Various Online Adventures

This is interesting. It’s amazing how random my wanderings on the web can be. I never know where I’ll end up.

I started on reading a review for The invasion.

I saw a mention of the director, so I went to the page for Oliver Hirschbiegel on, the review mentioned his movie Das Experiment and so I ended up on the forum for Das Experiment. That led me to the real Stanford Experiment.

This was a fascinating read. Very disturbing. I highly recommend everyone read it. I also really want to watch Das Experiment now.


I love this site. I stumbled across it looking for origami instructions on yesterday. Anyways, I subscribed to KipKay, this guy is amazing. No wonder he’s their top earner. I love his 12 volt battery hack he just put up today. I use these batteries all the time. The use? The laserpointer for playing with my cats. Well, they’re actually not my cats. But I like to think of them as my cats. =)

The Beer Lesson

Copied from my CGA group on Facebook:
The following is a way of explaining tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.

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 and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until on day, the owner threw them a curve. “Because you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.”Drinks for the ten 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. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men – the paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33.
But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so:
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 pay $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).
Each of the six 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.
He pointed to the tenth man,” but he got $10!”
“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “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 two? 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 didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works.
The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.
Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.
In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
I never thought of it quite that way before. I need to show this to my parents.


I learned how to make and completed my first Japanese Kusudama(trans. medicine ball) this weekend. This thing consists of 60 separate origami papers folded and glued together. I plan on publishing a picture of it but my camera batteries are dead. They’ll be charged up by tomorrow though.

My Life Without Glasses

I had a follow up appointment at the laser eye surgery place on Friday. They said I am seeing 20/20 and almost to 20/15. I got 3 out of 5 for the 20/15 line chart. I regularly reach to take my glasses off at night, and think I have to put them on after my shower in the morning. The red spot on my eye is now reduced to a small crescent moon cradling my iris. I might take a picture of it tomorrow as well.


~ by Cara on August 19, 2007.

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