Archive for December, 2007

This is my new test

Posted by seoulfully on December 13th, 2007

Unless given a recommendation, I can NEVER select books.  Too many choices.  How does one go into a bookstore (or amazon), and even if they know a genre/subject/etc., pick a book?  Well thanks to Marshal McLuhan (assist to Kottke) I have my process.

Turn to page 69 of any book and read it. If you like that page, buy the book.

Schumi is rich

Posted by seoulfully on December 13th, 2007

And fast.  And the best cabbie.

Michael Schumacher taxis himself to the airport.

So the man flies in his private jet from Switzerland to Germany to buy a puppy!  Tips a cabbie $146.72 tip on an $88.03 fare (BTW, what kind of crazy fare system do they have over there that your fare can end with pennies?  Converting to euros doesn’t answer my questions as in euros its 59.88.  Oh and does Schumi really round his change to the nearest quarter?  Why not a full dollar?  Seriously a total of $234.75?  Schumi can’t give the man a full $235?).  Isn’t there some sort of liability for a cabbie to let a passenger drive?  Not to say if I was driving Schumi that I wouldn’t let him drive, rules or not.

What brand?

Posted by seoulfully on December 12th, 2007

Man chugs a litre of vodka rather than toss it or pay to have his carry-on checked.

Yes he suffered alcohol poisoning.  Wow, a whole litre.  Like a college idiot… except dude was 64.

Leave the past the past

Posted by seoulfully on December 12th, 2007

UPS, the new NASCAR

Posted by seoulfully on December 12th, 2007

No more left turns. Or is Nascar only left turns?  I don’t know.  Shows how much I know about stock car (like they’re really stock) oval racing.

Regardless, UPS is using routing software to keep their trucks from wasting time by idling while waiting for left turns.

not a bad idea

Posted by seoulfully on December 12th, 2007

Sleep.FM – social networking for sleeping.  Well really alarm clocking.  You can record custom wake up messages for friends, family, network.  I know it’s changing more and more, but I don’t know many people out of college that sleep with a running computer next to their bed.  Though I can see this being used by parents to send their college (and I suppose high school) attending slacker kids a nice wake up message or hell, even a “You should be studying” message at random times.  And then of course this software would be quickly banished from all college computers because college kids are dumb, but not that kind of dumb.

Gladwell on IQ

Posted by seoulfully on December 11th, 2007

The end conclusion doesn’t seem too surprising (though just to me, as I don’t hold fast to the concept of IQ), but Gladwell’s writing makes for an interesting and fun read.

Gladwell on IQ – New Yorker

Ketchup = healthy

Posted by seoulfully on December 10th, 2007

Ketchup with everything helps fight heart disease.

I wonder if the UK has different ketchups.  I don’t know how much 30g of ketchup (what the subjects consumed daily), but I know ketchup is a ready source of sugar in a diet.

This is how easy it is to slip into crazy

Posted by seoulfully on December 8th, 2007

This woman decided to go for the size 0 “ideal” size for a documentary about what it takes to get there.  She tried it over 6 weeks.  She basically fell into some eating disorders and crazy thinking about eating and weight loss.  How quickly she fell into the thought patterns of eating disorders and such.

My 6-week journey to the land of thin – UK Times Online

I don’t accept this

Posted by seoulfully on December 8th, 2007

Fat as the new normal.

I’m all for women being comfortable with their bodies (limiting this discussion to women, because it was women discussed in the article), but for fat to be accepted as normal?  Nope.  I’m not down with that.  Should women being face a deluge of unrealistic images of “perfect” bodied women?  No.  Should the be pressured to conform to that unattainable (for the most part) ideal?  No.  Should they be made to feel shameful about their bodies?  No.  Not in a bad sense.  But should there be societal pressure for them to lose weight for HEALTH reasons?  I think so.  Maybe this makes me an asshole, but to just let fat be normal/okay, I don’t know about that.  But this is definitely a bi-nodal thing.  More and more obsession with celebrity and impossibly skinny people.  But also an ever increasing focus and emphasis on health.  Here’s to hoping health wins out.