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?