Monday, December 22, 2014

King Nerd

So I was looking at NFL standings yesterday and noticed that the Carolina Panthers are leading the NFC South division with a losing record.

They're 6-8-1, which means they're slightly better than the 6-9 Falcons/Saints and the 2-13 Bucs.  That's got to burn teams like the Browns, say, with their 7-8 record and no chance of making the playoffs.  

Suffice it to say, whoever wins the NFC South....they suck.

Gas Prices

For the last couple of years, I've implemented a weird strategy to insulate myself from wild swings in gas prices.  I never put more than $20 in my tank at a time.

I never "topped her off," but I also never got sticker shock.  It was a matter of practical budgeting, of saving a few pennies by not paying last week's prices for this week's gas.

Now gas is just over $2 a gallon and my $20 goes a long way.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Top Ten Feminist Fiascos of 2014

Tyler Cowen says:
This is a good example of how media focus on events which raise or lower the status of particular groups, rather than focusing on events which actually impact human welfare.
Then links to this piece, written by a feminist, about feminists.  What got me about it, though, was the critical tone.  Witness:
#Shirtstorm: In mid-November scientists managed, for the first time in human history, to land a robot on a comet hurtling through space some 25 million miles away from Earth. But the reaction of feminists was: Who cares? They were fixated on the fact that one of the physicists, Matt Taylor, wore a shirt printed with ladies in lingerie during a live screening of the feat. A blitzkrieg of Taylor-bashing Twitter-bombing ensued, on the theory that the shirt somehow discouraged women from entering STEM fields. Yes, feminists thought the best way to entice women into STEM was to disparage a monumental STEM achievement.