May 31, 2007

Ten on an Island


(continuation)
The premise is that there are ten people on an island, they are a sovereign nation, and they are trying to best determine how to govern themselves.

Question #3: One of the ten breaks their leg. They are unable to do any work. How is this person taken care of?

May 30, 2007

Ten on an Island


(continuation)
The premise is that there are ten people on an island, they are a sovereign nation, and they are trying to determine how best to govern themselves.

Question #2: One of the 10 goes out fishing one day and catches 10 fish. He brings them back, cleans them and prepares them for dinner. How does he go about distributing them among the 10?

May 29, 2007

Romney's Mind


GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Mormon Church which believes a man named Joseph Smith found a NEW testament of Jesus Christ written on gold tablets and buried in Manchester, NY depicting events that took place in the United States hundreds of years ago despite no archaeological evidence ever being found to corroborate any of these stories, recently stated that his favorite book is "Battlefield Earth", written by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology...

He then corrected himself, when pressed, and noted that "Battlefield Earth" is simply his favorite "novel".

His favorite non-fiction book is actually Cinderella.

May 25, 2007

Laugh at Beethoven


So, do you know anybody who has an octave laugh?

They start laughing at a lower pitch, and by the time they're done they're up a whole octave? I started noticing that this one person I know who laughs like this, actually has a laugh progression in musical thirds. For example, in order to get from one C note to another on a piano, you can break up those notes into thirds, C-E-G...and then up to the next C note. *Hitting the notes C-E-G at the same time make up a C-chord.

This person laughs like that, starting at a note and then going up by thirds. It's frightening, actually. Could she be a musical savant? Or is musicality so naturally ingrained in the human psyche, that it can't help but come out?

May 24, 2007

It'll Grow on You


So, let's say your friend gives you a new CD to listen to. You don't like it. Your friend then says, "Well, I had to listen to it a few times before I started to really get into it. But, it's worth it. You'll love it. Give it some more time."

So, the question is, when should we give a new CD the benefit of the doubt?

After all, I can't just keep listening to sucky CDs all day hoping that I'll eventually grow into them. There has to be SOMETHING upon my first listen that strikes me as interesting, innovative or good, in order to give it a 2nd or 3rd chance to climb the approval rating in my mind.

So, while I may be missing out on some great CDs, because I'm just not patient enough with them, or because I'm just not ready for them, I can't waste my time re-listening to crap all day in order to not miss the good stuff. And I have to hope that the good stuff comes back across my path later, when I'm ready.

May 23, 2007

Give Peace a Chance


After noticing a bumper-sticker clad car the other morning, I was struck with this question:

How can a vegan be pro-choice?

*Note: There IS a non-hypocritical way to answer this question. I am looking for that answer.

May 22, 2007

What Would You Do?


...if you found a million dollars buried in your back yard?

...if you found a million dollars worth of cocaine buried in your back yard?

May 21, 2007

All Inclusive Maintenance Plan


So, those 10-year, 10,000 mile warranties that all the car manufacturers are offering now don't include everything. For example, my clutch/transmission blew up, but the warranty didn't cover it since it's a manual transmission. I guess some of the bumper-to-bumper warranties that are out there would cover this. But what they don't cover is routine maintenance, like oil changes, tire rotations, etc.

What would it be worth to you to receive an all-inclusive maintenance plan with your car?

Keep in mind that the dealership is probably going to get back some of this money, because they get to handle the preventive care on the vehicle, hopefully avoiding major malfunctions in the long run that they'd have to take the bill for.

May 18, 2007

E-Ching Story of the Day:

“A man walked around the world, saw the devastation created from the depths of the human heart, and wept. He went to his father and said, “Father, How can I live in this place any longer. The world is full of but mere animals. Can they not see that what they are doing is wrong?” The father replied, “Son, do you believe that those who have obtained wisdom should be the ones to teach those who have not.” The Son replied, “Yes, father.” The father then replied, “Then who are you angered with?"

May 17, 2007

A Catholic President


Is that what this country needs right now? After all, catholics are the only Christian group that the media doesn't make fun of. Catholics tend to run fairly moderate on social issues. They don't look stupid when talking about their faith. Could be a uniting presence?

May 16, 2007

Better Return Than Gold


There's one investment essential to a profitable livelihood in this country that often goes under the radar.

A good haircut.

I think a lot of people in this country have really poor choices in hairstyles that, when improved, would lead to vast improvements in quality of life.

So, please, just think about it.
The more you know.

May 15, 2007

Entropy or Evolution?


How do we rationalize the 2nd law of thermodynamics, the idea that materially speaking, disorder is inevitable - with the idea of evolution, that materially speaking, progression is constant?

