A very interesting idea and an impressive accomplishment. Although these items will still have to come down in price. And they are still less relevant than clean water, stopping violence, and properly feeding people in many parts of the world that they are meant to help. I would imagine these laptops to be most useful in more stable developing countries.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
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We all know that Hollywood stars have been doing ads over there for many years. But now you can easily watch them "perform" on the internet at Japander.com. Fans of 24 will especially appreciate this pair of ads. Also, check out The Simpsons, the Governator, Sly Stallone, Steven Seagal, Michael Jackson, Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and many more.
Hat tip to the Freakonomics blog.
Posted by Rich at 3:01 PM
Sunday, November 26, 2006
This woman sure seems to love them:
This was the scene at the Union Square subway station last night. Regrettably, I was already late for dinner so I did not stop and test myself. I plan on doing that soon though. Scientology is very fascinating to me.
Today in the subway I found out that "By God's standard of righteousness even the most moral person is looked upon by God as a desperate sinner on his way to Hell." Thanks Family Radio! Now I know for sure that I am a terrible person. Isn't religion grand?
Posted by Rich at 7:10 PM
Saturday, November 25, 2006
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Sunday, November 19, 2006
I love pig roasts. I was introduced to them by a kind-hearted young man in Trumbull named James. Since then, I have been hooked. And at the Yale-Princeton game tailgate, I was lucky enough to stumble on one in my drunken stupor. This one was being run by a friendly Yale Dining Services gentleman who posed for this picture with me.
Me: I just love these pig roasts, what are you cutting up there?
YDS Guy: Well, we can do lamb, chicken, beef, veal, pig, whatever you want. You find a meat, we'll cut it up. Just make sure to call up Yale Dining Services for all your meat preparation needs.
Me: Um, where can I find the jowls? That's my favorite part of the pig.
YDS Guy: You know your stuff there buddy, check out that table over there.
At this point, I proceeded to pick at the back of the pig's head with my fingers, and then a fork, until the people staring at me made me too self-conscious to continue.
Posted by Rich at 11:18 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I visited the Russian baths in the East Village last night and I loved it. Think of the hottest place that you have ever been. Now double the heat. That might give you an idea of how hot it is in a banya. Just as an example, after spending some time in the banya, stepping into the regular 180 degree sauna felt like being outside at Christmas. The best feeling that you can get in the banya is when you dump a bucket of ice-cold water on your head and the combination of shock and relief is remarkable. Then, after spending some more time in the banya, take a dip in the ice-cold pool. Trust me, it's exhilarating.
I may sound like a maniac, and the experience was extremely intense, but by the time I left, I could not have felt more relaxed. The Russians have been doing it for hundreds of years, they must be doing something right.
Posted by Rich at 2:20 PM
Friday, November 17, 2006
If we're lucky, this will be the case. Pennies are always so dirty. I throw some of them on the ground. Here's a discussion of the issue. Thanks MR.
My favorite line:
However, I think eliminating the penny would be a good idea even if the Mint could make pennies at zero cost.
Posted by Rich at 12:05 PM
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Here are some things that Time Out New York says you should do to make sure that you can answer "Yes." And here's the big quiz about New York! I got robbed on some bullshit (e.g. writing "The Apollo Theater" did not count when the answer was "Apollo Theater"), but it was entertaining.
Posted by Rich at 3:40 PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
But she is pretty stupid. I'm talking about Emily Yoffe, a woman who admits as much in this train wreck of a piece for Slate.
My favorite part comes while she is doing some simple multiplication (stuff like 638 x 6). For the record, I agree with everything she assumes her husband is thinking:
He [my husband] flipped the pages and asked, "This is hard for you?"
"Yes," I replied."Seriously?" he said, eyes widening. When I assured him it was, I realized I was looking at the face of a man staring into the evolutionary abyss. I could see he was regretting that he had allowed his DNA to be carried into the future merged with mine.
Posted by Rich at 4:02 PM
Conventional wisdom says that a fat person's opinion on what constitutes good food or a good restaurant is very reliable. I say that this is ridiculous. In fact, I believe that fat people are less reliable judges of food quality because they enjoy eating so much that they indiscriminately eat terrible food, and lots of it.
"Hey blog, thanks for letting me rant. You're alright kid."
Posted by Rich at 10:10 AM
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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Friday, November 10, 2006
The Sunlight Network is trying to increase transparency in Congress. Maybe all the new Democrats will help. Maybe not. Either way, you can have some fun by making your own commercial about Congress at this web site. Read more here.
Posted by Rich at 4:34 PM
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Someone at either The Village Voice or Saturday Night Live has been watching too much "BeRiched." Although can you ever really watch too much of such a good thing? Look at Andy Samberg on the cover of The Village Voice. The similarities to "BeRiched" are striking.
Posted by Rich at 5:39 PM
Guess who is writing this blog post in Firefox 2.0? I'll give you a hint. It's not Kingspawn (Tom, can you PLEASE get on that for him?).
This morning I was able to finagle a complete overhaul of my computer simply by putting in a service request form for an upgrade to my Java Plug-in (thanks Steven!). Not only is my Java up-to-date, but I now have Firefox 2.0, double the RAM, and my computer was defragged. Everything about my work computer is better. I feel like a new man.
Posted by Rich at 2:15 PM
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
You have no idea what I had to go through to get this footage. But here, finally, is the end of the 4-part saga of BeRiched. Please make sure to watch part 1, part 2, and part 3 first. Then sit back and treat yourself to the gripping conclusion.
Thank you to Tom for putting this together (and Sarah for guest-starring). Also, I could not have done this without the support of Jen (take a bow, sugar beet) and Dan. It was a collaboration of the highest order.
Posted by Rich at 12:03 AM
Monday, November 06, 2006
With Election Day fast approaching, lots of people are writing about voting. Check out this post from Marginal Revolution and make sure to read all the related links. In my mind there are some pretty good arguments about the "Myth of the Rational Voter" and the idea that maybe not everyone should vote (if you're not very well-informed, etc...)
All this said, I plan on voting tomorrow. And I hope that I don't randomly influence a close race in the wrong direction...
Posted by Rich at 2:33 PM
Turns out that I'm not the only one who has had some troubles on the NYC subway...
(Hat tip to Susanna)
Posted by Rich at 2:27 PM
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
“A really smart person will come up with what you would come up with,” Murphy answered, “only faster. A genius will come up with something that you would never come up with, no matter how long you worked on it.”
From this profile of "genius" economist Kevin Murphy.
Posted by Rich at 10:57 AM
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Great headline from The Wall Street Journal (which is now the 2nd-highest circulation paper in the U.S.).
The guerrilla marketing has driven away James Kalyn, a 30-year-old technical writer in Regina, Saskatchewan. He kept receiving friend requests from half-naked female strangers through his MySpace page. Clicking on a request usually led to a profile that turned out to be an ad for a pornography site. At first, Mr. Kalyn was excited that "these hot girls allegedly wanted to be my friend." But after looking at a few profiles, he realized: "If it's a picture of someone fairly attractive, they're probably not my friend in real life." Last spring, Mr. Kalyn killed his MySpace profile.
Posted by Rich at 11:54 AM