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Mon, Aug. 13th, 2007, 09:50 am
Photos from Estes Park

I thought I'd throw up another set of pictures that I took while gallivanting around Rocky Mountain National Park. If anyone wants hi-res versions of these go ahead and shoot me an e-mail.

Some bighorn sheep just inside the park entrance

Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007, 04:17 pm
Anybody on Twitter

My Twitter name is Jasonp107. What's yours?

Wed, Jun. 27th, 2007, 10:55 am
God Bless the Internet

For giving us things like this:

Wed, Jun. 20th, 2007, 10:48 am
Car Insurance

I realized last night that car insurance pricing is bullshit. Let me explain.

It's much cheaper to insure young women drivers than it is young men drivers. Insurance companies back this up by pointing emphatically to mountains of statistics that conclusively show that although women get in more crashes than men, they get fewer tickets, and are therefore better drivers.

The problem is that men get ticketed almost every time they are pulled over, whereas women are rarely ticketed when they are pulled over. I can prove this:

Chances are you are within 100 feet of a woman. Go ask her if she has ever gotten out of a ticket for crying, batting her eyes, or otherwise using her feminine wiles. She will say yes.

The statistics don't say that women are safer drivers. They just say that women are better at getting away with being bad drivers.

Now admit that I'm right.

Fri, Apr. 6th, 2007, 07:09 pm
Where do you have your epiphanies?

I have a disproportionate amount of epiphanies in my car. This is why I have a small notepad that clips to the visor where most people keep CDs, so that when I'm barreling along the highway at 65 and I discover the secret to the universe, I can hastily scratch it down for later perusal.

It's not the safest habit, but some ideas are worth dying for, or so my country tells me. Someday I will probably die in my car either adjusting the radio, scribbling on a pad of paper, or checking out a hot woman in the next lane.

It's weird that so many of my good ideas happen in the car though. I know some of my friends have a disproportionate number of epiphanies when sitting on the toilet. That makes sense. It's good thinking time when you sit yourself in a room occupied only by yourself and something that's really better not thought about.

The shower makes sense too. It's early morning, and reality doesn't seem so real yet. Also, if you don't sing, then you've got to spend your time doing something.

Where do you have your epiphanies? I'm curious to see where people do their thinking.

Tue, Dec. 19th, 2006, 03:39 pm
Is this really news?

Is this really news?

NEW YORK - More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study. The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.

Whole Story.

Thu, Nov. 30th, 2006, 09:48 pm
Teh hunger

An hour ago I typed this sentence:

"On a larger scale, the metaphor refers to eating. MMMMMMMM Steak."

And I still am no closer to finishing my paper. I want steak.

Mon, Nov. 6th, 2006, 01:16 am
The day Wired posted crap to their site

Was catching up on my favorite webcomic Questionable Content, when I read J. Jacques' post in the sidebar about this festering boil of pus on Wired's website.

I don't want to make you waste your time reading through it, so I'll sum the Wired article up here:
I heard my boss talking about a program that helps you organize really huge mp3 libraries. He was excited about it because he has 90,000 songs. That's stupid. I have 500 songs and it's all I'll ever want to listen to ever. In fact I don't even listen to all 500 of them.

Also, I heard that a graphic novel got nominated for a National Book Award. That's stupid. Graphic novels aren't on the same level as "real" novels. Oh, what has this world come to?

WTF??? (David - Maus? Pulitzer?)

[ UPDATE - Grabbed the following comment (jump-hidden) from the Wired article:
I have no doubt that this will be lost in the explosion of hate mail, and that actual comic creators have come forward with their own replies, couched both in pleasantries by some; and invectives by others, but it's such an important issue that it really should be addressed by as many feel passionate about it.

Well said, sir. ]

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2006, 03:59 pm
Alien Customs

alien dudeAmong the multitudes of science fiction stories I tend to read (there's something absolutely fascinating about how people imagine even the most improbable future), about half of them contain alien cultures.

As far as I can tell, there's actually been a recent trend towards *not* having aliens in popular sci-fi. Shows like Firefly and Battlestar Galactica paint the portrait of a largely empty universe for us humans to putter around in.

Given the fact that we have yet to locate another star with a planet, let alone much of anything resembling a solar system, it doesn't seem so far fetched to assume that Earth is pretty much alone (and, the little environmentalist nudges me, it's one more reason we shouldn't be so eager to destroy it).

But the other half of science fiction is filled with alien races of all kinds, shapes, and...customs. If you've ever read any of the Star Wars novels, they're full of little greeting ceremonials, traditions, and trappings of "alien" culture spread throughout the universe. Most often, it turns out that aliens have some sort of hierarchical, feudal (but harmonious) society, and, generally speaking, the human race is always the most ass-backwards disorganized jumble of the bunch.

In other words, alien societies are always extremely well structured.

So we've imagined all the possibilities (through countless novels, movies, and shows) of running into organized alien life. But I wonder what would happen if we ran into an alien race at right about our level of technological know-how and right about our level of political disorganization.

I mean...if we made "alien contact" right now, there'd be no "human embassy." There'd be one for each state that can muster it up. There'd be delegates from all sorts of nations trying to leverage alien contact into some sort of political one-up back at home.

What if we met an alien race that was exactly the same?

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