September 29, 2006

Addictive Personalities

How do you know if you're addicted to food? Because I eat every few hours, and I'm pretty sure I couldn't stop.

September 28, 2006

Fantasy Football Makes Me Evil

So, I heard about the Terrell Owens incident yesterday morning, and within the first ten seconds of reading the article I thought, "Oh, I'm glad I don't have him on my fantasy roster." Yes, I'm sick. Last year, when Priest Holmes got hurt, I was watching the game, and yelled at him for ruining my chances, indifferent to the man behind the stats writhing on the ground. When we're just fans, we feel for the players. When you have something at stake (a just-for-fun fantasy football league), those sympathetic feelings obviously go out the window. What about people who have millions of dollars invested in these players, this "game", I can't even imagine.

September 27, 2006

Existential Thoughts of Relief

Here is an exposition of the E-Ching from yesterday. It's a thought I've been mulling around for the last week or so. Is "pleasure" an above-and-beyond feeling, or is it just getting back to normal? Eating when you're hungry can be a huge relief. A crude example: relieving yourself can be a huge "relief", even to the point of feeling some pleasure. Cigarettes? Sex? Are these all relievers? Does true pleasure exist or is it all just temporal relief? Are all of our happiest moments truly that, or do they only feel that way because in those moments, everything else faded out?

September 26, 2006

E-Ching for the Day

"There is no pleasure. There is merely relief."

September 25, 2006

AA Driver’s License Stamp

There are many alcoholics who do not want to drink, but find themselves under a compulsion to do so. And unfortunately, they have easy access to as much alcohol as they can afford. So, what do you think about the idea of a person willingly choosing to have their driver's license stamped with a "Do not sell this person alcohol" code or color. Logistically, bartenders would now have to check everyone's ID, but that's probably a good idea anyway?

September 22, 2006

Was Denise Huxtable Black?

Our current affirmative action system is unfairly exclusive. Why are race and gender the only basis to determine whether a group has had equal opportunity? African-Americans weren't the only slaves. What about the Jews? Pharoah, Hitler, etc. Or is the idea to only help the people who America itself discriminated against? Even so, if a minority group immigrates to our country today, America has not yet hurt them, so why would they receive privileges over Europeans who are still getting over that lousy potato famine?

September 20, 2006

Moving Help

Well, we finally tracked down the seller's and we're closing on our house tomorrow morning and moving in Saturday. For the Chicago readers here, if anyone has an hour on Saturday morning to spare and help load a U-Haul truck, please let me know. Coincidentally, my grandparents are moving that day as well, and all of my family has already been contracted to help with that move. You would be MUCH appreciated!

September 20, 2006

Coke or Pepsi

I read a fascinating study regarding soft drinks the other day. When asked which beverage they prefer, roughly 70% of people choose Coke. But, in a blind taste test, over 53% of people prefer Pepsi. This is fascinating to me. Is advertising that powerful? Is Coke that much 'cooler' to like? Pepsi's the most popular drink on the market and no one will stick up for it. Who me? Nah, I like Coke. I'm not a girl.

September 19, 2006

Invention: Healthy Cigs

My wife and I were walking past a bakery or something that made the air smell good the other day, and I started thinking, since second hand smoke can give you cancer, can second hand grease-smelling make you fat? Anyway, this led to a discussion that ended with the idea of putting vitamin additives into cigarettes. Replace as much of the tar and chemicals you can, while keeping the nicotine so people can get their fix, but include antioxidants or Vitamin B, something that can be absorbed through your lungs. So, they can keep their oral fixation, keep their nicotine buzz, get healthy, and not die from it. Takers?

September 18, 2006

Union Tactics

So, let's say the 20 creative personnel at my company all get together this morning, walk into our president's office, and say we want a 40% wage increase or we're all walking out of here. Sounds strangely like blackmail, no? But, when teachers do it, it's ok?