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...even Pepys has one.
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
...even Pepys has one.
Traditional archery sales talk, in this case mostly classic "D "style longbows, is kind of a nice antidote to the overdense, underwhelming and heavily taxing IT prose. I would recommend browsing some of the following sites after a long session of shopping for anything powered by transformers, batteries, or gasoline.
The NY Times ran an article about Ajax, Amsterdam's home soccer team. It seems that the team's unofficial nickname is "The Jews" for no reason other than that there used to be a lot of Jews in Amsterdam. This leads to typical soccer hooliganisms like when the supporters of opposing teams yell "Jews to the gas!" and "Hamas! Hamas!" I'm guessing (hoping) that this is exactly akin to the "Tomahawk Chop" and we have nothing to fear but the loss of good taste. Right?
An Indiana business gets harassed by the Man for openly selling cement versions of Venus and David.
Here's another reason why every child should have access to a sandbox.
...for Frank Miller's Sin City
As some of you know, the FSL and I have taken up archery. I wanted to post pictures of my new equipment, along with the vital statistics.
It's been so long since I've posted new headlines.
Read what Andrew has to say (subhead: 'Hypocrisy').
From "Ink and Incapability" (not "Amy and Amiability"):
I have about three months to build an online database of short essays and other documents. It's confusing, because there are a lot of options.
A bittersweet memory tonite, on the long commute, with the radio playing "Gimme Some Lovin" by the Spencer Davis Group.
About the time I was wondering whether any tankers don't explode, a tanker explodes.
NYT story on the uncomfortable similarites between the current real estate market and the internet boom.
But you gotta admit that's a pretty cherry atomic icebreaker there...
Speaking in my pretend professional capacity, I am amazed at the growing reports of alarming sea hijinks.
An admirable man, with a clue, interviewed here.
Republicans on the [Florida] House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out “leftist totalitarianism” by “dictator professors” in the classrooms of Florida’s universities.
The Academic Freedom Bill of Rights, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, passed 8-to-2 despite strenuous objections from the only two Democrats on the committee.
The bill has two more committees to pass before it can be considered by the full House.
While promoting the bill Tuesday, Baxley said a university education should be more than “one biased view by the professor, who as a dictator controls the classroom,” as part of “a misuse of their platform to indoctrinate the next generation with their own views.”
The bill sets a statewide standard that students cannot be punished for professing beliefs with which their professors disagree. Professors would also be advised to teach alternative “serious academic theories” that may disagree with their personal views.
Wooster Collective: A Celebration of Street Art
The Chinese channel is great, especially the ads. Big Marketing has discovered the Chinese demographic, so there are very slick ads from Allstate, Wells Fargo, and The Lottery, featuring smiling Asian-Americans in beautiful homes taking care of their children and thinking dreamily, yet prudently, of the future.
What the hell is going on? Another ship engine goes out and two big fat oilers in Alaska come within 1.3 miles of each other, and were at serious risk for a head-on, which might have made the Exxon Valdez look like Dairy Queen chocolate dip.
"They're drilling in the Alaskan wilderness? That's too bad. Someone really ought to look into passing laws to put such places under federal protection so this doesn't happen again."
A report suggests the Adminstration even blew the modest smallpox vaccination program.
A rather cogent essay, mostly on Social Security, from an old-school Washington state Republican, ruing the anti-central government, fiscally responsible ways of the past, in no uncertain terms.
A remarkable O'Geary building and many millions of Paul Allen's clams have not been able to make the Experience Music Project here in Seattle work. This series of stories in todays' Seattle PI is an interesting history of failed whimsy, and the inability of Vulcan corporate stoolies to run a non-profit business successfully.
Here is the pride of the the Irish navy. Yes, the Irish navy. I surprised myself by realizing that it had never occured to me that there was an Irish navy. It is not on its face an irrational enterprise. This one, the Eithne, even has a helicopter. A shameful moment for the First Sea Lord.
Keith Olbermann responds to an e-mailer who says the nation is giving up on liberal media and watching FOX News:
The pencil is no childish adornment of civilization, but rather its very foundation. Any artist or engineer will tell you that few are so foolish as to undertake any important enterprise without a good pencil at hand; it remains the most direct connection between the human intellect and material action. Even today, with a surfeit of darn fool electric brain contraptions clogging up America's laps, preventing sex, a pure smooth shaft of hard grey graphite seamlessly encased in even-grained, fragrant cedar wood and delicate, yielding paper becomes the soft, white marble and skillfully wielded, driving chisel of creation itself.
But I saw Eurotrip on tv tonite and laughed my ass off. ****
We're not in Kansas any more, but that doesn't mean we're safe!
The last wise man is dead.
As I continue my Panzer General adventures, a few random points on doctrine.
