Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Beware the Pot Pie!

At a farewel lunch for a co-worker today my friend Davy ordered the pot pie, not knowing it would be bigger than his head. I know via SUPERSIZE ME what McDonalds will do to someone, but perhaps it's time that someone talked to the folks at Cheesecake Factory about portion size? At least it can last a couple days.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Pink: the next Geena Davis?

I somehow stumbled upon the latest video from pop chameleon Pink. I admit to being flummoxed by the source of this clip, or click here and click on link for the Pink "Stupid Girls" video - this may load faster and while the argument can be made that by using the very thing her song decries in the video that the execution is sloppy, but if something like this gets millions of girls thinking about their real value, then fine. One question: how long will it take for a "Stupid Boys" video that recognizes the lengths that young guys are going to live up to what they think they're supposed to look like (ie - mae appearance. it's not just for metrosexuals anymore).

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Police in one place

So apparently both Stewart Copeland and Trudie Styler have films at Sundance this year. Stewart's is a doc on the history of The Police. They all got wind that they were down the street from one another and this little reunion happened. No music, but nice to see them together.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Is my Senator part of this? Oh yeah, he's related to a healthcare company. SIlly me.

This morning's Washington Post click here for full article has a headline describing yet another closed door conference committee meeting whereby Republicans locked out Democrats (their democratically elected peers, representing millions of taxpayers) from any discussion on a major budget provision. The result: a $22 BILLION savings for the health care industry. This at a time when health care costs contiinue to rise every year. As someone that works in an industry with massive shifts in its revenue streams, I have to say that perhaps it's time for health care and government to start working up some new models oof business.

Our government can start by negotiating with drug companies and health care providers for better rates so that so many people don't have to go to Canada to get affordable medication. Then there's the idea of a national health care system that can be a leader, a catalyst, for real reform. Much is made of expensive government beurocracy, when in fact Medicare and Medicais are among the most efficient health care programs anywhere - far outpacing the private sector. It may have to do with not having CEOs making millions a year plus bonuses, even when a company loses money. Either way, for far too many of my friends, across all age groups, escalating health care costs are becomming the single biggest issue of their lives. If our GOP-led government wants to practive "family values" - how about making sure our families aren't splitting up over things like annual 15% increases in insurance costs.

Force the market to respond. I have every bit of expectation that by forcing new models to be developed we will see better coverage for fairer prices. American business are good at ingenuity, but slow to act on it. Give health care (and energy) industries a little incentive to change and we may have something to cheer about. I'm done. For now.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

40 years of hits in 37 minutes

From a Columbia University student comes the concept of "time-lapse phonography" - a kind of time-lapse audio program. He's mapped out every Billboard Hot 100 #1 single in an audio algorhythm that spans 37 minutes, listing the song and artist as it plays. I'm still getting through the entire thing, and I'm sure that there will one day be a practical use for this, but in the meantime, click here and let the hits play on!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

At the risk of alienating Zamfir fans ...

... I offer this helpful guide (thx to Andy Peterson, who needs to blog).

click here for more scribbles

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The real power behind Kaizer Soze

I love THE USUAL SUSPECTS, and never seem to tire of the film. This evening I discovered an entirely new twist in the plot. Completely unexpected? I'd say so.
click here and be amazed

Minimum Wage

ripped from the blog of one of my favorite people, Jim Hancock. To read what really smart people blog, click here

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Monkeys in the new year!

As my friend Rob said when sending this to me, "if you're like me and you like monkeys ... watch these:
click here