January 29, 2012

quotes out of context

Whenever folks who have lived or traveled in Germany gather for a beer, sooner or later one subject is sure to rear its ugly head: what is the deal with those toilets?

People who resemble each other in some physical way tend to be connected as well; for Hadza people, similarity in age, body fat, and handgrip strength increases the likelihood of friendship.

The basic philosophical question, going back to Plato, is “What is x?” What is virtue? What is justice? What is matter? What is time? You can ask that about dark energy — what is it? And it’s a perfectly good question.

These types of distributions, unlike the bell curves we are used to for such quantities as human height, have values that reach far out into the upper reaches of the scale, allowing for both exceedingly common words such as “the” as well as much rarer words like “flother.”

The technique is painless, all indications at the moment are that it is safe, and the effects can last over the long term.


  1. Dave Vogt on January 29th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I was lamenting that very thing to another pet owner just yesterday! One feels bad about the cases where you already know exactly what’s coming and it’s somewhat prone to splashing back at you, though.

  2. Joel Bernstein on January 29th, 2012 at 4:22 pm


  3. Rick Neece on January 29th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I’m picturing a human adult with a head, proportioned in size to body, as an infant’s. I’m also picturing one of those pet-toys where the big, battery-driven head rolls erratically over the floor with the little, empty skin of a body flipping and flapping around, following along behind it. Dogs and cats go feral.

  4. Rick Neece on January 29th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    For the toilets, I’d suggest, for males who stand, putting one foot in the toilet and peeing down the leg to minimize noise and discomfort for guests who may be in earshot.

    I’m not sure who to attribute that to. It isn’t mine. Someone else.

  5. Dave Vogt on January 29th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    plop plop fizz fizz.

    Also: yeah brother it most certainly CAN splash back at you. If you can’t attain the required velocity then there’s something wrong with one of us.

  6. Rick Neece on January 29th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Let the lack of velocity be mine, Dave.