Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wow-so that's why low income people hate Democrats

Amazing. I've always wondered why anyone making less than $250K a year would vote Republican.'s a stab at an answer. Check out this post at Neatorama. The original article is at The Economist.

Basically the PEW research suggests that people do not want to be at the bottom of the ladder. They feel that helping people who have less than they do to have more, and thus have more than they do, and thus be above them, is not something they want.

Note: they also address the idea that people hope they will be rich someday and that's why they don't want to tax the rich-because they see it as against their future interest. But here we're talking about people who will NEVER be rich.


Well, it's the best explanation I've ever read.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Save Rex, the Mangia -zilla

Friends of Rex -

Rex (the Mangia dinosaur currently residing on top of Wheatsville on Guadalupe) is fighting the hardest battle of his life.  Rex has always lived and worked for Jeff & Michelle Sayers (the creator and original owners of Mangia Pizza).  Now another company is trying to force Rex to come and work for them.  As you probably already know, Mangia Pizza filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and because of this another company is trying to convince creditors to let them have the company.  

Rex does not want to live or to work for the other company!!!  Rex needs your help in trying to convince the authorities to let him stay with Jeff & Michelle Sayers.  Already, Jeff has stepped back in as the managing partner and made several changes so that Mangia's will be able to pay off the creditors and continue to feed Austinites.  

You can help Rex by eating often at Mangia's on Mesa and by forwarding this email to every Austinite you know!  You can also help by getting your company to use Mangia's catering.  It is vital that Mangia is able to convince the Judge that the business is doing well and that sales are strong. 

Rex has decided that if Jeff and Michelle Sayers are able to fend off the outside company, he is ready to move back to the Mesa location.  Please look for specials and updates on the Mangia website  and also show Rex support by signing a letter of support when you visit Mangia on Mesa.  Please also join Rex on facebook. 

Rex's Friends

Best Stuffed Spinach pizza ever! Let's go!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

It's not a tree house. It's a tree as BIG as a house.


It stands 116 feet tall on the church ground of Santa Maria del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico, and has the distinction of having the single widest trunk of any tree known on Earth: 38.1 feet in diameter. This is stouter than any known sequoia or coast redwood. The best estimate so far of its age dates it to anywhere from 1,400 to 1,600 years old. This actually concurs with a local Zapotec legend that tells of its planting 1,400 years ago by, Ehecatl, the Aztec wind god.

It is stout enough to completely cover the average American house.

More over at ListUniverse. Amazing!

A little chuckle

This from Ted. Thanks for the Saturday morning chuckle.

I posted another routine of Larry's a while back. Wow. What physicality. What fun!

Monday, July 25, 2011

When the ambulance comes...

...tell 'em St. David's
...or better yet, Scott and White in Round Rock.

I have always thought Seton was the best hospital in Austin. And I'd never go to Brac. Heck-it's the public hospital so it couldn't be very good.

Well, as it turns out there's a Medicare Hospital Comparison website that lets you see how Austin hospitals stack up. I chose to compare Seton, Brac and St. David's because they're all within a couple miles of my house.

Patients were asked a series of ten questions. St. David's consistently came out on top-by less than 5 percentage points, followed by Seton then Brac. But there was rarely more than a 5% difference.

Mostly the questions were "customer service" type questions. "Patients who reported that their nurses "Always" communicated well." etc. There wasn't a "I recovered" question. So who even knows whether they got successful care.

General rating:
Patients who gave their hospital a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale from 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest).
St. David's- 72%
Seton- 63%
Brac- 61%

Just thought you'd like to know if you end up in an ambulance and they ask where you'd like to go.

One additional note: The number of hospitals you can compare is about a dozen. Just to see, I did an additional comparison using hospitals in the 'burbs. They scored up to 10 percentage points higher on the general rating question.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse was bipolar.

In all the coverage I have seen of Amy Winehouse's death I've heard nothing about her being bipolar. Read this short piece on PR Rules. Who knew? And why not?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy Feet!

Most of my friends have guessed by now that I love socks. I'm not much for dresses so ankle socks are my footwear of choice in the cooler months.

I was recently referred to Happy Socks by my friend Ron. Who I'm thinking of never speaking to again. -Just kidding.

What a great site! And right now they're regular cotton socks which are $10 a pair are 50% off if you buy 10 I bought 13. Pairs that is. I couldn't resist.

Not only are the very cool but they're very comfy. Great store. Go there and buy 10 pairs NOW!

Ta da!

Run the cables


This from a blog called No Promise of Safety. Read the whole story there. Basically this guy ran up the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge-and then hung out for an hour. Just looking at this picture raised my heart rate. Amazing.

Just thought I'd give you a little adrenalin rush this morning.