Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
The British Journal of Psychology claims that men are, on average, 5 IQ points smarter than women.
Research was based on IQ tests done on 80,000 people and 20,000 students.
Also noted from the study ... up to the age of 14, there was little difference between the two sexes.
Beyond that, it was found that twice as many men have an IQ of 125.
There were 5½ times as many men with IQ's of 155. The paper also points out that women at the same IQ are able to accomplish more than men "possibly because they are more conscientious and better adapted to sustained periods of hard work".
Naw, I don't really buy into these kind of tests, just thought it was amusing.
EDIT: Added source and fixed some spelling problems
EDIT: Fixed for spelling errors
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Oh well, Schilling starts tonight and, frankly, I'm about equal parts nervous and excited. If Schilling is even pretty competent I'll be happy as hell, I just hope he's gotten better than he was at the beginning of the season. Let's see what happens.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
My other thing is a short shout out for the Dave Matthews Band, which I've been listening to recently. I've been a fan from way back but just kinds "re-discovered" them recently, or something. Anyways, they rock. I've also been listening to Dave Matthews' solo effort, which is amazing. "Gravedigger" is one of his most ass-kickingly good songs. Anyone who needs to be converted to Dave Matthews should listen to that and "Don't Drink the Water" (off of my favorite album, Before These Crowded Streets). Anyways, just wanted to say that people should listen to that song. For it is good.
Operation Yellow Elephant - from the mind of the General, OYE has it's own blog. Check it out and help support Freedom!
Surviving Grady - Simply one of the best Red Sox blogs out there. Hilarious and dead accurate, a must read for Sox fans.
Throw Paper! - try to throw paper into a trash can. So, so addictive.
Punk FM - Classic Punk Rock, circa 1976-1979
Scratch - Dub, Reggae, Rocksteady & Ska
TokyoNinjaRadioStation - Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Swing
TwangCity - Americana, Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Honky Tonk, Zydeco, Blues and Roots Rock
Also, here's an update to the games section of the sidebar:
Arcane - An "Online Mystery Serial," you investigate strange goings on in a Lovecraftian world.
(via Think Progress)
Nadia and Robert McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004, said "Operation Iraqi Freedom" ended up on his government-supplied headstone in Oceanside, Calif., without family approval.This is low. Politicize all sorts of crap if you want, but a dead soldier's gravestone? That's something a grieving family is going to have to deal with for the rest of their lives. This administration has no shame.
"I was a little taken aback," Robert McCaffrey said, describing his reaction when he first saw the operation name on Patrick's tombstone. "They certainly didn't ask my wife; they didn't ask me." He said Patrick's widow told him she had not been asked either.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
well i've already been to Paris, i've already been to RomeYeah, I'm not actually from Boston... but 'tis a good song nonetheless.
but what did i do but miss my home
oh new england
i went out west to Californ
but i missed the land where i was born
i can't help it
oh new england
i've seen old isreal's arab plains
it's quite magnificent, but so is Maine
oh New England
now if you like Camden in North London
we got that spirit here in Allston
now many people ask "where you from?"
with a heartfelt smile i say "from Boston"
oh, New England
NEARLY four years after the defeat of the Taleban, efforts to rebuild Afghanistan face a “real and worrying risk of failure”, the British Government has concluded.
Terrorism remains an ever-present threat. Opium production is spreading. Large parts of the country’s infrastructure are in tatters and United Nations targets for improving basic services such as education and water will not be met.
Unless the Afghan Government delivers improvements the people could lose faith in their nascent democracy, according to an assessment by the Department for International Development .
It's important to point out that problems in Afghanistan aren't a result of the U.S. invasion, per se. Afghanistan has always been an unstable country where there is no national identity to speak of and people live very... well... backwards lives. After studying Afghani society (although I am certainly no expert), it is clear that the fundamental institutions and interactions that are prerequisites of a society trying to democratize, simply don't exist. And it's not likely they will exist anytime soon. But you know what will exist? A thriving drug trade:
With an estimated 40 to 60 percent of its GDP attributed to narcotics (IMF), Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming a narcotics stateLet Freedom ring.
Playgirl asked 2,000 of its readers what they find sexy in a man and the answers were surprising: 42% said they thought love handles were kind of sexy and 47% approved of chest hair.I'm hardly as rough around the edges as a lot of guys, but I think I'd certainly fit more into that category than "metrosexual." I certainly think I'm more rough around the edges than I lot of guys at my college... but that's neither here nor there. The point is... I dunno. I guess the point is that as a guy you shouldn't feel obligated to try and be something you're not. Jeez, what an after-school special type ending.
Rich playboys need not apply - only 4% of women said the size of a man's wallet mattered. Metrosexuals are also out: 73% want a guy who is "rough around the edges."
(via Huffington Post)
As for the Rockies, they've been hot and cold (more cold than hot) but it's still better than just being cold all the time. I don't hold any hope of them getting out of last place, but I find solace in the fact that next year will probably be better.
