The Secret Powers of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

The six different time zones are:

– Past positive: focus is on the “good old days”, past successes, nostalgia, etc.
– Past negative: focus on regret, failure, all the things that went wrong
– Present hedonistic: living in the moment for pleasure and avoiding pain, seek novelty and sensation
– Present fatalism: life is governed by outside forces, “it doesn’t pay to plan”
– Future: focus is on learning to work rather than play
– Transcendental Future: life begins after the death of the mortal body

Find out which time zone you’re in by taking this survey.

Food snobbery for the rest of us

This article (link) is a good one from Salon titled, “How to be a Food Snob.”

There’s even a slide show you can learn from.

You may have learned about this like I did. There was a trick a lot of teachers did in science classes in which they blindfolded and pinch the nose of a volunteer and had them try to distinguish foods without the sense of smell and sight.

It’s virtually impossible to taste without smell. The article is all about how to train the taste parts of the brain without spending $60,000 on a culinary degree.

One of the best pieces of advice in the article:

Keep a food diary not of what you eat but what you experience. She says, “There’s a pretty big difference between eating and tasting.”

What she means is considering and taking note of the entire experience of tasting: The way the food feels in your mouth, what your beer smells like cold and if it’s different when it’s lukewarm, what you notice with the first piping-hot bite of sauce compared with the last chilled streaks you scrape up before the server takes the plate. Do you feel one sensation more than others as you chew, a citrusy tingle at first, followed by rush of sweet?

Go check out the article and let me know what you think.

I mean, this is Le Café Witteveen. We don’t just talk about events … we like to dig into a good meal once in a while too.

Bon Appétit.

Levitation Physics

The Levitron spins and surfs on magnetic waves! Pass your hand above, underneath, and around the top. It will continue to spin and float only touching air! The LEVITRON floats free in space, supported only by the repelling magnetic force produced by permanent magnets.

I had an LOL moment

I was reading this post of the sloppy stupid email that PZ Myers received at Pharyngula and I laughed out loud when I read the reaction that PZ gave:

I never reply to these people, because they’re just so hackneyed. Yes, yes, you’re more skeptical than I am because you believe in Jesus. Yes, yes, you’re a scientist because you were a policeman. Yes, yes, you’re smarter than me because you didn’t get an education — the academic degrees, they mean nothing. Yes, yes, reading science papers by atheists convinced you that Jesus is Lord.

By the way, you still haven’t told me what the weather is like in your area. I’m getting kind of pissed.


I just had another one. I was reading this post at Friendly Atheist (go read it), and his response to questionnaires given at a seminary was funny … and kind of sad at the same time.

Hemant Mehta says:

We don’t condemn. It’s our “world view” that condemns.

We’re not bigots. It’s our god who’s a bigot.

Got that distinction?

Is this woman too hot to be a banker?

Well, that’s what she said!


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Pictured above is Debrahlee Lorenzana. She got fired from her job because she claims her coworkers couldn’t keep their dirty wandering eyes off of her.

From the Village Voice article:

This is the way Debbie Lorenzana tells it: Her bosses told her they couldn’t concentrate on their work because her appearance was too distracting. They ordered her to stop wearing turtlenecks. She was also forbidden to wear pencil skirts, three-inch heels, or fitted business suits. Lorenzana, a 33-year-old single mom, pointed out female colleagues whose clothing was far more revealing than hers: “They said their body shapes were different from mine, and I drew too much attention,” she says.

She may be too hot to take a lot of positions … erhm, roles … erhm whatever. You get the point.