Monthly Archives: February 2013

Small indulgences

I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that “crepuscular” is the dirtiest-sounding word I know. Naturally, I love it. It may even edge out “bisextal” as my favorite English word. You can’t find a definition for bisextal anywhere, it … Continue reading

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Crepuscular reflections

The purpose of this post is to highlight some quotidian details and reconsider them with the clarity of hindsight. I hope you find it insightful or helpful, even if I’m not talking about Big Ideas (I do so like those). … Continue reading

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My reaction time = 0.3s

A fun BBC game, H/T Dr. James Thompson. My average reaction time appears to be a shade above 0.3 seconds with very little deviation (0.05 seconds at most). It was bizarre to see all my sheep lined up on the … Continue reading

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Sailerism definition

The original post isn’t very long. But it still has this throwaway comment near the end: He’d also worked as an art director on Hollywood movies during WWII. This is one of those references that only means something to people … Continue reading

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Simple

I was feeling pretty shit today (spent too much time thinking about problems without solutions), but I did get to the gym. I told the Last of the Neanderthals this, and requested a change in schedule: skip shoulder day and … Continue reading

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Another possible facet of the IKEA effect

Have you ever spent a couple of hours working on a craft project — or a presentation for work — and then fallen in love with what you’ve accomplished? Do the colors you’ve picked for your PowerPoint background pop so … Continue reading

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WalMart sales/Total retail sales > CPI

Title is a double entendre. Anyway, the CPI is bunk. Here’s why: Because CPI is used as the determinant for both public and private cost-of-living adjustments, it is a highly political statistic. A relatively small percentage increase in CPI can … Continue reading

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