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Sunday,  10/19/08  09:02 PM

In an unintended experiment, today I proved that not eating any protein all day lowers my energy level, reduces my ability to focus, and puts me in a bad mood.  Also results in weak and unsatisfactory bike rides.  Lesson learned, protein is a good thing :)

The Economist asks: how big a lead does Barack Obama really enjoy over John McCain?  That is a tough question to answer, of course, and they discuss the challenges of polling in general and polling this election in particular.  "This year has presented unusual challenges, largely because of Mr Obama. One difficulty is turnout... the youthful and black Mr Obama has brought both groups out in large numbers, getting them to register, to attend rallies and, during the primary season, to cast votes.  Many experts still think that white voters will tell pollsters that they might vote for Mr Obama, but secret racism, concealed for embarrassment, will have them voting for Mr McCain instead."  Not to mention secret conservatism.  I don't know the answer, but I do know this; the lead is smaller than you think, even if you know it...

This sounds like an interesting book: Razib reviews Red state, Blue state, Rich state, Poor state.  Like him, I don't read political books often (actually "never" might be accurate) but this one sounds 1) balanced and 2) interesting.  Stay tuned.

Robert ScobleRobert Scoble apparently took offense to the I am Joe meme; in a reversal with Iowahawk, the blogger who started it (and who usually posts satire), Robert satirically offers I am not an American.  I think if McCain supporters continue to put "I am Joe" on their blogs, and Obama supporters put "I am not an American" on theirs, the choice will be clear :)

Just to be clear, the I am Joe meme in no way implies that people who aren't Joe aren't Americans.  I may not agree with Robert, but I respect his opinion and right to have it.  Good thing we live in a country where we can disagree, in public!

My loudest bands post has provoked some email responses - thank you - and interestingly, the most vocal are not of the "hey I can't believe you included X" category, nor of the "hey I can't believe you didn't include Y" category; instead they are of the "hey I can't believe you ranked X ahead of Y category".  The biggest complaint was ranking Styx ahead of all the rest, but I stick with my choice; Miss America or Castle Walls are amazing at full volume.  I'm thinking critics of my choice just don't have a loud enough stereo to perform the comparison properly :)

physical graffiti - todayphysical graffiti - originalThe other day I noted Led Zeppelin was my favorite band of all time, and Physical Graffiti my favorite album.  World of Wonder reports artist Lou Cannizzaro went back to 96 St. Marks Place in Manhattan 33 years after that location starred on the cover, and took pictures of the building today.  Cool!

Sailing Anarchy Flying Dutchman nationalsSailing Anarchy are sponsoring the FD Nationals!  How cool is that?  Ever since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to have a Flying Dutchman, and not just because I'm Dutch :)  Actually I'd settle for sailing one...  this is the one dinghy guaranteed to draw a crowd in any boatyard (especially with the mast stepped :).  I've raced 505s, which are reputedly faster, but I *still* want an FD.  For the life list...

[Added at the end, as I was watching them win while blogging...] Hey congrats to Tampa Bay, for going from worst to first, outpitching the Red Sox 3-1, and going to their first World Series.  I've been rooting for them ever since the Dodgers lost, and will continue doing so; it would be excellent to see them beat the Phillies.  It won't be easy and I am rooting for seven games :)

 

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