Thursday, December 15, 2005

Take The Time To Talk To Your Kids About Vomit

According to the publisher's website, this book is 32 pages long and contains "Captions, Chart / Graph, Cutaway/Cross-section, Fact box / Side bar, Labels."

Is all that really necessary? Here is what I am going to tell my kid:

Three-week old babaghanoush will make you vomit. So will drinking too much tequila.

Sticking your finger down your throat can help induce vomiting. A great trick for the playground- especially on taco salad day.

oh- and riding the Scrambler at Cedar Point is guaranteed to have you throwing up corndogs for the rest of the day.

Did I miss anything?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Political Analyst Field Guide

When it comes to identifying faces I am really bad and my girlfriend is really good. This is especially true with the analysts that appear on political talkshows.

I always end up asking "Which one is this again?"
My girlfriend will look up from her knitting and glance briefly at the tv. Without missing a stitch she will answer "Craig Crawford"- or whatever the guy's name is.

It's amazing! She is right every time. I don't even guess anymore. I'm always wrong.

What I need is a field guide to talkshow political analysts.

A compact book full of pictures and sketches outlining the unique physical characteristics ( e.g. Crawford is the only one who parts his hair on the right) and behaviors ( e.g. Fineman tends to smirk to the left ) of this complex species of tv personality.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Senators of the 109th Congress - Average Age by State

I thought this might be a helpful addition to my previous post about Senator McCain.

The whole dataset if available in an Excel Doc.

( not shown on map- HI: 81 and AK: 65)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Old Senators Never Die- They Just Get More Sentimental
Senator John McCain was on Meet the Press this weekend. They had a short but interesting discussion about age. While everyone seemed to agree that old people are, in fact, more sentimental- there was some debate over the impact of the Senator's age on his possible run for the presidency in 2008.

The numbers seem to favor John McCain remaining a Senator.

At 69, McCain is only slightly older than your average US Senator (61) and much younger than the Senate’s oldest member (Robert Byrd- who turned 88 last month).

By the time next presidential election rolls around, John McCain will be 72- much older than your average president (55 at inauguration) and three years older than Ronald Reagan, the oldest man to be elected president, when he started his presidency at the age of 69.

If you didn’t see the show- then you can check out the transcipt at It’s worth watching just to hear Senator McCain say: “I love to be sentimental. It's one of my favorite pastimes.”