1) I haven’t posted a music video in a while.  This is a great song, “Tonight”, from Sugarland’s new Album , “‘The Incredible Machine”, featuring the amazing voice of Jennifer Nettle:

2) I love the world of modern art because it can be so whimsical.  Whether we laugh or cry probably doesn’t make any difference to many artist, as long as we react.

What is your reaction to the following?

Marcus Coates’s Shamanic Costume, for Consultation in Elephant and Castle.

Darren Lago’s Happy Shopper, an intriguing marriage of vintage bike and alien lifeform

3) Getting to Not Know You

A study conducted by two University of Basel psychologists, Benjamin Scheibehenne and Jutta Mata, working with psychologist Peter Todd of Indiana University, soon to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, finds that couples married for an average of 40 years know less about one another’s food, movie and kitchen-design preferences than do partners who have been married or in committed relationships for a year or two.

It was a relatively small study involving 38 young couples aged 19 to 32, and 20 older couples aged 62 to 78.

Do you agree with the findings of this study?

The expiration date on all my relationships is six months, so there isn’t an issue I would know less about, except rasing children. 🙂

From an article in Science News:


“That wasn’t what we expected to find, but this evidence lends support to a hypothesis that accuracy in predicting each other’s preferences decreases over the course of a relationship despite greater time and opportunity to learn about each other’s likes and dislikes,” Todd said October 13 during a visit to the University of Basel.

Older couples’ knowledge decline partly reflects a tendency by partners to pay increasingly less attention to one another, because they view their relationship as firmly committed or assume that they have little left to learn about each other, the researchers propose. Consistent with that hypothesis, long-term partners in the new study expressed more overconfidence in their knowledge about each others’ preferences than people in short relationships did.

In long relationships, partners may also come to perceive an unduly large amount of similarity between themselves, the scientists add. Members of long-term relationships often attributed their own food, movie and design preferences to partners who had different opinions.”