Gad! Another nasty day at the gym. Seems the trainer, Vector Potential, who opens the place early decided she didn’t want to do so this morning so she locked everyone else out while she did her exercises and then left with a host of folks standing about waiting to be let in. And since she isn’t technically an employee she can’t be disciplined for this. And did I mention the temperature was temperature was right at freezing?
I suppose I should not be greatly surprised by this since the gym is part of the hospital complex at Scant City and it does have a reputation for a considerable degree of poor administration and dismal management. But then, it’s the only game in town so it doesn’t matter how crooked it is?
Anyway I had a very enjoyable thirty-eight minutes waiting around for an actual gym employee to show up and huffily open the gym. Yes, life is good out here in the boonies of Sand Mountain Alibam.
The good part was that no one bothered to turn on the televisions for about fifteen minutes after the gym opened so we were at least relieved of what is broadcast at that time of day. The lesson from this is that the old saw about the inverse proportionality between attractiveness and intelligence certainly seems to hold for early morning news readers. Oh!, for some ugly!
The podcast this morning was an episode of CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks” and it too was rather missing. The high points dealt with some carnivorous Peruvian tadpoles and how birth control drugs are inducing women to pick genetically inferior mates. The latter was made rather entertaining by the perky narrating journalist’s stutter every time she used a synonym for “sex”, which given the subject was not infrequent. But still not really enough to prompt much thought other than reflecting on what this implied about all the women I dated over years past. Do I, as my insecurity demands, really smell like a bad mating choice camouflaged by the then ubiquitous birth control pills? Are nerds really genetically predisposed by nature to be selfextincting?
On the lighter side I did notice another PEW survey in the feed accumulator. This one dealt with things people have – cars and electric devices primarily – and what fraction have them and what fraction of that fraction consider them to be necessities. [Link] Part of this was rather unsurprising, namely that the longer something had been around the more people considered it a necessity, or in reverse, the newer the fewer.
But what intrigued me was that there seemed to be a strange relationship:the more widely adopted the device, the more it was viewed as a necessity. The intrigue was sufficiently strong that I keyed numbers into a spreadsheet and did the “instant graphification” thing. The result is here:
I could hypothesize that the longer we have something the more we think of it as a necessity and that adoption follows some sort of diffusion process so what is going on is that there are two independent processes here that are both time dependent. But I could also hypothesize that the more folks have something then the greater liklihood we have to have it for social reasons.