Zero 7 Destiny

05/05/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day

Underworld - Jumbo

05/03/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: song of the day

Underworld - "8Ball"

05/03/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Bread

Sushi, Piercings, and the age when we start getting set in our ways

05/02/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: Web Wanderings


I ran into this article in 1999 and spent 20 years trying to find it again!

INVESTIGATIONS about why we reject novelty as we age. The writer, a professor of neuroscience at Stanford University, irritated by his young administrative assistant’s eclectic taste in music, tested whether there any maturational time windows during which we form cultural tastes. He and his research assistants called oldies radio stations, sushi restaurants in the Midwest, and body-piercing parlors and asked the managers when their service was introduced, and how old their average customer was. They found that if you’re more than thirty-five years old when a style of popular music is introduced there’s a greater than ninety-five per cent chance that you will never choose to listen to it. For sushi restaurants, the window of receptivity closed by age thirty-nine; for body-piercing, by twenty-three.

Voltaire v. Rousseau

05/02/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General, Politicks


The back-and-forth of cold Utopianism and hot Volk-worship continues to this day. The Davos men are Voltaire’s children, a transnational and fatuously progressive élite; Trump and Brexit voters are Rousseau’s new peasant hordes, terrified of losing cultural continuity and clan comfort.

Best obituary line EVER

04/24/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

In his post-game-show life, Freedman moved his family to London, where he wrote for the European edition of Penthouse and co-founded its Forum magazine. He went on to get a Ph.D. from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, where his dissertation was titled "Extra-Monogamous Sex in Couple Relationships," according to the New York Times.

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