Notes/Archives - Slog (a sloppy Blog)
OK, the red paper clip
was an amazing study in bartering. I have to admit I was skeptical at first; but
then I realized it was more about the sociology experiment. It was a really
heartwarming story - and the 'author' was very entertaining on the blog all the
way through. So his brother and a friend next decided to try to
hitchhike to all 50 capitol cities. They made
it - and I'm sure had just as much fun. They do a great job of blogging and
storing images on flickr for people to browse. Fun. I wish I thought of that
during my college years... yeah right. I wasn't that creative. I think there's a
book coming out about the paper clip soon...
Also heard about a good book that I'm going to have to have a
look at -
"They Call Me Naughty Lola" It's about 'lonely hearts' ads from the
London Review of Books. Sounds entertaining. Meets the non-fiction criterion.
After my last post and recent despair over the decline of society, these
creative entries give me hope that we're at least going to be entertained and
charmed on our way to damnation.
Finally - an update from a 3 year old entry. Our new baby
girl was named Dana. So now we can study the effect of giving a girl a popular
name 'Emma' (#2) vs. a much less popular one 'Dana' (#396). At least we didn't
name her Angel -
which has been shown to be well correlated with low intelligence. [source
Atlantic Monthly and Freakonomics] :)
As a human race we can't continue to 'grow' our population and
economies while promoting a wasteful, inefficient, western lifestyle. [We must
almost entirely scrap the prevailing model of a competitive, growth economy and
adopt materially simple economies that stress cooperation and participatory
control. Above all, we must move to a steady-state or zero-growth economy. There
is now a global ecovillage movement pioneering the development of new
settlements that are required for sustainability. Hopefully, the coming "mother
of all oil shocks" finally will get all this on the public agenda.] ..from
Ted Trainer, the author of The Conserver Society and Towards a Sustainable
Wow, how time flies... and all I can come up with is this
You thought snappy/catchy/funny phrases on t-shirts had been
DONE; this takes it to a whole new level. You want it on a t-shirt, mug,
whatever - they got it.
Also check out Bro Pivin's Band - Dimonet ->
Playing a gig near you...
August 2005 - Katrina
still can't believe the level of destruction and desperation in
Louisiana/Mississippi in the wake of Katrina. The NAOA site and 'Google Earth'
have been good for a techy to get a survey of the details.
NOAA Katrina (imagery
post-Katrina plus all the gory storm details)
Google Earth (type Superdome, New
If you ever want to blow your mind
and weekend figuring out a movie, see
Primer. You can surf the web
for everyone's try at an explanation. Good nerd flick. It won the Sundance Film
August 2004 - "Ode to P-Town" [found on the web - it's
Other Portland essay links:
You can also
read this here: It's a good overview of why Oregon's politics and budget are
OK, so if you're really
enterprising, you can check out the details of the budget here:
Oregon Center for Public Policy
Legislative Revenue Office
Citizens for Oregon's Future
The numbers behind
the name Emma - from the SSA... Maybe we should have looked into this before
we named her...
Emma was the second most popular name for babies
getting Social Security cards in U.S. for 2003 (22532 Emmas)
Emma's popularity is growing exponentially;
whereas Mary's is flat - Madison is one of only a few gaining faster.
Emma was the most popular name in 23/50 states
(plus DC and Puerto Rico); but didn't carry California, New York, Texas, or
Florida, so don't think that she had a chance in the Electoral College.
Emma is the name of Rachel's daughter on
'Friends' - but that had no impact on our decision
Sorry Emma, guess you're just another face in the
|2003 SSN Baby Names
Popularity of Emma
Nice sermon from pastor
Kane at Hillsboro UMC (also
Edward Tufte's site - some
interesting visualization stuff.
Compare this with David Byrne's
work... especially EEEI.
If you can't get an MIT degree, you can at least
Been a while since last entry... Some good stuff to record here. After watching
a little bit of local cable access, I stumbled across this little gem:
Astounding. The question is, if your son or daughter got this much into a hobby,
would you worry? or would you be proud?
Don Zobel is in South America. He sends updates via e-mail every week or two.
Now he's sending pictures.
Check it out! I feel like I'm in the adventure with him whenever I
read his mail.
(In one episode of 'Cheers', Cliff is seated at the bar
describing the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm. I don't think I've ever heard
the concept explained any better than this....) "Well you see, Norm, it's like
this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when
the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are
killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because
the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular
killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only
operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of
alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest
brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the
weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And
that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers...."
Discovered Jurassic 5 music today. Give "Quality Control" and "Snap, Crackle,
Pop" a try.
Did Intel blow it? I hope not; but here is an entertaining
and ALMOST unbiased look at Pentium 4.
Do antique glass windows bulge at the bottom
because glass flows? Judge
We recently enjoyed a rim-to-rim
Grand Canyon backpacking trip -- started at the North Rim and emerged
from the South Rim a couple days later. (left)
We're trying to get a bit
more organized about planning mountain bike rides; care to join us?
If so, e-mail me and I'll send you the distribution list for the other
riders. You can also go to the UBS page.
Check out my
brother's band Rekmod (he's the
drummer). Lock up your daughters and put in your earplugs.