and yet literature seems to be the last thing I blog about on my blog. This will change. Starting now, September will be National Blog about Literary Things Month!

  • Labor Day Linkdump

    “Mark” decries Glen Beck and his irrational anti-intellectual rants: Beck is not demystifying art, he is attacking it. He is assigning false intentions to the artists and their work. He is denigrating these long-respected icons of free expression and celebrations of American prosperity and spirit. And worst of all, Beck is virtually inviting his disciples…

  • Comic Links

      Some of these links are risque (mildly not safe for work). Here are some comic lists by Sam Greenspan (who write and produced stuff for Break.com). 11 firsts in Internet history.  (The risque stuff is under the fold).

  • Amusing Paris Review excerpts

    Here are some funny moments from Paris Review interviews with writers.  You can actually download most of the interviews before 1990 as PDFs.

  • Health care reform and medical bankruptcy: Answering the Libertarian Argument

    Nicholas Kristof on how a system based on private health insurance frequently results in spouse impoverishment, sometimes leading to fake divorces. Here are reader comments about the article which turn out to be more interesting than the original article. This argument has not frequently been cited, but it shows how the health care debate has…