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Betamax promo takes us way back in time . . .

Betamax promo takes us way back in time . . .

Check out Sony’s 1975 promo for Betamax.  More specifically, this is a seven-minute vintage promotional video for the Sony Trinitron/Betamax console   You probably know at least part of the Betamax story:  Betamax, a superior video product, was beat out by VHS.  I am sharing this video because it serves quite well as a time capsule.  It takes us […]

May 10, 2007 | By | 9 Replies More
Touche, Onion News Network!

Touche, Onion News Network!

You must view this Onion video on The Gap.  Really well done. They’ve also released a “news” video on sarcasm.

May 9, 2007 | By | Reply More
How to end the Iraq Occupation: make all of us pay as we go

How to end the Iraq Occupation: make all of us pay as we go

This is the proposal by Dave Johnson of Huffpo: “If the COSTS of the occupation were actually being paid by the public-at-large — instead of borrowing the money and making our kids pay it off — it would end tomorrow.”  Here’s the plan: 1) A huge-ass whopping tax on everyone to pay the costs of […]

May 9, 2007 | By | Reply More
The shocking same-ness of human behavior

The shocking same-ness of human behavior

As a general rule, simple questions, especially simple questions with purportedly obvious answers, are the most interesting questions. While I attended a wedding this weekend, I noticed all of the sex partners seated together, you know . . . husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends (and a few gay couples). Why do sex partners […]

May 8, 2007 | By | 16 Replies More
Check out who’s living in “your” body

Check out who’s living in “your” body

You are sitting there smugly thinking that you are in charge of your own body, and that you should be, because it is after all your body.  Well, you’re wrong. The June 2007 Special Issue of Discover Magazine contains an article called “Your body is a planet.”  This article, written by Josie Glausiusz, recognizes that […]

May 7, 2007 | By | 14 Replies More
To make the roads safer, get rid of some of those traffic safety signs

To make the roads safer, get rid of some of those traffic safety signs

According to this article in Discover, less can be more when it comes to road signs.   The “risk compensation effect” is a recognition that animals “tend to adjust their behavior to compensate for perceived risk.” A team of urban planners has concluded that traffic signs and signals actually make the roads more dangerous “because they […]

May 7, 2007 | By | 6 Replies More
If you want me to appreciate my ancestors, it’s going to take some time.

If you want me to appreciate my ancestors, it’s going to take some time.

My wife and I attended the wedding of a good friend today.  A thoughtful and sometimes light-hearted rabbi presided over the ceremony.  This ceremony was quite a change of pace from most of the religious weddings I’ve attended.  There was no somber talk about the heavy guilt we bear for being human or how small […]

May 6, 2007 | By More
Christopher Hitchens: “God Is Not Great”

Christopher Hitchens: “God Is Not Great”

This week’s Newsweek reports on the latest book by Christopher Hitchens: God Is Not Great. “Religion poisons everything,” [Christopher Hitchens] expostulates—from such minor pleasures as a slice of ham (Hitchens’s mother and wife were born Jewish), up through sex, and on to the future of life on Earth, whose end is both predicted and welcomed […]

May 6, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
What debates?

What debates?

The Nation argues that we don’t really have any real political debates among the candidates.  In fact, what passes for “debate” is “idiotic”: What passes for a political debate in the United States today is little more than dueling sound bites. The Republican candidates were restricted to sixty-second answers to the questions put to them. […]

May 5, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More