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November 14, 2014

"PENCILWISE - Equation Analysis Test"


This test does not measure your intelligence, your fluency with words, and certainly not your mathematical ability. It will, however, give you some gauge of your mental flexibility and creativity. Few people can solve more than half of the questions on the first try. Many people who took this test previously reported getting answers long after the test was over - particularly at unexpected moments when their minds were relaxed; and some reported solving all the questions over a period of several days.

"Rough God Goes Riding"

Live in Belfast, 1997, Van the Man.

"It’s Time to Shut Up About Brunch"

Strong pushback against the people whining about brunch. (See, for example, here.)

November 13, 2014

"432 Park Is Officially New York City's Tallest Apartment Building"

Here's a surprise: $95 million buys you some simply amazing views.

It's not easy being a billionaire

Go ahead, laugh. Then read this: "The Fascinating Reason Many Billionaires Get Depressed (And How They Snap Out Of It)".

For help see the Sudden Money Institute.

"The Surprising Science Behind Napping"

Being older than 50, none of this is a surprise to me, but I link to it for the benefit of my younger readers.

Napping can help refresh the mind, make you more creative, boost your intelligence, and even help you live a longer, healthier life. 

"Could Roy Williams, Tar Heels be stripped of title?"

We'll see.

November 12, 2014

Two of the best post-election wrap-ups

Clive Crook, "Democrats and Those Stupid Voters".

Supporters of the Democratic Party have many theories to explain the drubbing they were handed on Election Day. The explanations seem to boil down to one basic proposition, however: Voters are too stupid to know what's good for them.

Let me say it clearly: The Democratic Party will continue to underperform until it learns to take election beatings a bit more personally.

Walter Russell Mead, "Blue Twilight and Red Dawn?"

What people want is isn’t the blue model in its current decadent state or the inchoate mix of policies that “red dawn” states like Kansas and North Carolina have unevenly introduced. What they—we—want is a set of policies and ideas that harness the wealth creating productivity enhancements of the information revolution in ways that reduce the cost and enhance the quality of essential services (health, education, governance) while providing economic opportunity, middle class living standards and rising living standards to the American middle class. This ought to be possible and one day it will be, but at the moment we are still stumbling around in the early stages of one of the most disruptive changes the human race has ever known.

"This Alfa Romeo Is A Ferrari For Half The Price"

I'm not in the market for even a cheap Ferrari, but in case you are . . . 

But its carbon fiber monocoque chassis, mid-engine design, and low curb weight make for a knockout combo punch.

Especially when you get back to the qualitative side of the equation.

Styling, while always in the eye of the beholder, is definitely one of the 4C’s strong suits. In our eyes, Alfa Romeo hit a home run with the car, creating a design worthy of Ferrari for a fraction of the price.

"I’m a die-hard liberal. It ruined my parenting."

Yes, being a Liberal does tend to stink.

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