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August 2008

August 31, 2008

Reserve now

Spaces in the Rotating Tower in Dubai are going fast.

It will have 80 floors and the top ten floors will have "luxury villas" of 1200 square meters, each including a parking space inside.

"HDL for dummies"

If you want to increase your HDL level, as I do, these suggestions are interesting.

More on why you want your HDL to be "high" and how to raise it.

August 30, 2008

"See How Easy It Is Finding Someone to Tell You What to Do?"

Overheard in New York makes short work of "life coaches".

Wake County real estate

"Heat map" of Wake County real estate, by zip codes (from Trulia).

August 29, 2008

Johnny

I happened upon an interesting 1991 tribute to Johnny Carson. A small part:

It's not all that fashionable to be a fan of Johnny Carson.  No one likes him except most people.

I have heard not a few folks brag of not watching him . . . even a few dismiss what he does as easy.  Yeah, right, that's why most TV shows last twenty-eight years.  Though the man has enough money to buy Nebraska, his ties to his home state are clear enough that it is easy to dismiss him as a panderer to Middle America.  "Middle America" is an oft-heard slam leveled at anything in entertainment that commits the backwater sin of not being overtly L.A. or N.Y.

I don't think that begins to explain Carson.  He has developed, perhaps not even consciously, an unerring feel for what interests America, what they want to hear.  He knows, for instance, that Big Stars whining about how tough it is to be in Make-up at six in the morn or what a pain it is to be pestered for autographs, send viewers fumbling for the remote.  Which is why, as on few other chat shows, the host politely terminates such ramblings and segues to the next topic.  He knows that America squirms to see folks on TV fawning over non-entities . . . so Johnny fawns rarely and, then, only over a Bob Hope or Jimmy Stewart.  He knows what America knows about and doesn't.  Other shows settle arguments about that using Carson as the windsock.  I wrote a variety show once for which a sketch was proposed about ratings "Sweeps Week."  A debate broke out as to whether that was too inside for the viewers and the discussion went round and round until someone — probably me — pointed up that Carson often does jokes that presume a knowledge of what "Sweeps Week" is.  That settled it.  Because, on things like that, Johnny is rarely wrong.

Being four-years-old is sometimes tough

Another fine snippet from Overheard in New York.

The "Mojave Experiment"

Sharp, funny takedown of Microsoft's latest attempt to push Vista.

You, personally, may never have encountered a piece of hardware or an app that didn’t work on Vista, and you might be perfectly happy with it. I’m not going to try to argue you out of that happiness. My point is that the problems that Vista has become famous for are not the kinds of problems you encounter in a few minutes of playing with it in a controlled environment.

Lambrusco is back, baby!

It's what my wife and I used to drink in college. It was good then and it's good now. (I don't care that it's a "beginner's wine".)

August 28, 2008

What NOT to do for snakebites

Two words: jumper cables. (Via Fark.)

New York City is a tough town

"The Pretty-Girl Entitlement Statute Begins to Wane in Influence".

"None of My Relationships Are Any of Your Business".

(From Overheard in New York; a couple of swear words.)

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