Pseudo Random News and Comment

Wow, the cognitive mechanics of gaydar – The Roles of Featural and Configural Face Processing in Snap Judgments of Sexual Orientation  Interesting the gaydar was more accurate about women.

Crows found able to distinguish between human voices  Time to remake the old “The Birds” horror film based on the latest research.

Crabs will fake it to avoid a fight, research finds  Cheating and deception more common when you can get away with it. Like on Wall St.

More bad news for Facebook – Why do consumers dislike corporate brands that get too familiar?

How do consumers achieve self-affirmation when purchasing products?  From this we could infer that Apple wants everyone to feel bad about themselves.

Wenzou’s debt deflation The end is nigh.

Musician Wonders What It Would Take To Become An Open Source Musician  NIN did something bordering on open source by publicly releasing all tracks from Year Zero so anyone could remix and share.

Japan’s WTF Chart  Keynesians like to say Japan’s problem is that they didn’t do enough soon enough. It’s kind of hard to justify that view looking at this.

You are what you eat: Why do male consumers avoid vegetarian options? Meat = manly. But why?

Genes make for a life of success  Nature makes a comeback on the research front. A lot of nurture research in the last few years so it’s time for a rebalancing again.

Death risk for marathoners remains low during or soon after race  There goes another excuse.

Small-Molecule Synthetic Compound Norcantharidin Reverses Multi-Drug Resistance by Regulating Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in Human Breast Cancer Cells  A small victory in the war against drug resistance.

Concurrent Word Generation and Motor Performance: Further Evidence for Language-Motor Interaction Just plain cool.

Beijing Olympics study reveals biological link between air pollution, cardiovascular disease  I hate wearing masks but may have to on the next China trip.

HTC smartphones blocked by US customs Patent war fallout. Time to go to direct distribution through eBay.

OMG! Texting ups truthfulness, new study suggests

I’ve been wondering about this ever since answering machines started being used in homes 30 years ago – Assessing the Representativeness of Public Opinion Surveys

The UK kids’ show “Blue Peter” is being moved due to ratings. Maybe it could be run after an adaptation of the movie “James and the Giant Peach”, which sounds like a great slot.

Cheating with Partial Hedges  Good summary of insuring your positions. Exiting, completely or partially, is always an option too.

Factors Institutional Investors Are Favoring  This is what the “smart” money is doing? Beta is #2. That’s not going to exacerbate volatility is it.

How a US soldier finally got his Pastafarian dogtags

7 Reasons I Don’t Mind Sitting in Cash  Five are variations on picking your spots. Any time you are in the market you are taking a risk. #7 is very often overlooked as well.

Editorial note: My recent tilt toward more science news suggests the current market decline will be bigger than I was expecting.

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