Tap That Mathematical Ass

I don’t know about you but I am an ass guy and I have always wondered, how do you calculate that perfect apple bottom ass? Boingboing recently reported that the the Sunday Times reported that David Holmes of Manchester Metropolitan University in England has come up with a perfect ass equation. Here is the equation: (S+C) x (B+F)/T = V

From the Sunday Times article here is how the equation breaks down:

S is the overall shape or droopiness of the bottom, C represents how spherical the buttocks are, B measures muscular wobble or bounce, while F records the firmness. V is the hip to waist ratio, or symmetry of the bottom, and T measures the skin texture and presence of cellulite.

If only Einstein had focused more on discovering the formula the perfect boobs instead of wasting his time on relativity.

[tags]math, ass, einstein[/tags]

American Immigrants In Mexico

The Personal Journal section of yesterdays The Wall Street Journal had an article titled Americans Fuel Yucatan Land Grab. On March 19 the New York Times had a similar article titled Making it Easier to Buy in Mexico. From The Wall Street Journal report:

Mexico, already thought to be home to as many as one million American citizens, or roughly a quarter of all U.S. Expatriates, is set to get the lion’s share of new arrivals.

Mexico’s prime beach front real estate in places such as the Yucatan peninsula and Baja California Sur are seeing a lot of construction fueled by American investors. Americans should note that they can’t technically own the land within 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, although there are ways around this. From the New York Times article:

But authorities are bound by Article 27 of the Mexican constitution, which prohibits foreigners from owning property within 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) of the coast.

This law written into the Mexican constitution is probably in place because we all know what happened when Mexican authorities allowed Stephen Austin and his American colonists to settle in the Mexican territory then known as Tejas. One war and a occupation later Mexico’s territory is reduced to less than half.

But leaving history in the past this is a great opportunity for many of us. Mexico is just a few hours flight for most. It takes less for many American living in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas to fly into Mexico than it would to fly into Washington, D.C. or New York. Again from the New York Times:

Condos are available for as little as $100,000, and some have stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. But in winter, the air temperature can drop below 40 degrees.

[tags]real estate, immigration, mexico[/tags]

Nostra Damn Us

Damn, Nostradamus. Why couldn’t he predict the price of a barrel of oil? A barrel of crude hit a record $72 yesterday. The oil companies all claim that the high price on oil reflects the tensions between the United States and Iran. Nigeria has slowed its oil production due to tribal fighting. Other oil producing and political hot spots regions include Iraq and Venezuela. I guess that is what turmOIL means…

Here is a prediction for Nostradamus. The price of oil will hit the $100 mark within a year or two. Within five years the price of a barrel of crude will surpass $125.

[tags]oil, crude, barrel of crude[/tags]

Georgia’s Brown Peril

Georgia passed a tough new law on Monday that seems to be directly aimed at Latino immigrants. This law, HR 4437, and the racist leanings of the Minutemen seem to me similar to the American sentiment in the late 1800’s against Asians. In 1882 the United States passed the Chinese Exclusion Act when it was concerned with the Yellow Peril. Even though the proponents of these mean spirited laws don’t say so explicitly, these new laws are aimed at Latinos. A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, and this laws smell like a Latino Exclusion Act.

It is definitely short sighted to personally attack one of America’s closes and largest trade partner. In our age of globalization we can not alienate our friends, allies, and trade partners in such a manner. A student and protester in Washington D.C. said it best when she held a cardboard sign that read, “You want us to open our borders, but you close yours.”

The Economist covered the recent protest in Washington D.C. in it’s April 15th issue. The Economist quotes Ted Kennedy who said, “I look across this historic gathering and see the future of America.” A protester is quoted as saying, “Today we march, tomorrow we vote.”

[tags]HR 4437, georia, minutemen, racism, brown peril, yellow peril[/tags]

Much Ado About Mohamed Cartoons

Back in March 22, Slashdot had an a question and answer with Isam Bayazidi, a fellow blogger from Amman, Jordan. Isam answered mostly techie questions but he did metion the recent uproar, protests, and vandalism caused by the depictions of the prophet Mohamed in European newspapers. Isam said:

Myself, as much as I find the cartoons in question offensive, I think that the reaction caused even more damage to Muslims image than what some silly cartoons may do..

Isam said it better than I could ever have.

[tags]mohamed cartoons, slashdot[/tags]

The Third Front

The United States is currently engaged in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The next front might not be Iran like many have been speculating but the European Union. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article, U.S Sees Europe as Front Against Radical Islam. From the article:

The Bush administration has quietly opened what senior officials consider a third front in a global campaign against Islamist extremism, this one aimed at the rising threat from Europe.

