Thursday, December 27, 2007

it's an unfortunate accident, no need to banish zoos altogether 
but she was a gorgeous animal
it is terrible what happened with the tiger in San Francisco zoo. the tiger killed one boy and mauled two others. it is coming to light now that the boys taunted the tiger, aiding in it's escape (experts say there is no way the tiger could have escaped without some kind of help, as tigers cannot jump that high to get over the fence). what were they thinking? tauting a tiger is close to the last thing i would ever do!

i feel bad about the two boys that were injured but will recover. i would think that the only thing worse that being mauled to death by a siberian tiger is being mauled and living through it.

the police ended up shooting and killing the tiger in order to control the situation and protect the public. that same tiger had an incident last year and was not killed because "the tiger was acting as a normal tiger does." what's different this time? it is still acting as a normal tiger does.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

i've been waiting to post this message 
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2007

i'm not one to talk about fashion, but... 
there's a woman in my apartment building whose style of dress amazes me. she wears clothes that a slightly bigger woman [i'm guessing she about a size 20] would not normally wear [for instance, tight, sleeveless sundresses, even out of season] and almost always has at least 4 inches of heel on whatever shoe she has chosen for the day. she also matches colors and prints in a way that you don't see often. on one hand, she often looks outlandish, but on the other hand, you have to admire the confidence it takes.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

recap: pretty much everyone in baseball is a user 
now apparently, curt schilling has challenged roger clemens to surrender his last four CY awards because he was a user of steroids.
In a scathing indictment of several of the biggest names in the game, the outspoken Boston Red Sox pitcher Wednesday urged baseball to strip Clemens of his statistics and records over the past decade unless he can refute the Mitchell Report, called the career of Jose Canseco a drug-aided "sham" and "hoax" and expressed concern for the sport that Clemens and Barry Bonds each has yet to clear himself amid evidence each used performance-enhancing substances.

"What does that say about this game, us as athletes and the future of the sport and our place in it?" Schilling wrote on his blog, 38pitches.com. "The greatest pitcher and greatest hitter of all time are currently both being implicated, one is being prosecuted, for events surrounding and involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs."
i am not in the loop of this baseball steriouds stuff, but it seems to be getting a bit out of hand.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

a new study finds that 
sex education greatly boosts the likelihood that teens will delay having intercourse (not before age 15).

this is not new, this is only the latest in a line of studies, including one commissioned by congress, that finds abstinence only education to be ineffective and sex education to have positive effects.

update: this coming with the news that britney spears's little sister is pregnant. wonder what kind of education she had...


Monday, December 17, 2007

grades are in 
as the period of 2007 where i was drowning in final papers has come to an end, i hope to post a bit more. at least until it starts up again.

oh, and as the title says, grades are in from my first semester as a PhD student. i passed.

one more note: i just reaped the benefits of being a student again with free checking.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

some things i have missed 
  • sleep.

  • scott bakula has signed on for an upcoming episode of Boston Legal.

  • ike turner died at age 76.

  • walmart pulls "who needs credit cards..." panties. more here.

  • new jersey abolishes the death penalty

  • we did not miss [most of] It's A Wonderful Life on friday.


  • Thursday, December 13, 2007

    my attention can now turn to the holidays 
    because I AM DONE.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    college tuition 
    Harvard takes the lead. they announced a new plan, going into effect next fall where families earning more than $60,000 will be expected to pay only a small percentage of their annual income for tuition. the percentage paid increases, up to 10% for incomes up to $180,000 a year.

    "That makes the cost for many families -- no more than $18,000 a year -- comparable to that of public flagship universities, school officials said. ... Harvard's announcement will likely have a ripple effect at private colleges and universities, and some observers expect it to spur some schools, especially those with large endowments, to follow its lead."

    that would be nice.


    Saturday, December 08, 2007

    there are some times 
    when productive procrastination* is all i can muster. there are other days when it comes in handy.

    * i have coined this phrase as it applies to a good portion of what i do. this encompasses those things that i do when i am really procrastinating, but stuff that needs to get done gets done, e.g. typing up the reference page. i retain all credit for this coinage. wait - is coinage a word?

    Friday, December 07, 2007

    random points 
  • we saw 'a christmas carol' last night.

  • i liked that ER's 300th episide had 300 patients.

  • this cool site shows digital tampering in the media and politics.


  • i thought we went through this already 
    Jodie Foster Comes Out Of The Closet!

    a twenty year relationship? good for her.


    Tuesday, December 04, 2007

    FYI - the child knows the truth 
    How Much Do You Know About Christmas?: You Know a Lot About Christmas

    You got 6/10 correct. You know tons about the history and traditions surrounding Christmas. When you celebrate the holidays, you never forget their true meaning - or all the little fun details.

    Random Christmas fact: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was originally a promotional gimmick for Montgomery Ward.

    i think i only did this well because just the other day i had come across this.

    Sunday, December 02, 2007

    i haven't posted all month 
    that is unacceptable! therefore, a question:

    given that drug stores (walgreens, rite aid, etc) are three-to-a-pack on nearly every street corner, where do all the pharmacists come from?

    i ask because i have never heard of or met someone who desired to be a pharmacist.

    you made it down here?

    what? you want a reward?