23andMe: the World’s First Personal Genome Service

For a thousand dollars (and spitting in a tube and mailing it to them), 23andMe will give you the skinny on your genetic makeup.

That’s really expensive, but I have to admit I honestly did consider it, if only for a moment. I’d think I might pay up to $200 for this, though. So let me know if you see any coupons floating around.

My Radio Station

Just noticed that Last.FM will let you listen to a “radio station” comprised of the tracks I listen to a lot.

Check it out on my profile page there.

Last.FM is the only “social” site I use other than Facebook (unless Digg and reddit count). I’m finding it somewhat useful right now, because it’s letting me find new artists based on the preferences of those with similar tastes (an idea Eric W. and I had long ago (damn it!)), and I expect to find it useful in the future as a way to look at my history of music listening.

Bill Watterson Commencement Speech

Mr. Watterson (the creator of Calvin and Hobbes) gave a wonderful commencement speech at his alma mater, Kenyon College, in 1990. Here’s my favorite bit:

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential-as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

“You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.

“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”


Pink Ribbons, Everywhere

While Jenny and I were shopping for some dinner ingredients the other day, she pointed out the vast number of products that have little pink breast cancer awareness ribbons on them right now. I’d like to think I would’ve noticed this eventually, because, shit, there are a lot.

She sent this link over today, too, which includes some examples.

Take a look around next time you’re at the grocery store. It’s really kind of impressive.

The Four Day Work Week

Currently, I make more money than I need, and I want more free time than I have.

One’s course of action in that situation should be simple, right? But it’s not. Most people either work for a company, which expects 40 hours a week, or for themselves, which usually requires even more time.

I, however, have stumbled into a rather enviable position. I’ll spare you the details of how this has come to be, but beginning on November 19th, I’ll be working Tuesday through Friday every week, with Monday off to do as I please.

I probably don’t need to tell you how excited I am.