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June 6, 2007

Mail-Order Assistant apply within!!

Talk about temptation!!!

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April 26, 2007

Please, someone send me a toyger in the mail, now!!

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April 23, 2007

Killer Mixtape

We have officially, again, reached an irony-apex.

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April 20, 2007

Optimistic Rugs

Let's all just imagine for a second what it must be like to be married to G.W. Bush. So nice to be able to snap out of that daydream!

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Happy 4.20!

4.20 is Hitler's birthday.

4.20 is National Smoke Pot Day.

4.20 is when the Columbine School Killings happened.

4.20 is when Jimmy Carter's rabbit incident took place.

4.20 is when the Civil Rights Act of 1871 was signed.

April 19, 2007

Virginia Tech Aftermath: Did Legal Drugs Play a Role in the Massacre? by Arianna Huffington

Arianna raises an important question I really want answers to.

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April 18, 2007

The Deadly Compromise by Jonah Peretti

Jonah writes a very realistic and unfortunately true observation about the gun situation in America in light of the Virgina Tech shooting.

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American gun policy is a deadly compromise.

Pro-gun advocates explain that the Virginia Tech killer would have been stopped in his tracks if students and teachers were carrying concealed weapons. This is absolutely correct -- it is obviously much harder to kill people who are armed.

Meanwhile, gun control advocates explain that those murders would never have happened if the killer could not get guns in the first place.

The is also completely correct -- just look at the murder rate in Asia and Europe to see how limiting access to guns reduces violent crime.

Both sides are right, but they want to live in different worlds. continued...

April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting: Gunman's Writings were Disturbing

Excerpts from most recent information about the gunman:

Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university's English department, said Cho's writing was so disturbing that he had been referred to the university's counseling service.

"Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it's creative or if they're describing things, if they're imagining things or just how real it might be," Rude said. "But we're all alert to not ignore things like this."

"He was very quiet, always by himself," neighbor Abdul Shash said. Shash said Cho spent a lot of his free time playing basketball and would not respond if someone greeted him.

Classmates painted a similar picture. Some said that on the first day of a British literature class last year, the 30 or so students went around and introduced themselves. When it was Cho's turn, he didn't speak.

On the sign-in sheet where everyone else had written their names, Cho had written a question mark. "Is your name, `Question mark?'" classmate Julie Poole recalled the professor asking. The young man offered little response.

Cho spent much of that class sitting in the back of the room, wearing a hat and seldom participating. In a small department, Cho distinguished himself for being anonymous. "He didn't reach out to anyone. He never talked," Poole said.

"We just really knew him as the question mark kid," Poole said.

Fish therapy on your face!

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Omg, I am desperate for the fishies to nibble on my face of dead skin! No really, I mean that. I want to feel the suckling lips of fish and know that I'm getting the fishiest exfoliation treatment. I want fish to suck my face silly!!!

Chimpanzees: Almost Human and Sometimes Smarter

Let me start by saying, I can easily name a handful of people I know that aren't as smart as chimps!!! LOLOLOL.

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“Jane suffered early rejection by the establishment,” Richard Wrangham, a Harvard anthropologist, said. “Now, the people who say chimpanzees don’t have emotions and culture are the ones rejected.”

Dr. Goodall recalled that when she went to Africa nearly a half-century ago, at least a million chimps lived in the continent, and “now there are perhaps only 150,000.” In that time, they have impressed scientists with physical and emotional reminders of their kinship to humans and their occasional triumphs over them at a computer screen.

Gunman kills 33 people at Virginia-Tech University, April 16, 2007.

In light of yesterday's horrific incident at Virgina Tech I am just hoping desperately and perhaps naively, that debate will result in a tightening of gun laws in this country. It is not rare that in public places I think, "it's possible someone has a gun right now". And that's not a nice thought. People are fragile. Sometimes all it takes is enough trauma to push you over the edge and boom, you kill over 30 people while searching for your girlfriend who surely wronged you in some way. Ugh. So sad.

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April 12, 2007

Lee Iacocca speaks the truth.

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.

My friends tell me to calm down. They say, "Lee, you're eighty-two years old. Leave the rage to the young people." I'd love to—as soon as I can pry them away from their iPods for five seconds and get them to pay attention. I'm going to speak up because it's my patriotic duty. I think people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight shooter. So I'll tell you how I see it, and it's not pretty, but at least it's real. I'm hoping to strike a nerve in those young folks who say they don't vote because they don't trust politicians to represent their interests. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us.

