Archive for February, 2006

Good News For Aging Men

February 22, 2006

According to this report, men in their 50s are more satisfied with their sex lives than at any other time in their lives except their 20s. On a scale of zero to four, men reported satisfaction as follows:
20s – 2.79
30s – 2.55
40s – 2.72
50s – 2.77
60s – 2.46
70s – 2.14
After giving this just a moment’s thought, I realized that one little word explains this: kids.
Seriously. Most people start their families in their late 20s or 30s. Before a guy in his 20s settles down, there’s likely some fun on the dating scene. But once you find “the one,” nothing tops the excitement of the courtship, honeymoon, and early years together without kids.
After the children appear, you find that both of you are a bit more tired, a bit less attentive to looks or clothing, a bit more prone to headaches and irritability, and less likely to enjoy the less-frequent sex. As the kids get older and more independent, they continue to invade your space and their schedules become more demanding.
Once the kids leave the nest, it seems that one of two things happens: (1) husband and wife fall in love all over again and experience some really great time together, going at it like newlyweds, or (2) husband, now financially successful and confident, dumps the old bag for a trophy wife 20 years his junior. (Two of the four commenters over at Science Blog tend to confirm this latter point). In either case, the man is likely to be more satisfied with sex than at any time since before he had kids.
[THWACK]
Ouch! That was my wife taking a swipe at me for the “old bag” comment. For the record: she in no way resembles any sort of bag (unless it’s one that’s sleek and fashionable and will never go out of style…)
(Hat tip: Instapundit).

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Top Ten Music Game

February 21, 2006

All the cool kids are doing it again.
Here are the top-10 songs (by play count) in my folder in iTunes:
1. “Halo” by O’Donnell/Salvatori – (Yes, the original theme from the best video game I have ever played).
2. “Blurry” by Puddle of Mudd – this is a good song, but it ranks so highly because I bought it from iTunes and only play it on the computer or my iPod. (A lot of songs that I play over and over are still stranded on their original CDs and haven’t been imported into the computer just yet).
3. “The Current” by Blue Man Group and Gavin Rossdale – I know many see them as a gimmick group, a bit too contrived and self-aware, but I don’t care. I love the BMG.
4. “Don’t Change” by INXS – one of the few songs in my library imported from a CD. It was all downhill from here for INXS (Shabooh Shoobah is one of my top-10 favorite albums).
5. “African Trilogy” by Neil Diamond – I dare you to diss Neil. Go ahead… do ya feel lucky, punk?
6. “Above” by Blue Man Group – BMG also ranks highly because theirs was one of the first “albums” I downloaded from iTunes.
7. “I Feel Love” by Blue Man Group, Tracy Bonham, and Rob Swift.
8. “Lazarus Raised” by Peter Gabriel – from Passion (the original soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ).
9. “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls – Love the 1980s.
10. “Imagine” by A Perfect Circle – (I don’t know why this ranks higher than Judith, a far superior original A Perfect Circle song. Still, this cover tops the original flaccid Lennon crap).
And now, to revisit the classic meme (as Hucbald did), here are the first ten songs to pop up in iTunes in shuffle mode:
1. “Wake Up” by Doctors’ Mob (My favorite live band in Austin during my college years).
2. “Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones
3. “Where I Live” by Doctors’ Mob
4. “Without You” by Asia
5. Prelude in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 16, No. 2 by Scriabin
6. “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” (from Readers Digest’s Joyous Music of Christmastime)
7. “I Stand Alone” by Wetton and Downes (Eww. This one reeks).
8. “Vertigo” by U2
9. “Hymn” by Ultravox (one of the most underrated and criminally forgotten bands of the 1980s)
10. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)” by The Tokens
Hey, this is fun! Ten more under the fold:

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I Can’t Get Behind That Kinda, Like, English

February 21, 2006

The Crack Young Staff, proprietors of the humble “weblog” entitled Hatemongers Quarterly, are not impressed with the linguistic skills of today’s youth.
Frankly, neither am I. My wife and I refer to clueless teens generically as “like-you-knows.”
But who cares what we think when even Captain Kirk agrees? *
(*)Musical excerpt from the “song” I Can’t Get Behind That from Has Been, by William Shatner and the awesome Ben Folds, about which I previously blogged here.
(Hat tip: LLamas).

Radiohead Video

February 21, 2006

Check out this really cool Radiohead video.
(Hat tip: INDCent Bill).

Random Thoughts on Aging

February 16, 2006

The best thing I read on the Internet today, by RP:

I am feeling more curmudgeonly with every passing day. At this rate, I am going to just calcify in place.
Good thing we’re having another baby. That keeps you young.
Or leaves you so tired you can’t remember how old you are.

Amen, brother.
Update: Clarification! We are not expecting another baby. Just read “Good thing we have young kids” where RP says “Good thing we’re having another baby.”

Random Thoughts on Aging

February 16, 2006

The best thing I read on the Internet today, by RP:

I am feeling more curmudgeonly with every passing day. At this rate, I am going to just calcify in place.
Good thing we’re having another baby. That keeps you young.
Or leaves you so tired you can’t remember how old you are.

Amen, brother.
Update: Clarification! We are not expecting another baby. Just read “Good thing we have young kids” where RP says “Good thing we’re having another baby.”

Willie Nelson, Dan Rather, and Bach

February 16, 2006

Hucbald the West-Texas musical monk with a thing for redheads posted a nice review of Willie Nelson’s concert to benefit the public radio station in Alpine, Texas. Turns out that Dan Rather was there to introduce Willie. Bizarre.
Also, to Hucbald, you’re not the first one to find it doubtful that J.S. Bach authored the T&F in d minor for organ.

Hat Tip to Crooked Timber

February 16, 2006

The other day, Ted at Crooked Timber identified some low-hanging fruit ripe for elimination from the US federal budget. After citing an egregious example of useless waste, he wrote: “My first response was ‘This is why good people turn libertarian.’ Upon reflection, that’s my second response, too.”
Crooked Timber is a consistently good read on the center-left side of the political spectrum. Check it out.

Do I Seem Like an Anarchist to You?

February 15, 2006
You scored as Anarchism.

Anarchism

100%

Democrat

50%

Republican

42%

Socialist

42%

Fascism

25%

Green

25%

Communism

17%

Nazi

0%

What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
created with QuizFarm.com

The strange thing here is the orders of the runners-up. Democrat? Republican or Socialist? Yikes.
(via Donkey Rex Ferric)

Ghost in the Moon

February 15, 2006

This post earns Matoko Kusanagi a move from the The Green Hills of Earth to the The Moon is a Harsh Mistress portion of my blogroll.
(The TMiaHM section is reserved for libertarians/classical liberals).