I don't talk about football much because, well, there generally ain't much to talk about. But not today! Oh no, today, we got us some delicious news.0-15. First. Time. Ever. Now, I know there will be a ton of piling on about just how bad they are. In fact, tomorrow I'm on vacation and I'm getting up to listen to 101 Mike in the Morning just to hear "Killer" Kowalski sping the Lions latest, historic loss. And they are so very, very, very bad, don't get me wrong.But, Detroiters (and, aren't we all Detroiters when the Lions are playing), let's lift that chin, swell that chest, and cock a corner of our mouths in a smile. We are historic. When the seasons of every other team, save the champion, are forgotten, who will still be on the tips of every fan's lips? The Lions. Who will be a trivia question on Jeopardy in 2010? The mo-fo'ing Lions! When some the 3rd place Browns fans look back on the 2008 season, what will they remember? Nothing, that&…
I'll let this one introduce itself.The Brighton City Council on Thursday approved an ordinance allowing police in the Livingston County community to ticket and fine anyone who is annoying in public "by word of mouth, sign or motions."Welcome to West Michigan-style legislation. As J-- called it, this is a bunch of fuddy-duddies grumping over "those damned kids", but moving their crotchetiness into civics. A city attorney says there could be situations where the measure would violate freedom of speech...Yah think? I can't wait for some well-funded smart-ass to walk around Brighton screaming Blessings From God at passerbys, just to get cited, and then sue the friggen pants off the city. What a bunch of dumb-ass, over-bearing, holier-than-thou bull this is.Feels just like my hometown.Detnews.com story
With the release of The Dark Knight and my complete nerdiness over the movie, I purchased the 2-Disc edition when it was released yesterday. To my surprise, it included a free digital copy (ala iTunes) along with the DVD version. This is my first digital movie as, frankly, I didn't see the point in buying digital-only movies. I hate watching movies on my computer, I don't have a personal laptop that can play them, and I can't watch them on my television (at least not if I buy from Apple). Yes, I lose geek points for not having that ability, but I'm not going to buy a movie through Microsoft that I can't play on any other device, or substitute iTunes for Microsoft and have the same problem. (DRM is stupid.)But, with The Dark Knight, I plopped in the disc, iTunes saw it and prompted me for the included code and, a couple minutes later, I happily have 1.7 GB of movie to transfer to my iTunes compatible devices. I wouldn't have purchased the digital-only version, b…
I fell out of Metallica's sway a while ago, giving up around Garage, Inc. But, as I09 said in their post today, "I am officially in love with Metallica again." Well, at least for today.
This video is fantastic. Listening to the song without the video, it's still a pretty decent song, but the video brings it to a entirely different, and better, level. It's an alternate history, zombie, Cold War, sci-fi tour de force.
Methane bursts from frozen tundra : Nature News "In those months, Christensen and his colleagues measured cumulative emissions as large as those recorded over the summer – with peak rates at some collection points higher than had ever been seen in tundra... "I would have predicted the exact opposite finding," says Merritt Turetsky, a tundra expert from the University of Guelph, Canada, who was not involved in the study." (tags: climateglobalwarmingscience)
*Facepalm* Apparently, they didn't learn nearly as much as they could have last time. The fact that Wagoner didn't drive one from Detroit, but apparently had it shipped to Washington in order to drive the last few miles, may be an indication that the Volt program has a long was to go to keep its promises. [emphasis mine] I understand it can't make the trip, but isn't that sort of the point as to why the US auto makers can't compete? Seriously, GM (and Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler), how many times can you miss the point?
Yes, I'm years behind the curve, but I finally got an iPhone. I am, of course, completely geeking out, transferring apps and music like mad. Surprisingly, we bought our new phones at Best Buy and had an excellent experience. The sales person there (sorry man, forgot your name) was great: friendly, tolerated a lot of stupid questions and us churning through all of our options on Verizon before deciding to go with AT&T. J-- got a new Blackberry Pearl (in red) and is grooving on that, too. Note to Verizon: we had no issues with your service, no issues with billing. Your customer service, however, from the beginning of our experience (since resolved) left a bad taste in our mouth. So much so that you lost two customers today who went from basic voice services to (at least one) voice + data plan. And you Blackberry policy is stupid. J-- wasn't sure she wanted a data plan, but we couldn't buy or upgrade to a Blackberry without one. But AT&T was happy to let us purchase o…
Inspired by the Turbaconducken, my first attempt at a bacon-wrapped turkey.Ready to bakeThe cooked birdAnother hero shotLessons learned: thicker bacon, lower temp (baked this at 325), better covering of the bird to preserve moisture (or add liquid to oven). Overall, not a bad first attempt; even J-- liked it (or so she says).