May 14, 2007

Instinct or Evolution?


If so much of our behavior and the behavior of the animal kingdom is instinctual, then why is evolution necessary?

May 11, 2007

National Security


So, my brother-in-law is an immigrant from Mexico, and he came up to the United States last summer to marry my sister. His waiting time for his green card, travel Visa, workers permit and Social Security card have been ridiculously long and arduous processes. So, when he came out to visit us in Chicago recently, we expected his travel problems to be difficult as well. He was not able to check-in through an electronic unit, and had to endure several different processes uncommon to the typical traveler, because of his heritage and lack of typical identification. So, finally, after being uncertain whether or not they were actually going to let him on the plane, he and my sister finally sat down in their uncomfortable seats getting ready for a brief plane ride from BWI to O'Hare.

As my brother-in-law reached down into his carry-on backpack to pull out his book to read on the flight, he realized that he had mistakenly packed a present he was bringing to Chicago in his carry-on bag.

This present was a knife block with 4 knives in it.

Oh say, can you see.

May 10, 2007

Prison Pay-Off


So, Paris Hilton may have to go to jail for 45 days for driving a car with a suspended license. I'd like to propose a way out of this for her. In lieu of jail time, she pays the State of California $1,000,000.

Now, I know what most of you are thinking. "That isn't fair." Why should rich people get out of paying for their crime simply because they're rich?

But, that's the thing, I actually want her to PAY for her crime. I'm not proposing a way for rich people to get away with murder. This proposal would only be allowed for non-violent misdemeanors.

Would $1,000,000 to help aid social issues in the State of California be a greater good than Paris Hilton sitting in prison for 45 days?

It depends what you think the prison system in this country is for? Is it for people like Paris Hilton to learn her lesson? Or is it for her to PAY for her crime?

May 09, 2007

Drunk Driving Test


The .08 national blood alcohol legal limit can't be the magic number for everyone. There are some people who can be at .12 and drive excellently. There's also people who can't handle driving at .04.

How to remedy this problem of averages? A drunk driving test.

You drink as much as you want, and you take a complicated driving test. If you pass, they give you the breathalyser on the spot, and if it rings a .10, that's your new legal limit.

May 07, 2007

The Stigma of Setting


Alcohol currently only has social stigmas in terms of context in this country. For example, if I went home and drank a bottle of wine alone in my bedroom while playing Mario Kart, that's pretty weird, and my friends might think that I have a problem.

But, instead, if I go out with these same friends to a club/bar setting and drink a bottle of wine, that's pretty normal.

Same cognitive experience. Yet, only one of these is a cry for help. Why?

May 04, 2007

BMI Says...


So, when I moved back to Chicago last Fall, I joined a LifeTime Fitness by my work in order to avoid rush-hour traffic in the morning.

After 8 months of working out 5 days a week, I've gone down a belt size, I feel better, and am now officially, according to the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator... OVERWEIGHT.

Because during this 8 months, I also GAINED over 10 pounds, elevating me into this higher category. So, my contention is that BMI is stupid. It's merely a ratio of height:weight, and it penalizes those for obtaining muscle mass. So, for a woman who joins a gym because her BMI is scaring her, she's not going to lower it by lifting weights, even though that may help her overall condition of health. Unfair.

I want a better index to judge overall health. Does this exist?

May 03, 2007

Death Savior Evangelism


By maintaining that people need to become Christians simply because that's the only way for them to get into heaven, are we also inferring that the abundant life part of Jesus' message is insignificant? I definitely don't want to do that. But, if I was asked permission to destroy this Earth if it provided the salvation for everyone on it, that'd be hard to pass up, no? So, is that how I'm living? That this life doesn't really matter?

May 02, 2007

Bon Jovi ...Done Well?


For those who have been participating on this project for a while, you are aware of my contention that most of the world's problems would be remedied through a mass burning of Bon Jovi albums.

Anyway, last night, for the first time in my life, I enjoyed a performance of a Bon Jovi song. Only, it was not performed by the artist himself. On 'Bon Jovi' night (sigh) on American Idol, performer Blake Lewis gave an innovative performance of the song, "You Give Love a Bad Name". Check it out at the link above.

This made me wonder whether it's the songs of Bon Jovi themselves that create the mass poverty and corruption in this world, or simply his wavy blond locks and boisterous claims of grandeur that create this threat.

May 01, 2007

Silly Rabbit, Skittles Promote Diabetes


So, Trix seems like an okay cereal, right? For those of us who aren't nutrionists, we'd probably let our kids eat Trix, right?

But, what if the cereal was called Skittles? Same exact flavor, same exact nutritional info. But, renamed 'Skittles'.

Would it subconsciously change your willingness to purchase that product for your child?

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