Archive for October, 2011


noun; compounding
Overly or unnecessarily affected by unhappiness or dejection; unhappiness or melancholy brought on by a small event

This term is a metaphor that compares the pain of hurting your butt to unhappiness felt after a minor setback. In both cases, while painful, both are fleeting and have no long-term effect. As a result, it would be foolish to lament over such a minor thing. Often used as an insult or in a pejorative manner, directed at somebody who is unhappy. It is often meant as an insult, implying that the person is overly emotional. This word was probably coined because it is a creative and humorous way to poke fun at overly emotional friends.

Etymology : A compound word that combines ‘butt’ + ‘hurt’ in a hyphenated compound. ‘Butt’ is a clipping of ‘buttocks,’ which comes from O.E. ‘buttuc,’ meaning ‘end, short piece of land.’ ‘Hurt’ comes from O.Fr. ‘hurter,’ meaning ‘to ram, strike, collide.’
Source : Conversation with friends (10/4/2008) “He is butt-hurt over losing his socks in the laundry.”

It’s official:


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This Korean phenom, Kim Yeo Hee, is astounding. She uses iPhones and iPads to cover popular music.

Watch her create Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars from scratch.

She’s not just a magnificent manipulator of technology, she is musically very talented, playing guitar and piano while singing.
Here she performs a rendition of Ke$ha’s Tik Tok

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and I saw this, my mind would explode, for sure.

Marquese Scott dancing to dubstep.

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Followers of this blog are probably aware I shy away from the confines of tradition.  So, when my brother, the smartest person I know, sent me the article, “Economists in Love: Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers,” my eyes lit up. I found my relationship gurus for life!

The key principles UPenn economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers follow are surprisingly on point:

  • Weighing marriage based on cost-benefit analysis– It does not pay to work and be married!
  • Productivity gains stemming from the comparative advantage of husbands doing husbandy things (like feeding the pets) and wives doing wifey things (like paying the bills)
  • Empirically analyzing the risk of child-napping to the risk of said child sticking finger in a socket and proportioning concern based on likelihood of risk
  • Avoidance of moral hazard in a relationship by avoiding asymmetric information
  • Specialization’s answer to why husbands should always change the diapers

While I am disappointed they’ve allowed their emotions to foster in a baby, I suppose at the very least they are uber-qualified to produce upstanding offspring. Also, they are redeemed by the quote, “The stylized fact is that people with kids are less happy than people without kids.  It’s worse than that: parents are happier either just before the kids are born, or after they leave the nest; and even during any given day, parents are unhappy when doing childcare.” Amen to that!

Head over to the site Spousonomics. There are a few other Economists in Love articles which are entertaining if not informative.

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“Speeding, the atoms of my body hurling away from each other. I grow lighter, less dense, and larger… exploding outward into the sun. I am an expanding universe swimming upward in a silent sea small at first encompassing with my body, the room, the building, the city, the country, until I know that if I look down I will see my shadow blotting out the Earth”. – Charlie Gordon, Flowers For Algernon Daniel Keyes.

I sat in a lull of reading, starting books only to put them down and never revisit. Becoming disheartened that one of my favorite hobbies was dying a slow and boring death, I picked up Flowers for Algernon intrigued by the premise. It told the story of an experiment to artificially implant intelligence the way a man with no arms gets prosthesis. It is narrated from the point of view of Charlie Gordon who begins his journey with an IQ of 68, rises to become one of the leading minds in the world, then crashes past his genesis. I flew through the story gripped by the progression of a man experiencing unnatural trajectory, which aptly described the obstacles of socialization, learning and love from an unbiased point of view, feelings the way I imagine an alien would experience while trying to assimilate into human society.

From my enjoyment, I swore up and down the book was only 100 pages or so, but as I fact checked for this post I discovered the story is actually 311 pages long. Flowers for Algernon is a very easy to digest story and an excellent read for those accustomed to reading or not.

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