According to the article some officials are concerned that the next terrorist attack might be perpetrated by a “terrorist bearing a European passport.” In the past few years London and Madrid have been attacked, France’s marginalized Muslim youth have held violent protests, and lest not forget the protests regarding the Danish Mohamed cartoons.

[tags]mohamed cartoons, the wall street journal[/tags]

Sense, Not Sensenbrenner

The April 1st issue of The Economist had an article titled Sense, not Sensenbrenner. Rep. Sensenbrenner is the sponsor of HR 4437 and The Economists notes that “migrants are usually enterprising people, who enrich their new countries as well as themselves.”

And in regards to those that want to enforce the migratory laws of the United States, The Economist had to this to say:

This bill would be not just divisive but even less enforceable than current laws.

There are more protests in the works for tomorrow Monday, April 10.

[tags]HR 4437, immigration, legislation, protest[/tags]

Modern Primitive Society

The snow caps are melting and glaciers are retreating at an alarming rate. Recently the BBC News reported that when it comes to global warming we are damned if we do and we are damned if we don’t. Researchers have found that clean air trends are now contributing to our man-made global warming. From BBC News:

Research presented at a major European science meeting adds to other evidence that cleaner air is letting more solar energy through to the Earth’s surface.

Other studies show that increased water vapour in the atmosphere is reinforcing the impact of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists suggest both trends may push temperatures higher than believed.

Not to long ago I posted a quote from Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed by Jared Diamond. In Collapse, societies that have failed such as that of Easter Island, Norse Greenland, and the Anasazi are examined so that we can learn from those past societies. As Diamond notes in his book, a critic might oppose:

“It’s ridiculous to suppose that the collapse of all those ancient peoples could have broad relevance today, especially to the modern U.S. Those ancients didn’t enjoy the wonder of modern technology, which benefits us and which lets us solve problems by inventing new environment-friendly technologies. Those ancients had the misfortune to suffer from effects of climate change. They behave stupidly and ruined their own environment by doing obviously dumb things, like cutting down their forests, overharvesting wild animals sources of their protein, watching their topsoil erode away, and building cities in dry areas likely to run short of water. They had foolish leaders who didn’t have books and so couldn’t learn from history, and who embroiled them in expensive and destabilizing wars, cared only about staying in power, and didn’t pay attention to problems at home.”

We are a modern society with books and technology yet a lot of the rationale which leads to the tragedy of the commons, war, genocide, discrimination, et cetera are based on the same thinking and logic used by our primitive ancestors when they painted in caves and whose most advance technology was the sharp end of a stick.

[tags]books, book, collapse, technology, environment, global warming[/tags]

Boot Camp Beta

At first I thought it was a joke, a belated April fools joke. My IT guy walked into my cube, he knows I am an Apple enthusiast, smiling from ear to ear and said that Apple had released Boot Camp, a beta software download that allows Windows XP to be installed in an Intel-based Mac and run natively as in any other PC. I really couldn’t believe what he was saying but it made a sense. Now there is no excuse to switch to a Mac. My IT guy explained that now we can justify replacing our aging Dell’s with a 20-inch 2GHz Intel Core Duo iMac!

From Apple’s Boot Camp site:

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today…

Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy to the table, as Apple Computer does not sell or support Microsoft Windows.

I use Windows because I have to, that is what my work provides me. But I would never install install Windows in my personal machine, to me that is like installing spyware!

[tags]Apple, iMac, MacBook Pro, Windows, XP, Boot Camp[/tags]

Always Advertising

Late last week The Wall Street Journal had an article on Coca-Cola’s new ad campaign, The Coke Side of Life. Huh? That is the best that they could come up with, The Coke Side of Life? I just hope they don’t change the formula. The Wall Street Journal has the evolution of Coca-Cola’s advertising:

1886: Drink Coca-Cola
1929: The Pause That Refreshes
1963: Things Go Better With Coke
1969: It’s the Rea Thing
1971: I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke
1979: Have a Coke and a Smile
1982: Coke Is It
1990: You Can’t Beat the Real Thing
1993: Always Coca-Cola
2000: Cocal-Cola. Enjoy
2001: Life Tastes Good
2003: Coca-Cola … Real
2005: Make It Real
2006: The Coke Side of Life

It seems that Coca-Cola has been changing it’s marketing strategy every other year since 2000. I can’t imagine that The Coke Side of Life will last long.

[tags]coke, coca-cola, advertising, marketing[/tags]