And the Twisted Fruit Spreads

Flavor tripping « Let’s have a mind and raise flowers.

If you appreciate sensory experience, I recommend this article published in last Wednesday’s New York Times.

They were among 40 or so people who were tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit at a rooftop party in Long Island City, Queens, last Friday night. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.

This stuff could be very useful for some nice bar scams/tricks. Not to mention screwing with kids/old people.

The Worst

The Worst
by Jonathan Coulton (completed and retitled by Roy Taylor.  Originally “The Presidents”)

Washington came first and he was perfect.
John Adams kept us out of war with France.
Jefferson made Louisiana Purchase.
In 1812 James Madison kicked the British in the pants.

James Monroe told Europe they could suck it.
John Quincy Adams looked just like his dad.
Andrew Jackson got rid of all the Indians.
Van Buren served one term, but he wasn’t bad.

William Henry Harrison died early.
John Tyler annexed Texas from Mexico.
James K. Polk fought Mexico to keep it.
Taylor was a Mexican War hero.

Fillmore gave a boat to Commodore Perry.
Pierce appealed the Missouri Compromise.
Buchanan saw the Civil War’s beginnings.
Lincoln saved the Union, then he died.

Andrew Johnson just survived impeachment.
General Grant enjoyed a drink or two.
Rutherford B. Hayes ended reconstruction.
Garfield was assassinated in 1882.

Arthur suspended Chinese immigration.
Cleveland made the railroad people squirm.
Harrison signed the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
Grover Cleveland served another term.

McKinley kicked the Spanish out of Cuba.
Roosevelt was handy with a gun.
Taft was big and fat and had a mustache.
Wilson kicked some ass in World War I.

Harding said “Let’s Laissez Fair with business.”
Coolidge made the roaring 20s roar.
Hoover screwed the pooch in the great depression.
Roosevelt beat the Nazis in the war.

Truman dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.
Eisenhower kept the Commies well in hand.
Kennedy was killed by a magic bullet.
Johnson murdered kids in Vietnam.

Nixon was a sweating, filthy liar.
Ford gave Nixon pardon for his crimes.
Carter lusted in his heart for peanuts.
Reagan won the Cold War, and lost his mind.

George Bush Sr. poked at Saddam Hussein.
Clinton gave an intern a cigar.
W copied daddy’s work.
And proved the worst so far.

The Market Recursion Continues

Oil surges $11 to record $138 – Jun. 6, 2008

NEW YORK ( — Oil prices shot up nearly $11 a barrel and settled Friday at a record $138.54 on geopolitical jitters, a dollar decline and a forecast that oil would hit $150 by July 4.

Friday’s spike in the July contract for light crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange marks the largest single-day increase in oil prices on record. The contract hit an intraday record of $139.12, breaking the previous trading record of $135.09.

This looks like pretty much rampant speculation.  Everyone is trying to lock-in a good price (see Dodge’s 3 year price guarantee) and that’s pushing demand even further, plus problems in Africa and Iraq and a new round of sanctions on Iran…all pushing future demand through the roof.

Ultimately we have a flat-finite supply curve and an exponential-infinite demand curve, leading to a halfway-infinite price curve, which is to say, it will increase like demand, just half as quickly.

The price will continue to increase until the fundamentals change.  It will only level for a time, it will not decrease for an extended period of time for the foreseeable future.

Add that analysis to the others.

RIP, Voice of Sport

James Kenneth McManus (September 24, 1921June 7, 2008), better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American television sports journalist.

McKay is best known for hosting ABC‘s Wide World of Sports (19611998)—his “…thrill of victory, agony of defeat” introduction for that program has passed into American pop culture—and television coverage of twelve Olympic Games. McKay was known for his intelligent, amiable on-air personality.

McKay has also covered a wide variety of special events, including horse-races such as the Kentucky Derby, golf events such as the British Open, and the Indianapolis 500.

I remember this intro every Saturday morning. It was always a sign to me that cartoons were over and it was time to go outside and play in the Sun.

Fark thread with condolences.