This post on the ESPN nude photo flap continues to get more and more traffic. Am I disappointing visitors who were looking for photos? Probably. BTW, credit to several commenters to that post who found merit in the photos. They changed my mind.
This happened in Wicker Park (Chicago) over the weekend. The mob stole $3,000 in jeans from a couple who opened the store six months ago. They banged up the wife a bit when she tried to stop them. The couple's insurance deductible is $4500.00, so they're out the money. That's a big hit for a small business.
Last week, I posted a link to Jesse Bering discussing what we think we know about predicting sexual orientation. Again, I recommend that article, if the subject interests you.
Here's another worthwhile offering from Bering. In this post he discusses asexuality:
[S]ome scientists believe that there may be another sexual orientation in our species, one characterized by the absence of desire and no sexual interest in males or females, only a complete and lifelong lacuna of sexual attraction toward any human being (or non-human being). Such people are regarded as asexuals. Unlike bisexuals, who are attracted to both males and females, asexuals are equally indifferent to and uninterested in having sex with either gender. So imagine being a teenager waiting for your sexual identity to express itself, waiting patiently for some intoxicating spurt of lasciviousness to render you as dumbly carnal as your peers, and it just doesn’t happen. These individuals aren’t simply celibate, which is a lifestyle choice. Rather, sex to them is just so... boring.
For a good chunk of the day yesterday, Site Meter was hanging up the loading of my site and I couldn't sign in at the Site Meter log-in page because the "database [was] temporarily unavailable." So I removed Site Meter for the third time. I really don't like the way load times on pages are getting slowed because of all the dynamic material and all the hinky gadgets that are dependent on other sites functioning smoothly. I still have Typepad stats, which gives me raw numbers.
I find myself visiting Andrew Sullivan's site less frequently because it's turning into a slow-loading, bloated pig. Sometimes it's fine, but often it isn't, so I bail more quickly when I see that all the doodads over there are dragging it down.
The latest public outbreak of Dick Cheney comes in his criticism of Sarah Palin as McCain's V.P choice. Don't worry; he's going to criticize Obama, too.
Cheney is still trying to find fault with everyone else to avoid facing up to the disaster that was his influence on GW Bush. Can we agree yet that the Bush presidency, heavily influenced by Cheney, was disastrous, or do conservatives and Romney want to run on the Bush record? Oh, please run on the Bush record. Ask Dick Cheney to campaign for you, Governor Romney. Ask him to give the keynote address at the convention. Convince George W. Bush to hit the campaign trail with you to explain why your economic proposals will save the economy.
I think the real portrait emerging of Holmes is that he gave off absolutely no evidence of schizophrenia or other type of mental health problems. I don’t think he's any more mentally ill than a Muslim suicide bomber. -- Half Sigma
Half Sigma fancies himself some sort of IQ expert; now he thinks he's a psychodiagnostician.
There wasn't a "real portrait" of James Holmes emerging five days ago when Half Sigma posted that, and we're still just working with bits and pieces of information. More from Half Sigma:
I think that Holmes’s Joker shtick is an act and that maybe he thinks the Joker is a really cool character (because nerds think stuff like that about comic book characters), but he knows that his Joker shtick is an act and that he’s not really the Joker.
Diagnosis by direct mind-to-mind communication, I guess. Why did I waste 6 years of graduate study in clinical psycholgy? I could have just waited for the internet, started a blog and let Dunning-Kruger do the rest.
I caught just a couple of minutes of the parade of athletes while I was riding the elliptical machine. An NBC host ridiculed North Korea when their athletes were shown entering the stadium. I thought that was unusual, but acceptable. Actually, he didn't laugh at North Korea per se; he laughed about the the NK state media claims that Kim Jong il shot 11 holes in one in his very first round of golf. The host, I believe it was Bob Costas, remarked: one of the holes in one bounced off a windmill arm.
AURORA, Colorado (Reuters) - The man accused in the movie house massacre at a Denver-area screening of the new "Batman" film mailed a notebook detailing his plans to a psychiatrist at his university before the attack, Fox News reported on Wednesday, as the first funeral was held for one of the 12 people killed.
The package allegedly sent by 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes remained unopened in a mailroom at the University of Colorado, for as long as a week before its discovery on Monday, FoxNews.com reported, citing a law enforcement source.
The choice to send the notebook to a psychiatrist might suggest some awareness on Holmes's part that he is deeply disturbed. The possibility of both a wish to kill (the written plan) and a counter-wish to be stopped (plan revealed to psychiatrist) reminded me of a question I raised in a previous post as I speculated about possible meanings of The Joker identity: