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The Fallacy of the Tortoise and the Hare

The Fallacy of the Tortoise and the Hare

A Super Bowl commercial tonight featured the classic fable of the tortoise in the hare: A tortoise and a hare race each other, but the hare is overconfident that he’ll win, so he takes his time. Eventually the tortoise acquires a Mercedes Benz and catches up to the hare, winning the race. We all heard […]


Imponderables

Imponderables

Here is a list of imponderable questions, accompanied, of course, by a photo of me imitating a penguin. (Or is the penguin imitating me?) On a scale from 1 to 10, how impractical would it be for me to run through a giant sheet of paper (like football players do in the movies) every time […]


Boycotting Chi-Town

Nope, I’m not boycotting the city of Chicago. I’m boycotting the expression “Chi-Town,” as I think it’s misleading. As it stands, it’s pronounced “chai-town,”* but Chicago isn’t pronounced “chai-cago.” Chi-Town could thus be pronounced “shi-town,” but that sounds too much like a curse word, so I’m offering an alternative based on the mathematical symbol “chi,” […]


My Comments on Your Comments

Today the comments board on my blog was more active than ever before, so I’m devoting today’s post to the good Americans, Canadians, and Indians who took the time to type out their thoughts (and none of them anonymously! You guys are awesome) about the blog. “Definitely clip [six-pack rings]–they will probably still be around […]


The Naked Contest

A friend of mine told me the other day that he once participated in a naked contest with a few people. At first I thought, “Why were you hanging out with a bunch of naked people?”, but that’s not what he was saying. The contest was that these people, in their separate apartments and homes, […]


Wearing Nametags Like a Champion

I’m not great at remembering names when I first meet people. Let me clarify that: I’m not great at hearing names when I first meet people. I do everything right—I look them in the eyes, repeat the name, create a mnemonic device in my head (“Sebastian is a bastion of human rights in Pakistan”). But […]


Tuesday's Truthbits

The Blog If you’re visiting the actual webpage for this blog (instead of using RSS feeds), you’ll notice a few changes. In an attempt to make this space more community-friendly, I’ve added a feed to the last five comments directly to the right of the main entry of the day. No matter where you post […]


Truthbits

Truthbits

Why do computers not remember HTML text? Like, if you’re on a website, and you fill in a text box with some information, if you accidentally click on the wrong like, when you return to the original page, the text is gone. Why can’t it save that text? When you open a folder in Windows, […]


Truthbits

Okay, so today I’m not going to redefine electronic communication. I will, I promise, in the near future–probably tomorrow. I just have to work out a kink or two. For today, I have a bunch of little things I’ve been saving up that I want to say. So here goes: “Speakeasy” is an awesome name […]