Intuition confirmed: Homophobia, SUV purchases linked to wee willies

In research that shouldn’t be a great surprise to anyone, a recent Cornell University study has shown that men who felt more insecure about their masculinity were “more likely to support the war in Iraq, more likely to oppose gay marriage and denounce gays, and more likely to express a desire to buy an SUV.”… Continue reading Intuition confirmed: Homophobia, SUV purchases linked to wee willies

Overheard

Overheard while shopping at Costco: Elderly man: “How many times did I tell you to bring the cart?”His wife: “I didn’t hear you. Sometimes you get turned off, Bob.”

Online social networks — encouraging sharing in the face of greed

[Below is a note I posted on orkut in response to a fellow who noted that he was erasing his entire friends list, which he viewed as a commodity not appropriate to share with others freely.] One thing we might agree on as a concern is the issue of freeloading. Basically, what to do against… Continue reading Online social networks — encouraging sharing in the face of greed

Flickr — Yet another (but a cool!) social networking service

I’ve had the pleasure of playing with a relatively new online networking service called Flickr, and — especially after reading Melanie’s thoughtful review — I thought I ought to chime in with a few thoughts of my own. What is flickr?It’s a service, based largely on the flexible-and-powerful Flash, that lets people interact, meet, link,… Continue reading Flickr — Yet another (but a cool!) social networking service

Social Networking Services — Excellent recommendations

Christopher Allen gets it right. Rather than simply noting what orkut and other social networking services are doing wrong (which has been hammered by so many others), Christopher details what social networking services should do to succeed. And rather than blather on about how much I agree with his points, I think I’ll just invite… Continue reading Social Networking Services — Excellent recommendations

Reflecting upon a wonderful man — the late Paul Simon

It was with great sadness that I read about the death of Senator Paul Simon. Though always a fan of his thoughtful politics and respectful demeanor, I particularly have fond memories of the time I met him in person one chance evening. I was on a Northwestern University dorm-sponsored scavenger hunt back in the early… Continue reading Reflecting upon a wonderful man — the late Paul Simon