Showing posts from March, 2010

Sexiest non-human characters in Disney movies

Quote of the day 2010-03-29

Mufasa is definitely the sexiest. Look at him, how he pounces on his
woman... he's so strong and his voice... And if he was a person, it
would be EVEN better!

- Zhuzhu

Differences in study habits / east versus west

English-language test preparation books usually have a sample test and
always tell you how to grade the sample test to measure your progress
against the population of test takers, e.g. percentiles and a pass/
fail level.

Chinese-language test preparation books may include a sample test and
no scoring information. There is only advice on how to study harder;
no mention of whether your score will pass or fail.

Does automation lead to higher unemployment?

Here's a comment to a blog post at:

Full Decent says:
I've considered this extensively, Here's a perspective: I know homeless people with cell phones and college kids who will forego food to make a car payment. To me, this reaffirms what I learned in marketing class: if you want to sell something, don't make people want it; make people need it. Please consider another definition of employment: farming. Farming provides food, and aside from a few leaves to cover the body and a cave to keep warm, that's all you require to survive and reproduce. A few hundred years past, "unemployment" was low, most able-bodied people worked in agriculture. Now, in America, "unemployment" well over 99% ( Are people today free from banks and power of the rich? I would say yes: due to automation, a person in America tod…

How to play strip poker in Asia [pics]

A another post in the culture series.

Playing strip poker with teenaged Americans:
Someone gets naked, everyone laughs, everyone forgets about it the next day.

Playing strip poker with Chinese people well past the age of majority:
People treat the game like life-of-death, everyone fights/cries for 3+ hours, nobody talks the next day.

The looming healthcare bubble

Begin forwarded message:

From: Michael Tomeo <>
Date: 2010年3月1日
To: many people
Subject:Healthcare Bubble

The next bubble to burst is healthcare -------the current situation is economically , non-sustainable. Hold on for another roller-coaster ride !!
More and more people are jobless , the cost of healthcare is increasing exponentially and employers are going to stop paying for insurance as the costs have been outrageously burgeoning in real dollars.........the Democratic plan is just a bandaid , the Rhinos are obstructionist , but what we need is honesty. The real solution , if you want to cover more individuals , is a plan to provide a safety net for all but we must realize that we all collectively must give something up in terms of coverage. Yes , that ill-fated and unmentionable term RATIONING. The major determinants of the rapidly increasing cost of delivering medicine are pharmaceuticals and technology. We all want the best and newest treatments but that com…