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Psychology: the worthless science

Older people can’t remember who they’ve told what, study suggests It’s just one useless study after another. It’s the same goddamn stuff rehashed decade after decade. To investigate the effects of aging on destination and source memory, researchers recruited 40 … Continue reading

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the ethnography of the liquor people

When I was a kid I wondered whether I’d turn in to one of the guys I read about, guys who ordered hot toddies in cherry-paneled rooms. Guys who smoked meerschaum pipes or large cigars while waiting for the butler … Continue reading

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What to save, what to save

Consider the classic hypothetical scenario: Your house is on fire and you can take only three things with you before the entire structure becomes engulfed in flames. What would you take? This one’s pretty easy for me. There’s not a … Continue reading

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Well, there’s that

When I have a bad day, I try to remember to keep things in perspective.  “At least I wasn’t raped and murdered by Mongols” is a reminder that I give myself that appears to help. I urge you to try … Continue reading

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hybrid fuel economy tall-tale

You know how it’s said that a hybrid gets better city mileage than highway mileage because 1) the gas engine shuts off when the car is stopped, and 2) because of regenerative braking? That’s gotta be bullshit, and here’s why:  … Continue reading

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“People who discovered they would save money if they switched insurance companies saved some average amount of money upon switching”

In a recent commercial for Allstate, Dennis Haysbert intones that drivers who switched from Geico to Allstate saved an average of $396 per year on their auto insurance. He then intones “Surprised?”* Not really, Dennis, and here’s why:  My guess … Continue reading

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those lying, lying liars

You know how scientists and historians are liable to liken the total time civilization has existed versus the total time the earth has existed to “the blink of an eye?” At the drop of a hat? I’ve always taken their … Continue reading

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The rise of another worthless pop psychology meme

Could Twitter’s Realtime World Blur Our Moral Compass? Emotions linked to our moral sense such as admiration and compassion- awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group show that emotions linked to our sense … Continue reading

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Signs: two responses

And the sign said anybody caught trespassing would be shot on sight So I jumped on the fence and yelled at the house, Hey! what gives you the right To put up a fence to keep me out or to … Continue reading

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the horror

I just realized that if I do this long enough, eventually I’ll blog the exact same thing I blogged previously without even knowing it. It’ll be like noticing that today’s Beetle Bailey is a slight re-working of a Beetle Bailey … Continue reading

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a daily reminder of the relentlessness of time

In the Sun Herald there’s a page, usually not far past the editorials page, which I call the ‘fluff’ page. It may even have a name, but I don’t know it. It’s the page that contains a smattering of celebrity … Continue reading

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hands

Whenever I watch The Colbert Report, I find my eyes drawn to Stephen’s hands and the way he moves them. He has extremely graceful hands, fascinating to watch; like two nervous birds attached way out there on the ends of … Continue reading

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I pledge allegiance

Bellamy salute – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Bellamy salute is the hand gesture described by Francis Bellamy 1855-1931 to accompany the American Pledge of Allegiance, which he had authored. The gesture was derived from the Roman salute. This was … Continue reading

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World’s Oldest Person ®

114-year-old U.S. woman to be world’s oldest – CNN.com Baines will not officially be given the title until after Guinness World Records completes an investigation, the organization said. On the one hand I think it’s great that the governments of … Continue reading

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stately idiots

I was outside a minute ago, watching the moon. Gibbous, almost full. Awesome. But what an idiot. It does the same thing over and over again. It’s one stately dude. Obeys all laws. Big as all get out. But, snoresville, … Continue reading

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Charades

When I was 11 I had a teacher at Green Acres called Mrs Thornhill. Mrs. Thornhill had some sort of malady and went away for a couple months. Or maybe Mr. Thornhill had the malady and Mrs. Thornhill had to … Continue reading

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With malice toward some

I believe that in the future we’ll come together, liberals and conservatives alike under President Obama, and work toward making the country’s future a bright one. But in the meantime, all y’all Old Man Blinky/Sarah Palin voters can suck my … Continue reading

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the luck revolution

I’m not for penalizing genius, and I’m not for penalizing hard work. Genius and hard work deserve to be recognized by money. I am for managing luck. I believe the unlucky should be made less unlucky. The only way to … Continue reading

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An artist’s conception of greed and ruin

Remember how a few years ago artists were employed to draw pastels of court scenes because cameras weren’t permitted in? I don’t know, I guess to protect the innocent, on the very off-chance that the accused were somehow found innocent? … Continue reading

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the problem with religion

They’re always trying to make it relevant, or hip, or something. As far as I’m concerned, the idea of creation, godhood, underlying meaning of it all should be the bastion of the unhip. It’s painfully embarrassing to watch televangelists/charismatic preachers … Continue reading

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