Here’s a pretty convincing argument that, as a species, we should be cheering on the marathoners because they’re displaying the quality we have in spades over all other mammals.
There’s no evidence that early Stone Age hunters had weapons much better than sharp sticks. Such armaments would have required them to kill prey animals at close quarters, where they would have been at high risk of getting fatally gored, bitten, or kicked. Thus, they probably obtained meat mainly via “persistence hunting”—chasing an antelope, for instance, until it was nearly keeling over with heat exhaustion—and scavenging. The latter was very much a running game: When distant, circling vultures tipped them off about a lion kill, they had to get there before hyenas, which strip everything edible from carcasses. And they typically could only outrace hyenas in the hot sun. As a result, they carved out a new carnivore niche: the hot-day meat chaser.
Josh Marshall at TPM wrote this: “I have some thoughts on the politics of this — mainly because the politics is what I have some expertise to speak about. But that will be my next post. Before I do that I wanted to state very clearly that the politics of the decision pales before its substance, a fact that I suspect will get little attention today. This decision will have a massive effect on the lives of literally millions of people. Mitt Romney may have joked yesterday that the White House was “not sleeping real well” last night. But a lot of people tonight and in the future will sleep a lot better for this result. Young people, people with pre-existing conditions and mainly people who through the chaos of the health care market simply find themselves with no coverage.
That’s the big deal.
What also matters is: we may learn that President Obama sacrificed his presidency to push through this piece of legislation — the Dems already lost Congress over it. But presidencies are for doing important things not just for getting elected to second terms in office. And I strongly suspect that even if Mitt Romney wins and gets a Republican Congress, they still won’t be able to get rid of this law.
That counts. That matters.
This is an imperfect law. But what’s most important is that it provides a structure under which the country can make a start not only on universal coverage — as an ethical imperative — but on doing away with the waste and inefficiencies created by the chronic market failure of the US health insurance system. Again, that matters. And I suspect that there’s no going back.”
I just listened to a podcast by NPR’s Planet Money. They profile the guy that started this website, Drama Fever, that started by wanting to be the “Hulu of Korean soap operas” that are surprisingly addictive and ubiquitous across East Asia. Here’s the description of one, Flower Boy Ramen Shop:
Cha Chi Soo (Jung Il Woo of 49 Days) is an arrogant high school student who happens to be the son of the biggest food conglomerate in Korea. He ends up working at a ramen shop where only “flower boys” - or “pretty boys” - work. The shop is run by Eun Bi (Lee Chung Ah), a university student preparing for her civil service exam. Meanwhile, he encounters a “genius chef” (played by Lee Ki Woo) and a high school teacher who is considered the “ideal wife” by many (Kim Ye Won from Romance Town).
Or how about My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox:
My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox is a snappy, quirky, folklore-infused romantic drama about a star-crossed couple played by, Actor/singer Lee Seung Gi (Brilliant Legacy) and Shin Min Ah, (A Bittersweet Life and A Love to Kill).
Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) is a spoiled brat with plans becoming a successful action star. One day, on the run from his rich grandfather’s latest fit of rage towards him, he accidentally frees a nine-tailed fox who has been imprisoned in a painting for 500 years. Frightened at first, he runs away in the woods and ends up getting seriously injured. Feeling indebted to him, the gumiho give him her “fox orb,” a powerful part of her life force to heal him. When he wakes up, the two form an awkward partnership, as Dae Woong begins to rely on the power of the orb to shoot his action sequences, while also giving in to Mi-ho’s request to teach her how to act human. Initially doing what Mi-ho wants because he’s afraid of her, Dae Woong gradually begins to fall for her. However, Mi-ho will be faced with a terrible choice as her time in human form runs out in this heart-wrenching comedy.
“It’s almost as though without any kind of competition, Spain’s achievement is diminished. It almost seems to be a chore for Spain itself. You don’t hear the usual moaning about teams trying to negate them. They just get on with it. Spain don’t feel like artists anymore. They feel like for-hire killers. I don’t find it boring to watch Xavi and Iniesta play keep-away. But I’m starting to wonder if Xavi and Iniesta do.”—Chris Ryan over at Grantland.
It seems as though there’s something to the idea that old person smell is a real thing.
Together, the evidence indicates that people recognize a characteristic “old people smell” not because of the aroma’s intensity or offensiveness, but because of its uniqueness compared to the body odors of younger people. “I think it’s true that old people smell a certain way,” Lundström says, “but the idea that the smell is negative may largely be social stigma.” An earlier study found that, compared with people aged 25 to 40, people over age 40 have higher levels of a fragrant organic compound known as 2-nonenal in their sweat and on their skin. The chemical, which the researchers described as having an “unpleasant grassy and greasy odor,” might be “a major cause of the deterioration in body odor that has been observed with aging”—in other words, the biological explanation for why older people have a characteristic odor. But the compound has also been linked to the scent of cucumbers and aged beer, which are not distasteful to most people; others have compared old people smell to old book smell, which most people find benign at worst and enjoyable at best.
