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December 2006

December 31, 2006

Some possible help for tonight: "Alcohol and Hangover Myths Revealed".

Happy New Year to all my readers.

December 29, 2006

Scott Adams is not worried about the usual things.

First, I’m not worried about any problem that we can see coming. If you look at the history of the world, almost any time we thought we knew something bad was going to happen AND we had years of warning, things turned out okay.

The human population did not outgrow the food supply.
Earth didn’t run out of oil in the eighties.
The Y2K problem was solved.
The Soviet Union didn’t nuke us.
Vietnam did not set off much of a domino effect.
AIDS hasn’t annihilated the hetero population in the U.S.

With that in mind, I’m not worried about North Korea, global warming, Iran, the Rapture, al-Qaeda getting a nuke, the real estate bust causing a depression, running out of oil (again), immigration destroying America, bird flu, the next generation becoming morons, or any number of other widely predicted disasters.

So he lists what he is worried about.

Wired argues that you don't need Vista now.

Some Princeton students comment on their freshman year experience.

Lederman, who had also assumed that students would be competitive, said she used to believe that getting into Princeton was the hard part and that academics wouldn't be as hard once she was actually here.

"Work didn't even occur to me," she said.

"I was delusional."

December 28, 2006

Productivity growth in India

An argument that productivity growth in India will remain strong.

Jon Sanders has put up his "The Top 10 Nuttiest [North Carolina] Campus Events in 2006".

4. Hey, even Third World "countries" need dentists. Legislators approve funding for another dental school in the UNC system, this one at East Carolina University, saying there aren't enough dentists in Eastern N.C. Strangely enough, several U.S. states don't have any dental schools but still manage to find dentists.

The "10 Greatest Rock Guitar Riffs Of All Time (Learn How to Play Them)".

If you're looking for some new music, try the BellRays.

This is maximum rock ’n’ soul, the gospel according to the BellRays: It’s all about pursuing that elusive and sublime moment where the words and the music and the mood come together in an electrifying jolt that makes you gloriously aware of both infinity and your own mortality. Or something like that.

"Cover Letters from Hell". (Via Big Arm Woman.)

December 27, 2006

"Do Economists Agree on Climate Change?". Yes. But the nature of that agreement might surprise the pessimists and panic-stricken.

How to prepare for big disasters.

What to do about a stroke.

Four ways to avoid getting a cold.

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