Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas! (or if you don't celebrate that one, Happy Non-Denominational Winter Holiday!)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The clerk and I looked at each other and simultaneously said, "Happy Holidays." It warms my heart to see that the spirit of sarcasm is still alive in these trying times.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I am a big believer in documenting fun times. They are fun, after all. And if there is drinking involved, then the actual memories, the kind that exist in your head, are probably a little blurrier than you'd like. That means photographic documentation. But that means you're never in your own pictures.
This happened a lot in college. Except not for Barack Obama.
Yeah. A photographer just happened to come across him and just happened to take a bunch of pictures of him in a badass hat. Where was my professional photographer when I had a badass college hat? (note: This is a trick question. I never had a badass hat in college)
Anyway, like I said, I think this conclusively proves my theory. Thank you, Mr. President-elect.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Namely, the fleet of media helicopters hovering over your home. Which happens to be a few blocks from my home.
Please oblige them with a wave or a middle finger and send them on their way.
P.S. Happy birthday.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
However! Scientists need things to study, and this particular bunch decided to study happiness. And it turns out, they say, that other factors aside, other people's happiness is what makes us happy. Hi, there's an Aristotle on Line 1... he's shouting something about a Prime Mover.
Ahem, anyway... as reported in the Chicago Tribune (and check out the killer headline that ran in the newspaper, if you can. Whoever wrote it is an undeniable savant.),
"We've known for some time that social relationships are the best predictor of human happiness, and this paper shows that the effect is much more powerful than anyone realized," said Daniel Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness" and a professor of psychology at Harvard University.And here's a look at exactly how much your relationships affect your happiness:
"If a social contact is happy, it increases the likelihood that you are happy by 15 percent," James Fowler said. "A friend of a friend, or the friend of a spouse or a sibling, if they are happy, increases your chances by 10 percent," he added.
A happy third-degree friend -- the friend or a friend of a friend -- increases a person's chances of being happy by 6 percent.
"But every extra unhappy friend increases the likelihood that you'll be unhappy by 7 percent," Fowler said.
Now you can calculate exactly how much value your friends and family bring to your life. If that's the sort of thing that makes you happy.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The students get to wander off to their hometowns and enjoy the holiday of their choice. The teachers get the satisfaction of having watched the students struggle (not fun), learn (kind of fun, but, as I mentioned, a struggle) and improve (fun).
Then we'll do it all over again in a couple of months. It's like Sisyphus, but without the torture.