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Tool Academy? Be honest! Posted on Feb 16, 2009 at 07:29 PM

OK, so have you gotten roped into watching an episode or two (or the entire season so far) of "Tool Acedemy"?

It is a very interesting premise: a group of ego driven men who treat their girlfriends incredibly poorly are invited to a party because they are in the finals to be a contestant on the new tv show "Mr. Awesome." After strutting their stuff for the ladies (a large group of attractive women), they are beckoned indoors and told that the plans have changed. There are still ladies to meet, but it's their girlfriends and the "Mr. Awesome" show is quickly replaced with "Tool Academy" where each week the couples must go to therapy, participate in a challenge and learn about the foundations of a good relationship: fidelity, honesty, maturity, romance, etc...

Be honest, admit if you watch the show and share your thoughts here. I personally think it's a great idea.

St. Valentine Posted on Feb 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM
From Wikipedia--Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognized eleven Valentine's Days. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae) and Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae). Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome. and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland. Valentine of Terni became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino). The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of February 14. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him. No romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. By the time a Saint Valentine became linked to romance in the fourteenth century, distinctions between Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni were utterly lost. In the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feastday of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14." The feast day is still celebrated in Balzan (Malta) where relics of the saint are claimed to be found, and also throughout the world by Traditionalist Catholics who follow the older, pre-Vatican II calendar. The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were excerpted by Bede and briefly expounded in Legenda Aurea. According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer. Legenda Aurea still providing no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first "valentine" himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer's daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both. It was a note that read "From your Valentine."
Amazing short film "Validation" Posted on Dec 09, 2008 at 11:07 PM

"Validation" updated: This is now the #11 Top Rated video in the genre "comedy" (I guess romantic comedy) online. If you have the chance to watch this film, please do so and comment here. It will make you laugh and cry in less than 5 minutes! Over 1,000,000 people have seen it now and it has won dozens of film festivals for "best short film" and "best director". Please check it out and share your thoughts!

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Our tax system Posted on Sep 24, 2008 at 05:47 PM
There's been a lot of talk lately about tax cuts for the middle class versus tax breaks for the rich. Here is a story I found to be quite illustrative. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day paying according to this schedule and all seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20." Drinks for all ten men now cost just $80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected since they would continue to drink for free. The other six men - the paying customers, were faced with a dilemma. How could they divide the $20 windfall to give everyone his "fair share"? They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33, but if they subtracted that amount from everybody's bill the fifth man and the sixth man would each be paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested it would be more fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount according to what they were already paying and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay as follows: The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings). The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28%savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings ? the most dollars off but the smallest comparative savings). Under the new arrangement, each of the six paying customers was better off than before and the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20", declared the sixth man pointing to the tenth man, "but he got $10!" "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man who was now drinking for free, "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I!" "That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!" "Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison. "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important, they only had enough money between all of them to pay half of the bill! And that is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest amounts in taxes technically get the most benefit from a tax reduction on a dollar basis but not on a percentage basis. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
Which candy bar are you? Posted on Aug 16, 2008 at 05:07 PM
Do you sometimes feel like a nut (Almond Joy) and sometimes don't (Mounds)? Are you $100,000 Grand bar or needing a PayDay? Choose a candy bar that signifies you and let us know why. It can be due to the candy itself, marketing, color, size, ingredients, whatever...
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Sir Lancelot + What Women Want Posted on Aug 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM
I posted this story on another blog after someone forwarded it to me but thought I'd set it out by itself here. Any thoughts?: King Arthur was captured by a ruler of another kingdom and his ransom for release was set as the answer to this question: "What do women want?" The knights of the round table scoured the earth looking for the answer. After weeks they found a hideously ugly witch who knew it. In exchange for the answer, however, she demanded Sir Lancelot become her lover. King Arthur told his friend the price was too high and that the knights should look for someone else with the answer but Lancelot agreed to the witch's demand. The witch explained that what women want is the ability to choose what they get. The rival king was satisfied this was the correct answer and released King Arthur. The witch demanded that Sir Lancelot be brought to her that evening. Lancelot, upon arriving at the castle of the witch on his first night as her lover was shocked to find a beautiful woman in her place. The witch explained, "my hideous form is reserved for during the day, but at night I become a beguiling mistress." "Now Lancelot," the witch went on, "you can decide whether I am beautiful during the day when all your friends will see me but hideous at night when we are alone, or I can be ugly during the day and beautiful for you at night. Which do you choose?" Lancelot, without hesitation, responded, "I choose whichever you prefer" and with that, the witch decided she would be beautiful in both the day and the night based on his answer.
