(Source: Health Affairs and the University of Wisconsin Population
Health Institute. The corresponding map for male mortality is almost
- Basketball player Ryan Anderson, whose girlfriend killed herself in
August, is reported by the Orlando Sentinel to be "establishing a
foundation to help people battling depression and contemplating
Said Anderson of his deceased partner: "I know where she's at. She's
in heaven right now. She's incredibly happy. She's pain-free. She's not
feeling that way anymore. And now it's my mission that God has given me
to voice this."
So… his foundation will be recommending suicide, then?
- Wikipedia: "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering research in astronomy and
astrophysics. Despite the name, the journal is no longer monthly nor does
it carry the notices of the Royal Astronomical Society."
- Signs you haven't cleaned your apartment in a while: when you
finally do, you find a bunch of expired checks from various class-action
- I saw a display of packaged Halloween costumes, divided by sex.
On the female side were several shelves of packages whose covers depicted
well-endowed models showing off the costumes inside: Sexy Cheerleader,
Sexy Mermaid, Sexy Vampire, Sexy Alice in Wonderland, etc.
Each package also had a label indicating its age group.
The label on each of the packages above: TWEEN.
- Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) on why Democrats dare not eliminate the
filibuster that Republicans are currently using to block President Obama's
judicial nominees: "I don't think any of them would like to see a
Republican president in 2016 have a 51-vote right to have another Justice
Scalia or somebody else on the Supreme Court."
Excellent point, Bob!
Except Scalia was confirmed 98-0.
That's how this used to work: when you lost the election, you acknowledged
that it was the other side's turn to govern.
(Also, there can't be a Republican president in 2016 unless both Barack
Obama and Joe Biden are simultaneously assassinated. Obama's term ends in
- Is there a map of all the coordinates Stochastic Planet has
I haven't been maintaining one, but someone made
map of all the spots that had been selected up through late July.
- What kind of slang did people use when you were in college?
This question kind of threw me because I don't remember myself or the
people I knew in the early '90s regularly using words or phrases that
later fell out of fashion.
I remember that when I was in elementary school people used to
describe things they liked as "studly," which I haven't heard in thirty
years or so… but stuff from twenty years ago?
Nothing springs to mind.
Nor is the Internet much help — it suggests things like
"dope" and "phat" that may have been period-specific hip-hop
slang but which were never uttered by anyone I knew.
I am pleased to learn from these lists that apparently people no longer
say "talk to the hand," though.
- If you had Dr. Manhattan's powers, what would you do?
Probably become increasingly isolated and gradually lose touch with the
rest of humanity, which I guess isn't substantially different from what
I've been doing without Dr. Manhattan's powers.
- What's an example of an "atrocity" you saw constructed at the
build-your-own-pizza place on Shattuck?
The main issue is that people seem to be under the impression that
more toppings = more better.
The atrocities are the ones that end up with a mountain of
toppings — seriously, a conical heap of them.
I've seen several that have run something along these lines:
- tomato sauce
- smoked mozzarella
- artichoke hearts
- caramelized onions
And it's not like they're maxing out in order to get their money's
worth — you pay by the topping.
The pizza above (which, again, is not an exaggeration) would run
$20.95 for a ten-inch pie, and taste like nothing in particular.
That said, I'm told that every pizza in Australia is like this.
- Have you considered publishing Ready, Okay! as an ebook?
This was one of my plans for 2013.
I had lots of plans for 2013.
To everyone who's emailed me or sent me a tweet to inquire about the
progress of this or that project — first, thank you very much
for your continued interest even as I have basically fallen off the map,
and second, deepest apologies for taking so long with this stuff.
What I thought was going to be a three-month paid gig that would let me
attend to getting some of these projects out the door wound up gobbling up
a big chunk of 2012 and the entirety of 2013 to date (and counting).
Those who have wondered why there hasn't been an Evil Creatures
update for over a year?
Those who have wondered why weeks and months have gone by this year
without a Calendar article?
It's just been an endless string of 15-hour days.
But, yes, getting the second edition of R,O! out to your Kindles
and whatnot is near the top of my to-do list, and it does appear that
where the work-for-hire project is concerned, the finish line is
finally in sight.
(Of course, that's what people said at the Boston Marathon.)
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