* From this interview on the subject of his new book, Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

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** via Kottke.

"God damn it," Vonnegut famously wrote, "you've got to be kind."

This is a welcome tribute to Kurt Vonnegut and his work.

Rest in peace, Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007). You inspired millions.

For more good Vonnegut links check out BuzzFeed.

April 11, 2007

Jimmy Kimmel vs. Gawker Stalker

Wow. I had never thought about how Gawker affects celebrities (that could be because I never think about Gawker) but Jimmy Kimmel made me do so for the first time and in the process, won my sympathy.

April 10, 2007

Are consumer products made to break? An interview with author Giles Slade

The reality of planned obsolescence is so deeply depressing to me. The environmental costs are obvious - the psychic costs may be less so but nonetheless harmful as we collectively partake in such depraved commercial strategy.

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* via Kottke.

April 6, 2007

Warning: Tom Cruise attempts to suck the life, blood and money out of New York City

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* via BuzzFeed.

April 4, 2007

America loves Obama!!!!!

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* via Huffington Post.

April 3, 2007

Dorian Purple: Prince's new temple by Sasha Frere-Jones

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What a great little profile of Prince in this week's New Yorker. My love of Prince is the closest I get to being religious (Prince would be the religion in this example) so when I read exalting things about him I just smile serenely and smugly and think, "I know that...now others will learn."

Though he’s just over five feet, lithe and pixieish, he never seems dwarfed by others onstage, and he is absolutely at ease guiding his ten-piece band. His backup dancers—Nandy and Maya McClean, twenty-six-year-old twins from Sydney, Australia—were energetic and effectively underclad, but Prince was still the most seductive presence onstage. When he simply cocked his head and smiled, it seemed like an act of public lewdness.

Anyone who's ever seen Prince perform has experienced this excerpt...and especially enjoyed the phenomenon captured in the last line. As a married woman it felt like I had just cheated on my husband and all Prince did was cock his head and smile.

April 2, 2007

Adding Method to Judging Mayhem By Adam Liptak

For those of you without a TimesSelect account, here's the article in its entirety:

There are, Dr. Michael H. Stone says, 22 varieties of killers, and he has ranked them in order of evil.

The worst are your psychopathic torture-murderers, at least where torture is the primary motive. Near the other end, at No. 4, are those who killed in self-defense “but had been extremely provocative towards the victim.”

Dr. Stone, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia, said he had put the scale together based on the biographies of hundreds of killers. “I have a very extensive spreadsheet,” he said.

Dr. Michael Welner, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University, has even greater and much more practical ambitions. He is at work on a “depravity scale” to aid juries in separating the worst of the worst from the really bad. It is based on an Internet survey that asks respondents to rank various acts in order of heinousness.

I took the survey the other day, at www.depravityscale.org, but I found it hard and largely pointless to try to distinguish between, say, a contract killing and mailing anthrax.

Continue reading "Adding Method to Judging Mayhem By Adam Liptak" »

Metropolitan Diary: April 2, 2007

From today's Metropolitan Diary...

Dear Diary:

As more people tried to squeeze into the last possible crevices of a particularly crowded Flushing-bound 7 train during the evening commute, few passengers were in good moods.

That is, until we all heard in a drily sarcastic voice over the subway announcement system: “This train is full. Please wait for the next one. There is another train behind us with empty seats, carpeting and color TV.”

Cheryl Chan

Parenting: Accepting Gay Identity and Finding Strength by Michael Winerip

These people are great parents. If only more parents simply wanted their children to discover themselves in order to be happy, the world really would be a better place. I'm en route to Madison, CT to give them a big hug.

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March 30, 2007

Located in Hospital, DNA Clears Buffalo Man Convicted in ’80s Rapes by David Staba

Equally consoling and horrifying, another exoneration by DNA.

The evidence, genetic material from two rapes stored on microscopic slides, had languished in a hospital drawer for more than 20 years, as the man convicted of the crimes languished behind bars. Numerous times, including four in the last two months, the authorities issued subpoenas for the material, only to be told that it was not in the hospital.

But on Wednesday, the district attorney announced that the slides had finally been found last week, and that DNA tests on them matched Altemio Sanchez, not the man convicted of the crimes, Anthony Capozzi.

Mr. Capozzi, 50, who has been incarcerated since his 1985 arrest, could be freed within a week, the authorities said. continued...

