Monthly Archives: March 2007

Pump You Up

I watched Pumping Iron with Greg tonight; it’s a 1986 documentary about professional body-building that stars, among others, the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his twenties.  Hearning Arnold’s philosophy on weight lifting was cool, and in fact totally predictable, until he started to describe how much he loves the sport:

It’s as satisfying to me as, uh, coming is, you know? As, ah, having sex with a woman and coming. And so can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like, uh, getting the feeling of coming in a gym, I’m getting the feeling of coming at home, I’m getting the feeling of coming backstage when I pump up, when I pose in front of 5,000 people, I get the same feeling, so I am coming day and night. I mean, it’s terrific. Right? So you know, I am in heaven.  

I kid you not, this is verbatim what he said.  Ladies and gentlemen, the most powerful Republican in the country!

As with all movie clips worth watching, the Pumping Iron interview is also available on YouTube.

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Posted by on March 29, 2007 in Entertainment, No Easy Days


Route Mapping Websites

I’ve been a big fan of the Gmaps Pedometer site since they first took advantage of the Google Maps interface.  I just heard about a newer route mapping site called Running Map.  This Yahoo-Maps based service has a number of features I’ve been waiting for in Gmaps.  You can plot routes using single clicks, chart the elevation changes of a route, there seems to be better satelite resolution for the area where I live, and it just has a cleaner interface.

These sites aren’t just for runners…  I use them to map out my walking routes to work and find out which ones really are the shortest.  Check them out to help get an idea of how much moving you do each day.

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Posted by on March 27, 2007 in Alchemy, No Easy Days


How To Be a Tool

RemainsOne year ago today the woman I loved told me that if I didn’t stop goofing around and comit to a relationship with her, that it would be over between us and she would date other people.

I called her bluff, but as it turns out, she was not bluffing, and I lost her.

Thinking of it makes me feel like more of a tool than the guys in this picture.

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Posted by on March 23, 2007 in Garbage In, Garbage Out


See results for: WTF

You may have noticed that Google will automatically suggest alternate searches if it determines, in its nigh-infinite wisdom, that some other search is better than the one you typed in.  Sometimes this works nicely; for example, if I type in liberachi, it suggests to “See results for: liberace” (this is beyond the normal spelling correction suggestion, which it also does on this example). 

Recently, I was looking at some pictures of disemboweled mice and their visceral organs, and when I googled visceral, it told me to “See results for: dictionary“. 

Huh?  Dictionary?  In the absence of visceral having a meaning I never anticipated, I’m guessing that Google decided that the results it received for that word were too dissimilar to each other for its results to be what I was actually looking for, and that I’d be better served by just looking it up.  Some quick searching on this topic yielded fruit: chided and perturbed (for example) also lead to the suggestion “See results for: dictionary“.   There are other examples too, but nobody seemed to be sure why Google responds this way.

I mentioned this to L.L., who is interested in Information Retrieval, and she replied with an even better example; searching for: 

endangered species Africa

prompts Google to ask you to:

See results for: cookie recipe

Who’s cooking with endangered animals from Africa?  Worse, who is making cookies out of them?  Worse yet, who makes cookies from endangered African species so often that they thought “oh!  I should share this recipe on the web!” 

mmm…  endangered animal cookies…

(Thanks to Dan for the delicious idea of endangered animal cookies).


Posted by on March 14, 2007 in Alchemy, Entertainment


Out to Dry

Out to Dry

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Posted by on March 3, 2007 in Photos