swedish gal wins eurovision!

if you think she looks more berber than swedish, that’s ’cause she is. (don’t even ask me about the lipstick(?). as a woman of the female persuasion, i got a lot of thoughts on that but … no comment.)

(note: comments do not require an email. here are some actual SWEDES who won the eurovision! oh wait … i think at least one of them is norwegian. same difference! (~_^) )

comments iii

anonymous comments (i.e. NOT having to type in an email address to leave a comment) seem to be working again here on wordpress. at least right now. who knows for how long? =/

if it dies again, there are two ways that you CAN leave comments:

1) if you have a wordpress account, log-in to it;

2) if you … heh … type “none” into the email field. why that works i have no idea, but apparently it does.

good morning to you, too! (^_^)


update: never mind! luke found it. looks like somebody put it back on the wrong shelf. (~_^)

seriously. the preview for volume 1 is still available on google books (here), but you can’t find it by searching for the title on google books. at least i can’t. the title is wrong for one thing: it’s listed as volume 3 when it should be volume 1. i dunno if that’s screwing up the search result. time to “report an issue with a book” to google!

william d. hamilton’s papers (some or all, i’m not sure) are published in three volumes:

– Narrow Roads of Gene Land vol. 1: Evolution of Social Behaviour
– Narrow Roads of Gene Land vol. 2: Evolution of Sex
– Narrow Roads of Gene Land vol. 3: Last Words

the first two volumes include essays written by hamilton introducing each of the papers. he died before the third volume was written/published, so other authors — scientists and people who knew him — wrote the essays in that volume.

anyway. volume 2 on the evolution of sex can be previewed here on google books. google books doesn’t have a preview for volume 3 available, but you can see the cover and a description of the contents on google books here.

four or five years ago … or maybe it was six … i flipped through volume 1 (the evolution of social behavior, i.e. inclusive fitness, altruism and all that good stuff) on google books. i bought the book last year, but when i refer to it on the ol’ blog here, i like to link to the google books page for it.

sometime last year i noticed that the book was no longer available to preview on google books. hmmmm. you could see the cover and read a description of the book, but the preview was gone. i thought that was kinda odd since i know it was there before — and it’s unlikely to be an issue with the publisher since volume 2 is still available. -??-

now i noticed a week or two ago that the cover image and the description are gone, too! all that’s left is an anonymous brown cover and the bibliographic info for it.

all i have to say is i think that is kinda … funny. =/

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enema bandits

they’re out there. consider yourselves warned:

“The strange case of the mystery enema”

“On the afternoon of Sunday, May 1, a 53-year-old Sonoma man who is visually impaired – that is to say he could not see well, if at all – was standing in his apartment when a woman appeared in his doorway, unannounced and unexpected.

“The woman told him she was there to give him an enema. Because the man had recently undergone intestinal surgery, he thought perhaps that explained her presence.

“The woman deftly guided him to his bedroom, had him drop his pants and lie face down on his bed.

“She then gave the man an enema and promptly left.

“The whole episode took about a minute-and-a-half, he later told police. The woman did not leave a card or any other identifying information. And given the condition of his eyesight, the man did not, in the complete sense of the word, actually see her.

“A day later, on Monday, the enema recipient began wondering about what had happened to him but took no action. By Tuesday, he felt compelled to shed some light on the experience, so he contacted police. An investigating officer promptly called the man’s doctor and was told no enema had been prescribed, ordered or approved….”

and, of course, you all remember the illinois enema bandit:



‘sup with the canucks?!

wtf happened there? 150 people hospitalized? can you say losers — with a big L! (and not ’cause they lost the cup.)

well, at least we now know that white folks can riot.

rioting over sports — wins or losses — has got to be one of the dumbest things i can think of. i mean, how are they going to react if (when) there’s hyper-inflation (coming soon to an economy near you) and they can’t afford to buy bread? at least in that case rioting — or protests, anyway — would be understandable. but over a game?? please.

now that i’m talking about sports, can i just say: sports are dumb. dumb, dumb, dumb.

i know a lot of you prolly like watching|playing sports — and i know there’s all that group cohesiveness business — and i know it’s a proxy for war — but still, what a colossal waste of everyone’s time!

i can maybe see if you actually play a sport — that might be fun while you’re hanging out with pals — but sitting around watching other people play? and paying money for for the privilege?? nope. don’t get it.

plus, i can never understand why anyone can root for, say, the ny yankees or the chicago bulls when most of the players aren’t new yorkers or chicagoans. i just don’t get it. it’d be like rooting for mercenaries in a war your country was fighting. sure you might like ’em to win, but it’s not like your own people are fighting.

i always thought professional (and college, for that matter) teams should just get renamed the blue team or the red team or whatever. now i see from steve sailer that that’s what the chariot teams used to be called back in old constantinople (under emperor justinian). at least that makes some sense! as opposed to pretending or imagining that there’s anything new yorkan about any of the ny yankees players.

why couldn’t we have come up with some other activity that would promote group cohesiveness and competition that would’ve been useful? like, let’s see which group can construct the biggest and bestest aqueduct first! or a space race! oh, wait. we did that. and lost. (did anyone riot then?) but maybe we could do it some more anyway!

my father always likes to lament about all the wasted human energy that has gone into wars when instead we could’ve done something useful like colonize mars or something. (he doesn’t get biology, but that’s ok.) i always like to retort that he should think about all the gazillions of wasted man hours that have gone into sports! if we would just quit running around after little balls in silly games, then we could really get something done! (maybe.)

/rant (~_^)

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