Ever hung around late at party, where someone has started to clean up, and they've consolidated a bunch of partial drinks into a single cup, containing leftover soda, coffee, and maybe even a cigarette butt or two? Have you ever accidentally taken a sip out of that cup?
On a completely unrelated note, I just tried Coke's new coffee/cola fusion drink, Coca-Cola BlaK! I would tell you what I think it tastes like, but I don't want to spoil the surprise!
Who knows; with a quarter million processors reading and processing all of human knowledge, someday Google might become conscious. If it hasn't happened already--maybe the post by "Gmail Sprite" wasn't a joke!
When the meat is cooked, it is roasted in thick pieces over open coals by obsessive meat chefs who have been cooking meat all their lives, for other people who have been eating meat all their lives, in a country that takes its meat extremely seriously. You are not likely to be disappointed.
The U.S. has had impractically low legal immigration quotas for the past 20 years.
Xenophobes, racists, and those who fear change have demanded that the legal immigration quotas be kept low. So lazy politicians pass impractical quotas, just to keep their constituents happy.
But businesses need those employees, and are against any actual enforcement. So lazy politicians skimp on the enforcement, just to keep businesses happy.
The U.S. should want to spread the American dream; since it's clear we need workers from Mexico, we should provide them with a path to citizenship and allow immigration at realistic levels. It's a very bad idea to create an unofficial "second-class citizenship" in the form of a guest-worker program. (An idea we're copying from France!) If someone wants to be a part of this country, and is willing to work for it, we should do everything in our power to let them. A permanent class of non-voting outsiders is a recipe for disaster.
The U.S. has to stop lying to itself and admit that we need these 11 million immigrants, and we need to figure out how to assimilate them as soon as possible.
I was up talking to a friend, trying to convince him to move to California from Tennessee. On the other hand, he was trying to convince me to do the opposite. His position is that Tennessee, with a much lower cost-of-living, is a much better place to live. He asked, "What did you do today that you couldn't have done in Tennessee?"
Sadly, I didn't really have a good answer to that. But I promise to start taking more advantage of Cali, because I really don't want to have to move to Tennessee.
A followup to "Man, I hate spiders." You've probably already seen the video of the South American giant centipede eating the house mouse, but in case you haven't, prepare to be horrified:
I'll admit it: I'm a mammalist, and believe that mammals, as the higher life form, should not be eaten by insects. I thought, "At least we don't have anything like that in the good ol' U.S.A!" Man, was I wrong. Presenting the Giant North American Centipede.
About a month ago, Slate published an article that I found from a link labeled "Are there any alarm clocks that don't suck?" I just got the second-ranked iHome (in stylish black, to match my iPod), and as much as is possible for an alarm clock, it's bitchin'.