Archive for March, 2008

ImprovEverywhere’s Coolest Yet

I don’t know where this falls in the chronology. Is it before or after the Shirtless Abercrombie stunt? An important question to be sure, but first, the video:

I saw this on and with your help, I’ll get that chicken, a strangely-named (Canadian) blog that I stumbled on. In the post about this video, the author apologizes for posting so many videos. I think I have the same problem.

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Where’s Waldo

When I was in grades 5 & 6 the kids in my school called me Walrus. The next year, at a different school, they called me Waldo. Unrelated to all that, here’s a funny movie:

Seen on Speak Quietly.

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St. Patrick’s Day 8k

Last Sunday, I ran the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 8k. This is a race set in downtown DC with great views of the capitol throughout. I ran much faster than I expected, finishing in 32:13! That’s a pace of 6:29 per mile. Here are some pictures:

Sean @ St. Patrick's Day 8k #1 Sean @ St. Patrick's Day 8k #2 Sean @ St. Patrick's Day 8k #3

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101 years old!

Buster Martin

“People ask what is my secret but I haven’t got one. They say fags and booze are bad for you, but I’m still here, aren’t I?”

Photo by Mario Rebellato/Reuters. Article at Yahoo Sports.

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Stuff in your house

I saw a cool picture tonight:

consumer products over time

Click for a bigger version. There’s no source or anything, but it seems believable, and is pretty interesting.

How does your household compare to the rest of the nation? We don’t have cars, nor is there a clothes washer or dryer in our apartment, but we’ve got everything else in the list.

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Boo Credit Card Issuers

I knew I didn’t like some of the practices of the major credit card issuers, such as applying all payments to the portion of the outstanding balance that has the lowest interest rate, but I had never really thought about how strange it is that interest rate changes are applied retroactively. That is, if something (anything) happens and the card issuer decides to jack up the rate, that new interest rate applies to the whole outstanding balance, not just to amounts borrowed in the future. Imagine if a mortgage lender could change the interest rate whenever it felt that the borrower had become riskier. Not the way your typical loan works. I realize this is built into the contract, but I don’t think it should be, and apparently neither does congress—I read about this, among a list of other bad practices, on an article about some proposed legislation at Credit Slips: The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights. Go read it, but prepare to be disgusted.

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