23 July 2010


BREAKING THE ICE. The next generation of online dating has arrived. Imagine noticing an attractive person whom you would like to get to know better. You aren't into the bar scene, or you might not have the time at that moment to strike up a conversation, or you might be a little shy. Connecting can be as easy as slipping that person a discreet card with the inscription "Look up. You might be missing something." Below, in smaller letters, are the words "Find me," a code, and the website of an online dating service. Voila.

Unlike established online services like Match.com or EHarmony, new services like Cheek'd and flipmedating don't require you to fill out a lengthy personal profile. Your website information is only available to those whom you choose specifically. Rather than being tied down to a computer doing searches, one is actually engaged and out in public, with the ability to spontaneously yet safely show interest in someone you see. The "next generation" article link above describes in greater detail how the process works, along with users' opinions. Sounds like fun.

SEXERCISE. It has been long established that exercise and physical activity promote neurogenesis, growing new neural connections in the brain. So the burning question becomes, can frequent sex make us smarter -- and can "virtual" sex do the same? Click on the link to read more about research into how the process works, and draw your own conclusions.

SWEET MEMORY. Fifteen years ago today, Comet Hale-Bopp was first discovered approaching Earth's vicinity from the outer reaches of the Solar System. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months. During that time I was living in the forested foothills northeast of Vancouver, WA. Even though the night skies of the Pacific Northwest are often obscured by clouds, on one memorable, crystal-clear night my son and I drove to a nearby spot where we had a magnificent, unobstructed view of the comet. We gazed in delight for a long time. It was a shared moment I'll always treasure.

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