I just made a fuckload of edits to my posts throughout my blog archive. Basically just spelling, grammar, and formatting stuff - no big deal. Does this mean that my archives are error-free? No, of course not. But, hopefully the cringe-inducing stuff is mostly gone. Also, some of the formatting of posts have been cleaned up now that I'm more familiar with the blogger posting functionality. I decided that if anyone stumbles across the blog and starts perusing the archives, I didn't want to be embrarassed by my typos and poorly crafted sentences. It's important, you know, to try and strive for proper spelling and grammar. I'm hardly the biggest stickler on such matters, but I do try and make my posts reasonably correct regarding grammar and spelling. This makes for a better reading experience for you and a more rewarding posting experience for me.
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Esther Wong, who booked a who's who of punk rock and new wave bands at her popular Madame Wong's clubs in the 1970s and '80s, has died. She was 88.
She died Sunday at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Melinda Braun, said Wednesday. She had suffered from emphysema and cancer.
Wong, who earned the nickname the "godmother of punk," showcased such popular groups as the Police, X, the Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, the Motels, the Knack, the Textones and Plane English early in their careers, giving many groups their first major break.
That's a bummer, she promoted some damned fine bands. I, for one, am glad of the help she was able to lend to non-mainstream bands that kick some major ass (like Oingo Boingo!).
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Colorado - Approve: 45%, Disapprove: 53%, Net 08/05 Approval: -8%
Maine - Approve: 40%, Disapprove: 58%, Net 08/05 Approval: -18%
Massachusetts - Approve: 32%, Disapprove: 64%, Net 08/05 Approval: -32%
I'm so proud of my states... check out the Kos entry for a more detailed analysis.
EDIT: They're playing The Clash now. Awww... snap.
EDIT EDIT: Spelling correction
"Well, I'm a feminist, so I don't like men."make it hard to feel like you can get on board. Know what I'm saying? Anyways, on a thread pertaining to said comment, some history of the movement was laid down and it's worth reading. So, here it is:
fem·i·nism n.Anyways, the poster also pointed out a cool "third wave" group called, believe it or not, Third Wave Foundation. Point yo'self there.
1. Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
2. The movement organized around this belief.
And at one point it was also called the Civil Rights Movement, this mostly refers to First Wave Feminism. Your gripe is most likely with what's called Second Wave Feminism which sprung up in the cultural revolution of the 60's and 70's. This is also the school of the thought the moronic girl quoted above belongs to. This movements makes many 'baby with bathwater' type mistakes such as discriminating against men, eschewing stay at home moms and 'girly' things, as well as integrating things such as marxism and such into the belief which were not there and do not belong. These are your crazies.
Not to say the 2nd wave had nothing to offer. But for every sensible Gloria Steinem there's always at least one crazy Scum Manifesto bitch who makes everyone look bad.
3rd wave feminism is the name the current movement has taken, they differentiate themselves mostly with the revival of 'girly' things as acceptable. They attempt to harmonize the desire for equality of oppurtunity with the desire to do things that previous generations of feminists spoke against. They want equality but also the freedom to like men, wear makeup, and be stay at home moms if they want to.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
P.S. The CNN article is worth reading since it's a classic example of how bullshit the whole "liberal media" myth is.
EDIT: Spelling correction
Friday, August 12, 2005
Some friends and I have started our own region in NationStates, that of J.A.Z. (Just Against Zombies) where we hope to have fun and fight against the zombie threat. If you'd like to join, just send a telegram to Benthan and I'll give you the password. If you don't play NationStates, you should check it out. It's fun, free, and doesn't consume too much of your time!
Well, I'm out of contact for the weekend and most likely won't be posting again until Tuesday. Once again, I'm off to God's Country for some relaxation and fun!
Thursday, August 11, 2005
EDIT: Well, here's a little sumthin sumthin. Some short but sweet lyrics, how y'all should feel about the blog:
Come and relax now- Dave Matthews Band, "Pantala Naga Pampa"
Put your troubles down
No need to bear the weight of your worries
Yeah, let them all fall away.
EDIT EDIT: Spelling correction
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Renovators working in an ancient Egyptian monastery have unearthed the oldest example of a building housing Christian monks, a member of the restoration project near the country's Red Sea coast told Reuters on Monday.Nothing else to that really, it's just interesting and it will be likely be pretty remarkable what they find.
It’s no surprise that the WSJ doesn’t actually cite the study that backs up these dubious claims. On the contrary, the New York University Law Review published a comprehensive study of 22 states found that “the imposition of caps on noneconomic damages has no statistically significant effect on overall compensatory damages in medical malpractice jury verdicts or trial court judgments”.
In fact, the caps are sometimes the cause of the problem. In what has been described as the crossover effect, researchers have found that “[where] noneconomic damages are limited by caps, plaintiffs’ attorneys will more vigorously pursue, and juries will award, larger economic damages, which are often unbounded.”