March 29, 2007

MC Rove

What oh what did we do to deserve MC Rove??

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March 26, 2007

In Alabama, Execution Without Representation By Adam Liptak

I did not know that Alabama is the only state that doesn't provide counsel to indigent death row inmates Nice!

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Nobody much likes the fact that Alabama does not provide indigent death row inmates with lawyers.

“Perhaps, in a perfect world, every inmate would have a lawyer at the ready at all times,” the state’s attorney general told a federal appeals court in a brief defending the practice last year. “But we live in the real world.”

Three judges on that court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, also made sympathetic remarks about a utopian alternate reality in which prisoners about to be executed might actually be provided with lawyers.

“If we lived in a perfect world, which we do not, we would like to see the inmates obtain the relief they seek,” Judge Joel F. Dubina wrote. The court unanimously rejected a class action suit from inmates asking for lawyers.

Not every bad idea is unconstitutional, the state and the judges said, and Alabama — the only state that refuses to provide indigent death row inmates with lawyers — should be able to go it alone in this area even at the risk of executing the unjustly convicted or the innocent.

Lawyers for the inmates will ask the United States Supreme Court to hear the case next month. There is, they say, a constitutional right of meaningful access to the courts. No condemned inmate, they add, can be expected without a lawyer to navigate the procedural minefields that Alabama has erected in capital cases. continued...

Husbands taking their wives' names

I love this trend, mostly because it makes alpha-males so uncomfortable and upset which makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. So satisfying!

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March 19, 2007

K-Fed vs. Google

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Oh my god. Someone please stop K-Fed. From Papazao to taking on Google. Oh K. K, K, K, K, K. You are a treasure. Sunk at the bottom of the ocean.

March 16, 2007

The Nation's Pulse: Terribly Exciting by Ben Stein

Sobering thoughts on the state of our financial times by old-school conservative Ben Stein of Beuller? Beuller? fame.

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The average wage of the American worker adjusted for inflation is lower than it was in 1973. The only way that Americans have been able to maintain their standard of living at the middle and lower ends has been to send more family members to work and to draw down savings or go into debt or both.

The most sought after jobs in the United States now are jobs in finance in which basically almost no money is raised for new steel mills or coal mines, but immense sums are raised to buy companies, recapitalize them -- which means pay the new owners immense special dividends and other payments for going to the trouble of taking over the company. This process results in fantastically well-paid investment bankers and private equity "financial engineers" and has no measurably beneficial effect on the economy generally. It does facilitate the making of ever younger millionaires and an ever more leveraged American corporate structure.

An entire new class of financial entity has been created called "the hedge fund." It is new not in the sense that there were not always funds that hedged by selling short or buying assets uncorrelated with other assets. The new part of this phenomenon is that it is based on a demonstrably false premise: that these entities can consistently outperform wide stock indexes. They have not and cannot, and yet their managers and employees for a time are paid stupendously well.

As with the private equity function, the main effect is to siphon money from productive enterprise into financial manipulation. Or, to put it another way, to siphon money from Main Street to Greenwich or Wall Street.

Starting MBA's at hedge funds, which are basically gaming enterprises, get paid multi-six figure sums. Starting teachers in the state of Florida get paid $28,000 a year.

Here's what else is new and exciting (or terrible) in money: there is real poverty among the soldiers who fight our wars. There are fist fights to get children into $30,000 a year kindergartens and pre-schools in the right neighborhoods in Manhattan. There are 40 million Americans without health care insurance. There are almost 40 million baby boomers with no savings for retirement. There is a long waiting list for Bentleys at the dealership in Beverly Hills.

There are soldiers' wives selling blood to buy toys for their kids. There is a man selling non-functioning body armor who threw a $10 million Bat Mitzvah for his daughter.

In Brentwood, where the houses start at $3 million, the housewives complain about what a terrible country America is. In Clinton, South Carolina, where the textile mill closed fifteen years ago and there is real hardship, the young men still believe in America and their fiancees at Presbyterian College wait for them while they fight in Iraq.

This is a small part of what's new and exciting (or terrible) in America in the world of money right now.

* via Kottke.

Unfiltered olive oil

I have been hearing the glories of unfiltered olive oil for a while now and can't wait to taste it because I know I will love it...imagine, olive oil...suped up!

The Holocaust survivor's ode to unfiltered olive oil is super touching and appetite whetting.

