No News is Bad News

"News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising."
- Alfred Harmsworth, Lord Northcliffe (1865-1922)



I was totally going to do this with Ben once we got some Marshmellows this summer but we never did.

Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.


Two Things

1) When buying audio equipment, especially headphones/speakers, I have often read about a "break-in" period. New equipment is supposed to be broken in by playing white noise continuously for X number of hours to open up the acoustics of the gear (Protip: Forget white noise, just pipe in any FM music station).

Now I had always been pretty skeptical but now I'm sold. My trusty Sennheiser cans (that's "headphones" in cool person slang) busted in one ear and I went to the national service depot, luckily located here in Montreal. They fixed it on the spot for 18$, just the price of the part. Excellent service, and for that they get blogged.

Anyways, I brought my new headphones home and the difference between my new out-of-the-box left side and played-constantly-for-over-6-years right side is unreal. The new piece sounds like a tin radio playing from inside a large animal. The old piece sounds like a live person whispering in my ear. It's also 1.5 times as loud so I'm hoping it breaks in sooner rather than later.

So, I'm sold. It's not even close. Break-in of audio goods is essential (at least for speakers; I've seen it recommended for amps and such, as well).

2) Love this quote:
"Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is critical."
- Aaron Levinson


McSweeney's Rejection Is Your Gain

FAQ for Four-Year-Olds

Q1) Why?
A1) Because Mommy needs a break.

Q2) What's that?
A2) This drink has bubbles. You won't like it.

Q3) What's this?
A3) Put that down!

Q4) Where's Mommy?
A4) She went out with her friends.

Q5) Cookie, please?
A5) Fine. Here.

Q6) Is it my turn now?
A6) No, it's still Daddy's turn to watch something.

Q7) Are you ok?
A7) Yes, Daddy's just sad because his drink is empty.