EDIT: The Economist article is for subscribers only, FYI
EDIT 2: Made a tiny grammar correction. I'm getting sloppy (sloppier). Ah well, so it goes. Also, I'd like to make it clear that even though I dislike Hillary, I'd vote for her if she won the party nomination because, well, I really don't want to see another Republican president and I believe in supporting the party when the time comes.
Monday, August 08, 2005
EDIT: More on Immigration
Found this map on My Left Wing. Check it out and read the accompanying post on Howard Dean's comments on immigration. Worth your while.
Star Wars: Republic Commando (video game) - This game rocks. I'm playing it on my PC and it's wicked fun. Good first person shooter, set in a part of the Star Wars universe that I haven't really experienced in a video game - that of a clone. You play as the leader of an elite squad of clones in the pre-Episode III era. The graphics are good and it's pretty violent. There's neat little touches throughout the game too. For example, throuhout the game you "see" through a helmet and occasionally enemy blood (or whatever) will splatter on your helmet. When that happens a little electric wiper will come and clean your helmet allowing you to see clearly again. It's stuff like that which makes this game worthwhile and fun. Good for fans of first person shooters and/or Star Wars.
Mr. Show (tv show) - My girlfriend and I have been watching this lately and it's pretty damned funny. Good sketch comedy - seems kind of like an American Monty Python in format style. Guest appearances by folks like Jack Black make this a wickedly funny show. Check it out.
Ska (music) - Just the genre. I've always loved it and I've been listening to it a bit more again lately. People who write off this kind of music as just a fad from the 90's a) have no musical taste and b) don't know shit. The music has been around for decades and has had several "revivals." The music is often catchy and upbeat, and may even get me to dance a little (rare feat). Pull out your old ska albums and give 'em another whirl, you'll be glad you did.
Gore Vidal & H.P. Lovecraft (books) - Just finished reading Julian by Gore Vidal. Damned good book. It's a work of fiction but based in history, it explores the era of the Roman Empire when Christianity was being established and the emperor (Julian) who tried to re-instate the old gods. Engrossing, funny, and engaging; the book speaks volumes about our current society. I've also started reading some H.P. Lovecraft and let me tell ya, the guy could write one scary mofo of a story. Maybe it's extra creepy since his stories take place basically where I'm living now. Anyways, if you like good horror (if you like Edgar Allen Poe, you like good horror) then check out his work.
EDIT: Fixed for spelling errors... hehe, sometimes I can be like Fox News
iTunes - I know that everyone seems to think this proggy is the "bee's knees" but I really can't stand the fucking program. I used it for a while and there's almost nothing about it that I liked. Okay, so it has a nice sharing feature for networked computers. That's kind of a neat novelty but when I want to listen to music, 99.9% of the time I want to listen to MY music so the sharing feature is hardly compelling. The other features seem to basically be ripoffs of things that Musicmatch was doing before and better for the PC. Oh, and if you let it, iTunes will totally fuck up your mp3 files. I had that happen to me and had to spend literally months trying to fix everything - and when all was said and done I was missing mp3s. Also, iTunes uses those progress bars that don't indicate progress; I hate those. And, for PC users, iTunes is a ridiculous resource hog - moreso than Musicmatch (which I didn't think was possible back in my young and naive days) and way more than Winamp. Basically, I hate iTunes.
Winamp - Ahh, sweet delicious Winamp. One of the most widely used music programs, and wicked free! Ever since version 5 came out, Winamp has been able to provide pretty good musicing with negligable resource use and neat customization features. I'm still not a huge fan of its library functionality and tagging files is just not very fun. But, it supports audio playback for about 80 bajillion formats so I still use it when I want to play a flac or shn file. I recommend this program for people that hate spending money on things. P.S. the randomize playlist function really sucks on Winamp, heads up.
Musicmatch - I know, I know. This program sucks right? It's the shitty free software than comes on every computer. Well, I'll bet you never bothered with the version that costs monies! That's right, I own a pay version of the program and I love it! You know all those things you like about iTunes? Well, Musicmatch Pro does them better. It's library functionality is wicked powerful and it's so easy to tag files now it's not even funny. You can also rip and burn cds, and it has really nice encoding options (the mp3pro encoder is hot shit). It's got a partydj function like itunes and it uses less system resources! Also, it looks better, in my opinion. iTunes is boring and bland (much like Macs) and Musicmatch has a much better design. So, if you're willing to pay then Musicmatch is your golden boy. It's mine.
Friday, August 05, 2005
In other news, I know that updates have become somewhat intermittent but I plan on returning to a more regular updating schedule next week. In the meantime, it's off to some weekend camping!
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
EDIT: As for the Rockies, their tragedy continues overall, but they had a sweet victory last night. Cheers, guys!
Monday, August 01, 2005
(in internet explorer)Just a little heads up.
tools >Manage Add-ons >
Look in the "Show" box
Select "Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer"
Scroll down to "Windows Genuine Advantage" and disable it.
EDIT: Spelling correction