Monday, March 31, 2008

Wisconsin People are Obsessed with the Packers

I'm in class today helping my employer's education services group demo some new stuff we are doing to process forms. As an example, they downloaded the Wisconsin Income Tax form (see here).

Look at this screenshot I took of the bottom of the first page and tell me that is not just a little crazy.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tournament of Hotties

If your like me and you don't care that much about basketball, you may find all this NCAA hype a little much. Luckily, there is another tournament going on that may be a bit more interesting to you ;) 2008 Tournament of Hotties

(Warning: Its not unsafe safe for work per say, but it does have a lot of pictures of scantly clad girls. Surf at your own risk. Also, the site provider Yahoo will randomly block the site every once in a while for using too much bandwidth.)

Here are my picks:

Movie Bracket:

ELISHA CUTHBERT v JESSICA BIEL - No contest. If I ever get around to building a sexbot, its going to look exactly like Elisha Cuthbert.

JESSICA ALBA v KATE BECKINSALE - Jessica Alba never really did it for me (except that scene with the whip in Sin City). Meanwhile, Kate Beckinsale was in Underworld as a bad ass vampire chick. HOTNESS.

Overall winner: Elisha Cuthbert

TV Bracket:

EVA LONGORIA v HAYDEN PANETTIERE - Tough one for me. Hayden Panettiere has that whole Sci-fi babe thing going for her, which is awesome in my book. On the other side, Eva Longoria is pure Latino hotness. Have to go with Eva on this one.

VANESSA MARCIL v STACEY KEIBLER - Honestly, I didn't have any idea who either of these women were. I had to look them both up. Vanessa Marcil is from Las Vegas, and Stacey Keibler is from the WWE. Neither really does anything for me, but if I have to vote I guess I would give it to Stacey Keibler.

Overall winner: Eva Longoria

Music Bracket:

JESSICA SIMPSON v CANDICE HILLEBRAND - No question here. Although I would demand that Jessica Simpson not ruin the sex by speaking.

SHAKIRA v CARRIE UNDERWOOD - Another tough one. I think Carrie Underwood is prettier overall, but Shakira has the hips and flexibility thing, not to mention the non-country music sound, so I'm giving it to her.

Overall winner: Jessica Simpson

Modeling Bracket:

GISELLE v ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO - Just for being so pretentious as to have only one name, I'm giving it to Alessandra Ambrosio. Plus, I don't think that Giselle has the prettiest face.

ADRIANA LIMA v MARISA MILLER - Adriana Lima no question. I've had a huge crush on her ever since I first saw her in a Victoria Secrets ad!

Overall winner: Adriana Lima

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bal En Blanc

Bal En Blanc kicked my ass this year. I feel like crap and just want to lie down and curse the sun for being so bright....

More to come later.

Friday, March 14, 2008

New Five Dollar bill

Look at all this pink and purple!

Five Dollar Bill

Our money sure is gay...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Cost of Medicine == Perceived Value

The Freakonomics blog has a fascinating blurb about a study on the placebo effect (by the way, this blog is really good most days if you like econ and/or understanding why people make the decisions they do . If you like that sort of thing, check it out).

NYTimes: More Expensive Placebos Bring More Relief

From the article:

The subjects were given an initial series of electric shocks and asked to rate the pain they felt after each shock. The subjects were then allowed to take a placebo pill that they were told was similar to codeine. In fact, the pill had no direct medical benefit at all. While half of the patients were told that their (false) treatment cost $2.50 per pill, the other half were told that their pill had been discounted to $0.10 per pill. They were then given a second series of electric shocks, and once again, asked about how much it hurt.

While 85 percent of the patients taking the $2.50 pill reported that the second set of shocks were less painful, only 61 percent of those taking the (identical!) $0.10 pill reported the shocks to be less painful. So the more expensive the pill, it seems, the larger its perceived effect — even when the pill actually has no medical effect!

Just goes to show how much the "you get what you pay for" mentality is ingrained in us.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

How do I contribute to America?

Like most states, Michigan allows drivers to select a custom license plate in order to benefit specific charities. Some of them make a lot of sense, like dontating to a children's fund, veteran's fund, or a fund to protect wildlife hbitat.

All well and good until I came across this one:

According to the Michigan Secretary of State, this plate raises funds for "Proud To Be American". Is anyone else confused?

Friday, March 07, 2008

Scarlett Johansson For Sale

Buy A Date With Scarlett Johansson

Every guy is thinking the same thing:

1) Scarlett Johansson is offically a whore.

2) I can think of all sorts of ways that she could...entice...a lot of money for this charity.

3) When she says you will be her "escort", is she talking about the sorts of "escort" services that advertise on CraigsList and the back of the Metro Times? (oh I do hope so)

4) How much do I have in my bank account again?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bad Idea

From The New York Times:

Fla. and Mich. Governors: Give Us Our Delegates

Florida and Michigan are demanding that either the DNC accept the results of their elections or pay to have them run a new election.

Now I know I am betraying my own state by saying this, but there is no way the DNC should give in to this pressure. Michigan and Florida both knew what the party rules said about moving the date of your primary. Hell, members from the state party helped draft and approve the rules!

The bottom line is they knew the consequences and they ignored them.

Change the rules for them now, and you can bet that in the next election both parties would have a full on revolt on their hands where every state would move their primaries forward knowing that the rules aren't going to be enforced anyways. That way leads to chaos.

Worse, you are really punishing Obama for following the rules the party set forth (no campaigning in these states, take your name off the ballot, etc). That just doesn't seem fair. It would be like changing the number of delegates that Rhode Island gets from 21 to 121 now that the election is over there.

Bottom line: It sucks my voice was not heard in the Democrat primary, but I don't blame the DNC. I blame my state legislature. You should too.