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March 15, 2007

Sedaris Exposed!

Apparently, everyone's talking about the fact that David Sedaris' non-fictional work is not entirely non-fiction. I don't get the uproar. When you write, blog and tell stories about your life, isn't the substance mostly non-fiction sprinkled with a little fiction? Or perhaps I'm delusional, fantastical, and an occasional liar.

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* via BuzzFeed for which we are psyched to have Scott Lamb editing today and tomorrow!

March 14, 2007

Sweet sweet passover coke

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Often times I don't feel American. These times include when I'm not in New York, San Francisco or LA and when I hear about things like this. How have I never heard of this before??

P.S. Jason Kottke is the BuzzFeed Editor for the day!! So far, so great!

Men look at crotches

I could have told you this but...

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* via Kottke.

March 8, 2007

Thanks CBS for turning my son GAY.

Oh my god. I am laughing so hard: One of several complaints filed against Prince's Super Bowl performance.

* via Anil, a fellow Prince and the color purple (not the book!) fan!

March 7, 2007

Insufferable Clinginess, or Healthy Dependence? by Benedict Carey

A moderately interesting NYT article on neediness.

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Excerpts:

Neediness has a familiar face: the close friend who is continually asking for reassurance, for advice, for help with the wireless connection.

For some reason, that line is so funny to me. No! I don't want to help you with your wifi problems!

Tip for parents:

Researchers measure the strength of dependency traits by having people rate how highly they endorse certain beliefs, like, “After a fight with a friend, I must make amends as soon as possible"; "I am very sensitive to others for signs of rejection; or “I have a lot of trouble making decisions for myself."

In studies, people who score highly on these tests also tend to rate their parents as either authoritarian or overly protective (or one of each). "The message growing up is: You’re fragile, you’re weak, you need someone powerful to look after you," Dr. Bornstein said.

On compromise:

At least in the short run, dependent traits seemed to buffer the relationships in times of crisis, the authors suggest. Afraid of losing the relationship, “individuals high on dependency may actually behave in a more positive way to their partner, like being more complying, being more loving,” said Bénédicte Lowyck, the psychologist who led the study.

In the long run, Ms. Lowyck said, it is not at all clear whether such protective instincts nourish a relationship or smother it. The answer will depend on the couple, experts say, and likely on the content of a partner’s dependence: how it is expressed, whether the person is generous as well as needy, flexible as well as anxious.

March 5, 2007

Big Brother lives in your computer

iSpy on you!

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Another 'natural' disaster to live in fear of!

Great.

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For more images for your nightmare database, click here.

March 1, 2007

Israeli researchers promise a more beautiful you

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Wow.

Three Israeli computer scientists from Tel Aviv University (TAU) have developed the ultimate enhancement tool for retouching digital images. Called the Beauty Function, their program scans an image of your face, studies it and produces a slightly more beautiful you.

Plastic surgeons, he adds, may find it helpful to increase business. With a flick of a switch they can show people how minor alterations on the face and neck can enhance attractiveness.

Ew.

* via Kottke.

February 28, 2007

BuzzFeed & Ze Frank party @ South by Southwest!

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BuzzFeed is nominated for best blog this year at SXSW so...party throwing time!!!

You may already know and love Ze Frank but you may not yet have heard of the unstoppable Wisconsin white-rapper Juiceboxxx!!!!

If you're going to be at the party, let us know here and not by being that guy or girl at the party.

Britain my take custody of obese boy by Courtney French

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Take him away!!! Remove him from his feeding machine!!!! or is this not some variation on Munchausen?

Whatever it is there's a custard battle going on, sorry, custody battle. Should this kid be allowed to continue sort of dying because it's his mom's fault or is it not her fault and even if it were, should she still be allowed to parent him however she wishes? These are the questions of our times, people.

"If I didn't give him enough at teatime then he would just go on at us all night for snacks and stuff," she told ITV.

Based on the above excerpt, this family is hopeless.

* via BuzzFeed watch on the extremely disturbing extreme eating trench.

February 20, 2007

New Orleans is F---d

And Brangelina's not going to save it.

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* via BuzzFeed.

February 15, 2007

Tim Hardaway: I wouldn't play with a gay man

When I have kids I intend to drill the "stand up for what you believe in" mantra into their cute little heads. But I'm wondering if I can build in this clause: "Stand up for what you believe in unless you're a homophobe like Tim Hardaway in which case you should just sit down and be quiet."

