Stephen works at this start-up as a “Finance DJ” which is their way of saying accounting person, I guess. It looks interesting and I’ll probably sign up. You make music collections like you used to make mixed tapes. Then you find and favorite other mixes.
George H.W. Bush, a.k.a. “Rubbers”
Did you know that George H.W. Bush was so pro-family planning back in the day that he sent Planned Parenthood a glowing letter congratulating them on a new stamp commemorating Margaret Sanger? In fact, he was so obsessed with family planning, his nickname in congress was “Rubbers.”
Odesk was recommended to me as a good place to get surprisingly decent contractors for all sorts of skilled web stuff. It seems like they make the process very easy and very legit (taking care of tax forms and all). Definitely a service I’m keeping an eye on.
If Shakespeare wrote today’s music…
There are only two, which is not enough. Cee-lo Green’s “Fuck You” and Daft Punk’s “Around the World” reimagined in iambic pentameter.
Car that drives itself
It is amazing to see this self-driving car in action. I hate driving. I’m a terrible driver and if Google some how make this car happen for realsies, I will love it again.
A few things that are more likely than winning the Mega Millions
Being in a plane crash this year. Being killed by a vending machine. If you are a Floridian, being killed through contact with a venomous snake or lizard.
Chuck the Boxer welcomes soldier home
There is a whole bunch of youtube videos that is basically returning soldiers getting exuberantly welcomed home by their huge dogs going nuts after a long deployment. They’re like crack to me. The mixture of dogs, emotion and that slight reminder of mortality in the background (soldiers don’t always come home) gets me every time. This is a good example of the genre. The dog is big and exuberant. The soldier is hunky. And as always there is the off-screen female voice directing it all.
Healthcare isn’t broccoli
I haven’t the heart to go into the latest travails of Obamacare in the supreme court. So just read Paul Krugman. When people choose not to buy broccoli, they don’t make broccoli unavailable to those who want it. But when people don’t buy health insurance until they get sick — which is what happens in the absence of a mandate — the resulting worsening of the risk pool makes insurance more expensive, and often unaffordable, for those who remain. As a result, unregulated health insurance basically doesn’t work, and never has.