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Thursday, January 21, 2010

World's Smallest Political Quiz

“The best government is that which governs least” John L. O’Sullivan 1837

Many of you have heard my political positions - government is about twice the size it needs to be and should be limited to no more than 25% of our production. Further, government shouldn't do anything we can do better as individuals. Finally, there should be no crime without a victim other than the perpetrator.

Zoe first sent me this test a couple of years ago. I just rediscovered it. These ten questions will reveal a lot about who you are politically. And personally. Though obviously biased, it's impressive in how it simplifies such a complexity. But after all, how much government do we really need?

FYI, I got a perfect 10 out of 10.

Please post YOUR results in the comments below. I'd like to know how my friends think.

Monday, January 18, 2010

How to live to be 100+

TED once again delivers. This time it's on lifestyle and h0w to extend it. Dan Buettner presents a nice summary of lessons learned from "Blue Zones", suggesting the following advice...

1. Move naturally and consistently, but moderately - walk and garden

2. Find regular downtime - meditation or prayer

3. Have a word for purpose and use it - Eekyguy

4. Drink a little every day - wine is best

5. More plant-based diet - less meat

6. Only eat to 80% of fullness - Hada hatchi moodi - Confucius

7. Keep loved ones close - build groups

8. Be part of a group - trust and trust worthy

9. Right tribe - find friends who live these ideas

Give it a click.

How to live to be 100+

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Movie Mashup - Netflix Rental by Zip

Here is a tool where you can use the internet to look into the soul of a zip code.

It takes a few minutes to realize what is being measured here, but when you do, you'll discover an amazingly powerful tool. It provides information not only about what kind of people live where (which we've had for a long time). More importantly, it provides information about how they THINK about any given topic - by ZIP code. Or at least topics which can be associated with movies. Next it may gain a dynamic dimension as new films are released. Wait until Avatar is release and we see where it is NOT rented!

Click on a city and then scroll the most rented bar from left to right - fascinating! Don't get caught up in relative popularity of movies. The less popular films provide more specific data. Then watch how they vary by zip code. It says so much about how people pick their homes and end up living near the like-minded.

Sure, there's no drill down into each skull, but politician work district by district anyway. And yes, politicians have been tailoring content for years. But can you imagine the next election cycle where local speeches will be given with different subtle movie references by zip code? Good thing they will be captured on video and brought together on the internet to keep them somewhat "honest".

Giving THIS sword has AT LEAST two edges.

Just imagine what the next mash-up will be. Porn rentals anyone?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Beauty is as Ugly Does

It may not be pretty, but what it does is beautiful.

Tata strikes again with it's new Magic Iris 5 seat picovan. Its 11 hp, 611cc water-cooled diesel pushes it to 34 mph (need more specs here). At $2000, how can you go wrong?

Seriously, this may be the most efficient way to move people down a road while keeping the rain off. So far I'm amazed. When we get all the specs in, I expect to still be impressed.