So I was thinking, the other day, about a vital topic, as they say.
What is a good size for a new TV? 40" seems good for a small room, yet 3:4 (legacy) content looks really small, as if on a 21" set.
That is, if you letterbox it with dark stripes on the sides. But a lot of people don't do this. They use a mode where the image is stretched. So everybody looks fat.
Then I had a thought. What if the obesity epidemic is really due to 16:9 TVs making everybody look, ah, wide? If top talent on the tube looks plus sized, and people then go to the mirror, they may feel thin enough to keep gaining weight.
This is what we call a theory. A pet theory. Here is another:
It has been proposed that the drop in crime rates tracks the elimination of leaded gas over 20 years ago. The evidence is compelling. What I have not seen studied is the relationship between lead exposure and other kinds of antisocial behavior. Lead in gasoline was phased out starting in 1975, and was nearly eliminated by 1990. Roughly, this correlates with a drop in crime starting in the mid 1990's, that has continued since. So far so good. Crime tracks 20 years later because most people start their criminal "careers" in their late teens to early 20's.
But people born before 1975 are still around. If you were born in 1975, you are now 37, and people older than 37 can be thought of as being potentially less well behaved than those born after. Few professions begin when people are nearing their 40's, so it's hard to see a "lead wave" in disciplines other than criminal activities. There is, however, at least one notable exception: Politics. The average age of a representative in the 111th Congress was 57.2 years. The average age of new members was 49.8 years, so we are talking about guys born in 1962. New senators start at 57.1 years.
This means we need to wait another 13 years to begin to see the effects of an unleaded House, and another 7 years to have an unleaded Senate. So, my pet theory is that:
- The quality of our federal politicians will continue to be poor, and even worsen, till about 2025.
- By 2040 we can expect to see visibly more intelligent, honest, and restrained politicians running the country. Whatever is left of it, anyway, because the theory holds the current crop to be thugs with suits and ties.
- Early evidence of future improvement will come in the form of decent crop of local politicians and state level politicians by around 2020.
- Likewise, the number of good top executives in the private sector should gradually rise after 2020.
So that's another theory.
Now, gentlemen and gentlewomen, it's your turn!