What American doesn’t have something hanging in his or her closet worn only once or twice, a pair of pants waiting for a diet, or even a brand-new dress or jacket with the tags still on? Common sense and everyday experience tell us that we have so many clothes that a majority go underused and neglected. According to a 2010 national survey in ShopSmart magazine, one in four American women own seven pairs of jeans, but we only wear four of them regularly. Not surprisingly, charities regularly see brand-new clothes come in with tags still affixed. “We see people throwing away new stuff every day,” Maui says.
There is an enormous disconnect between increasing clothing consumption and the resultant waste, partially because unworn clothes aren’t immediately thrown out like other disposable products.
Flashed-face distortion is a really interesting phenomenon that happens when your brain begins to focus on the differences between two faces when put side by side… everyone starts to look like weirder versions of the folks in the video for Black Hole Sun.
Like many interesting scientific discoveries, this one was an accident. Sean Murphy, an undergraduate student, was working alone in the lab on a set of faces for one of his experiments. He aligned a set of faces at the eyes and started to skim through them. After a few seconds, he noticed that some of the faces began to appear highly deformed and grotesque. He looked at the especially ugly faces individually, but each of them appeared normal or even attractive.
Well, it seems that the lawsuit that’s been in the post finally dropped—80 players filing a single suit. on the NFL’s doorstep. I read this story a while back that suggested that a suit like this would set the wheels in motion causing big changes—most of them bad for the league… I’m curious if this will come to pass or if it’ll all get swept under the rug again.
Matt Warburton, who spent last year working on Community after 10 years onThe Simpsons, has been named as an executive producer of The Mindy Project. Just like Robert Carlock has been doing for Tina Fey on 30 Rock, Warburton is expected to help supplement some of Kaling’s showrunning duties. Joining Warburton is Community writing staff all-star Chris McKenna, writer of episodes likeRemedial Chaos Theory and Paradigms of Human Memory. As well, Linwood Boomer, the freaking creator of Malcolm in the Middle, will be onboard as a consulting producer and frequent Modern Familydirector Michael Spiller will executive produce and act as the series’ main director. Lastly, B.J. Novak, who executive produced the pilot, is in discussions to stay on as a consulting producer.
A great little story in The Atlantic about how the “the most hackable simple machine on the planet” is changing it in terms of the design of cities, social communities, and even in terms of technology with things like the The Copenhagen Wheel project.
Most importantly though, bicycles are an intrinsic part of how we imagine and design the city of the future. They will play a significant role in shaping identity and communities and influencing social dynamics in urban areas, because they are the next great technology platform.
This was a comment from the recent piece in Slate on Southwest Airlines. I thought it was noteworthy.
The seat assignment method is a perfect depiction of a class society.
The As treat one another with courtesy and ease… no one pushes, they allow other As to cut. The As get what they want in life and can relax.
The Bs have to to fret. Being the middle class, they need to fight to get to the front of their line. No advantage has been granted at the get go. The As have all spread out throughout the plane but there will be some rows empty. The first Bs will jump on those and they know it. An early B is as good as an A (without the cache`). They can also avoid the As that are obese, smelly, scary, etc. Bs have to push, grab, stake their claim, and can never leave for a bathroom break.
The Cs don’t care. They have little choice as they have no advantage in the system. Yet minus the freewill of the As, they’re just as relaxed. They have to deal with what is leftover and bear the brunt of full overhead compartments, middle seats, and undesirable row partners… the worst parts things flying/life. Yet they’re last on the plane, can jump out of line, and still have hope that their situation may turn out to be just as good as anything the As and Bs have grabbed. In the end, we’re all on the same flight.
… is the women’s bathroom at a Rush concert. I was a Rush fan in high school and, having seen them live twice (once in high school, once in college), I realize that whatever catnip is to the cats… Rush is the opposite of that for girls (and a lot of guys, too)… but for adolescent boys it’s the former (i.e. catnip).
Ladies, let us ask you a question. Do you like you drum solos? Do you like really long drum solos played on a comically expansive kit? Do you like songs with titles like ‘2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx’ and lyrics such as “Stealthily attacking/By-Tor slays his foe/The men are free to run now/From labyrinths below”? Do you like 15-minute-long prog-rock instrumentals played by middle-aged Canadians?
No? Then let us ask you this: Do you like really clean toilets with no queues at all? Because if you do, we may have a new music recommendation for you.
Something to give you a little pause before you hit the beach this summer, and the best example of “a picture is worth a thousand words” I’ve seen in a while. This guy, who was written about in the NEJM, worked as a truck driver and had—for almost his whole career—sun exposure primarily on one side of his face. Pretty amazing.
Their rationale for creating this tool and trying to educate folks:
We need to establish an ambitious yet attainable fiscal goal and commit as a nation to achieving it. Public debt at 60% of GDP is an internationally recognized standard that represents a sound target for stabilizing the debt in the medium term. We should also look to reduce the debt further in the long term, towards the historical level of around 40% of GDP. See more about the reasoning behind this goal and explanations of items like “Savings Relative to Current Law” and “Savings Relative to Current Policy” on the FAQ page.
This simulation was designed to illustrate the tough budget choices that will have to be made and to promote a public dialogue on how we can set a sustainable fiscal course. How do your choices stack up? Good luck.