Thanks to my brother for this link!

February 13, 2007

Branson offers $25 million prize to fight global warming

This is so awesome. Sure, it reveals depressing things about the state of our affairs like, meaningful research has been harder and harder to fund and that only with such crass commercialization of research does it become sexy to engage it in...Oh! and that we have a global warming problem!!! But hey!! Who's thinking much these days?! Not me! Just drinking coffee and reading US magazine! So someone get to work so my kids can also drink coffee and read US magazine carefreely k???!

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February 2, 2007

Kevin Bacon launches SixDegrees.org

Wait. Is this a case of the chicken or the egg? As in, was Kevin Bacon always interested in this area or is it because his name got hijacked by the six degrees concept game that he discovered his interest?

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January 31, 2007

Visiting Cuba

I really wanna go. AndreaHarner.com field trip??!

The Homogenization of the Champs Elysees - The Parisians won't stand for it!

Megastores March Up Avenue, and Paris Takes to Barricades by Elaine Sciolino.

Yay Frenchies, do what you do best! I hope you're successful so when I visit Paris next, I don't discover that I could have shopped at the same, big, boring stores a few blocks from my apt!

There was a time when the Champs-�lys�es stood for grand living, high style and serendipity. With the Arc de Triomphe on one end and the Tuileries Gardens on the other, you could discover an underground jazz band at midnight and down oysters and Champagne at dawn.

But the road where de Gaulle celebrated France"s liberation from the Nazis, the one known as "the most beautiful avenue on earth," has, like Times Square and Oxford Street in London, turned into a commercialized money trap.

Most of the music clubs are gone. Movie theaters are closing. Sometimes, all that seems to be left on the 1.2-mile stretch are the global chain stores that can afford the rent.

And so, in a truly French moment, the Paris city government has begun to push back, proclaiming a crisis of confidence and promising a plan aimed at stopping the "banalization" of the Champs-�lys�es. The question is whether it is too late.

January 30, 2007

Goodbye Barbaro

Look at this breathtaking picture:

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The ending of Barbaro's life has made me sadder than I had anticipated. If his veterinarian had not become emotional and nearly unable to talk I would have been concerned that they had the wrong vet all along.

There's just something about horses.

January 26, 2007

Prince will indeed make it a Super Bowl!

Funny how much I'm looking forward to the Super Bowl this year especially the midpoint.

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* via Kottke.

Chinese Idol: Name that panda!!

Who can do things on their own anymore? Not me! Who needs to ask the internet for help with minor to major decisions?? Me and China!

Got a good name for panda?? How about TP? For Tupperware Panda. :-(

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January 25, 2007

A Hostage Who Stayed a Few Steps Ahead by William Grimes

A crazy yet authentic New York story. Stanley N. Alpert's book about this experience is out now: The Birthday Party.

January 23, 2007

BWN (Bored at Work Network) taken to the extreme

This is a sad and hilarious sign of our times: Woman fired for writing about avoiding work.

"This typing thing seems to be doing the trick," she wrote. "It just looks like I am hard at work on something very important."

Bauer also wrote: "I am only here for the money and, lately, for the printer access. I haven't really accomplished anything in a long while ... and I am still getting paid more than I ever have at a job before, with less to do than I have ever had before. It's actually quite nice when I think of it that way. I can shop online, play games and read message boards and still get paid for it."

OJ: Cash-in confessor...oh and murderer

EEEEEEWWWWWWWW:

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10 Top Foods To Help You Fight High Cholesterol

To show you that I care: 10 Top Foods To Help You Fight High Cholesterol.

Close to 107 million U.S. adults have cholesterol levels of 200 mg/dL or higher, a level that the American Heart Association says increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. At least 12 million of these people are taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, but there are more natural options out there.

According to the American Heart Association, "You can reduce cholesterol in your blood by eating healthful foods, losing weight if you need to and exercising." What follows is a listing of the most potent foods to add to your diet if you want to fight high cholesterol and drive your levels down using your diet as a primary tool.

1. Shitake Mushrooms

The active component in shitake mushrooms--eritadenine--has been found to lower cholesterol levels in animal studies. The more eritadenine the animals received, the more their cholesterol levels dropped.

2. Walnuts

A study in the April 2004 issue of Circulation found that when walnuts were substituted for about one-third of the calories supplied by olives and other monounsaturated fats in the Mediterranean diet, total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol were reduced. Walnuts contain the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to be excellent for the heart.

