The Big Think

March 6, 2006

It’s The Least Wonderful Time of the Year

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 10:58 pm

The October/November transition to cold weather is my very favoritest time of the year. Down here in central Texas, which they often use for thermal calibration for the pits of Hell, “cold weather” is defined as “any temperature cool enough to make lead get slightly less runny”. I’m always happy when the trees and birds stop screaming in agony over the heat, and when the grass changes color from “sickly drought-ridden brown” to “sickly under-watered brown”, I get a little tear in my eye. Of course, it quickly evaaporates.

It’s nice when you break triple digits (going down) for a few days. So my very favorite season of the year is late fall, because it’s the greatest distance we can possibly get until it gets hot again. When that first cool spell comes through I always feel happy because I know that it’s several months until I have to pull out the shorts and t-shirts and deal with a car air conditioner that blows tepid air in a desultory fashion.

Conversely, early March is my least favorite part of the year. It signals the start of the ten months that we Texans call summer. Soon we’ll be walking around all but naked, walking fast to cool ourselves with the self-generated breeze, or standing in front of the open freezer so we can get our body temperature into the upper 90’s. Now that I’m grown up and have my *VERY OWN ROOF* to live under, I call and tell my dad that, yes indeed, I AM TRYING TO AIR CONDITION THE WHOLE HOUSE WITH THE OPEN FRIDGE.

Welcome to Texas in the summer, where the best reason to leave the house is to go hang out in a public place just for the air conditioning.


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 2:38 pm

“Good coffee, wine, and cheese are worth the cost, but good bread is worth the time.”
Heavy Hedonist (Cooking Light Magazine)

How to Be An Expert

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:24 am

Creating Passionate Users has an article on learning at any age. Short and sweet, this one is really good. It talks about picking up new skills throughout life and how it’s never too late to learn something new.


…about that never too late thing… most of us can kiss that Olympic ice skating medal good-bye. And at 5′ 4″, my basketball career is probably hopeless. But think about this… actress Geena Davis nearly qualified for the US Olympic archery team in a sport she took up at the age of 40, less than three years before the Olympic tryouts.

And if the neuroscientists are right, you can create new brain cells–by learning (and not being stuck in a dull cubicle)–at virtually any age. Think about it… if you’re 30 today, if you take up the guitar tomorrow, you’ll have been playing for TWENTY years by the time you’re 50. You’ll be kicking some serious guitar butt. And if you’re 50 today, there’s no reason you can’t be kicking guitar butt at 70. What are you waiting for?

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