Overheard comments

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.)

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Really good article

It's a long one, but it's worth it. Got it from Street Prophets. A snippet:

"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."

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We are screwed, reason #454

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.

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Steve Jobs said …

“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.”

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There is nothing quite as humbling …

… 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.

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Bill Frist

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.

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