Category Archives: Musings

Friends are Just Cousins You Didn’t Know You Had

This study suggests that the people we choose as friends are, on average, as genetically like us as fourth cousins. I need to think about this. A friend of mine believes in reincarnation and thinks that we tend to be … Continue reading

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Creativity, Is there an IQ Threshold?

I’ve read analyses that suggest US presidents should have an IQ of near 120: high enough to be intelligent, but not so bright as to be odd, or excessively disconnected from their fellow citizens. From this article on creativity, it … Continue reading

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Elsewhere and Other and So On

I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn. HOLY SONNETS. XIV. Batter my heart, three-person’d God ; for you As yet but knock ; breathe, shine, and seek to mend ; That I may rise, and … Continue reading

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New Biz Idea

It would be tacky to ask friends to bid on what I use as their ringtone. But is there a plausible business in asking strangers to bid on the privilege of, say, the guitar intro to “Don’t Take Me Alive,” … Continue reading

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20 Movie Channel

If I had a TV channel that only showed 20 movies over and over, here’s what they would be. These aren’t necessarily the 20 “best” movies, only the ones I love the most. Blade Runner Bound Chinatown Chitty Chitty Bang … Continue reading

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Adolf was a stinky baby

My daughter forwarded this stop-motion film from the early days of WWII. Many commenters called it propaganda. It’s certainly exaggeration – but I don’t think it was done to convince anyone of anything they wouldn’t already have thought. It’s just … Continue reading

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Fun iTunes juxtapositions

So, this weekend’s entertaining consecutive songs in iTunes are “Go, Stop” (Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction) “You Picked Me, You Found Me” (A Fine Frenzy, The Fray) “Man in the Box, My Friend of Misery” (Alice in Chains, Metallica) “Cold, Frozen” … Continue reading

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