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Paul Siraisi

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  1. Robbie Williams - Party Like a Russian
  2. The Golden Rule is silly. It's the SILVER rule we correctly follow.
  3. I bet it's better than Moon Unit Zappa. But yeah, change your name to something interesting. In your situation I wouldn't care at all.
  4. There's some kind of electric belt that sends regular little shocks into your abs to make them contract.... Might work.
  5. BANG. Do it already. She's a shit.
  6. Money market is super short term for when you want to guarantee what you have but not add to it. You earn nothing. Just find a mutual fund and buy some of what they have (this is what a 529 is doing anyway, but then they add restrictions). Nothing fancy, and watch out for excessive fees: "The average equity mutual fund charges around 1.3%-1.5%." http://www.investopedia.com/university/mutualfunds/mutualfunds2.asp
  7. Roughhousing. Don't be afraid of that thing. Be tougher than that. Run! Hey check this out! Let's make this thing (I guess there are male and female versions of this). Hit that target. Aim better! Not exclusive to men, but it's a matter of degree.
  8. Hang in there. I'm sure you'll make a great nurse, and then maybe a detective too!
  9. Narcissists will tell you they are creative, of course. And creative people can get swelled heads from praise. But I don't think narcissism would cause creativity. Creativity comes from being unaware of norms.
  10. There's a version of some warrior gene that knows we're sometimes better off not getting woozy.
  11. Here is my Zaire, 1986--its golden age. The kleptomaniac president for life was Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Waza Banga, ruling from his remote, somewhat electrified Kinshasa over a vast, lush, forest the size of Europe. His brutal, sleepy police had no bullets in their machine guns. It was peace and impoverished plenty. In my Haut-Zaire town of Dungu, you could shove a cut stick in the ground and grow an orange tree. Mangos were 10 for a penny. Little old men sold grapefruit-sized balls of Zairian super-pot out of giant burlap sacks for a dime each. There was no Rwandan genocide and Hutu fleeing into our lovely Zande villages and raping everyone. AIDs would be unknown for one more year. Soukous was rising to the heavens in that age, and late in the blackest night in the tiny dim, concrete-floored bars we drank liter bottles of Primus beer, and danced with shuffling plastic sandals to the lovely Mbilia Bel singing this Lingala song on a crappy little cassette player. Mbilia Bel - Faux Pas O komi wapi e? O kei wapi e? Where did you come from? Where are you going? Have any of the kids here yet felt their hearts break with nostalgia?
  12. More Zeppelin from dad!: The song remains the same Whole lotta love Over the hills and far away All from their album Houses of the Holy--ranked number 148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Just listen to the whole awesome thing. There is something about them... true wildness, orchestrated. ...... added to this post 10 minutes later: Tame Impala - Elephant ...... added to this post 19 minutes later: Ketty Lester - Love Letters
  13. To get your outgoing telescope ahead of the old light coming out of earth, your telescope would have to travel faster than the light. And to see very old light it would have to travel a whole heck of a lot faster.
  14. Yes human males and females have evolved to attract one another (I would argue especially the female to attract the male, though of course ultimately it's a two-way street). The peacock is a fine example--it's not about 'fitness'. Or rather, fitness is having offspring. It doesn't matter to what ridiculous extreme we go in life, as long as the right button is pushed and the booty is presented. Dad should be happy if mom doesn't eat him after that. The fascinating question to me is how, within this, has our beauty been defined? Why is it this way that we do find beautiful? Obviously because we have simultaneously evolved both to find this thing beautiful and to meet that expectation of beauty. But why this particular solution to that circular problem? Just a random florescence, I guess. ...... added to this post 5 minutes later: Also, within a certain range, there are an infinity of individual pairs of solutions to the beauty problem, and also clearly differing tendencies between all sorts of human groups.
  15. I thought we were stuck with our nipples.