Motels, Total Control:
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Wall of Voodoo, Tomorrow:
Is This Your Hat?
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Sources say A&E Networks and Discovery Communications want to acquire Palin's project, which focuses on the ex-governor giving a guided tour of her native Alaska -- visiting fishing boats and taking a trip to a gold mine, to cite a couple of examples. Mark Burnett is executive producer of the project, whose working title is "Sarah Palin's Alaska."She is reportedly "asking for between $1 million and $1.5 million per episode." So, um, yeah. The Torture Never Stops.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.I presume that's Alvin Toffler, who wrote the bestseller, Future Shock, though I don't see the above at a page of his quotes. Ah, here it is. There are some good ones at those two pages, and I also found out that he and I share the same birthday, albeit 31 years apart.
Our schools are biased against mesofacts. The arc of our educational system is to be treated as little generalists when children, absorbing bits of knowledge about everything from biology to social studies to geology. But then, as we grow older, we are encouraged to specialize. This might have been useful in decades past, but in our increasingly fast-paced and interdisciplinary world, lacking an even approximate knowledge of our surroundings is unwise.Dr. Arbesman's article is a fun read, and if you like to stay as current as possible on relevant facts regarding our ever-changing world, the mesofact website and associated blog are worth checking out. Minor quibble: many of the graphics link to Wikipedia as the data source.
Updating your mesofacts can change how you think about the world. Do you know the percentage of people in the world who use mobile phones? In 1997, the answer was 4 percent. By 2007, it was nearly 50 percent. The fraction of people who are mobile phone users is the kind of fact you might read in a magazine and quote at a cocktail party. But years later the number you would be quoting would not just be inaccurate, it would be seriously wrong. The difference between a tiny fraction of the world and half the globe is startling, and completely changes our view on global interconnectivity.
Registered dietitian Jill Weisenberger once had a client who kept a puzzling food journal. The calorie counts were all out of whack. The woman's tuna sandwich had 33 calories. An apple: 144.Turns out the woman was mistaking a food-calorie book's index for a calorie chart.
Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar. Heisenberg says, "It's very odd and improbable that we three are in this bar together. It suggests to me that we're in a joke, but I can't be certain."There are many more in the comments, some old and dumb, some new and funny to me. For example:
Gödel says, "Well, if we were outside the joke we would know, but since we're inside it, there's no way we can make that determination."
And Chomsky says, "Of course this is a joke, but you're telling it wrong!"
A dyslexic drunk walks into a bra....and
Davy Crockett walked into a bar. He kilt it!Since I do like to add something in my posts, here are a couple of oldies but goodies:
"Wait, we can not break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, and you will play golf. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They said do not trust the pilgrims. And especially do not trust Sarah Miller. For all these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground."(Picture and quote from here) Sewww... I've decided I will do a Wednesday Wednesday for a while. But I'm not going to try to find other people named after the other days of the week. Much too much work, for declining humor value.
Well, my name is Sunday, and I have never meant anyone else named Sunday in person! I want to make this group to unite all the Sundays everywhere so we can see if there is any similarities with people of the same name!And no, I'm not going to spend the day making silly puns. I got that out of my system yesterday. For the time being, at least.
My cursory glance at the interwebs finds the Fiat 127 Palio beginning in 1979, though it’s strange to think that jokes about sexual harassment still flew that late in history. “A Car So Lovely, You’ll Break Out the Roofies.”