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another day, another dollar [Sep. 14th, 2009|03:46 pm]
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |Jami Sieber - "Undercurrent" (from Braid soundtrack)]

For some reason I tend to get depressed Sunday mornings when we go to church. I'm not sure if it's because the weekend's almost over (but Sunday afternoon depression would seem more likely) or what. I usually feel better by the end of church, though. It's weird.

Yesterday I played Braid for the first time (djedi finished it last week, I believe), and it's pretty cool although kinda tricky. (David helped me a lot, which I appreciated!) The art style and music are quite striking, and it turns out the creator of Braid licensed all of the music. You can buy it on Magnatune, or listen to it here with slightly annoying end of track speeches:

Music from Braid by Sieber, Kammen, Fulton and Schatz

Excellent mood music!

onefishclappin posted this interesting map of which cities have more single men than women and vice versa. I would love to see an explanation for why there are more single men than women on the West Coast, and vice versa on the East Coast.

Is Happiness Catching? The answer is maybe, as you might expect, but the article lists a bunch of examples of things that are socially contagious, like obesity and smoking. For example:
When a Framingham resident became obese, his or her friends were 57 percent more likely to become obese, too. Even more astonishing to Christakis and Fowler was the fact that the effect didn’t stop there. In fact, it appeared to skip links. A Framingham resident was roughly 20 percent more likely to become obese if the friend of a friend became obese — even if the connecting friend didn’t put on a single pound. Indeed, a person’s risk of obesity went up about 10 percent even if a friend of a friend of a friend gained weight.

[User Picture]From: copperwolf
2009-09-15 12:21 am (UTC)
Braid is the time-manipulation game, right? aristeros played that for a few days, but eventually he found it too frustrating — said it "made him feel stupid." I enjoyed the music, though.
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2009-09-15 12:48 am (UTC)
...and that is why I have djedi help me through the puzzles :-)
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[User Picture]From: fartingmonkey
2009-09-15 04:04 pm (UTC)
I bet it's Silicon Valley in the west, and some sort of Sex and the City phenomenon in the East. At least that is how I can explain it in my mind.
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2009-09-15 04:16 pm (UTC)
I don't understand. So there are a bunch of women in the East that want to have sex...and not enough men to satisfy them. Why are men not moving there in droves??
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From: brittongregory
2009-09-18 07:21 pm (UTC)
I almost always feel better about life after going to church. :)
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