I recently had a conversation with a friend about toilet seats: namely, whether men were required, etiquette-wise, to put the toilet seat down after tinkling. I vaguely recalled a good argument in favor of that view, and scoured the internet in search of that (or some similar) argument. I found one such argument (given by “Mr. Manners”, whoever that is) who cited three reasons in favor of hen-pecking wives everywhere:
- Natural State: Since men have to leave the toilet seat down for one (out of two) of their toilet “duties” (no pun intended), and women have to leave the seat down for both of theirs, the natural state of the toilet seat is in the down state.
- Repercussions: If a man tinkles on a toilet seat in the “down” position, at most he will have to clean up a tinkly seat. If a women, alternatively, unknowingly sits down on toilet whose seat is up.…well…need I go on? The consequences in the latter case are a lot more unpleasant.
- Aesthetics: The last reason merely appeals to the fact that a toilet with the seat down is a far nicer site to behold than a toilet with the seat up (and I can surely attest to the “eew” factor of looking at the bottom of a tinkle-spattered toilet seat…nobody needs to look at that).
re you go. I welcome any comments or counter-arguments. Or, alternatively, you could voice your opinion in a poll:
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I came across this nice article by E.J. Dionne about the kinds of issues that Democrats and other progressives should focus on. I still have to read over this article a bit more closely, but here is a nice quote that sums much of it up:
Compassionate conservatism was a brilliant slogan. By the same political logic, it is necessary to proclaim loudly and without apology that there is such a thing as progressive patriotism. A progressive patriotism would begin with a strong emphasis on service to the country. It would contrast itself to a radical individualism that rejects any idea of a common good. It would insist that a free republic will not prosper if too many of its citizens are deprived of opportunities, of health care, of education, of hope. It would declare that we are all in this together. That’s an old-fashioned idea that would offer a bold challenge to a status quo that is dividing, and failing, our country.
This evening, I had a hankering for french toast, but had no regular sandwich bread with which to make any…the only kind of bread I had were hamburger buns (sans sesame seeds). I decided to dare the hamburger bun french toast…and need I say it was surprisingly good? The buns are so light and thick — the perfect size and consistency for delicious french toast…I highly recommend this to french toast lovers (although I would suggest the small, cheap buns for this endeavor…I suspect if they are too big, the top too “rounded” that it may not cook evenly).
Check out this page describing The Turing Test as applied to a twinkie. Too funny. For those of you that don’t know what The Turing Test is: it is essentially a test for computer intelligence. You set an experiment in which a volunteer is talking to “someone” via a computer console. The volunteer is not told whether it is a computer or a human being at the other end, and is asked to guess what she thinks she is talking to (a computer or a human). If the computer fools the volunteer into thinking that it’s human, it “passes” the test and thus has intelligence. Look here fore a more thorough explanation!
I stumbled across a blog that featured a divine-looking recipe for a Nutella Tart. Please read on.
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Yesterday I recieved a notice from Moveon.org that recent findings clearly indicate that the responsibility of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse ultimately rests with Rumsfeld, not with a few isolated soldiers. Rumsfeld put into place a policy that “encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq”. Moveon.org urges us to call our Senators and Representatives and urge them to FIRE Rumsfeld…you can read the details of this story here.
p.s. I probably won’t make the call…strangely enough, I don’t feel as if I know enough about politics to make a case for much of anything. It takes alot for me to even write these politically-related posts. My interest in politics has been rather recent — ever since the war (it REALLY angered me). Before that I just felt rather jaded about politics…that it was ultimately so corrupt that I could never make any difference anyway. I am now of the opinion that, even if that’s the case, I have a responbility to try. But, it’s difficult for me because it’s a struggle to get all of the relevant news — I never feel as if I know enough about the issues and, furthermore, I never know what news sources to trust. Its a frustrating — and potentially paralyzing — position to be in.
I’ve been longing for a way to categorize my log by topic entries for a while. I use Greymatter to power my blog, and while it is a wonderful piece of opensource blogging software, it lacks a categorization feature. Well, lucky me, I stumbled upon a script for Greymatter that allows one to do just that. I’m quite excited about it! I had to hand categorize all the previous entries up to this point (kind of a pain), but from now own the script will do it automatically. So, now I have a page that allow you to browse my entries by topic. Neat! 🙂
I came across an article on a renewable energy resource — ethanol — produced from crops (particularly corn) in a fantastic progressive political site that I discovered. A recent report by the Energy Future Coalition has outlined the ways in which such an energy resource can be globally beneficial. Use of this resource is not only better for the environment (its emissions can be absorbed by plants) but can also decrease our dependence on oil, and can allow other (poorer) countries to be more self-sufficient, as they can grow their own fuel source. I think this is a fantastic idea, and will make sure to keep tabs on this issue.…in fact, I find it quite curious that this country isn’t dedicating more energy and resources to lessening our dependence on fossil fuels (instead of spending billions of dollars on…ahem…less noble causes).
I discovered this toolbar extension for Mozilla (called StumbleUpon) that provides a unique way to surf the web. When making your profile, you tell it what subjects you are interested in, and, via the “Stumble” tool on the toolbar, you can jump to pages relevant to that subject. Then, if you like the site, you click the “like it!” (or “not for me” if you hate it) button, and it can then learn what kinds of sites you like or don’t like, and can make more accurate suggestions for future “stumbles”.
It suggests the sites that it doees based on other users, who suggest sites via their “like it” buttons. You can post comments about the stumbled-upon sites as well, as well as read what other users had to say about it. You can join user groups, make friends with other users…you even have an rss feed on your site picks and comments. It’s quite neat, and I find myself spending way too much time looking for keen new sites. Here’s my stumbly profile.