Saturday, October 14, 2006
A recent article that was published in the Houston Chronicle by Eric Berger (the SciGuy):
- A study of 1,261 adults, published in 1992 by zoologist C. Davison Ankney, found that men's brains were about 8 percent heavier than those of women.
- A 1997 study in Denmark documented that men have about 15 percent more neurons -- the functional unit of the brain -- than women.
- And now comes this conclusion from research by Canadian scientists:
A study of 100,000 17- to 18-year-olds on the Scholastic Assessment Test published in the September 2006 issue of the journal Intelligence, has confirmed a surprising new finding-that men have a 4- to 5-point IQ advantage over women by adulthood.
Because girls mature faster than boys, the sex difference is masked during the school years, which explains why the sex difference was missed for 100 years. The new study, based upon an analysis of SAT scores that correlates to IQ, appears to confirm earlier work, using a different methodology, that concluded adult men have IQs 3.3 to 5 points higher than women.
Now after reading this, I wasn't sure if it was true so I had to ask someone who is very wise. I asked Karen and she said it is not true. Given that her motto is that the wife knows best, I am inclined to agree. Of course, I may be saying that for my own personal safety.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
[prounced dosvidaniya] for a short term [of two plus weeks]. It's jail for the Jim's again.
As the picture above says, "don't turn your computer off (don't go away) ." Billy and Karen will write here while we are gone! Like I said, I will read about it when/if we return.
Adi has her bags packed too! She is also under Karen and Billy's care while we are gone.
We have our map too. Our facilities (link) will move along quite rapidly. To see where all, go here (link). Russia Russia+River+Cruise Travel+and+Places Travel Jim+Bunch Jim+Bunch+Travels Photos Blogging Animals Pets+and+Animals
Oh yes, we will take a jacket and an umbrella, it is cooler there than here in the Houston area! No hard freezes like Iowa or snow like Nebraska is forcast though.
That Jim Bunch sure does like to travel!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
A quick trip to Baton Rouge and back
This was to see Mrs. Jim's cousins. We needed to see them again before we left for our jail trip, they are in their nineties. He is in very bad health and his wife is a weary caregiver.
This trip involved going on this very long bridge (a continuous 18.2 mile [29,290 meters] bridge (link)) across the Atchafalaya Basin (link).
Coming back started out not so much fun because of the rain. Traffic was heavy on that bridge. Then we came upon this sign. Should we take the Grosse Tete [Grosse, French for large] exit? Might be lots of activity there.
We opted for Whiskey Bay. Things were a little more relaxed there. [You might want to click on the pictures to really appreciate those signs--they are for real.]
What was special about Whiskey Bay? I took this picture on the way over. No fishing today but I'll bet they were biting good there.
Adi? She came with us, Mema too. They were in the back seat. Backseat drivers I might add; they made us get right back on the Interstate at Whiskey Bay without even stopping over.
And speaking of weary, Mrs. Jim, Adi, and I spent the night last night at church, with our Interfaith Hospitality Network (link) families. We got Mema and left from there. That's why there wasn't any post for yesterday.
Monday, October 09, 2006
A changing of the guard
Let's welcome guest writers, my son-in-law, Billy, and daughter, Karen. Billy is the fellow sitting on the right, at the Jim Bunch eating table.
They have no orders from me, they know my standards and writing ethics. And I have no idea what they will write. Nor how often, probably not every day.
This Friday Mrs. Jim and I are off to jail again on another hoped-to-be-nice European holiday. Here's hoping also that I blog more about this one than I did about our visit last spring.
The pictures today were taken at our subdivision's '2006 Picnic in the Park' yesterday. It was a 'bring a covered dish or desert, meat will be provided, bring your chairs tables & favorite beverages!' affair.
We were encouraged to bring the golf cart to save parking parking space. I would say more drove than brought carts. We brought both.
GC#4 came with Billy and Karen. Here she is playing toss the candy corn bag. Both her form and her aim were good today.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Adi Can . . . . . . . . Be all dressed up with no place to go
She even had a bath yesterday morning. But first things first, we decided to replace the other five batteries in the golf cart. The first one was changed out a couple of weeks ago.
Her ride would be right after lunch. I put her to work. You might remember that Adi is a therapy dog. We drove into Conroe and visited the folk at the assisted living center for about an hour.
Both Adi and the folk there like her visit. The folk tell me all about the dog (s) they used to have, some looked just like Adi. They tell me that just about every time we go. One fellow had a pack of beagles like Adi. They helped him hunt rabbits. Golf Golf+Cart Fun Sports Photos Life
When we got home the charger had finished and we took a test ride. All seems fine with the new batteries.