Gmail voice and video chat Does anyone remember the video phone? Yeah, me either. You know why? I don't want to see you when I'm talking to you. Unfortunately, this isn't going away; we're all being conditioned. (tags: chatgooglevideogmail)
This policy is so full on win, it warms my little electronic heart another 20 C. A partial bullet-point list; click through to see the whole thing with more statements.
Protect the Openness of the Internet (Net Neutrality!) Safeguard our Right to Privacy Open Up Government to its Citizens Invest in the Sciences Invest in University-Based Research Make the R&D Tax Credit Permanent Reform the Patent System Make Math and Science Education a National Priority
This time tomorrow where will we be On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea This time tomorrow what will we know Will we still be here watching an in-flight movie show I'll leave the sun behind me and watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by Seven miles below me I can see the world and it ain't so big at all This time tomorrow what will we see Fields full of houses, endless rows of crowded streets I don't where I'm going, I don't want to see I feel the world below me looking up at me Leave the sun behind me, and I watch the clouds as they sadly pass me by And I'm in perpetual motion and the world below doesn't matter much to me This time tomorrow where will we be On a spaceship somewhere sailing across an empty sea This time tomorrow where will we be This time tomorrow what will we see
Game Theory — Open Yale Courses This course is an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Ideas such as dominance, backward induction, Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling are discussed and applied to games played in class and to examples drawn from economics, politics, the movies, and elsewhere. (tags: eLearningeducationcoursestheorygame-theory)
I would to introduce you to one of my favorite Dutch phrases: plaatsvervangende schaamte. Here's how to pronounce it (no, that's not me).
So, what does plaatsvervangende schaamte mean (if you haven't clicked that link above)? It means "place exchanging shame", or, the shame I feel because you aren't ashamed of what you're doing. You know, like when you're friend is singing terribly but thinks they sound like a pop star?
Or, say, when you're the biggest newspaper in the most liberal town in the state, and you can't even find your dignity to choose a candidate to endorse for one of the more important Presenidential races in history. Yet that's what I feel today for the editorial board at the Ann Arbor News.
Granted, this is the paper that twice endorsed George W. Bush. But, today less than 2 weeks before the election, the AA News endorsed... no one. In 816 words they managed spit out every Republican talking point, most of the Democratic points…
You just can't make this stuff up: Madam President, the amendment before the Senate is a very simple one. It restricts the use of campaign funds for inherently personal purposes. The amendment would restrict individuals from using campaign funds for such things as home mortgage payments, clothing purchases … and vacations or other trips that are noncampaign in nature. […]
The use of campaign funds for items which most Americans would consider to be strictly personal reasons, in my view, erodes public confidence and erodes it significantly.Who said that? John McCain. In 1993. You know, when he was still standing up for the American people. Not when his party was footing the bill for his VP's wardrobe to the tune of $150,000. Now, a certain regular here will say something like "they're both so bad". Which is true to a degree. But this is just patently wrong. This crap defense that the clothes will be donated to charity is bull. Really? All the clothes purchased for …
We have yet to make the leap to Blu-Ray. Frankly, I haven't seen the point yet. Yes, I'd love to see what the quality would be on our TV, but I'm not willing to shell out $300+ for a new player and then $30-60 for movies that I likely already have. We did buy an up-convert DVD player when we got the TV and, so far, movies have looked pretty damned good.
But, today was yet another step closer to our purchase of a Blu-Ray player with the announcement of Samsung adding Netflix streaming capability to a new model of their Blu-Ray players. We've been using the Blockbuster service for a while now. It started at Blockbuster because we could exchange mailed movies at the store for in-store movies, and we got a coupon every month for a free game rental. It was a sweet deal until Blockbuster jacked up the price. We downgraded, still getting movies via mail, but no in-store exhange and no monthly game rental.