3. Uncooked Soy

A new study found that eating two servings of soy protein a day can lower cholesterol by up to 9 percent--but it must be uncooked to have benefit. "Soy protein increases the activity of low-density lipoprotein receptors primarily on the liver that clears it from the body. Eating soy protein increases the activity of these enzymes that break down the cholesterol," said study author James Anderson, a scientist at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Good soy sources would be edamame or soy nuts. "Soy-fortified muffins, cereals or nutritional bars in which the soy protein was baked at high temperatures do not provide the benefit," Anderson said.

4. Blueberries

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have identified an antioxidant in blueberries called pterostilbene (it's similar to resveratrol, the antioxidant found in grapes and red wine). This compound has effectively lowered cholesterol levels in animal studies.

5. Salmon

This fish is a particularly good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to lower LDL cholesterol while raising the good (HDL) kind.

6. Garlic

Numerous studies have demonstrated that eating garlic regularly reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL levels.

7. Avocado

Avocados are rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat known to help lower cholesterol. In fact, one study found that people with moderately high cholesterol levels who ate a diet high in avocados for one week had significant drops in total and LDL cholesterol levels, and an 11 percent increase in the good HDL cholesterol.

8. Black Beans

Black beans and other legumes are high in dietary fiber, which is an excellent cholesterol fighter.

9. Apples

Rich in both pectin and fiber, along with powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, apples help lower bad cholesterol while raising the good kind.

10. Dark Green, Leafy Vegetables

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Family Heart Study, participants who ate four or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day had significantly lower levels of LDL cholesterol than those who ate fewer servings. Among the most powerful veggies are the dark green, leafy variety, such as spinach, kale, collard greens and Swiss chard.

January 19, 2007

Be afraid: Single women are taking over everything!!!

A trend here and in Japan too. Great dicussion topic for your dicussion group.

January 17, 2007

Always Revealing, Human Skin Is an Anthropologist's Map by Claudia Dreifus

This NYTimes article came at the perfect time for me. For the very first time last night as I was washing my face before bed and putting on my plethora of skin creams, I saw my skin differently - in a (metaphorical) light I've never seen before. I noticed the lines and grooves forming in my undereye and crows feet area and felt extremely happy, endeared and touched by was developing. I felt like they were telling me a story of my life, my adventures, misadventures and my tendency to squint and to smile a lot. At the risk of sounding completely retarded I finally felt love, respect and appreciation for living life fully, without fear of aging and for my unique epidermal expression of that.

* via Kottke.

January 16, 2007

Did you see Prince at the Golden Globes last night in a gold suit? Represent!

LOVE him - here's a nice little clip of the genius you may recall - after a great acoustic medley he's interviewed by Sway during which time he gives props to Outkast & Alicia Keyes - rightfully - although no one can top the one and only Prince!

Lion love

An inspiring story of a woman and a lion in love, desperate to wed. JK Rowling!

Watch this:

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January 11, 2007

Gates or Jobs? Who's your daddy??

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I'm a Gates girl, myself.

January 8, 2007

Stickam: What it's come to

Stickam, where we can finally connect in potentially sweet ways and certainly perverse ways.

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See who's live and broadcasting themselves.

I look forward to when my future children, at age 11 or so, start making their live selves available to internet strangers.

January 5, 2007

Powerful people on drugs

I love discovering stuff like this. Gives me hope. And nightmares.

December 20, 2006

10 most bizarre people on earth

From the bizarro world in which we live.

via Kottke.

December 19, 2006

Matt + Brangelina

Just for the sake of showing you that I am not above the Brangelina craze...here's the wholly irrelevant, somewhat interesting drama on what it was like for Matt Damon to make out with good friend Brad's lady Angie.

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Thanks HuffPost!

December 12, 2006

Finally, skinny fights back, biatch!

I love when I'm understood:

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December 7, 2006

Update: James Kim's Path

via Google Earth. It's so painful to see the lodge so close to their car and his path away from it.

CNET Editor James Kim, RIP

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Update: Missing father of family stuck in the wilderness for 10 days found dead.

I think because their family is also half Asian, half Caucasian, I related to this case more than I could have expected. This is horribly sad news.

Here's CNET's In Memoriam. To leave the family a message or to make a donation check out this site.

