November 3rd, 2006


Who buys meth and never uses it?

So a male prostitute accuses a leading evangelical minister of paying him for sex and of having purchased drugs through his connection. Leading evangelical preacher says he got a massage and bought meth from him, but that was all. He threw the meth out without using it.

So here's my question: who in hell buys meth and throws it out? Certainly not someone who doesn't do any drugs at all. Cause if I'm thinking about trying drugs for the first time, I'm gonna be looking for pot, acid, or maybe coke.

And who, over the age of 21, is so conflicted over trying drugs that they make the effort to buy them, but then don't try them? It just doesn't make sense. Now, someone who has experience with drugs and remembers the high but is currently clean, that person might behave in such a way. But definitely not someone who's old and completely drug free for all time.

See, I think if a person makes up a story, they should make up a story that makes sense.

What I learned today

Today I leared:

  • How to receive gift items at Barnes & Noble.
  • That Eric Larsen has a book called Isaac's Storm
  • How to write SQL sub-queries for MySQL.

Sadly, not a long list. Yesterday's list was longer.


More on everything you've heard

My general philosophy is skepticism, particularly with regard to claims about health practices. Every claim is either right, wrong, or unproven. That's a simplification, of course, because some things can be partially right, partially wrong, and partially unproven. But to simplify the argument, I'm going to ignore that. I do not take action on unproven health claims, for the most part.

Today's N.Y. Times has a nice article on conventional wisdom about running and how it isn't exactly right. The conventional wisdom is that the best temperature is 55 degrees and the best weather is overcast. Also, drink plenty of fluids because you are more likely to cramp up if you are dehydrated. Turns out the optimal temperature is lower, and for elite runners, a rise in temperature has an extremely minor effect. Also, it turns out that dehydration has nothing to do with muscle cramping, and it also has nothing to do with another common problem of collapsing at the end of races. (I doubt being dehydrated is good for you, but it doesn't have anything to do with the problems normally ascribed to it in running.)

I really wish newspapers covered such science more frequently.