March 15th, 2006

Mostly about legalizing marijuana

Rick Steve says:

Every time there's a death sentence commuted in the United States, there's a light show at the Coliseum in Rome. They celebrate in Europe when we commute a death sentence in the United States...

Mostly, though, it's about legalizing marijuana, and even saying that it's a safe and recreationally useful drug--none of this pussyfooting around with just legalizing it for medical purposes.

The link for the NORML speeck is a little buried on Rick Steves' site--it's pressroom > Interview Rick > Social Activism. I have no idea whether this is discretion or bad design.

Link from jackwilliambell.

The Herbalife conspiracy

My primary finding was that "work from home" signs, "Have a Computer?" signs, and "Lose 30lbs in 30 days!" are all from ONE company, a multi-level marketing company called herbalife. The second part of the article explores the odds of succeeding at this business. I published this information on March 28, 2002, and followed it up with an epilogue on July 11, 2002.

The articles are about an investigation by a guy who was annoyed at the plague of telephone signs in Sacramento.

Here's my favorite quote from an Herbalife distributor:

You mentioned putting flyers on windshields. Of course people don't like flyers on their windshields. That's why you don't put them there. They should go on the driver's door on the window or crack of the door.

NonObligatorySFreference: "The Snowball Effect" by Katharine MacLean.

Link from a discussion of publishing scams at Making Light.

Boredom is bad for your brain

Adult brains can grow new neurons--if they're in a low-stress, stimulating environment. The reason it was commonly thought adult brains didn't grow new neurons was earlier studies done on monkeys which were kept in sterile cages.

I have a notion that prison causes brain damage--and no one's going to check because it would be too embarassing to find that out.

This article is from Creating Passionate Users, the blog for the authors of O'Reilly's Head First books, a series based on the premise that people learn best if information is formatted as stories with lots of changes of tone and silly pictures. If anyone here has tried them, what did you think?

Here's a history of cubicles. They were originally planned to be pretty nice, but were shrunken and simplied in execution.

The oddest thing from the article is that people find offices with no fixed work locations intolerable, but are quite pleased to work at Starbucks. Perhaps Starbucks can find new locations by buying space in offices.

Link found at Geek Press.