American Idol Confession

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

About three weeks ago, I got so curious about the all the hype on this guy named Sanjaya Malakar. I have never heard this guy sing but I realized that people either really liked him or hated him with a passion. Therefore, I went on YouTube to check out some of the episodes of American Idol. I don’t know about his singing, but I liked the hair :-)

As I was watching Sanjaya’s performances, I found myself watching some of the other performers as well. For some reason, it pulled me in as I saw some of the talent in the other singers.

That is my confession – I am a secret American Idol viewer… well, at least 3 weeks worth.

A Reoccurring Dream

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various

Do you ever get reoccurring dreams? For some reason, I get one every month or so… it is crazy. It is very familiar but yet it somehow seems very foreign.

The environment and the situation are always the same. But each time, it has a different feel. It is a bit frustrating and eerie.

In the dream, I am supposed to get to a familiar place, so I end up taking a short cut in order to save time. Then after my time there, I start walking out in order to get to another place. I take the same turns and streets, but for some reason I keep on ending up on a different street.

It is a bit freaky because I am like a third person observer to all this. I am telling myself (in the dream) to turn left and then right but I keep on taking the longer way which defeats my purpose of taking the short cut in the first place.

I always wake up feeling frustrated.

Maybe God is trying to tell me to slow down.

Or…

Use a GPS.

Thoughts on “Freakonomics”

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visuals

 
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The subtitle of Steven Levitt’s and Stephen Dubner’s book, Freakonomics is: “A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.” This is an appropriate subtitle in light of what they try to present in their book. If you are a cynic or a skeptic, then you will love this book. As a cynic, I found this book fascinating.

In a nutshell this book exposes and reveals things that we might not normally notice or things that we take things for granted. Their premise of their book states, “If morality represents how people would like the world to work, then economics shows how it actually does work.”

They make some extraordinary connections.

Here are just a few of them:

1) What do school teachers and Sumo wrestlers have in common?
2) How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real-estate agents?
3) Is abortion linked with reducing crime? (this is their most controversial connection proposal)

Levitt and Dubner show the power of the incentive principle – there are definitely positive aspects of incentives, as well as the dark side which always leads to cheating. It was fascinating to see how they caught various people in cheating situations. The biblical principle in action is the depravity of man.

They also argued that nothing is more powerful than information. Once a person has specific information, it allows them to really see things for what it is.

They even have a section on the importance of naming your baby. With a lot of numbers and statistics, they try to show that certain names have a greater advantage over others.

With every page turned, I couldn’t help but to be introspective and also analytical of things around me.

The prophet Jeremiah said, “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve” (Jer 17:10).