Monday, May 21, 2007

Korea has a higher suicide rate than Japan. What especially caught my eye in a recent article about suicide in the former country, though, was this comment about people there who use the net to find partners for a suicide pact:
Now they're more careful. Once they've met each other, they shut down the site and switch to e-mail and cellphones. You need a lot of searching and hunches and luck to track down these people.
Perhaps it's naive of me to ask this, but rather than hunt down people who clearly don't want to be found, wouldn't it make more sense to figure out what it is about the present cultural conditions there that inspire so many to suicide and to change that?

Friday, May 11, 2007

The other day i read that the creator of the Dilbert comic strip starts work each day by spending two hours blogging, and then he'll spend the next 3-4 hours working on his comic strips.