On Your Way Through Texas
Don't miss the mysterious Marfa Lights.
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
Don't miss the mysterious Marfa Lights.
Naked Pipers! (Drummers Too!)
I ain't sending my kid to no weak honky school!
Walter Cronkite is now, after almost a century, able to own up to some of the most awful moments of his career. And we are the richer for it...
I'd like to insert a reminder on why red states do, in fact, suck.
Washed-up Drew Bledsoe threw three interceptions as the Bills squeaked by the Seahawks, 38-9 today. But there is another Drew stalking the land - Drew Brees in San Diego continues to make a statement. Just to steal a march on Easterbrook: I don't wish to alarm you, but the Chargers are 8-3 and Brees has 19 touchdown passes (same as Favre) and three - count them three - interceptions this season (Favre has 11). His QB rating is 105.6, same as Donovan McNabb.
Tonite we watched My Darling Clementine (two words: Victor Mature), and were pleasantly surprised by Cowboy, in which Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon are by turns teacher/student, enemies, and buddies. The movie is based on the real-life experiences of Frank Harris, as described in the book My Reminiscences as a Cowboy.
First examples reporting to the Bush cabinet as we speak...
Suge Knight up to his old tricks?
New EA game in stores now!
I think it was last Christmas, sitting around the computer, that we tried to find an actor who had been in more movies than Christopher Lee, and failed.
Experts agree we're overdue to a flu pandemic. The most likely candidate pathogen is bird flu, which is already going around southeast Asia. Bird flu is scary because it kills healthy adults, inducing a cytokine storm in which your own immune system takes you down. Flu vaccine may or not not prevent it.
OK, it's not my best subject, but it looks like the German version of Once Upon a Time in the West is translated as "Play Me the Song of Death". And how does Harmonica get renamed "der Mundharmonikaspieler"?
Now that we live in an illiterate, obese, theocracy, and are pursuing an aggressive cold war against another theocracy, it seems like a good time to get back to basics. And when I get back to basics, I get back to David Hume.
My wife's father has a seen a few westerns and finds them fascinating. So we're watching some westerns together. The question is, which westerns would you show to someone who hasn't seen many of them and wants to learn about the genre?
Last Exit Before Gas - by William S. Lind:
In this transcript, Robert Kennedy and Mississippi governor Ross Barnett argue over how to stage the entrance of the first black man to enter Ole Miss':
I love a good pan, and Tom Shales is the master of the art. This week, he bitch slaps the FCC chairman:
I don't usually watch a lot of TV (I'm too lazy to push the buttons on the remote), but last night I saw perhaps the best network show I've seen in a long, long time: House, M.D. It's that new doctor show starring Hugh Laurie. Incredible (for TV) writing, and astonishingly good acting (for any medium) by Laurie, of whom I was already a fan, but never realized just how good he is. The only downside is that it follows the medical show trens a little too closely in "treating" the audience to discomfitting medical procedures to demonstrate its "edgyness."
If you're not following the contraversy surrounding the U.S. House appropriations bill, you should be; it's both scary (in that the provision to allow Republicans House leaders to spy on and expose people's tax returns) and hilarious (to hear Republicans try to explain how nobody in particular put the provision in the bill).
What I've been meaning to say in our various chit-chats during the past week, but never got around to, is this: I'm done with the NBA.
WSU Cougars Win Apple Cup
Life without Microsoft is not so bad. I looked up today and realized that about the only functionality I'm geeting from Microsoft is the OS on my laptop...
Googlebar now available for Firefox 1.0.
It's not that the U.S. Government is an unmitigated fascist empire. It's just that I keep having to look up "fascism" to make the increasingly nuanced distinctions.
There is a new biography of William Shakespeare, entitled Will in the World. It is hugely entertaining, although it adds little to established knowledge of Shakespeare. How did the author, Stephen Greenblatt of famous Harvard University, achieve this? Simple: when the facts are not known, he makes them up.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is building a case against Iran with disclosures of a covert nuclear weapons program that carry echoes of the run-up to the war with Iraq.
A worthy organization if ever there was one.
The all-new Sid Meier's Pirates! will be released next week.
2001 - Drew Bledsoe leads the Patriots to the NFC Championship while Tom "Can't Play Hurt" Brady nurses an aggravated hangnail or something.
