It might seem like I write too frequently on bathroom etiquette considering that one of my first entries was on urinal selection procedure, but the subject matter just lends itself so easily to curiosity and dissection. I’ve even written about the impropriety of black toilet seats, a seemingly innocuous subject that irks me enough to comment. Bathrooms rules are among the most unspoken, yet they seem to elicit the most outrage when they are disregarded. How do you feel when you witness someone go straight from stall to door without a stop at the sink?

Part of why I these issues are at the forefront of my mind is that urinal culture is something completely closed off to slightly more than half of the population. As such, I’ll continue to supply my simple observations about what men take for granted. Take this post’s topic for example, why Falcon?

If you’ve been to enough high-traffic bathrooms, undoubtedly you’ve come across a Falcon Waterless urinal. You probably paid little attention, considering so many people neglect to flush urinals. But if you’re a considerate, decent individual, you would’ve noticed that this glazed enamel fixture has no handle or sensor. Purportedly environmentally-friendly because of the water saved, these urinals are probably doing its share in saving the world (as much as you can expect for something you piss into). By the way, studies have shown that painting a little honeybee image onto the inside of a urinal increases accuracy and decreases mess. My question, which I’ll leave open since I can’t find any answer on Falcon’s site, is why the name Falcon for urinals?

I don’t associate birds-of-prey with excretion. That’s an association I usually reserve for the annoying pigeons that drop disease infested bombs on city sidewalks and parked cars. When I think “falcon,” I imagine raptors that dive at 200 mph, though the mental image of peeing on a falcon is mildly amusing.

When Facebook changed it’s profile policy a few months ago in an effort to stamp out all individuality on the profile pages, I protested to deaf ears of the Facebook customer service team. In an effort to standardize everyone’s interests, it stamped out everyone’s individualistic quirks and forced broad categories onto us. I formerly listed my favorite karaoke songs under the “Music” section of my profile. When the profile renovation came, I lost all of that. As a consequence, I now mostly neglect my Facebook profile. Still, there are some interests of mine that go back up as generally generic interests.

While Facebook is pretty good at matching you up with recommended friends, its interest matching needs much more work. Sometimes the recommendations are absurd (see above, food and eating are apparently correlated).

Sometimes the recommendations are just plain wrong.

Though I’ll give them some credit for matching “Avatar” with “video games.”

Perhaps Facebook shouldn’t just shoehorn its users into these digitally defined interests. Of course, that’s how Facebook is going to make its money, by dissecting you into Likes and Dislikes. Here’s an article explaining the threat Facebook presents to Google by indexing the Internet through Like buttons.

What you, as a digital consumer, should be aware of, is the dissemination of your personal data. We have this general perception that we don’t have a say in services that we don’t pay for. This is not true. Check out dotrights.org for more information on privacy protections.


How much clearer does it need to be? According to the Clearblue Easy Digital Pregnancy Test website, 1 in 4 women can misread a traditional pregnancy test. Citing a medical study sponsored by (shock) itself, Clearblue offers the digital pregnancy test as a sure means to determine if you’re pregnant.

Honestly, how difficult is it to read a stick that either has one or two lines, or watching a stick change colors? Apparently very. The inaccuracy of home pregnancy tests due to failure to read the instructions or misinterpretation of the results is well documented.

Admittedly, I’ve never been present for a live unveiling of a pregnancy test, but I’ve seen plenty of dramatizations. If a woman thinks she’s pregnant, doesn’t she agonize over the instructions while waiting for the results? Don’t people double check after getting a blue stick to see what blue means? Actually, many of the false negatives in the study are due to women using the tests too early before their menstrual, not because they can’t read a test correctly. Therefore, having a clear PREGNANT or NOT PREGNANT digital read out would do nothing to alleviate those cases.*

Is this really a concern for women? I just feel that needing a clear PREGNANT result in words just shows the dumbing down of our society. I question the effectiveness of Clearblue’s marketing campaign. It relies on women admitting that they might be the 1 in 4 who can’t read a binary stick result. Maybe women who think they’re pregnant are already so insecure that they might fall for this ploy.

*Clearblue Digital also detects pregnancy sooner, which does alleviate those cases, but that is unrelated to the oversimplification of its test readout.

Ta-Da! All your problems have disappeared America


Is it just me, or does this picture of Obama look like he’s in the middle of a magic trick with doves appearing from his hands?

It reminds me of another awesome magician.