Let me say publicly that DonBoy’s answer exudes a combination of intuitive genius and confidence that make me think DonBoy is going to do big things in his life. -- Steven D. Levitt (Freakonomics blog)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Fuzzy Logic

"Glasses not Geeky, Research Finds"

Yes, but think what kind of people do research.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
When Israel Was in Peep's Land Let My Peeps Go


(Updated from shame.)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
In no other country on Earth is this story even possible

From a poster at TiVo Community Forum:
For the past several Lent's I have kept kosher as a spiritual discipline. I discerned that I needed to be more aware of what food I was consuming and keeping to this set of rules which were somewhat unfamiliar to me. So I did some research, consulted with a Jewish friend and I did this several years running. I didn't go as far as to buy a second set of dishes, but I ate no ham or shellfish. I refrained from eating meat within two hours of having dairy and vice versa. In Holy Week, I tried to keep to the stricter Passover rules, but I don't think I was very successful at that not really having enough information about what I could and couldn't eat.

Monday, March 10, 2008
Secret Skin

If you wanted to read Michael Chabon on superhero costumes, in the New Yorker, it would be here.
This sad outcome even in the wake of thousands of dollars spent and months of hard work given to sewing and to packing foam rubber into helmets has an obvious, an unavoidable, explanation: a superhero’s costume is constructed not of fabric, foam rubber, or adamantium but of halftone dots, Pantone color values, inked containment lines, and all the cartoonist’s sleight of hand. The superhero costume as drawn disdains the customary relationship in the fashion world between sketch and garment. It makes no suggestions. It has no agenda. Above all, it is not waiting to find fulfillment as cloth draped on a body. A constructed superhero costume is a replica with no original, a model built on a scale of x:1.
(And I think I know the book of Jewish morality exercises Chabon refers to early on; it also had something about point shaving, which was pretty well-known to the New York Jewish intelligentsia of the 1950s and 1960s.)
Google Map of Boston Homicides

Neatly categorized by shooting/stabbing/vehicular homicide. The original, on the Boston Globe site, scrolls like a real Google map.

Misheard on the Street

"Tiger Woods Golf Ennui".
All the Classical Music You'll Ever Need

Saturday, March 08, 2008
Remote Control

In today's world, if you're the exact right person -- and I'm not that person, but I know somebody who is -- you can sit in your apartment, write the announcement of Obama's Wyoming victory that will scroll across the bottom of the TV screens of an entire broadcast network, and email it to a magic place where it will then automatically be sent out to the nation.

As Albert Brooks says in Broadcast News when he writes words that William Hurt immediately repeats on the TV in front of him: "I say it here, it comes out there".
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Wrongest Comment Ever

It was about John McCain, on December 20th 2007.

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