Thursday, June 30, 2005
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Something has gone seriously awry with this Court's interpretation of the Constitution.This term of the Supreme Court seems to be batting a thousand.
UPDATE: CafePress is now offering products around this future famous quote.
Friday, June 24, 2005
I'm completely bird ignorant, so I don't know what these are. I do know that they appear to be raised by both parents rather than just the mother. When I went to snap this photo there were two unhappy parents behind me.
Ann T. Christ apparently drives a red Dodge Avenger and eats lunch on Sundays at It's Only Natural in Middletown, CT. Even more compelling is that this picture was indexed as IMG_03666 by my digicam.
At least she has good tase. ION is a vegetarian restaurant that attracts the crunchy types hanging in and around Wesleyan University. The food is generally pretty good, and good for you.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
I also made some other tweaks "behind the scenes" to handle the links on the right. They are all in an XML file now so I can add them easier. So are the random taglines at the top.
These little bits are written in .Net. Eventually I'll wean myself completely off Blogger.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Interesting price model -- $1800 bucks for the reader, one dollar for a card.
Friday, June 10, 2005
The Corporate fallout Detector scans barcodes off of consumer products, and makes a clicking noise based on the environmental or ethical record (selectable via the "sensitivity" switch) of the manufacturer. It explores issues of corporate accountability and individual choice. Due to increasingly complex global supply chains, a single product we buy may contain parts made by various companies all over the world. We may agree with the business practices of some of these companies, while not with others. The complexity of the relationships between manufacturers can be so great that it becomes unclear how to translate our personal convictions into good buying decisions, and all purchasing decisions involve an unavoidable element of risk.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Prosecutor Paul McNulty alleged that McKinnon, known online as "Solo," had perpetrated "the biggest hack of military computers ever". He was named as the chief suspect after a series of electronic break-ins occurred over 12 months at 92 separate US military and Nasa networks.Why did he do it?
McKinnon was also accused of hacking into the networks of six private companies and organisations.
It is alleged that he used software available on the internet to scan tens of thousands of computers on US military networks from his home PC, looking for machines that might be exposed due to flaws in the Windows operating system.
Many of the computers he broke into were protected by easy-to-guess passwords, investigators said. In some cases, McKinnon allegedly shut down the computer systems he invaded.
Friends said he was desperate to prove that the Americans had mounted a huge cover-up to deny his belief that aliens had visited earth.His mom is quoted as saying she is sorry she bought the complete X-Files set for her son for Christmas.
Not to fret. The Department of Freaking Perspective is offering an alternative model that is sure to set the wearer apart as informed, as well as set the record straight.
I've long been appalled by the willingness of government officials to discriminate against religious speech this way. It's true that under the Court's Establishment Clause caselaw the government generally may not itself engage in religious speech (especially in K-12 schools), nor may it give preferential treatment to religious speech. But this ban on government preferences for religious speech doesn't require or authorize discrimination against private religious speech. Such discrimination is itself unconstitutional; it violates the Free Speech Clause, and in my view the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause as well (though that's less clear than the Free Speech Clause violation).Free speech isn't so free, it seems. God comments:
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Wired has a cute article on the beginnings of the wired world that began with BBS's some 25 years ago.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
Charles Krauthammer takes the MSM to task over this self-flagellation:
Do read the whole thing.
On the scale of human crimes, where, say, 10 is the killing of 2,973 innocent people in one day and 0 is jaywalking, this ranks as perhaps a 0.01.
Moreover, what were the Korans doing there in the first place? The very possibility of mishandling Korans arose because we gave them to each prisoner. What kind of crazy tolerance is this? Is there any other country that would give a prisoner precisely the religious text that that prisoner and those affiliated with him invoke to justify the slaughter of innocents? If the prisoners had to have reading material, I would have given them the book "Portraits 9/11/01" -- vignettes of the lives of those massacred on Sept. 11.
Why this abjectness on our part? On the very day the braying mob in Pakistan demonstrated over the false Koran report in Newsweek, a suicide bomber blew up an Islamic shrine in Islamabad, destroying not just innocent men, women and children, but undoubtedly many Korans as well. Not a word of condemnation. No demonstrations.
Minh-Duc offers a similar perspective and encourages people not to dilute the meaning of torture.
"I hate him. He talks too much. He talks too much, he doesn't make sense, he's fat, he's sloppy, he acts like he's the best thing since sliced bread, he's ugly, he stinks, his mouth stinks, his breath stinks and basically his soul stinks too." -- Carolina defensive tackle Kris Jenkins on Oakland defensive tackle Warren Sapp.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Look what Poland is up to:
In Poland, the Ministry of Infrastructure dreams of satellite surveillance of drivers and has drawn highly ambitious plans for the coming decades stating that "the policy of the country is directed to introducing electronic road charging system". When asked how is he going to calculate the toll, the minister answers that it is possible with GPS so the state can require car owners to possess the system. In its "Country Transport Policy for the years 2005 - 2025", the ministry admits also that to fulfill the requirements of the European Commission the state will act to introduce such tax and fiscal policies that will restrict "an uncontrolled development of motorization".That's, like, genuinely creepy.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Personally, I have second thoughts about using a service whose name rhymes with "deer ticks."