The Riddle Returns Posted on Jul 22, 2008 at 07:13 PM
DO NOT POST THE ANSWER ON THIS BLOG - E-Mail me your answer! Hey Everyone, Several months back I posted a riddle that is answered correctly by an astounding 90+% of kindergarteners and fewer than 25% of college graduates. DO NOT POST THE ANSWER ON THIS BLOG - E-mail me your answer (or ask for a hint)! Based on the positive response last time, I'm posting it again. Feel free to add other interesting riddles, comments or facts, but please DO NOT POST THE ANSWER ON THIS BLOG. The riddle is this: "What's greater than God, more evil than the devil, rich people need it, poor people have it, and if you eat it, you'll die?"
Most popular? Posted on Jul 05, 2008 at 04:42 PM
While I like MM's innovations and the fact they update the design (gallery views, etc...) and verifications (age, occupation, salary, etc...) but I've noticed this new "Most Popular" filter and I'm baffled. I ran some quick numbers on "Most Popular" blogs and "Most Popular" profiles and I cannot come up with a system that makes sense. Blogs are not organized by number of views, number of comments, or number of comments in relation to number of views, and profiles are not arranged by number of views, number of times added as favorite or any combination of the two as I can see. Two questions: (1) out of curiosity, how are "Most Popular" blogs and profiles ranked, and (2) does it matter? Should we care which blogs are more popular than others or which profiles are more popular than others? Does that make them more interesting or a better catch?
Smile Posted on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:42 PM
I know it's corny, trite, cliche and silly, but I was reminded today of how much you'll change your life and that of those around you with a simple smile. "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from their own." I was faced with an adversary in court this morning who had apparently had a terrible morning, he was harried and angry at having to travel a long distance to appear in a case he didn't like very much. Before beginning our pre-trial negotiation, I smiled at him, commisserated about the drive and the heat, and within an hour we settled the entire case with him leaving happy (well, satisfied). He thanked me and went on to a much better day. People inherently react which means: we act and they re-act. Please make a conscientious effort to smile today and share any positive results here!
The funniest story I have ever heard Posted on May 29, 2008 at 01:30 PM
My legal assistant was home visiting her family recently and her father told her the funniest story I've ever heard. His friend Harvey worked in NYC for a couple years before moving back to Knoxville with his new wife and new labrador retriever. They rented for a while but finally bought a home in a fantastic gated community. Shortly after they got there, a neighbor asked them to house sit for the weekend, watering plants and feeding their pets. Delighted at the prospect of becoming accepted in the neighborhood they quickly took the opportunity to help. On Saturday morning after they took care of things inside they were horrified to step outside and find their labrador retriever with the family's pet bunny in his mouth shaking it from side to side. The bunny was definitely dead. They panicked and rather than running out to purchase a new rabbit, they shampood the poor bunny, blow dried it and fluffed it up so that it looked abosultely pristine. They then carefully laid it in its cage emulating a peaceful passing. Upon the family's return, they called Harvey and his wife asking if anything wierd happened over the weekend. "Umm, no, everything was fine," came the response. "What about our bunny?" they asked. "Bunny?" Harvey said. "Yes, you see, on Friday before we left our bunny passed away so we buried it in the back yard but when we got home..." ------------- Moral of the story, no matter how bad the truth may seem, it's always better than covering up.
What would you do? Posted on Mar 18, 2008 at 07:06 PM
We've all heard (or said) "if I knew then what I know now" and a littany of comparable idioms (heck, the whole song "Wear Sunscreen" had this as a central theme). Well, I'd love to hear from you on two questions. You have to promise to be thoughtful and honest before posting: 1. If you had the chance to talk with the you of exactly 10 years ago (think of where you were then and what was important to you), what advice would you give yourself? 2. What advice do you think you'll give yourself exactly 10 years from today? Remember: thoughtful and honest! I look forward to your replies!
