The White Sox, psychology studies, pop Vader, and other things I liked today

April 7, 2009

Here is a list of things I liked today:

1. White Sox won opening day, beating KC 4-2. Their first crooked number was earned in true Sox fashion, by needing four hits to score a single run in the 3rd. But pitching looked solid, Getz and Fields had great starts, and Thome bat 3 for 4 with the game winning homer in the 8th (not a solo shot thanks to Getz and Fields). My only extremely sizeable worry is Dewayne Wise as leadoff.

2. Shakespeare Had Roses All Wrong. Article about how the gender of words in different languages may change the way the object itself is perceived.  There’s a bunch of research out there about how language shapes culture and vice versa, and it never ceases to fascinate me. (Source: NPR)

3. In your face.  The parts of our brain responsible for face recognition aren’t messing around – they are seriously wired to see faces. Don’t take my word for it – watch the Charlie Chaplin video 3/4 of the way down the page, and you tell me. It seems that even when you know what you’re supposed to be seeing, you still can’t force your brain to see it (unless, apparently, you’re schizophrenic or really drunk – the theory being that the sensory and conceptual areas of your brain aren’t connecting properly).  (Source: Wired)

4. “Pop art meets evil dad.”  The Vader Project at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

5. Free books and research tools. Read, mark, take notes, etc on entire books (research oriented)  for free at  Questia Online Research: (You do have to sign up for a free trial, so it’s not quite as good as it sounds.)

6. Games Lilly Allen plays (maybe). Is it true that she hides tickets to her shows in different cities, and gives people clues about where to find them via  her Twitter feed? I also read she watches from near the hiding places to make sure they are found. I know Shaq likes to give away tickets to people who spot him around town, too. Awesome way to connect with your fans (and get new ones).

7. Learning new words. I love that people in the Obama administration use words that force me to break out a dictionary every now and again. New words are good for the soul.

8.  The word antipodean. –  1 : the parts of the earth diametrically opposite —usually used in plural —often used of Australia and New Zealand as contrasted to the western hemisphere 2 : the exact opposite or contrary


How far can we stretch this?

June 13, 2007

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