Flexing the OL tag muscles

Francis Wheen’s Top 10 Modern Delusions

  1. “God is on our side”
  2. The market is rational
  3. There is no such thing as reality
  4. We mustn’t be “judgmental”
  5. Laissez-faire capitalism is the prerequisite for trade and prosperity
  6. Astrology and similar delusions are “harmless fun”
  7. Thin air is solid
  8. Sentimental hysteria is a sign of emotional maturity
  9. America’s economic success is entirely due to private enterprise
  10. “It could be you. . .”

Jeffrey Veen’s Seven Steps to Better Presentations

  1. Tell stories
  2. Show pictures.
  3. Don’t apologize.
  4. Start strong.
  5. End strong too.
  6. Stand.
  7. Pause.

Mahjongg was the first Everquest

1. Amusing sights, yesterday: a changeable message sign on a TTC bus, proclaiming, “GO LEAFS GO”, and a CIBC bank machine with the frozen image of the Windows NT Workstation splash screen on it.

2. Went out to dinner with V for the traditional Sushi Time Pizza (Fried rice crust and mayo topped with salmon and roe). He discussed how many concepts from Hinduism have been taken or distorted. For example, the dowry is supposed to be a gift from both parents given to the bride as a form of insurance in case something happens to the groom. These ideals, along with the caste system, became corrupted after years of strife in the region. I pointed out that William Gibson postulated that in the future, culture and subculture will be endangered species because all so-called exotic memes, such as Hinduism, which took thousands of years to incubate, will have been readily disseminated within a few centuries.

And when he pointed out Moulin Rouge! was “Bollywood movie with white people”, I was suddenly enlightened.

3. “If anyone’s ever promised you the sun, the moon and the stars, tell ’em you’ll settle for BPM 37093.” ‘Cuz BPM 37093 is a giant space diamond, the largest in the known galaxy, that was discovered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics. It’s actually a white dwarf star made of 1034 carats of crystallized carbon. No word on when deBeers will show up with the hush money. 😛