Not reading can make you smarter than some books

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Sunday January 27, 2008.

It’s another installment of the Reactionary Hurl, the series that makes useless comments about things you may or may not care one lick about. You are encouraged implored to take part by commenting, sending us tips, and spreading the word. Based on last Hurl it seems that people care more about this part of the entry than any other. Do you people read the whole thing? What’s the turn-off? Politics, steroids, me? Is blogging dead? I’m beginning to wonder. I mean real blogging. You’ll have to refer to statement past for an explanation of what “real” blogging is.

  • Woman indicted for tree removal. Cue the cries against the government. I have to think that the only reason this made the news is that it’s such a contentious issue in Tahoe. In this case, I think the government has done the right thing. She cut trees on Forest Service land to enhance property value. Consider that in Tahoe it’s illegal to do such a thing on even your own land. Typically, fines are handed out—and in some cases, those fines just happen to match shortfalls in budget areas (but that’s a conversation for another day entirely). This one case of federal indictment might stop people from breaking the law and get a more civil conversation on tree removal going in Tahoe. (RGJ)
  • Covering the Special Olympics? I’m surprised it took such a smart, entertaining person this long to draw that comparison. (Twitter)
  • Books that make you dumb. I think just about every link blog I read posted this the other day. It’s a really cool idea—using Facebook top 10 lists by school to compared with average SAT scores of those schools to draw a correlation between books and scores. As you’d think, it’s a bell curve, but some of the side-by-sides make you take notice of the minor differences. (
  • Saddam wanted the world to believe he had WMDs. And the world believed it. Saying otherwise makes you stupid, a liar, or both. Liars are generally both. (Google News)
  • magglio ordonez has great hair.Magglio Ordoñez: Dude has some spectacular hair.Canseco was shaking down the Best Hair in Baseball? Leave it to Jose Canseco to have all the cards, but still screw up enough to go to the clink for a few years. Magglio Ordoñez hedged his statements enough to make it laughable, though, but I have a feeling that Jose was knee-deep in this, despite my love for his outing every player imaginable in his book before and forthcoming. (Steroid Nation)
  • For some reason, I think this might go on way too often in internal conversations. It’s the perfect example of why, if you want to use the internet for P.R., promotion, or anything related to getting your company noticed, you should start by hiring someone who already knows how the culture works—not someone good at promotion and teach them the internet. Mistakes like these are “damaging to the brand” and just make you look dumb. (Instapundit)

And just to be clear, please read the initial Reactionary Hurl so you can understand the context.

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