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what a deal?

by John at 2/23/2008 09:35:00 PM

Four pairs of real, unused, East German Army wool pants for $21.97.


1) Where do they come from?

2) Have they really been sitting in a warehouse in former East Germany for 18 years?

3) Are they very poor quality?

4) Will they fit?

The last is especially important, because I ordered them.

Update: Danke Kameraden! They do fit pretty well - they are about half an inch too short, but when I wear them with boots or work shoes that won't matter - and are made of pretty thick wool. I wonder how long they will last? And in answer to Mom's question in the comments, I will wear them when doing outside chores on cold days or perhaps when pulling children through the snow on tube-sleds. You better watch out, Elias!


not again!

by John at 2/23/2008 09:31:00 PM

Wendy sends this along:

A pretend zebra escaped from it's pen at the Ueno Park Zoo in Tokyo this week. It injured at least two zoo workers before being subdued.

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just when I thought I was finally getting my shit together...

by John at 2/22/2008 08:30:00 PM

Hope dims that Earth will survive Sun's death.

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by John at 2/22/2008 02:26:00 PM

It snowed a few inches last night, and because the news promised freezing rain and ice in the afternoon, I decided to take the day off.

Elias was anxious to try out his new tube-sled, so I took a break from shoveling the driveway and we went for a spin in the backyard.

As the video starts, he had just fallen off the first time and gotten back on to try again.

After he fell off the second time and I had cleaned the snow off his face, I asked him if he had fun (you can't hear this on the video). He said no. I corrected myself and asked him if he had fun sledding. His answer was still no!

He was willing to get back on for another short ride, anyway.

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you say foe-tay-toe, and I say foe-tah-toe

by John at 2/20/2008 08:38:00 PM


More pictures of the kids. This one is kind of interesting: I left Elias alone in the tub (bad Daddy!). He'd been curious about the bar of soap for a few nights, and was always trying to play with it. I didn't want him to, because I was afraid he'd get some in his eyes and become even more scared of getting his face wet than he already is. So as I left the bathroom, I told him not to touch it.

When I got back, the bath water was cloudy white and there was a semicircular notch taken out of one side of the soap bar, which was sitting in the soap dish. I looked at it, and then looked at him and asked, "Did the soap taste good?"

He answered quietly, "No."

Then I wondered what happened to the missing piece of soap. "Elias, did you eat the soap?"


"Then where is the rest of it?" I asked.

"I don't know."

I fished around in the tub for a minute, and was relieved to find the missing bit, which he had sensibly spat out.


Also in this set, some photos of Graham. Wendy will probably be appalled because she didn't get a chance to edit them, but I thought he showed some amusing expressions, despite the snot bubbles and drool.

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by Bill at 2/14/2008 07:02:00 PM

da nah nah nah nah nah, you say it's my birthday.....

[Updated by John ]

"Birthday" by the Beatles with hand farts


presidential preference

by John at 2/12/2008 02:09:00 PM

Over at Edge, they have an interview with Mahzarin Banaji, psychologist at Harvard, and Anthony Greenwald, professor of psychology at Univ. of Washington. These two have done work with the implicit association test to expose hidden, unacknowledged biases against race (among other things, I suppose). These tests can be pretty eye-opening.

In today's Edge article they introduce a test to uncover one's implicit negative feelings toward presidential candidates. Just for the record, I found out that I feel least negatively about Obama, followed closely by Clinton, then a long way off is Huckabee, followed another long way off by McCain. I was surprised to see that I feel so much more negatively about McCain than Huckabee! (But maybe not - I almost wrote "'Maverick' McCain" in smart-ass quotes, which probably represents my barely suppressed disdain for him.) So, conservatives and I have something in common after all - we all hate John McCain!

In other interesting psychology results, maybe Wendy can point us to the article she was reading that said that Asian girls do worse on math tests if the first question they are asked is their sex, and better if the first question they are asked is their race...

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darn it

by John at 2/08/2008 11:01:00 AM

So, it seems like the Writer's Strike may be over. That makes me sad, because it means I have to go back to the drudgery of watching all my favorite TV shows again.