Women Over 30 - old blog revived Posted on Mar 04, 2008 at 09:35 PM
I stumbled across this blog that was posted last year without comment and thought it was worth reviving. I admit to being an Andy Rooney fan (despite his frustration with Sasha Cohen who was doing the Allie G. routine with him when he walked off camera frustrated by the comic's abuse of the English language - hilarious!). Anyway, I'm not sure the age 30 is magical and I've known women under 30 who fit this description (as well as women over 30 who don't), but this is a great observation: Posted on 30-MAR-06 This was written by Andy Rooney from CBS 60 Minutes. He says: "As I grow in age, I value women who are over 30 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over 30 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 30 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting. A woman over 30 kno more... This was written by Andy Rooney from CBS 60 Minutes. He says: "As I grow in age, I value women who are over 30 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why: A woman over 30 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 30 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it's usually something more interesting. A woman over 30 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom. Few women past the age of 30 give a damn what you might think about her or what she's doing. Women over 30 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you, if they think they can get away with it. A woman over 30 has the self-assurance to introduce you to her women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her best friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women. Women over 30 couldn't care less if you're attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won't betray her. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 30. They always know. A woman over 30 looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not true of younger women. These days, "40 is the new 30", so a woman over 30 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 30 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed HOT woman of 30+, there is a bald, paunchy, 40+ year old relic of a man in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress.
Your Favorite Sounds Posted on Feb 07, 2008 at 12:18 AM
Earlier today I was outside a colleague's office near a school and was moved by the sound of laughing children on the playground, and within the hour was near the beach hearing the waves rolling in against the shore. In "It's a Wonderful Life" Jimmy Stewart's uncle says it's "Breakfast is Served", "Lunch is served" and "Dinner is served" while the great George Bailey says it's train whistles, anchor chains and a plane's engine. With apologies to our hearing impaired friends, I've realized the role of sound in our lives. Whether it is the Ice Cream man's chime or a particular cell phone ring, what are your favorite sounds?
SuperBowl Commercials Posted on Feb 04, 2008 at 10:36 PM
Overall I thought the SuperBowl commercials were pretty weak this year (but, the game was awesome -- they must not have predicted the large number of viewers considering it a "subway series" type of game). Were there any that stuck out?
For love or money? Posted on Jan 28, 2008 at 10:42 PM
I know many wealthy people who married for money and it was the worst mistake they ever made. Unfortunately, some on this site seem destined for the same fate. I swear, these are actual excerpts from a profile here - notice the grammar. Naturally, there are photos of a beautiful young woman on the profile "...i just recently lost my job, i think im on here to look for someone to take care of me for awhile finacially, and in return have some of the greatest times ever!... oh, and i love shopping! what girly girl does'nt?? Im not a bimbo by far, im very intelligent, you can bet to have great conversations with me, no awkward pauses! I will show you how to live life with your money, how to have fun! Im looking for a man who is finacially stable, not cheap, someone who actually would like apprication for the things he does, i dont care if your married, if your on here it's because your looking for me! i will break it down again: non committed relationship, who knows?? i would not date anyone while we are taking on our friendship, no drama, would help me out finacially and in return go on trips with me, dinners,shopping, cozy couch nights with movies, a confidant, a true blue friend, if you are the kind considerate man im looking for, i will treat you like gold, no more crap from crazy women, no more unappreciative gold diggers! hope to find a new job soon, but even if i do, i would love to keep you in my life. I can't wait to meet you!! please, serious inquires only." ARE YOU SERIOUS? Do she really think men with money who are worth meeting would go for this arrangement? And, even if so, would she expect to be happy with so little self respect ("i don't care if you're married")? I can only imagine what those "great conversations" would involve - perhaps comparing the antrhopologic implications of Prada versus Yves Saint Laurent? What are your thoughts on money in relationships? Do you agree that common goals, values, class and love are more important, or should we all just put a price tag on ourselves and see who's shopping?
