Barack the Sports Commentator


(Photo: Getty)

The President attended the Georgetown-Duke basketball game earlier today, even offering a few minutes in the commentary booth.

I love this president.

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Talking to God about tomorrow

Original post: March 31, 2008; update: January 31, 2010.

I had a conversation with God the other day about my future. It went a little something like this:

Me: I want to know what’s on your heart so that I can have these things on mine as well.

God: My heart’s pretty big. If I put all the things that are on my heart on yours, yours would most definitely be crushed.

Me: Okay, then. Would you at least show me what to do now?

God: Be faithful with what you know and what you see; act on where you’re at now. It may not be much, but it’s enough for now.

Me: *sigh* Typical.

God: You’re welcome.

Update, 2010: It’s certainly interesting to see how things have progressed in the last two years. Some things have changed. Some other things never change.

[Photo: “You talkin’ to me?” taken by Heather Wilson.]

President Obama at his best


… at least in my opinion.

Today, he spoke at the House Republican retreat, including a Q&A, which follows. It was awesome.

Your silken skin

Original post: June 20, 2008; update: January 29, 2010. A work of fiction.

Coldplay are singing in the background: It’s such a perfect day. Warm sunlight caresses my face. I close my eyes, and the sounds, the smells, the sensations of today transport me back to yesterday.

I turned my head and there you were; within arm’s reach yet so much closer. Your back to me; you’d been reading while I slept. The Time Traveler’s Wife. There was a tear in your eye. It was that kind of book.

I remember … and I wouldn’t want to change a thing.

Your blue-green eyes. Your lips trembling to hold a laugh in check. Your fingers that locked into mine like the final piece of the puzzle. Your silken skin.

Don’t you want to curve away when it’s such a perfect day?

Your honey-colored silken skin, the fine hairs on your arms, the freckles on your shoulders, the curve of your neck that I called home.

Now the sky could be blue. I don’t mind; without you it’s a waste of time.

When I was with you, I was at peace.

Without you I’m just miles away.

When I’m with you, I’m at peace. And sometimes, on days when I sit alone here with God, I wonder where you are …

Now I just need to find someone who’ll settle for me …

A study was conducted on the role physical attractiveness has on marriage:

Physical appearance plays a crucial role in shaping new relationships, but does it continue to affect established relationships, such as marriage? In the current study, the authors examined how observer ratings of each spouse’s facial attractiveness and the difference between those ratings were associated with (a) observations of social support behavior and (b) reports of marital satisfaction. In contrast to the robust and almost universally positive effects of levels of attractiveness on new relationships, the only association between levels of attractiveness and the outcomes of these marriages was that attractive husbands were less satisfied. Further, in contrast to the importance of matched attractiveness to new relationships, similarity in attractiveness was unrelated to spouses’ satisfaction and behavior. Instead, the relative difference between partners’ levels of attractiveness appeared to be most important in predicting marital behavior, such that both spouses behaved more positively in relationships in which wives were more attractive than their husbands, but they behaved more negatively in relationships in which husbands were more attractive than their wives. These results highlight the importance of dyadic examinations of the effects of spouses’ qualities on their marriages. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

[Source: “Beyond initial attraction: Physical attractiveness in newlywed marriage.” By McNulty, James K.; Neff, Lisa A.; Karney, Benjamin R. Journal of Family Psychology. Vol 22(1), Feb 2008, 135-143.]

Conclusion: according to the study, if the guy’s less attractive, the marriage will be happier.

P.S. I think if the guy is willing to acknowledge or already knows he’s less attractive, you’ve got a keeper.

Originally found here.

Nicely done, Mr. President


Click on the photo for more info on the President’s State of the Union address.

(Photo: WhiteHouse.gov)

UPDATE: Here’s the full address.

Are we as generous as we think we are?

A couple of interesting graphics measuring giving related to the Haiti earthquake. (Click to enlarge.)

First, considered in terms of sheer amount of money:

(Graphic: GOOD Magazine)

And second, in terms of giving per capita:

(Graphic: Many Eyes; data source: The Guardian)

Taking the US as an example:

  • Gross giving = $114,480,000 ($168,000,000 according to The Guardian’s data)
  • Per capita giving = 53 cents (36 cents according to GOOD Magazine’s data)