"In Operation Michael, 69 German divisions were massed against 32 British divisions, and in some places the British were outnumbered four to one... Artillery was massed in levels never before seen. For comparison, in 1915 at Loos, artillery pieces averaged one per 60 yards. In the 1918 Operation Michael, one gun was placed on average every 12 yards. Continuing this trend, the Soviets in World War II massed artillery one gun per every 3 yards. In contrast to earlier offensives, artillery bombardments were brief and shocking. The enemy artillery was first eliminated with shells and poison gas. Enemy headquarters, communication centers, and supply depots were targeted. Forward trenches were then devastated, machine gun posts being prime targets. Trenches of the Battle Zone were then bombarded...The Germans achieved a stunningly easy breakthrough, quickly recapturing most of the land the British had won at the infamous Battle of the Somme in 1916 (British Day #1 casualties in that battle: 58,000). But, lacking mechanized infantry and good logistical support, the Germans couldn't follow through. The Australians came up and plugged the gap, and that was that.
During Operation Michael, the British massed 30% of their troops on the front line. Instead of the desired effect of stopping the attack with overwhelming firepower, the troops were annihilated by artillery fire. In the sector of the XVIII Corps, only 50 of 10,000 front line troops survived the bombardment and subsequent attack.
Wolfowitz has been nominated to head the World Bank.
What are we going to do about this rampant scourge of homosexual, necrophillac ducks?
Oh you did the Iditarod, eh? Me too, with a sawed-off finger.
While in Rohn, one of the race veterinarians looked at it, and was a little taken aback by what he saw. "I had some nerves sticking out, drying out, and getting in my way," Buser recalled. He asked the vet to cut the nerves away. The veterinarian reluctantly agreed and made the snips. Cutting a nerve, even a dried out nerve sticking from the stump of a finger, can be a very painful experience. "He just looked at me and said, 'You're one tough S.O.B,'" Buser said.
Many liberal elitists believe that educational television is something only government-funded organizations like PBS can provide. To counter that attitude, I want to share with you highlights from today's schedule of a privately-held educational television network, TLC - The Learning Channel
I watched Piccadilly tonite, and there is no hope of putting together a coherent review, but it is very much worth your time. I come to it, of course, because of the great reviews and the opportunity to form a judgment about Anna May Wong. She is beautiful in Thief of Bagdad, but it's an eye-candy role. Could she act? If so, her performance in Piccadilly is the one she must be judged by. It was her biggest starring role in something other than Revenge of the Daughter of the Third Cousin of Fu Manchu's Step-Brother. She had considerable input into her look and choreography. If she did anything great that survived, this has to be it.
As every schoolchild knows, the British retreat from Tobruk might have turned into a complete rout, but for the heroic stand of the Free French at Bir Hakim. Americans have their own "we are not here to surrender" story (McAuliffe at Bastogne), but we don't hear about this one much.
Marvel's suit against City of Heroes: dismissed.
You may recall I had little involvement back in 1998 with a computer game called Panzer General II. I was thinking about it again the other day, because for me, that was the apex of the turn-based strategy game. Playable with almost no learning curve on game mechanics, intuitive, and pretty good-looking, too:
Israel Defense Army frowns on Dungeons and Dragons
As mentioned earlier, there has been a reunification (rereification?) of the Gang of Four, a band that seems more and more relevant 20 years after they were last heard from (1984). Tour dates for San Francisco are the 2nd and 3rd of May at the Fillmore, the 5th in Portland, the 6th in Seattle, and Wasilla on the 12th. I'm sorry, that last bit was a lie.
On a more cheery note of evolution, among my favorite human characteristics is our instinct to poke things with a stick. This alone, I argue, was a key evolutionary advantage that enables human beings to survive in situations where, when creatures cannot poke things with a stick, they are inevitably poisoned, crushed, infected, or devoured.
Shelton describes many cases where people have climbed trees to escape predacious bears (both black and grizzlies) only to discover that the bears climbed up after them! Shelton's studies show that the bear was often able to climb the tree and pull the human out of it! Human tree climbers who survived a "tree-climbing bear attack", did so by poking the bear with a stick or other object. Persistent stick-poking--not inability of the bear to climb the tree--was what saved the day. Anyone who has spent much time in the bush knows that bears are very adept at getting treed packs out of trees.
The recent discovery of complex convultions in the brains of the new "Hobbit" human species in Indonesia naturally gets me thinking about the remorseless, robotic commodification of human experience.
On Wednesday, the [Alaska] House of Representatives passed a revised resolution that formally urges Congress to allow oil exploration and development in the coastal plain of ANWR. The House had already passed a resolution on the topic in January, but the Senate failed to accept that version and sent over its own, which deleted language mentioning the Gwich'in people and their long-standing reliance on the Porcupine Caribou Herd in the ANWR area.
"U.S. News & World Report reported last week that several senior Republican senators — upon hearing that "blogs" had uncovered the Dan Rather scandal, helped to defeat Tom Daschle and pushed for the resignation of CNN executive Eason Jordan — demanded that "blogs" be added to their official Web sites. Even though, as a Capitol Hill Web consultant told the magazine, most of them hadn't the slightest idea of what a 'blog' actually is."
There is an immense silent film website known as Silent Era, which polls visitors on the greatest silent movies ever made. The current Top 10: