Friday, June 27, 2008
Utahraptor, people living for revenge get to walk slow-motion in front of more explosions than heartless plutocrats do. I can't just ignore that.
(June 27 2008: if you think "USA" is a slam on billy mitchell then you are correct! also i guess we both saw "king of kong" and enjoyed it? )
Ryan North lives in my closet. I know this, and as soon as my rib hurts little enough that I can reach up and rearrange sweaters, I just know I will find him in there.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
What do you do?
Monday, June 23, 2008
More people have already posted tributes than you can shake a stick at (a cliche undoubtedly he would snub) to George Carlin, a man who combined language, laughter and a refined distaste for authoritarianism like no other.
I pick this one, from Tsukento, whose animated blog you can find in the Links sidebar.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
John McCain, a man I once admired because of the way he stood (notice the past tense there) on principle, immediately challenged Obama's trustworthiness. This is a man who ought not to be casting stones as such. Simply read two NYT articles that appeared in a row as headliners yesterday, to get my point:
G.A.O. Backs Boeing on Aerial Tanker Deal: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/business/19tanker.html?8au&emc=au
Bush Calls for End to Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling :
Here's a link to the video:
That's all for now. I have to bake some cookies. I wish that cookie economy I dream of would become a reality.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
True or False? (From a survey of American adults, conducted by Michigan State)
1. Early humans were hanging out with the dinosaurs. 50% know this is false.
2. The continents have been moving for millions of years and will continue to do so. 71% know this is true.
3. Regular old tomatoes (like the ones causing salmonella in at least 17 states and therefore disappearing from produce shelves in grocery stores) do not have genes, whereas genetically modified ones do. Only 49% know this is a false statement.
4. Antibiotics kill viruses in addition to bacteria. A mere 55% know this is false, giving doctors all over the place an excellent market for pushing these drugs onto people suffering from things like the common cold, thus contributing to the coffers of the pharmaceutical companies. (Sorry, Steiner, but you know there's some truth to that statement.)
5. Electrons are smaller than atoms. Less than half, 48%, know this is true. What happened to elementary school science class?
6. Lasers work by focusing sound waves. Fifty-four percent are not only suffering from lack of science knowledge, but apparently also are unable to spell, since the "l" at the beginning of "laser" stands for "lightwave" in the acronym; 46% know the answer is "false."
7. The universe began with a huge explosion. Less than one-third, 30%, know this to be true, at least in theory.
I think you have to be a subscriber to the Chronicle to get access online; otherwise, I'd give you the link to the article, which also notes that more than one-third of adults surveyed do not know the earth orbits the sun once a year and four out of five cannot define "molecule." Yet scientific literacy, as defined by a passing score of 70 of 100 points, or the equivalent of being able to comprehend the science section of the NYT or a TV program like Nova, has increased from 10% of the adult American public in 1988 to 25% last year. At the same time, we rank second in the world, behind Sweden, in overall science literacy. Yikes. No wonder the Old Mother seems to be tossing us off with delighted abandon in the form of all sorts of biblical prophecy-like afflictions and disasters.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Tokyo Knife Rampage
I'm not really asking "why," in this case. I think the reasons people are committing these acts of violence against people they don't even know, en masse, with increasing frequency in places like the US and Japan, are pretty transparent. The question is why we don't do anything? "We..."
Plus, there is the propensity I have to slip inside what I call my 16-track mind and wander. Some really interesting things happen in there, and disconnect me from people sometimes. (Good thing Presidents have___ House Spokespeople.) And there are the tangibles of the immediate environment to distract me from things like job seeking and blogging, like books and kites and baking cookies. (If we lived in the cookie economy I dream of, I'd have it made economically.) At least I am not consumed by the virtual world in front of me on the laptop that sits on my kitchen table.
While in Denver with Netiquette back in late March seeking, and finding(!) fabric for her wedding outfit, I wandered down to the coffee-and-magazine shop in the lobby of our Fancy Hotel on Sunday morning and bought a tall cup of strong hot coffee and the April issue of Glamour magazine and sat on a couch, the upper end kind the looks of which belie its lack of seating comfort, to read and watch people traffic. An interview with several guys about "Men's New Sexual Needs" (yes, that's right) revealed that one of them is that men need "at least as much attention as your laptop." (Have they all figured out it works the other way around, too?)
People of this Fine Country, if I were your President, you would not have to worry about me spending more time playing computer games (and subsequently running around knifing people; that's what some would suggest is the next step, right?) than attending to you in person. (Though I do love my Facebook and Scrabulous and currently would welcome at least a couple new challenges at that table.)
Enough for now; it's late enough in the morning to start pestering people about jobs. (Apparently there are more jobs, proportional to people needing them, than a person can shake a stick at here in Wyoming, as opposed to other states, just not in Albany county)
Congratulations, Ken Griffey, Jr:
Oh, and check out the new Beastie Boys: The Mix-Up. The Guardian claims it's "for fans only" and gives The Mix-Up just 2 stars, claiming the music, all "jazz-tinged instrumentals," doesn't stand alone. However, I'm with Roberto on this one, that you have to respect guys who have been around a long time, are considered solidly as a particular genre, and then bust out with something new and different. Plus, the tracks stand up just fine as interesting and worthy dinner party music. Maybe it'll be on the menu for my first Aubergine House get-together.
Monday, June 2, 2008
According to my Most Trusted Source, for at least the past couple weeks people have been bringing their pets into the animal shelter in Laramie because they have heard the word "recession" on TV (most likely) and feel the need to "downsize." The animals may receive new homes, with responsible people who treat them like family, not commodities up for disposal at a moment's notice. Or not.
Jonathan Alter recently wrote in Newsweek (April 28, 2008): "But the ecosystem of political media has changed, with sound bites losing their authority. Consumers of news are less easily manipulated by the 24/7 barrage of bites and images (Hillary Clinton doing whisky shots, Obama bowling), which are dissected endlessly on cable. Voters are searching for their own context. The bad news is that they are often simply looking for their opinions to be validated..." I cringed when I read that comment, at the obvious and disgusting pretention that does not belong in a representative democracy. On the other hand, if you are willing to drop your dog or cat or ferret or guinea pig or rat or rabbit or gerbil or bird off at the shelter because you don't want to maintain the responsibility you took for caring for another's life, don't bother to vote for me. I don't represent you.