Even in the computer business, I know very few highly successful people who care very much about or use computers. The really successful people I know are negotiators, thinkers, networkers...they have the hired help install, maintain, and operate the computers.
I had not heard this tale, which I deeply hope is true. Were you responsible in some way?
Seriously, why does this job fall to a comedian?
This made me sick.
22 hours, 36 minutes according to the always-reliable Yahoo! Maps...how hard can it be?
But I can't help but post this lovely bit of cross-genre, culture jamming*.
They're trying to figure out how to make the paper more credible. You know they're serious - there's a Credibility Committee.
As my boycott of Hollywood continues, I find myself severely deprived of goofy star gossip. Fortunately, there is a whole blog dedicated to the stars of the TVB network in Hong Kong, giving me everything I need to become the Jackie Harvey of Cantonese TV.
Going through Lone Star Swing the second time. Scotsman Duncan McLean gets interested in Bob Wills, wins a literary award, and blows the money on a trip to Texas in search of western swing. There's a lot of very good material on Bob Wills and his cohorts, and, for no extra charge, an almost anthropological take on mid-90's Texas.
With no military and an outstanding track record on the environment, you might think Costa Rica has an interesting story. It does, and Jose Figueres should be some kind of a hero. Here is an interview with him from 1970.
Custom plastics injection molding.
It never occured to me that Bush would actually welcome Global Warming. I just thought he didn't give a crap. The light bulb went on when I saw this passage from and article on global warming posted on NewScientist. Call me slow. I could never win at King Maker either.
It's the least we can do.
"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt......If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."
But I like the speech.
I think we can all symphathize with this poor bastard.
I haven't been able to find the text of Clinton's STFU speech, but here is where his thinking was on or about 11/1/03. It's really good.
I think not.
Just another turbo-genius astrophysicist flying off the handle, or perhaps the considered opinion of the brightest mind on the planet. Stephen Hawking calls Bush a war criminal for the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis.
This is a Republican No-Nookie Zone
Arafat's doctor, Ashraf Kurdi, told the Al Jazeera satellite TV network that, "Arafat's health condition makes poisoning a strong possibility."
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A former senior spokesman for the ousted Taliban government in Afghanistan has been arrested for tax evasion.
Please welcome the newest Eisengeister, The Sum of All Monkeys.
I wonder if this will inspire our Christian president to give some of his money to the poor.
I'm listening to a new CD I bought from my instructor/retailer Lynne from the House of Bagpipes. It's called The Last Piper, a tribute to Harry Lunan by four of the world's greatest solo pipers (Gordon Walker, Angus MacColl, Roddy MacLeod, and Stuart Shedden).
Harry Lunan joined the Gordon Highlanders in 1913 as a a piper, for which he received one penny a day extra pay. During the First World War he took part in the horrendous carnage of the Battle of the Somme, in 1916, and in which the British Army lost 60,000 men on the first day. At the attack on High Wood, Harry Lunan, armed only with his bagpipe, led a suicidal charge into machine-gun fire to reach the enemy trenches. This is how he described the action, "I just played whatever came in to my head, but I was worried about tripping on the uneven ground, which interrupted my playing. The enemy fire was murderous, the men were falling all around me, I was lucky to survive. Hearing the pipes gave the troops courage."
OK, maybe one.
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.
But I still think I'm right.
Actually for the British, but it's worth a read.
The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush on Wednesday against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.
Sen. Arlen Specter, fresh from winning a fifth term in Pennsylvania, also said the current Supreme Court now lacks legal "giants" on the bench.
Why did the exit polls differ so much from the actual results? There will be finger-pointing at the pollsters, of course. But perhaps a look at the results is in order. Our friend at Princeton thinks it was mostly on the up-and-up, but notes that something unusual may have happened in Florida:
Even if Kerry had won Ohio and the presidency, he'd be a lonely man, because the Democrats lost this election, bad. The Elitist Minority GOP has somehow managed to win significant majorities among state governors and senators, and extended its lead in the House. I think there are a few obvious lessons for Dems:
Full info here.
As of this posting, it's Kerry 298, Bush 231. No polling site has been more volitile in my experience, but it's running out of time to swing, and almost all of the states are off the fence.