Roman philosopher Publilius Syrus himself uttered in 100 B.C., “To do two things at once is to do neither.”

Yet, multitasking is constant now. We do it because it is expected, but also because we believe we can — sort of.

The truth, says, David Meyer, a Michigan psychologist and cognitive scientist who has run several studies on the subject, is we don’t and can’t do it well. We can if the tasks are simple and virtually automatic (think walking and chewing gum at the same time) but true, effective, efficient, meaningful multitasking is akin to jamming two TV signals down the same cable wire. You get static, not high-definition.

A very engaging article about how we are so often getting in the way of ourselves:

Here’s the article.

Starbucks corporate lackey fooled by spoofed email address.

Stalks boss, shaves goatee, does CEO’s homework for him.

2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will file today, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, papers in support of the Green Party/Libertarian Party recount effort. Specifically, Kerry will be filing a request for expedited discovery regarding Triad Systems voting machines, as well as a motion for a preservation order to protect any and all discovery and preserve any evidence on this matter.

t r u t h o u t – BREAKING: Kerry to Enter Ohio Recount Fray

This site is turning into one of political exposes, and vacation photos. Well, whatever is worth posting, I suppose. This is pretty big news, too.

A document released for the first time today by the American Civil Liberties Union suggests that President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq. Also released by the ACLU today are a slew of other records including a December 2003 FBI e-mail that characterizes methods used by the Defense Department as “torture” and a June 2004 “Urgent Report” to the Director of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse of detainees is being covered up.

American Civil Liberties Union : FBI E-Mail Refers to Presidential Order Authorizing Inhumane Interrogation Techniques

An Iranian photographer’s very interesting photo site. :: Hasan Sarbakhshian Photos

Hassan pix

What do you get if you add a horseman of the apocalypse to a horseman of the apocalypse?

Fox News on Clear Channel is what you get!

Repeat after me:
Thank you sir, may I have another?

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You know the Koinonea chill-out vibe?
We’re putting it front and center for the evening.

Come relax, unwind and dance with us all night long as we create a lounge of love to soothe your senses.

Propel your body through a forest of lush, thick beats.
Drink chai and meet somebody wonderful.
Be a part of this beautiful community.

g r o u n d t e m p o will take place in the Sanctuary for the Arts, a beautiful former church with tall wooden ceilings and plenty of room to dance.

Dress for comfort in our intimate ultra-lounge:
a well-upholstered mezzanine to chat, relax and recharge.
Water, snacks and other surprises will nourish you throughout the night, and your eyes will be well fed with top-shelf lighting and visual decor.

Want tickets? Here’s how to get them:

But please, do not forward this announcement to any other mailing lists.
This event will sell out quickly, and we prefer to keep tickets among you, our friends.

You can also buy them in person from us, your friends.
We’d love to see you there.

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