Daily Archives: September 12, 2008

The “Geezer” Issue

Speak of older people, slate has a special issue on old people. They, not me, are calling it the geezer issue. While that is smart alecky, the stories themselves are interesting and worth a look.

The Top 80 over 80

From time to time magazines and associations will feature people with stories like: the top 30 under 30. Big deal! What is a big deal is Slate’s 80 over 80: The most powerful octogenarians in America. – – Slate Magazine

There are a lot of famous people over 80, over 90 even, that are still doing great things. Slate does an excellent job of telling you who they are, what they have done, and what they are doing, post 80.

For example, Cloris Leachman is 82 and is currently competing on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars. And Jacques Barzun, who is 100, is a French-American scholar who has published nine books since turning 80. His last one at age 97,

Hey! You too can star in a Chinese propaganda poster!

Yes! You! You can have your face painted into a poster like this! Don’t believe it! Hah! Go to Maopost.com – Personalized Oil Paintings and see for yourself, capitalist running dog!

Now, I would just as soon see a black velvet painting of myself as have one of these, but this might be perfect for someone very political that you know (who has a good sense of irony and a good sense of humour!)

Now if someone were able to incorporate me into one of those posters of dogs playing cards….well, that I would like!

Football player has existential epiphany on (the Onion) Sports Update

Not since Monty Python’s famous soccer game of German and Greek philosophers has anyone combined sports and philosophy so well. Ok, maybe no one has been trying. Regardless, this is brilliant

Pre-Game Coin Toss Makes Jacksonville Jaguars Realize Randomness Of Life

(tip to Andrew Sullivan)

Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands

According to this article at the blog, Inhabitat, it will produce 36.5 megawatts of power. And that’s just chickens! Other interesting facts:

  • it costs 150 million euros to build
  • it converts 440,000 tones of chicken manure into energy
  • it helps with global warming

For the latest…um, poop?, see the link to Inhabitat. And check out other things on that blog: it’s packed with interesting features.

Quote of the Week

“sexual relationships with prohibited sources cannot, by definition, be arms’ length.”

From one of the three reports just released this Wednesday regarding the U.S. Department of the Interior. The details, which could be good material for a ‘West Wing meets Desparate Housewives’ TV series, can be found in this article: Sex, Drug Use and Graft Cited in Interior Department – NYTimes.com