Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dan Gaines announces for President!

Photo of Stanley Tucci who slightly resembles Dan Gaines

My buddy Dan-whose blog I clearly need to visit more often because he announced March 4th-is running for President (in 2012...if he gets around to it...he may be taking out the trash that day). I'm uncertain at this time whether I'll be working on his campaign (mostly because I haven't been asked) but once he's elected I'd like to be considered for the post of Lord High Executioner.

Mr. Picasso Head

Try your hand at being a world famous artist. My effort is here.

Hamburger Dress.

I'm sure a psychiatrist would say there's something wrong with me-but this makes me want to put condiments on her.

Recycling Rubbish

I felt for a long time that the principal benefit of recycling is how it makes you feel about yourself-hey it's cheaper than Prozac. The sad truth is that that may be the only benefit in some cases. While recycling has been around a long time and frequently makes a lot of sense, many of the most common forms of recycling are a complete waste of resources.

As Dan Benjamin points out:
Recycling is a long-practiced, productive, indeed essential, element of the market system. Informed, voluntary recycling conserves resources and raises our wealth. In sharp contrast, misleading educational programs encourage the waste of resources when they overstate the benefits of recycling. And mandatory recycling programs, in which people are compelled to do what they know is not sensible, routinely make society worse off. Market prices are sufficient to induce the trashman to come, and to make his burden bearable, and neither he nor we can hope for any better than that.

Read the whole thing.