Why are you single? Posted on Jan 20, 2008 at 02:13 PM
Ok, so I've been on this site for a while and I see a great many attractive, normal people which begs the question that we all hate hearing: "why are you single?" I know we all have our pat answers like being too focused on career, haven't met the right person, etc... But, these could be factors at best, and cop outs at worst. Was it a painful break up? Is it abandonment issues? Fear of rejection or intimacy? Or is it just easier, safer, familiar and more comfortable to stay single? Do you date often or are you a window shopper here? Is being single a choice or the consequence of other choices?
Happy New Year! Posted on Dec 31, 2007 at 01:11 PM
Hi everyone, Just wanted to drop by and wish us all a very happy, healthy, prosperous and love filled New Year! We can use this blog to send well wishes and post resolutions if you want, here are mine: - get back in shape (riding a desk the past 4 years wasn't good) - take more time off work - find love - amass more thank you notes than last year
All I want for Christmas... Posted on Dec 10, 2007 at 07:47 PM
Courtesy of the hilarious Steve Martin on SNL: "If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. If I had two wishes that I could wish for this holiday season, the first would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of harmony and peace.. and the second would be for $30 million a month to be given to me, tax-free in a Swiss bank account. You know, if I had three wishes that I could make this holiday season, first, of course, would be for all the children to get together and sing.. the second would be for the $30 million every month to me.. and the third would be for all encompassing power over every living being and thing in the entire universe. And if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, first would be the crap about the kids.. second would be for the $30 million.. the third would be for all the power.. and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year for an extended 31-day orgasm, to be brought about slowly by Rosanna Arquette and that model Paulina somebody, I can't think of her name, of course my lovely wife could come, too. She's behind me 100% on this, I guarantee you. Wait a minute, maybe that sex thing should be the first wish! So, if I made that the first wish, because, you know, it could all go boom tomorrow, and then what have you got? No, no.. the kids singing would be great, that would be nice. No, no, who am I kidding! I mean, they're not gonna be able to get all those kids together! I mean, the logistics of the thing is impossible! It's more trouble than it's worth! So, we reorganize: here we go. First, the sex - we go with that; second, the money. No! We go with the power second, then the money, and then the kids. Oh, wait, oh geez! I forgot about revenge against my enemies! Okay.. revenge against all my enemies, they should die like pigs in Hell! That would be the fourth wish! And of course, my fifth wish would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing in the spirit of peace and harmony. Thank you, everybody."
Mile High in the Sexy Skies? Posted on Oct 31, 2007 at 09:11 PM
Did you hear that a couple recently booked a "private first class suite" on the new Airbus for about $14,000 based in part on the advertising for a romantic trip, but were chastised by the crew and told they could not engage in carnal relations during the flight? What do you think of this? Should they be allowed to treat the suite as a hotel in the sky, or is the crew on board with the right policy?
How do you compliment others? Posted on Oct 29, 2007 at 09:15 PM
I've got a friend who lives a pretty crazy life replete with some drama (nothing too bad) as well as unbeatable experiences. She's always trying something new and is on the cutting edge of fashion and culture. We got to talking recently and I noticed she tells me I'm very unique as a compliment, that she really enjoys a particular artist because his art is so original and unlike anything she'd seen before, that she loved going to a particular restaurant or club because it was different. She's very beautiful but she doesn't respond when people make a big deal about that. Likewise, she doesn't really comment on other people's beauty. Conversely, she lights up like a Christmas tree when people say they find her interesting. After a while, it struck me, she's abosolutely afraid of ever being considered "normal" or ordinary (side note: this word actually means, "in order" and has been bastardized by our lexicon to mean boring, but it really means "as expected"). Anyway, she praises everything that is original because she wants to always be seen as original herself. How do you compliment people, places, things (ok, not just nouns, but you get my drift)? Do you speak highly of somoene's beauty, their charm, their intellect? Do you laud places that are fun, breathtaking, serene? What does that say about you? What I think, is that we use compliments to illustrate how we would like to be seen. If you want people to consider you intelligent, you're more likely to compliment others' intellect or comment positively on a book that made you think. If you want to be perceived as fun, you're more likely to compliment someone by saying you always have a great time with them, or that they always are the life of a party. Am I off my rocker here?