December 4, 2006

Family missing for over one week

What is happening??? This is so sad. And mysterious.

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Via Huffington Post.

December 1, 2006

Is BuzzFeed the new Digg?

It's even better, I say! We need less, not more these days and BuzzFeed filters and it filters well and entertainingly.

If you haven't yet checked out BuzzFeed consider today your lucky day!

November 29, 2006

'Yours Truly,' the E-Variations by Lola Ogunnaike

More email etiquette. Not that you need it.

"While on the one hand e-mail encourages people to write," she said, "on the other hand it discourages people to write thoughtfully." SO TRUE.

Robert Verdi, a fashion stylist and a host of "Surprise by Design," a makeover reality show on the Discovery Channel, is a self-described "xoxo offender." "Never in the first or second communication," he clarified. But after a few friendly phone conversations or e-mail exchanges, he feels comfortable with the affectionate and casual sign-off, though he generally waits for the other party to make the first move. "The other person gives you the cues," he said. "They send a 'You're the best! Love, Alison,' and you send a 'Hugs and kisses' and all of a sudden you're over that awkward hump and you're best friends." I LOVE THIS GUY ALREADY.

Many e-mail users don't bother with a sign-off, and Letitia Baldridge, the manners expert, finds that annoying. "It's so abrupt," she said, "and it's very unfriendly. We need grace in our lives, and I'm not talking about heavenly grace. I'm talking about human grace. We should try and be warm and friendly." I WANT HEAVENLY GRACE.

Couple Gets Pasta Sauce Instead Of Camcorder

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

FYI, when I'm really hungry (and my friends know how pleasant I am in these moments) I might pay $1600 for a can of Classico.

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November 21, 2006

Masterful Director Robert Altman Dies at 81, RIP

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Robert Altman, one of the most adventurous and influential American directors of the late 20th century, a filmmaker whose iconoclastic career spanned more than half a century but whose stamp was felt most forcefully in one decade, the 1970s, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 81. His death, at a hospital, was confirmed today by a friend, the singer Annie Ross. The cause was not announced. Mr. Altman had a heart transplant in the mid-1990s, a fact he publicly revealed for the first time last March while accepting an honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony.

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November 17, 2006

OJ Simpson: Great role model for his kids

What a father! What an asshole.

November 6, 2006

The works of art that matter most?

It's almost laughable when anyone compiles a list of what they deem are the most important works of art because it's so highly subjective of course but it's certainly a worthwhile discussion topic!

* via Kottke.

October 31, 2006

CHRW interviews AndreaHarner.com!

I enjoyed being interviewed last night by the cool chicks Jackie and Lisa at CHRW's Broadly Speaking show. For a listen, click here!

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October 27, 2006

The Dog Who Loved to Suck on Toads

My favorite new article in a long time: Doggies are drug addicts too. Pathetic, just pathetic.

"We couldn't keep our dog's addiction a secret any longer," Laura Mirsch says. "The neighbors all knew that Lady was a drug addict, and soon the other dogs weren't allowed to play with her."

In the end, Lady seems to have found a way to manage her problem.

"She seems to have outgrown the wild toad-obsessed years of her youth," Mirsch says, "and now only sucks on weekends."

Suuuuure.

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via Kottke.

October 24, 2006

Paris Syndrome attacks Japanese tourists

This is too funny: The mean Paris Syndrome.

"Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

"A third of patients get better immediately, a third suffer relapses and the rest have psychoses," Yousef Mahmoudia, a psychologist at the Hotel-Dieu hospital, next to Notre Dame cathedral, told the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

Already this year, Japan's embassy in Paris has had to repatriate at least four visitors -- including two women who believed their hotel room was being bugged and there was a plot against them."

Thanks to my brother for this great link!

October 23, 2006

Horniest male beetles have tiniest testicles

I finally have proof that the guys who ride bikes with modified pipes have tiny testicles. Thanks, New Scientist!

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via Kottke.

October 20, 2006

This is a crazy story and video about a fugitive

Compliments of the New Yorker. He's still out and about, smooth talkin' and fugitivin'!

Diary of A Sex Slave

SFGate's Special Report on Sex Trafficking.

October 10, 2006

HOLY CRAP!!! YouTube sold to Google for 1.6 BILLION!!!

and this video helped to make it happen. Actually, this video was the deal clincher:

October 6, 2006

Cat Lovers Lining Up for No-Sneeze Kitties by NY Times' Elizabeth Rosenthal

I haven't figured out how to put this on my wishlist yet so until I do, know that I want one of these hypoallergenic cats. Thanks in advance.

