Stuff My Sisters Will Like

To Jenny, Katie and Laura, From Their Brother, Victor

Political Ad December 13, 2015

Filed under: Commercials,Economics,Funny,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

When you don’t own a TV, you get to avoid political ads. However, I very much enjoyed watching this one from Portlandia:



“Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead?” November 9, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Funny,History,Neat,Sci-fi,Science,Stuff,Unconscionable actions,World Peace — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

An entertaining and interesting debate on the proposition: “Be it resolved humankind’s best days lie ahead…”

If you mean over the next few years, then this is very likely so. Things have been getting quietly and incrementally better in most places around the world for a long time. However, if humankind is worse off in 100 years (like following a global thermal nuclear war) then the optimists will have been victims of normalcy bias. It’s like what they say about going bankrupt: “At first you go bankrupt slowly, then all at once.” 

Click here for the results of the debate’s final voting.


How Much Work Do Things Cost? November 6, 2015

Filed under: Economics,History,Neat,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

We might not feel rich, but we live in productive times.


Confirming “Myths” of Attraction October 15, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Neat,Science,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am


Does female endowment cause bigger tips?



Does male wealth cause greater female attraction?



In the first test, I attribute the increase in females’ tipping to the validating feeling of an attractive female peer smiling and being friendly toward them. (The Mythbusters’ Keri Byron is smiling in every shot.) In fact, this was probably a significant factor in the males’ increased generosity as well. I would like to see impact of the same experiment done again without her smiling at anyone.

In the second test, it seems that the women were not rating the males’ physical attractiveness so much as the men’s overall desirability as theoretical spouses. The test would have been stronger if both groups of women had been asked to rate the “physical attractiveness” of the same headshots with the only difference being that the second group of women would be told “each of the following men have a net worth in excess of one million dollars.” I think males can rate female physical attractiveness with high consistency, while allowing factors (such as belief systems or smoking) to make them more or less interested in dating a particular woman.


A Grocery Trip that Changed the World October 13, 2015

Filed under: Economics,History,Neat,Politics,Stuff — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

On September 16, 1989, Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Texas supermarket after touring the Johnson Space Center. Between trying free samples of cheese and produce and staring at the meat selections, Yeltsin roamed the aisles nodding his head in amazement. Yeltsin later wrote: “When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people.


Value vs. Price September 29, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Neat,Stuff,Unconscionable actions — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

Is this watch really that much that better than one I could buy for $44.40 (or 1/1000th of the price?) Would not both watches conveniently tell me the accurate time of day? I suspect that when people buy things such as this they are actually attempting to possess other intangible things, like a sense of self-worth.


Topping The West Wing Wish List September 13, 2015

Filed under: Economics,Funny,Neat,Politics,Stuff,TV — Fr. Victor Feltes @ 8:00 am

You are welcome to watch these heart-warming scenes of President Bartlet & Charlie filing the latter’s taxes and these cute exchanges between Josh & Donna debating the best use of the budget surplus. Or, you can simply watch fifteen seconds of this and fifteen seconds of this to learn what Christmas gift Aaron Sorkin wanted most (on a $700 budget.)