ODDS and ends.
To George W. Bush's 'Axis of Evil' nations, I would like to add the 'Axis of Unromantic Sourpusses'. Current members include the Shiv Sena party of India, which last year engaged in violent protests against...wait for it...Valentine's Day. And Saudi Arabia, which is banning Valentine's Day cards, bears, candies, and even the color red.
Yes, Valentine's Day is certainly threatening. [roll eyes] Thank god for Japan.
The quantification of schadenfreude. The full study is availble in pdf format at the author's website. This is rather depressing, but economics is, after all, the dismal science. What's most disturbing to me is that this wasn't just a hypothetical situation, the subjects were playing with real money, and their actions affected who would take home how much. It may be pertinent, though, that they were told explicitly that this was a one-time event. If we're going to be playing with the same people in the future, maybe we moderate our actions.
This reminds me of people who ram their cars into others' on the highway because they're annoyed at the other guy's driving.
meaning: shop, dealer, seller, house
honya == bookstore
yane == roof