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Porn and sex and boobs

Never let it be said that I don't come out of a lull without a good headline.

I'm not sure how old this is, maybe a few months, but it's new to me since I don't do a lot of fashion rating online.  StyleMob is like the "Hot Or Not" sites but you're rating the subject's outfit.

Speaking of my poor attention to fashion, I was looking at the picture of this clever origami ad when I saw the next one on the blog was for breast implants. Again, I don't often look at fashion magazines so maybe I'm out of the loop on this, but the only cosmetic ads I usually see are either for teeth or for liposuction.  Apparently in Colombia they're little more um... up front about breast implants.

Speaking of breast implants (and bear with me, there's a point to this), totally NSFW: Spot the fake breasts, I got 16 out of 20 which is not as good as I'd prefer but still better than 99% according to the closing screen.  The problem is that they're not presented very scientifically.  They all look like cropped porn photos.

Speaking of fake breasts and losing touch with reality, and really the point of my assembling this thread of links, could it be that watching porn actually makes men less interested in real sex with real women? The argument in this article is that contrary to concerns that porn would turn men into sex maniacs, the gap between the expectations set by stylized porn sex and the practical realities of actual sex with actual women is such that actual women are losing ground in their ability to draw the attention of men.  There's an interesting point about how a regular woman merely naked used to be a big deal and now faces all kinds of ridiculous porny expectations to achieve the same big deal.  Then it veers off to celebrate orthodox religious practices of covering women to the eyes of everyone but their husbands and... well... you can read it, it's only a couple pages, see how much you agree with.

Speaking of people having (or not having) sex, "students with IQs above 100 and below 70 were significantly less likely to have had intercourse than those in between." The piece goes on to point out that students at top colleges don't have as much sex and even students in the "smarter" majors don't have as much sex -or, as the piece puts it, "it would strongly appear that higher complexity majors contain more virgins than majors with lower cognitive demand." If you find the stats depressing, stop reading before you get to the analysis at the end.  There is no good news for nerds there except maybe for a paragraph about athleticism.

Ok, that's enough of that.  Moving on...

Charley the cat has a condition that makes him seem a little broken, but don't hold that against him.

I do not understand the insistence on electronic voting given its demonstrated vulnerability. And I don't understand why six months is not enough time to implement a new system in California, again given the demonstrated vulnerability.

And speaking of having enough time to tinker with the system in California, "Two weeks ago, one of the most important Republican lawyers in Sacramento quietly filed a ballot initiative that would end the practice of granting all fifty-five of California's electoral votes to the statewide winner."

Speaking of rigging votes, there is a campaign afoot to send the Spice Girls to Baghdad. You have to register and I can't see them doing it even if there were enough votes, but it's a funny idea.

"Once enough people have signed up in a given city we'll announce an official "picnicmob" day!" First you have to take a personality quiz so when you go to the picnic they can put you next to people who are similar to you.

You can get arrested for that - Apparently there's a book of ridiculous laws that are still on the books and this guy is blogging as he breaks as many of them as he can.

"The Haier WasH2O washing machine doesn't use any detergents." It breaks the water molecules and washes with ions (?).

Activist "gotcha" videos are inherently unfair, but since readers of Clicked are intelligent enough to see past that we can look at the underlying question as an interesting exercise.  This guy is asking anti-abortion protestors how women who have illegal (if the protestors have their way) abortions should be punished. The people in the video seem to default to the kind of Christianity I was taught growing up that emphasizes forgiveness over the kind of punitive justice our legal system deals in. I imagine they'd be less ambiguous about the doctors who do the procedures, however.

Speaking of odd legal debates, Homicide charges in helicopter crash a tough call - Remember last week those two news helicopters that crashed into each other while covering a police chase?  When I heard they wanted to charge the guy being chased for the deaths of the people in the helicopters I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard.  Reading this piece (which also includes a link to the video that was being shot when one of the helicopters crashed), I'm still not convinced the guy should receive extra charges, but at least I can see how they're trying to establish a sort of "none of this would have happened if..." precedent.

Why are we so scared of offending Muslims? This from the guy who wrote, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," so offending religious people is obviously not a problem for him.

"Photographs of signs that transcend their objectivity to reveal our humanity."

How to predict the weather without a forecast.

You may have seen the AP piece on MyDeathSpace, which is not a new site by any means, but I don't recall there being a map mash-up last time I was there. I see they've got the MySpace page of the girl who is being questioned in the castration death of her father. I don't know if that's getting any national play but it's making local headlines.

Ralph's Recommendations:

Speed Stacker: A Game of Timing and Focus
How high can you raise your stack of building blocks?

This one's really simple. Just stop each new row of building blocks directly on top of the previous row to build your stack. But if your timing is off, you'll start the next row with fewer blocks. Oh, and the rows start moving faster as your stack gets higher.

(If you're like me, you'll end the game thinking "Crap! I know I could've done better than that!" And then you'll start a new round.)

Good luck.
-Ralph

Will adds: I did exactly what Ralph did because it seems like this should be an easier game than it is. It's pretty novel actually.  I don't think I've played a one-button game like this before.