Friday, April 21, 2006

I'd very much like to write a long post full of amusing anecdotes from my childhood, pithy comments about our current political leadership, or put up pictures of some project around the house or another. But it's 4:30 on a Friday, and I'm leaving to spend the weekend on the Current River. This time tomorrow, my feet'll be wet, and I'll be sunburned and happy. But I've got a long drive tonight, and a bunch of stuff to throw in the back of the car before I can even start that drive, so I'm afraid the wit will have to go on the back burner for the time being.
Beaver Overthinking Dam. I in no way identify with this.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Kevin Drum pulls together some old stories about diplomatic outreach from Iran to the U.S. In other words, Iran tried to come to us years ago to negotiate a better relationship, and the Bush administration rebuffed them.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

See, there's this really hokey book out there that really means a lot to me, and shaped a lot of how I live my life. And now they're making a movie of it, and I'm a little scared. But if the trailer's anything to go by, they're doing okay.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

100 years ago, a small group of men risked their lives to save the U.S. Mint (and quite possibly the U.S. economy) during the San Francisco earthquake. Their story: Grace Under Fire

Monday, April 10, 2006


What the hell?

What possible explanation can there be for this photo?

Friday, April 07, 2006

I hate to say this, but I have to give props to GM for their deeply weird viral marketing campaign.

Crop circles, conspiracies, and ethanol fueled vehicles. Nice.
A Secondhand Conversation:
Mary: So, I noticed Jeff's mom took the Bush sticker off her car...

Kate: Well, she sort of had to. She was down home in Ruston (north central Louisiana), and somebody shot her bumper.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

So Kate came in the other day and told us that there is a yellow jacket nest right by our front door. Being kind of a dumbass, I go right out to check it out and dump some bug killer on it, then come back inside to do some research. Luckily, they weren't yellow jackets, just ground-dwelling bees. I say luckily, because I ran across resources like this one, which gives instructions on how to build a yellow jacket trap using a whole fish as bait, and this one which suggests that the most important thing in destroying a nest is planning your escape route. Jeesh! I never thought I'd be glad to just have bees living in my yard.

Alas, Christie's allergic, and I'm a wuss, so the bees have got to go. Unfortunately, I'm finding holes all over the damn yard, so this could be a bit of a challenge.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Another trippy little Flickr pic. I have definitely had days like this.
ABC News: Homeland Security Official Arrested in Online Sex Case: "'He started his communication on the computer, clearly identified himself from the very beginning as Brian Doyle from the Department of Homeland Security, where he's a deputy press secretary,' Judd said. 'Apparently, he was trying to impress this 14-year-old.'"

What, exactly, does that tell us about this administration? I mean, apart from the fact that they have no idea how to impress a 14-year-old.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

I'm looking for patterns in data and not finding what I'm looking for, so I click a couple of times and find myself reading a Justin Hall piece from 1995 on habit-based targetted advertising, and Fremen-walking pops into my head, mixed in with Castenada's disdain for "habits", and suddenly I've got a picture in my head of a group of anarcho-libertarians trying to figure out a way to move through cyberspace without drawing the attention of the powers-that-be.

It's not a plot, barely even a scenario, but it could be interesting to see where it goes. Of course, it's competing with three or four other plots I've got bouncing around in my head right now, so who knows what'll happen?

Monday, April 03, 2006

It's election day tomorrow, so go vote! If you're local, here's a good resource from the Trib about the school board elections. As usual, though, I disagree with their endorsments. I have zero tolerance at this point in my life for elected officials who talk about "gaps" in the evolutionary record or speak of Intelligent Design as if it were anything other than a con job.

I'm endorsing Michael Tan and Michelle Gadbois because there are not enough Michaels and Michelles out there, and because they're both teachers with administrative experience, and both seem like they'd do well.