Friday, May 30, 2008

girls are smart 
if there are enough new stories like this one, maybe people will start to believe us.

the study says that countries with gender equality produce girls who are better at math.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

is $3.94. i don't even know what to say.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

this explains a lot 
click to enlarge
do you say soda, pop, or coke?

i say soda.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

i'm in the library today. here, the AC is on and it's very comfortable and i can use the computer [referring to the previous post]. i'm reading through current issues of crim journals to get a feel for what is being talked about in the world of criminology and to stimulate new ideas for me. so far, nothing has jumped out at me.

police, gangs, parental monitoring, sex offenders, school crime. all the same old stuff...

air and space 
there's an air quality alert today. pollution levels are high. never heard that one before.

my computer sounds like it's going to explode when i turn it on. given how hot it has been [currently, it's 80 in here], i've just left it off.

Friday, May 23, 2008

the dmv doesn't even want to see you 
here in virginia, i noticed the dmv is discouraging the use of their "customer service centers" and are encouraging business be taken care of via the internet. from their homepage:
Beginning July 1, 2008, customers are urged to avoid renewing vehicle registrations (decals) in Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service centers (CSC) where a $5 service fee will be added under a new Virginia law.
i do have to renew my registration. too bad i have to go to renew my license as well.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

as if you couldn't guess 
given my addiction to post-its, i MUST have tons of these transparent ones.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

if given food, people will eat more 
i had no idea one bagel was actually three servings. i've never eaten one bagel three times.

Portion Size, Then and Now

unfortunately, i have watched most of the episodes of american idol this season. and my thoughts on the finale matches jay's. well put, man.


it's been a week 
i have no idea what i have been doing that excuses my absence. but i will say that i am still awaiting my package...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

ain't that the truth 

i totally understand this cycle.

what i'm unsure about is where that reset button is!

more phd comics.

Monday, May 12, 2008

the first step is completed, but 
i still haven't made my secret purchase yet. tomorrow for sure.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

random things: pot and polar bears* 
  • this author's experience leans to the fact that marijuana is pretty much legalized for anyone over 18 in california with no harmful consequences. but, then again there's all those people in jail.

  • legislatures are looking to hire a few good scientists to buy research "to undermine the public perception of a widespread consensus among polar bear researchers that warming global temperatures and melting Arctic ice threaten the polar bears' survival." i'm not making this up; they said it: "We want to have the money to hire scientists to answer the Interior (Department) scientists." [emphasis mine.]

    * i have no idea hwo these things go together or how they even caught my eye today.

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2008

    barbara walters 
    with all the talk about her, it occurred to me today that barbara walters is one of those people who are referred to by both first and surnames. it's "barbra walters" just like it is always "harrison ford."

    i am sure there are others, just need a minute or two to think about it. similar thing that happens with deniro. it cracks me up when people refer to him as 'bob' in interviews.


    Monday, May 05, 2008

    housing is 42% 

    and we are only supposed to spend up to 30% on housing costs! well, that's affordable housing.

    i love this nifty chart from the NYT. you can see how much the average American spends on different things and it gives a reflection of how much prices have gone up or down in the past year (given the percent change in what was spent).

    click the link to see the interactive chart.


    it takes money to draw attention to an issue 
    states are releasing prisoners early in order to ease their budgets :
    "But the states' conversion to that view has less to do with a change of heart on crime than with stark fiscal realities. At a time of shrinking resources, prisons are eating up an increasing share of many state budgets."


    this little article offers ideas for 20 things you can use twice before tossing. the list includes things likes newspapers and plastic bags that people know about, but also business cards, tissue boxes, strawberry baskets, and citrus peels.

    Saturday, May 03, 2008

    t-shirts i’ve seen and liked 
    Jesus loves you, but I'm his favorite.

    I HEART pro-choice girls.

    Friday, May 02, 2008

    how do you spell whoa? 
    whoa barbara [walters].

    whoa bush [you know the one].

    you made it down here?

    what? you want a reward?