Monthly Archives: July 2008

Yet another reason why Asians are better

We don’t stink. And now, it’s been found that we have perfect pitch.

Several recent large-scale studies have confirmed a curious finding: Asians are much more likely to have “perfect pitch” than non-Asians. Perfect pitch, more properly called “Absolute pitch,” is an extremely rare phenomenon, but it’s several times more likely to occur in Asians than in others.

While the lack of BO is genetic, this perfect pitch thing doesn’t seem to be. Rather, it appears to be cultural.

Other research has found that nearly all of the Asian advantage in absolute pitch is found among Asians who spent their early childhood in Asia. This again points to cultural, not genetic factors.

The cultural factor probably explains why I’m absolutely terrible when it comes to music. I’m just not Chinese enough. But at least I don’t stink.


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New plan!

Here’s the new plan for fall (ultra)marathons:

  1. October 12: Bank of America Chicago Marathon (registered)
  2. October 19: Sisters Poker Run, 34M (just need to mail my registration fee)
  3. October 25: Autumn Leaves 50M (registered)

Hmm… that leaves only 5 days of rest between a 34-milers and a 50-miler. I’ll have to think about doing the 50K Autumn Leaves instead of the 50M. The Las Vegas and Death Valley Borax marathons in December I briefly considered are off the schedule.

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