Archive for February, 2005

Evelyn Wood’s Mission – Good or Bad?

Saturday, February 19, 2005 11:13 Comments Off

Speedreading can be useful in one’s professional life, where the gist is everything, but in the context of intellectual development, I have yet to see a value. “Speed-readers work by training their eyes to scan and pick up key words. They have a template in the mind of the visual structure of words they are [...]

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Google Maps

Saturday, February 19, 2005 11:07 Comments Off

Google is too cool. See its new map service.

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Neither Wit Nor Wisdom (OR) Democracy Sucks

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 22:29 Comments Off

On the Lou Dobbs website tonight: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), “The Wit and Wisdom of Franklin D. Roosevelt” (1982) The message: Public Schooling = Education = Smart Voters = Wise Democracy Electing [...]

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The Gentlemen of Sport

Wednesday, February 16, 2005 16:39 Comments Off

I was watching the end of a triathlon in Maui the other day, and the gal who was favored to win had apparently fallen behind early, and things didn’t look so good for her. But halfway through the race, she caught fire, and started to rip. Near the end, as the racers were running down [...]

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The 50s

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:34 Comments Off

Good and bad, it was the defining decade of American culture: suburban rows of houses, Elvis Presley, the breakout of black R&B, great household appliances, Russell Kirk on Freudianism, the beat generation, saddle shoes, chopped Mercurys, poodle skirts, Muscle Beach, geat jazz, Mickey Spillane, HUAC, Jacques Barzun on baseball, fall-out shelters and atomic anxiety, the [...]

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I Want a New Law Passed

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:13 Comments Off

I want to pass a law that allows no more laws to ever be passed. That will be the last law ever, I promise.

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Smoke This

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:11 Comments Off

From two local, morning guys that I really love to listen to in the morning, (except when they talk about politics) came a conversation about the Michigan company that fired employees for smoking on their own time. The one morning guy said this about the firing: “You can’t legislate other peoples’ behavior and free time.” [...]

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Obsessing on the Obsessors

Tuesday, February 15, 2005 6:41 Comments Off

A novel idea that cracks me up. Do all roads everywhere always lead to Rockwell? Oh Cato people – why are friends letting friends drive drunk?

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The Microeconomics of Martinis

Monday, February 14, 2005 22:37 Comments Off

Driving home late this evening, and counting down the minutes to the moment where a delicious cosmopolitan would be striking my lips, I realized that I am inelastic as to the price changes in the factors of production of martinis (Rose’s lime juice, Citron or Belvedere, Cointreau, and cranberry juice). In fact, I’m almost perfectly [...]

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Not Quite

Saturday, February 12, 2005 21:38 Comments Off

I was looking at purchasing this book at Amazon: A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America. Then I saw the product description with a blazing error: Mahalia Jackson, James Brown, Diana Ross, the Righteous Brothers, the Jackson Five, Public Enemy, Tupac Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin–since the [...]

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