Posted on Wednesday 3 May 2006

sense :: taste // fresh pressed coffee

Took the day off yesterday, which was a much needed mental recharge. Got up, made some coffee, took Raevyn to the train station in the morning, came back, watched reruns of MacGyver and 7 Days, then headed back to bed. Slept in, relaxed a bit, and played some WoW, which didn’t hold my interest horribly long (my poor level 60 is just sitting around with nothing to do more often than not-our guild is too small to raid often, and all of my quests are in instances and raid groups that I can’t do alone, so I just wind up being bored) and then fired up Oblivion for a little while, which surprisingly didn’t hold my interest very long either. I wound up doing some light chores and going out for dinner. Either way, I know the whole day sounds totally lame, but man it was a desperately needed recharge. Make no mistake, I definitely had no love for coming back to the office today, but I minded significantly less than had I werked yesterday.

In other news, my beloved Apple is catching a little flak (and admittedly far more priase) for their recent string of Get A Mac ads, which I personally rather like. Yes, I’m a dual platformer, but man if those ads weren’t worth a few chuckles; especially the “Restart” ad, that one was definitely good.

From the “I could have told you this years ago” department, The Washington Post points out today that polygraphs are unreliable, but government agencies keep using them for some reason. I can second that notion; I took three polygraphs, told the truth three times, and was badgered by the examiner like a liar three time and told that I was lying (which, for some strange reason unbeknownst to the examiners, makes one all that much more nervous when they have to take the test again) each time I took it. The polygraph has been scientifically proven again and again to be completely ineffective at weeding out liars, shows far too many false positives (like in my case), and in the end is just not an effective tool to tell the truth-tellers from the liars, but for some silly reason government officials still believe that it’s a valid way to discern someone’s truthfulness. Truthiness, maybe, but not truthfulness.

Speaking of Truthiness, thank you, Stephen Colbert, for your rousing performance at the White House Press Corps Dinner. Absolutely glorious.

In other news, looks like we need to focus a bit more on geography in primary and secondary schools. Those numbers are a nightmare, and I can’t imagine how you couldn’t be able to point out Louisiana on a map of the United States. That’s pretty bad. I suppose it’s not so bad as the fact that 63% of Americans 18-24 couldn’t point out Saudi Arabia…that’s pretty sad, too. Ah well.

Finally, I hear rumors of an XBox 360 revision coming soon, until then I don’t think I’ll be buying one of the current model consoles.

2 Comments for 'recharging'

    May 5, 2006 | 9:24 pm

    It’s fascinating, isn’t it, with all these new “educational” toys that North American kids are more “autistic” and “ignorant” than ever? And 63% of the US population not being able to point to Saudi Arabia is just ridiculous. I can almost guarantee that 63% of the same population of Japanese WOULD. Yet, the American and British “experts” continually point to rote learning in education, standardized curriculums and streaming as harmful and bad, psychologically damaging, etc. . . .

    May 7, 2006 | 11:54 am

    It does make me wonder. I don’t know very much about education, I must admit, but it does make one wonder.

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