Nassim Taleb says that he likes to watch CNBC with the sound off, so that the talking heads, minus the talk, look as absurd as the nonsense they spout. Those expecting something meaningful out of tonight's SOTU will probably be disappointed, so perhaps you should watch the speech the way Karen Kohn Bradley does (Baltimore Sun):
"I check [the speech] out with the sound off," says Bradley, a visiting professor of dance at the University of Maryland, College Park, who specializes in body-language analysis. "That way I can read the nonverbal meaning all the way through.
"The whole world's a dance," she says. "We're all dancing, all the time. We always reveal."
Sounds good, though I'll have to see if there's anything good on cable before I commit.
More: Perhaps we'll hear, "The era of big oil is over".