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A small California biotech company says it is ready to deliver the Holy Grail of the $35 billion pet industry: a hypoallergenic cat.

Two cats with a mutant gene that produces a modified protein far less likely to induce allergies.
At the start of next year, the first kittens � which the company calls �lifestyle pets� � will go home to eager owners who have been carefully screened and have been on a waiting list for more than two years.

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September 20, 2006

Fearless parenting - I'm going to need lessons

Reading this excerpt, I laughed out loud thinking a) that's funny! and b) I'm going to choke on my vomit when my future child describes a relationship she has as "friends with benefits".

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September 19, 2006

Recent kidnappings & The Collector by John Fowles

Over Labor Day weekend I heard all the weird and frightening details about the eighteen year old Austrian girl who was kidnapped and held for over eight years in a windowless cell and then now I hear about the fourteen year old girl who was kidnapped and held for ten days until she snuck a text message to her mom that consequently saved her. Craziness.

Makes me think of a great book I read a few years back. It's about...guess what? A guy who kidnaps a girl and keeps her for a long while and all the mind games and tortures that ensue. If you're drawn to this morbid stuff and prefer it served to you well-written, you'll love The Collector by John Fowles.

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September 18, 2006

MIND GAMES: What Neuroeconomics tells us about money and the brain by John Cassidy

In the hot field of behavioral economics another interesting article has been written and tells us that most people have strong 'loss aversion' which often makes us lose out on beneficial, risky opportunities.

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September 11, 2006

The Fame Motive by Benedict Carey

An interesting New York Times article on our desire to be famous. This is not only interesting because it tackles the most interesting question of human psychology but also because I just started taking two pyschology courses in preparation for grad school!

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Mental Health & Behavior
The Fame Motive

By BENEDICT CAREY
Published: August 22, 2006

Money and power are handy, but millions of ambitious people are after something other than the corner office or the beach house on St. Bart�s. They want to swivel necks, to light a flare in others� eyes, to walk into a crowded room and feel the conversation stop. They are busy networking, auditioning, talking up their latest project � a screenplay, a memoir, a new reality show � to satisfy a desire so obvious it is all but invisible.

What�s the formula for fame? Some write fictionalized memoirs, like James Frey, top; others, like Paris Hilton, above, become famous for, well, simply being famous.
�To be noticed, to be wanted, to be loved, to walk into a place and have others care about what you�re doing, even what you had for lunch that day: that�s what people want, in my opinion,� said Kaysar Ridha, 26, of Irvine, Calif., a recent favorite of fans of the popular CBS reality series �Big Brother.� �It�s strange and twisted, because when that attention does come, the irony is you want more privacy.�

For most of its existence, the field of psychology has ignored fame as a primary motivator of human behavior: it was considered too shallow, too culturally variable, too often mingled with other motives to be taken seriously. But in recent years, a small number of social scientists have begun to study and think about fame in a different way, ranking it with other goals, measuring its psychological effects, characterizing its devoted seekers.

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July 13, 2006

Some Dark Thoughts on Happiness by Jennifer Senior

A very interesting New York Magazine article.

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July 5, 2006

THE PERFECT MARK: How a Massachusetts psychotherapist fell for a Nigerian email scam

A fascinating and frustrating New Yorker article by Mitchell Zuckoff - How does someone, especially an educated someone, get duped time and time again??

June 16, 2006

Another article in the I'm proud of my hubby! series

Update: Here are the ads.

JWT Puts a 'Roadblock' on Huffington Post by Julie Bosman.

May 12, 2006

Disturbing article on beauty treatments, sheep and Oprah.

Read this article.

In case you needed more proof, you'll discover that people are sheep. It's truly sad that so many women have lost their minds and souls.

Is it such a crazy idea that what makes for the most beautiful woman is one who has learned to embrace her so called flaws and aging and through that process has become truly confident and attractive??!!

Thanks to Celeste for the article!

April 6, 2006

This is the kind of baby shower I want

Pregnant woman beaten at baby shower.

February 28, 2006

PURSUING HAPPINESS: Two scholars explore the fragility of contentment.

A worthwhile read by John Lanchester for the NewYorker.

I tend to agree that people are probably most happy when they're doing as opposed to seeking, pondering, obsessing, etc.

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