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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Sunspots 386

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Humor: (I know -- it's not funny at all) You probably don't wonder why women have so much more difficulty finding things that fit them than men do, but, if you do wonder, it's because women's sizes are anything but standard. (From the New York Times.)

Science: (not Science Fiction) Fox News reports that scientists are working on a real warp drive, which drive was popularized in the Star Trek TV series (all of them) and the Star Trek movies.

The cost of sequencing a person's genes is getting affordable, less than $5,000, and going down. National Public Radio reports that this has promise, and raises numerous ethical questions. Also practical ones -- will your doctor be able to interpret the results and explain them to you?

The Arts: The trailer for the soon-to-be-released Hobbit film.

Politics: National Public Radio has done a graphic analysis of candidate Romney's 47 percent who don't pay income taxes, showing why they don't.

(or Christianity) The Christian Post reports that an Egyptian man is to be put on trial for tearing out pages of the Bible. The blog that pointed me to this says that Christians should protest this arrest and trial. I agree. We should protest this.

Computing: (Or Education) National Public Radio reports on Coursera, which offers free on-line education, high quality education.

Christianity: "This God of rough edges will not be smoothed out, neither by the fundamentalists who think he is mainly interested in populating hell, nor the liberals who imagine hell is empty." Mark Galli, reviewing the movie, Hellbound?, for Christianity Today.

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atlibertytosay said...

It may be one contribution to obesity.

If women had to wear me's sizes which are usually measured in inches and are unafraid of the terms "XL and XXL" then there's a good chance women would be able to see that a size 16 is a size 40 waist!

I think we make to much of a deal out of obesity. Thre's gross obesity in my opinion and then there's huskiness.

Martin LaBar said...

Size 16 is not always a 40-inch waist (I think that's what you meant). That's the whole point of the article on non-standard women's sizes.

Perhaps we make too much out of it, perhaps not.

Thanks for your comment, atlibertytosay.