Aspirin: Just do it

I’ve been having an ongoing discussion about taking aspirin to help reduce
coronary disease problems. Here’s an article saying it’s good for you:
Aspirin can cut heart risk for the healthy:

The task force said those who could benefit from aspirin use are men over the age 40, postmenopausal women, and younger people with risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
The new report shows regular aspirin use reduced the risk of coronary heart
disease by 28 percent in healthy people who have never had a heart attack or

And from the American Heart Association:

Studies show aspirin also helps prevent these events from occurring
in people at high risk (primary prevention).


Louise Bourgeois

We went to the
to see
Louise Bourgeois:

Louise Bourgeois is a full-career retrospective of one of the most important artists of our time. This exhibition, which will fill the entire Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda and one adjacent gallery, will be the most comprehensive examination to date of Bourgeois s long and distinguished career.
Born almost a century ago, Louise Bourgeois has remained steadfastly at the vanguard of the development of contemporary art for more than 70 years, and continues to create new bodies of work with characteristic energy and restless innovation. Throughout a career that has intersected with many of the leading avant-garde movements of the 20th century, including Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Post-Minimalism, she has remained resolutely committed to a singular creative vision.

Sadly, I think I’m just not a sculpture person. I’m like 0 for 5 in sculpture exhibits.
The Guggenheim is also starting to open up some side galleries. We saw a Kadinsky room. Here’s “Blue Mountain” from 1908.


Diagramming actors in Bush Administration’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors”

Slate has a very cool interactive Venn diagram showing which major administrative figures are involved in each scandal:

Each scandal is represented by a colored circle that encompasses the people who are implicated. As it’s easy to see, many of the players here are mixed up in two, three, or more of the alleged crimes. Hence all the overlapping circles (Venn-diagram heaven!).”



Useful jQuery

Collecting some useful jQuery I might be able to use:

  • Gradient background
  • Interactive stars
  • idTabs hides the content for each tab in a “div”
  • Cluetip provides tooltips with an ajax interface to fetch them dynamically or as made up from content on the page. Tips are html.
    • Columnizer dynamicaly adjusts multi columns to fit the current browser width. Not sure how I can take advantage of it but for more text base sites it sounds great. Maybe that resume plug in I’ve been contemplating
    • Checkbox for some pretty checkboxes like:
  • Lavalamp has feedback as you move from one element to the next. Might be good for tabs, etc
    • Flexigrid offers sortable, pageable, ajax tables:


  • Readable tables offers row, header, column highlighting. No demo to try it out, though
  • Timeago offers dynamically updated timestamps in a human readable format. Eg. “You opened this page 3 minutes ago.”

Some javascript

flot generates some pretty nice looking plots all done on the client side:

Flot is a pure Javascript plotting library for jQuery. It produces graphical plots of arbitrary datasets on-the-fly client-side.
The focus is on simple usage (all settings are optional), attractive looks and interactive features like zooming. ”


Fun · Technology

Today in music

Thanks to my son misplacing an adaptor for my earphones to work with my iPhone I had to turn to internet radio for background noise to block out the office chatter. Well, at least it’s giving me something new on my playlist. Trying out 100hitz and the Alternative channel

  • Just listened to Lucinda Williams’s “Righteously”. A bit bluesy, a bit country, a bit rock.
  • How about Korn’s “Freak on a Leash” (MTV unplugged). I’m not normally a Korn person.
News · Politics

Housing going down for a while

I swear I’m not a pessimist but this economy really has me worried. The fundamentals really do point to disaster! My next fear is that inflation is going to be seized on as the solution to our current crisis.
Housing prices haven’t hit bottom yet

“I don’t think we get strengthening in the housing market until late 2011 or
2012,” said Mark Vitner, senior economist for Wachovia, the nation’s fourth
largest bank and one that this month hired the number-two man from the Treasury
Department as its new chief executive officer to shore up its own growing
exposure to mortgage debt.
Before bottoming out, prices nationwide should fall 22 percent to 29 percent on
average from their peak, according to a report that Wachovia released last


Another McCain phony

Judith Warner
writes that saying something is a lot cheaper than actually
doing something. Why listen to a politicians words when he has plenty of
actions that reflect reality. Remember Bush and “Compassionate Conservatism”:

In real life, it’s another story.

McCain has opposed legislation aimed at helping women sue in cases of pay
discrimination on the grounds that it could make businesses vulnerable to
frivolous lawsuits. He criticized Barack Obama’s latest woman-friendly proposals
– guaranteed sick days and more family leave – as ‘big-government’
extravagances. He has voted to restrict womens access not just to abortion but
to birth control and affordable prenatal health care, and – though his own
memory failed him in recalling this last week – he voted against legislation
that would have required insurance companies to include contraceptives as part
of their prescription drug coverage.