I know that I would pay good money for a Tim Gunn GPS voice module. When you’re late for an appointment and tearing though a complex tangle of streets you’ve never seen before, what you want most of all is something that’s supportive, encouraging, optimistic, and helpful. That’s Tim Gunn, down to the leather soles of his simple but stylish shoes. Dinnnng! “I love the fact that you’re a risk-taker. But you’ve sort of lost me here. Can I offer some advice, which you’re free to ignore? I’d proceed 200 feet, then take a right onto Moody Street. …All right? I’ll let you get to it. I have _complete_ confidence in you…”
There are some remarkable contrasts, Slate found, between “dumb” searches and “smart” ones. People who start their search “how 2” are more likely to search “how 2 get pregnant” or “how 2 grow weed.” People who start their search “how one might” are more likely to search “how one might discover a new piece of music” or “how one might account for the rise of andrew jackson in 1828.” The most fascinating contrast is between “is it wrong to…” vs. “is it ethical to.” One change in word generates very different suggestions.
Did you hear about how Pete Hoekstra, and the man I am now officially dubbing the Stupidest Fucking Person In Congress, Iowa Rep. Steve King, attempted to TP the Capitol building with the 1900 page health care bill, which, if photographs are to be believed, they appeared to print on fan-fold perforated computer paper? No, really.
How well did it work? Well, I’d like you to start by imagining how well you think it would go if two bald white dudes in business suits attempted to wrangle a piece of paper several hundred feet long. Now think back to 1987 and remember how easily fan-fold computer paper ripped. Factor that in. Don’t forget to include in your calculations the speed of the wind and uncooperative Capitol security. OK? Got that picture firmly seared into your mind’s retinas? Now square it.
Apparently videogames have become too cool for me, because I’ve been increasingly getting into board games over the last few years. These days, even the ungeekiest visitors to my home don’t bat an eye at the Rock Band drum set in my living room or the stack o’ consoles under the TV. But if I tell them I play a lot of board games, they look at me like I invited them to a tea party with Mr. Cuddlebear and Sparkle Horse.
Like any good geek hobby, board games give you an excellent chance to feel superior to the unwashed masses without actually having to wash. However, to work up a good head of snobbery about your cardboard and dice, you need to know the general categories of modern board gamery.
“Using a tax-exempt church to raise money to defeat the civil rights of fellow citizens is not too shocking in the age of Benedict. It is shocking if one believes in a separation of politics and religion, and if one believes that the church of Jesus should stand in solidarity with the marginalized, rather than seeking to marginalize and demonize them still further.”—A Gay Catholic Now? - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
All of which leaves open the question of what people should do when faced with a decision about whether to get themselves and their families vaccinated. There is little immediate danger from getting a seasonal flu shot, aside from a sore arm and mild flu-like symptoms. The safety of the swine flu vaccine remains to be seen. In the absence of better evidence, vaccines and antivirals must be viewed as only partial and uncertain defenses against the flu. And they may be mere talismans. By being afraid to do the proper studies now, we may be condemning ourselves to using treatments based on illusion and faith rather than sound science.
so far, food system reform has not figured in the national conversation about health care reform. And so the government is poised to go on encouraging America’s fast-food diet with its farm policies even as it takes on added responsibilities for covering the medical costs of that diet. To put it more bluntly, the government is putting itself in the uncomfortable position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.