Monthly Archives: September 2012

Only In Japan. Or California

The two places that almost all weird trends originate in. I wonder what PJ O’Rourke would think of these shocking and unconventional people?

Want some coffee with your bagel?

Want some coffee with your bagel?

Full piece here. The last pic in the article looks like every 70’s sci-fi TV show ever.

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Different Like Everyone Else

“The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with green hair and three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.” — P. J. O’Rourke

I’m always amused when “unconventional” and “shocking” people act uncomfortable around me. They really do. I guess when everyone is different, the person dressed casually normal is the freak.

Interestingly enough, people who really are unconventional seem to get along ok with me. I suppose I-Don’t-Give-A-Fuck attracts I-Don’t-Give-A-Fuck.

Do You Have Your Papers, Mr. Kent?

I saw this on Coyote Blog and had to swipe it.

Coyote wrote –

Sometimes I have odd reactions to things.  For example, my immediate reaction to this comic book cover was, “comparative advantage fail.”

Illegal Kryptonian Labor

I am sure that Superman would be a super-productive gardener, but there are likely much better tasks to assign him for which his comparative advantage is much greater.

What also occurs to me is that Superman, being from the planet Krypton without proper papers, is an undocumented worker. Imagine if he decided to do every job he could. No matter what he was paid, it would still cost jobs that would otherwise go to, oh, everyone else on Earth. The planetary economy would be shattered within days.

Then again, we could all just lay about and do nothing while Superman takes care of everything. I doubt even the strongest critic of the welfare state would mind spending all his time by the pool with a 5000″ TV while Supes takes care of everything.

They Are The 79%

I just heard this on the radio.

When it comes to social status, most women are still looking for a man who is their equal or better, according to a new survey by dating service It’s Just Lunch. The company received more than 1600 responses to its latest online survey, which includes questions about career, education and income.

On the topic of money, 79% of women said it’s a concern and could potentially be a deal breaker if the person they’re dating makes significantly less money than they do. On the other hand, 68% of men say it’s not an issue at all.

I doubt this comes as a surprise to most people. The rest of the piece is fun reading, though.

24% of women but only 5% of men say “It’s concerning, and I should probe further about life goals.” 47% of the women and 26% of the men are mostly positive—but still find the economic difference worrisome, answering that “It’s a bit of a concern, but I’m not going to worry about it and simply continue to have fun.” But 9% of the women and 1 % of the men believe it’s an instant deal breaker, saying “While I’ve had fun, I just don’t think another date is in the cards.

“Continue to have fun” = keep screwing the guy until she gets tired of him. “While I’ve had fun, I just don’t think another date is in the cards.” = Done with this broke-ass thug. Hopefully it means she’s looking for a decent guy to marry, but I wouldn’t take odds on it in Vegas.

Lawyer and blogger Chaton Turner disagrees. She says, “I think that it comes from conditioning as opposed to genetics.” She adds that she has always bucked the trend. “I have dated everybody, at least in terms of type. I have dated the older and richer, the younger and poorer, the tall and the short. Currently, I am engaged to a man who is younger and makes less money.”

 

Keyword is lawyer. Disagreeing is what lawyers do. Is it conditioning or genetics that compels lawyers to always disagree? Bets on whether the wedding actually happens or not?

LaCota says that, though the topic is fascinating, on a practical level it doesn’t matter whether we’re more influenced by genetics or the environment—or even if we’re influenced at all. “Ultimately, as human beings, with the right chemistry and the right timing,” she says, “the human heart is flexible enough for any two people to fall in love.”

 

I love the blanket statement with qualifiers. “Anyone could be hit by a bus – if  they’re standing in the middle of the street, on a bus route, during the day, the driver doesn’t try to stop, and Venus is aligned with Saturn.” I’m nitpicking l little now.

It’s amusing how a site broadcasts the results of a survey as Shocking New Information, then spends over half of the article trying to explain away said conclusion.