The Secret to Happiness, Voting, and Murder

I’ve discovered the secret to happiness. I mean, maybe it’s not a secret, and maybe it doesn’t work all of the time, but still.

Whenever you spend money, when you get back your change, instead of putting it back into your wallet, just shove the bills in your pocket, and forget about it. This way, later in the day, when you reach in your pockets for whatever reason, and you find the bills, you get this wave of euphoria. Free money! It works even better if you do this at the end of the day, and don’t notice the money again until the next day, or when you go through your clothes pockets before you do a wash (note: if you aren’t in the habit of checking your pockets before doing a wash, then this may not be the best idea for you.).

I just read an interesting article in Slate. One of the best things about Slate is the little box that appears at the bottom of every article with five related stories. This means I can read for hours, linking from one story to the next, finding old articles from months or even years ago. This one’s from September, 2004, before the elections, about the odds that your vote actually counts. He makes interesting points, one of which is that, statistically (I failed statistics, so I can’t really challenge this, just take him for his word.) in a state with six million voters, the probability that my vote will be the tie breaker election-deciding vote is approximately 1 in 3,100, the same (Again, according to him.) as the probability that I’ll be murdered by my own mother (Sorry Mom, I know you read this.).

Is there really a one in 3,100 chance of being murdered by your mother? That doesn’t seem right to me (Well, of course it doesn’t seem right. What I meant to say was that it doesn’t seem correct.)

I’m trying to keep updating the blog twice a week, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep that up. I might start updating less frequently, or start writing shorter stuff. Also, I think I need actual things to write about.

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6 thoughts on “The Secret to Happiness, Voting, and Murder

  1. I’m glad you’ve finally realised for yourself that you need actual things to write about…
    By the way,I liked the Slates too anf the thing you said about money is sometimes right,it is a good feeling to find money in your pockets at the end of a shit day ;) Keep it up!

  2. HOW DARE YOU STOP BLOGGING..I UPDATE MY BLOG JUST BECAUSE OF YOUR WHINING, AND KNOW YOU’RE BACKING OUT ON ME..I DONT THINK SO, YOU’LL KEEP ON BLOGGING AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK

  3. You don’t need actual things to write about, just random thoughts will do just fine. Regarding the change issue: it’s very exciting when you need quarters and you exchange a $20 bill for eighty quarters, you feel like you have won at the slot machines!!

  4. shu (or nat-) i don’t think reposting what you write on the zacks’ loop counts as posting… i’ve got one post this week. deal with it, i’ve been busy.

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