a tid

evidence that education slows you down. not to knock higher education, but it's a classic case of paralysis by analysis. when there isn't any significant barrier (economic, social, physical) to pursuing the goal, just forge ahead, man. it also makes a case for the doers - too much glory is granted to the thinkers sometimes.


morning eyebrow raiser

Be Odor Free With Flat-D

Flatulence is part of life!
By Frank Morosky
Flatulence Guru

Flatulence ( fart, flatus, intestinal gas, breaking wind, SBD)- we all have it, and it is a normal part of life. It is a natural result of good digestion. Passing gas is a more familiar term to many people. Most of us try to make light of it so as to not be embarrassed by its occurrence. Gas pains can be uncomfortable and malodorous for many people but you can reduce the symptoms and find relief with proper diet control.

The average person expels gas 14 times every day. The amount of actual gas released ranges from as little as one cup to as much as one half gallon per day. Gas is made primarily of odorless vapors such as carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The unpleasant odor of flatulence comes from bacteria in the large intestine that release small amounts of gases that contain hydrogen sulfide.(sulfur smell) Contrary to popular belief, women have just as many passages as men, and older people, have no more gas than younger individuals.

more here.

apparently it's legit, and does well in customer ratings. it's a well known fact that activated charcoal deodorizes, but i guess it's the first time someone applied it to HBO.


We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine by Jonathan Harris and Sepandar Kamvar. Excerpt from their site:

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine's Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

Jonathan Harris also created Phylotaxis for Seed Magazine. It's pretty, go look at it.


Why I will be aiming for a January baby:

Since youth sports are organized by age bracket, teams inevitably have a cutoff birth date. In the European youth soccer leagues, the cutoff date is Dec. 31. So when a coach is assessing two players in the same age bracket, one who happened to have been born in January and the other in December, the player born in January is likely to be bigger, stronger, more mature. Guess which player the coach is more likely to pick? He may be mistaking maturity for ability, but he is making his selection nonetheless. And once chosen, those January-born players are the ones who, year after year, receive the training, the deliberate practice and the feedback — to say nothing of the accompanying self-esteem — that will turn them into elites.

Since I spent a good deal of my adolescence going to temple where I was constantly reminded that money shouldn’t affect the way people interact, I didn’t fully experience this phenomenon until college. My parents weren’t what you’d call rich, but they had all the semblances of a middle-class family that was doing decently financially – homeowner, two-income family, able to send kids to college, and working hard at it – so I was fairly sheltered from having to make that distinction. All my friends went to public school, so nobody was extraordinarily rich.

It wasn’t until college that I met “rich people”. At first I didn’t believe rich people led such different lives that they would wear an entirely different attitude, but I didn’t realize how rich they were. I wouldn’t get it when people would change wardrobes seasonally and donate their two-season old clothing to Salvation Army, when I sported my $10 loafers around all year. I didn’t buy a new pair of jeans from high school until senior year in college, when I realized I couldn’t go to paintball or the gym wearing my suit pants. I didn’t socialize as much because I didn’t want to spend money on eating out, because that money is supposed to go towards paying my tuition. At one point I was debating whether to participate in a group volunteer mission where each volunteer would pay her own airfare, and a woman made a naïve comment that it was only $500, that it wasn’t a big deal at all. I was bristled of course, for what kind of adult would make such a cavalier statement to a college student juggling work and school so she can continue going to school? She didn’t know of course, and it wasn’t her fault.

In retrospect, it would’ve been nice to be in her shoes.

Nowadays, my friends are still more or less in the same bracket. Those that made it in banking and finance are definitely better off, are able to take better vacations, check off tasks that involve money off their list faster, and can afford to take more time off when they’re feeling burnt out, or just want to return to school.

And this Pay-to-Surf for television is ridiculous. Why can’t they just do ad placements within the show? Or divide the screen to make room for scrolling ads on the bottom. If commercial were more entertaining, people would watch them. Or do purchase and/or schedule an appointment for services through Tivo. Lots and lots of possibilities here as an alternative to prevent users to fast forward through advertising. Or do what BMW did with the short film series.


controversy over art content yet again

from Bloggy:

Brooklyn College MFA show shut down unexpectedly

On Thursday May 4th MFA students at Brooklyn College were surprised to find their exhibition shut down the day after a successful and well attended opening. MFA Students were monitoring the exhibition at the Brooklyn War Memorial when around 3:00 p.m. a locksmith arrived to change the locks, later a building supervisor insisted the students leave immediately. Later gallery director Maria Rand contacted Julius Spiegel, Borough Parks Commissioner, who said he had received complaints about 2 or 3 of the works' content. The show was scheduled to run through May 25th.

and from Crain:

Commissioner Julius Spiegel ordered the exhibit -- located inside the Brooklyn War Memorial Building in Cadman Plaza -- shut down Thursday afternoon after deciding that the content violated an agreement with the college that all exhibits remain family friendly.
Ms. Kotak says that three graduate students who were monitoring the exhibits, which included a watercolor featureing gay male sexuality and a sculpture of penises in a lightbox, were ordered to leave the premises and were locked out of the building on Thursday.

The exhibit had been approved by Brooklyn College faculty and the Wednesday night opening was attended by the president and Brooklyn College Provost Roberta Matthews. "The faculty knew ahead of time what was going to be in the exhibit," said Ms. Kotak. Still, Brooklyn College has opted to move the exhibit rather than fight the shutdown.

"In keeping with the public nature of the space, as well as its position as an honored war memorial, Brooklyn College has respectfully decided to move the entire student exhibit to our campus," said Ms. Matthews in a statement.

When asked if any other city officials were consulted prior to the shutdown, Mr. Johnston insisted that the commissioner "made the decision on his own."

someone forgot to read the agreement, it seems.


hmm :/

i get nervous when people tell me i'm giving them good advice about relationships.



Lots going on round town – I love Spring! Too bad I’m stuck with setting up house over the next few months.

+ The Con Edison Plant next to United Nations is being torn down to make room for
Sheldon Solow's office and residential towers. Demolition pictures here and here.

+ And speaking of United Nations, it’s still
'planning' to install sprinklers throughout the building. 'Plans' are held back by uncertain funding sources (the government, who else?).

+ There’s an
unusual public art installation (building corner sticking out of the ground, I’d call that unusual) by Sarah Sze at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue (Central Park), who’s also speaking at the New School tomorrow. Online ticketing is a bit wonky, so I suspect it’s sold out.

+ And if you’re still wondering what the man in the water dome is doing at Lincoln Center,
this will explain it.

+ New consumer tool (in development):

SketchUp - where the hell was i??!?

From Google Blog:

A great day for 3D
4/27/2006 06:07:00 AM
Posted by Brad Schell, Product Management Director, Google SketchUp

Last month we
told you that @Last Software had joined the Google fold. Today we’re releasing Google SketchUp, a free version of our 3D modeling software, which makes our long-time vision of making 3D accessible to everyone a reality.

We’re still offering
SketchUp Pro 5 for design professionals like architects, designers, builders, art directors and game developers. Both Google SketchUp and SketchUp Pro 5 enable you to place models in Google Earth; Pro users get some additional features.