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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 04:55:08 AM EST) Reading, Watching, Web (all tags)
Listening: "Devil in a Blue Dress". Watching: "Quantum of Solace". Web.


What I'm Listening To
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley is the first of the Easy Rawlins books: hardboiled mystery featuring a black soon-to-be detective in LA in 1948. Good book: captures the pervasive racism of the period very well, nothing nostalgically cosy about it.

Characters are fairly well done, though there seem to be a few too many tough guys around. Plot is pretty complicated but comes to a decent conclusion.

Will be keeping an eye out for the other books.

What I'm Watching
Saw the latest Bond movie Quantum of Solace at the cinema. Not too bad. Brisk with plenty of action and not too much emoting. Hardly any gadgets apart from the Microsoft-style video coffee table. Product placement slightly irritating again, but not quite as bad as last time.

Downsides. Seems to have a bit incoherently cut. The cool trailer scene where he walks over the dune in a dinner-jacket carrying a machine-pistol, famous enough to be parodied, seems to have gone missing from the actual movie entirely. The trendy choppy cutting of the action scenes is taken to a rather hamfisted extreme. I get the feeling it's being used to cover up poor choreography. Otherwise it would be too obvious that the Vantage should outdistance the Alfas, and that Bond and pursuee wouldn't really get similarly entangled at exactly the same time.

Still, fairly entertaining. If you feel like going to the movies this will pass the time pleasantly enough.

Web
Video. The Unofficial Senator John McCain iPhone Application. Hexapodmeisterschaft dances. Squeaky the cow-herding pig. Synchronized Presidential Debating.

Studies. Fat girls have more sex. Cannabis in decline after reclassification, to be re-reclassified anyway. Gay men poorer than straight men.

Misc. Drug concealment methods include fake kidney beans. Wikipedia on unusual book "Gadsby" (MC). Chimp attack at idiot's private zoo (MeFi). Recon robot. Gun RS1 used in seven UK shooting incidents,

Economics. China and India struggle with credit crisis. Or, credit crisis means China and India will overtake the West sooner.

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Quick, arrange an AC/DC tour of India and China! by lm (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 05:01:51 AM EST
It's our only hope.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Synchronized Debating by ana (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 05:13:31 AM EST
Very, very cool. They not only keep saying the same things, they use the same intonation and the same cadence.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

Gay incomes by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #3 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 06:55:14 AM EST
That's very strange, because I've read a number of things that say that male gay couples make significantly more income than heterosexual couples.  It is usually explained as the DINK thing (double income no kids) coupled with men tending to have higher salaries than women.
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DINK by komet (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 07:15:11 AM EST
does not affect income - it affects disposable income.


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Actually by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 07:28:59 AM EST
It does effect income in that in married couples, one member, usually the woman, often either stops working, takes a lower-paying part time job, or takes a couple years off, putting herself behind in the yearly salary track.

My wife and I lost approximately two years of her salary, plus saw an overall reduction of about 4% of where her salary would have been had she worked straight through.
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Effects a change? </pedant> by ambrosen (4.00 / 2) #6 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 08:03:39 AM EST
On the other hand, I imagine children are quite a big motivation to improve wages.

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That's an interesting point by Herring (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 08:08:36 AM EST
'cos I feel that if I didn't have to support a family, then I might look for something with a lower income that was more interesting. Although places that pay lower than LCC are hard to come by.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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Googling by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #11 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 06:03:54 PM EST
After some googling, it appears that there's some controversy about the gay male DINK thing.  Plus, I may be getting a skewed view given my locale.
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TFA distinguishes between gays and lesbians by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 08:12:10 AM EST
It says that male homosexuals tend to make less than heterosexuals and that female homosexuals tend to make more than heterosexuals.

Also, note that the study doesn't refer to household income but to individual income. DINKs would have no direct effect on the results of the study. I suspect the results might be different if it looked at households.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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fat girls have more sex.. by sasquatchan (4.00 / 2) #9 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 01:07:56 PM EST
Wasn't it someone here ('mouse?) that said fat girls are more fun in bed because they try harder ?

Anecdotally, one friend said in college, he kept striking out.. So his buddies told him to just lower his standards and raise his glass more. Voila, more weekend action than he could handle. He said the morning conversations were always a bit strained..


I think he did. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #10 Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 03:56:56 PM EST
On that note, you don't go to Palm Springs if you want snow, and I like big tits.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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It is true. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 12:54:00 PM EST
Nothing else to add....


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