I keep wishing my brain had a tape recorder. I've overheard some amazing and funny things over the lunch and dinner tables over the past month. I can't remember 99%, but here are some of the 1% that stuck. (These quotes are probably not exact.)
Sorry, but I really don't want to be depressed alone. There's a new study out, showing something that has been predicted, but not proven before: the Gulf Stream, that wonderful warming ocean current that keeps Britain, Northern Europe and Northeastern North America relatively warm and comfy, is slowing down. A cessation of that current could be disastrous.
"And therein is the paradox. America is simultaneously the most professedly Christian of the developed nations and the least Christian in its behavior. That paradox—more important, perhaps, than the much touted ability of French women to stay thin on a diet of chocolate and cheese—illuminates the hollow at the core of our boastful, careening culture."
Remember the recent post about polar ice? Well, how about this:
The slow expansion of the tundra's snow-free season by about 2.5 days per decade since the 1960s explains 95 percent of the recent rise in [arctic] summer temperatures, and is far more influential than changes in vegetation, sea ice, atmospheric circulation or clouds, according to a report published this week in Science Express.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said.
“Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
This is an amazing story, from a new blog that is quickly becoming my favorite, called Street Prophets. Street Prophets is a Daily Kos community, that is focused around religion and politics. This story is a report from someone who has been spending time in New Orleans for the past few weeks. Worth a read.
… to a Ph.D. in neuroscience than a B- in a paper for Art and Religion. The major criticism of the TA, which I imagine is completely valid, is "you need to work on drawing conclusions and interacting with the existing scholarship." You might imagine that that comment made me kinda chuckle.
Or maybe he's just dumb. He gets my "people who are out of their minds" award for the week. There are all sorts of reasons to give him this award, but for this week, it is that he sold all of the stock in a hospital company that his family owned 2 weeks before a disappointing earnings report caused the stock to drop 15%. And this guy actually thinks he has a chance at the presidency?
Martha Stewart is probably having fun watching him squirm.