To be honest, the only reason we didn't switch was a) the price at Ne…
In his endorsement of Sen. Obama today, Colin Powell said this:And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America. I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she …
Not so surprising for a newspaper to do so, but it is pretty surprising to see this newspaper do so. The Tribune has never before endorsed the Democratic candidate for President. In fact, its history as a staunchly conservative newspaper makes this endorsement even stronger. The endorsement itself is a litany of how McCain has failed to capture the hearts of anyone but the most obtuse of Republicans, from his shifting policy on taxes to his selfish choice for Vice President. It is also a first-hand view of the experience and abilities of Obama from the paper and staff that have watched his political career from the beginning. Whatever your leanings, it's a cogent argument and a heavily-weighed endorsement; read it here.
Oh SMEG yeah! Red Dwarf, the stalwart sci-fi/comedy from the Beeb is coming back (sort of). I'm currently working my way through all the episodes in order (thank goodness for online DVDs) so this news is doubly wonderful for me.
All the original cast has agreed to reprise their roles and will debut in 2009 sometime. Please BBC, don't screw those of us on this side of the pond; give us some option to view them here (streaming, iTunes, whatever).
We made a pilgrimage to the new Whole Foods in Ann Arbor today, as required by our residency contract with Washtenaw county. It always surprises me just how much the marketing of food lends to its appeal. For instance, entering the store, you are assaulted with the scents and sights (lit by the sun from mid-afternoon until sun set, I assume) of fresh, polished fruits and vegetables. The unsightly boxes that these foods came in is visible, all are stacked by hand in neat towers of spheres or columns. It's glorious; food as a vision. You can't help but want all of it because it looks so appealing. It's like the red-light district materialized in a grocery store, but all the hookers became apples, leaks, and.. well, melons.
Now, I will admit there are things available at Whole Foods that simply cannot be found at Kroger or the local grocery store; cheese and fish tend to be on our list when we hit Whole Paycheck. But, for the embarrassing amount we spent today, much of it was …
There are many miracles in the world to be celebrated and, for me, garlic is the most deserving.
Leo Buscaglia I love to cook. Which is to say, I love to make bold, spicey dishes. Garlic is my favorite flavor to play with, much to the chagrin of J--, but I also love the smell of fresh basil, cilantro, and hot peppers.
Which, with winter not far from our windows, is why finding The Spice House is such a wonderfully awful event. For those spices I just can't find around here, I now have a source. And my debit card softly weeps. If anyone *cough* is looking for a Christmas suggestion, I'd point to the Some Like It Hot Gift Box. Or anything from the garlic page.
Look, I really, really like you. I do; you're great, sweetheart. No DRM. Quick downloads. You're the cat's meow.
But, can we talk about your title naming convention? I know that getting Led Zeppelin IV for $2 is a total steal (aside: it seriously is right now). But why, why baby, do you put that insipid adendum "(Album Version)" on so many damn tracks. I mean, thank god IV is only 8 tracks long, because I have to remove that crap. And I love buying MP3s from you. Which means I have to do that a lot.
Every purchase requires me to fix your damn title naming convention. I'm afraid if you order the lobster, I'll have to remind you not to eat the shells, honey.
Ok, that was cruel. I think I'm In Like with you. But, if you could see through to stop tagging "(Album Version)" onto so many tracks, Sugar, this could be love.
According to the latest figures for the end of August the Cuil market share has dropped to, well, just about nothing at all. Net Applications has the market share being a very meagre 0.01 percent. At least it is a very steady 0.01 percent though. The article points out the obvious problem: their search results suck. Aside from a disasterous rollout in July, the technology was hyped so high didn't even come close to delivering on it's promise.
And in the "huh" factor, reading this article made me say to myself, "Oh yeah, they did spring up not that long ago, didn't they. Oh well." And off I went to Google.
YouTube - The Corpus Clock & Chronophage Designed by Dr John Taylor for Corpus Christi College Cambridge for the exterior of the college's new library building. The Clock will be unveiled on 19th September by Stephen Hawking. Inspired from a design by a clock made by the legendary John Harrison, the pioneer of longitude. BTW, read Longitude the book... fascinating account of the race for a device to measure longitude. (tags: timeclocksvideoawesome)
Seriously, this is getting a little wierd. First, the LHC has a "glitch", now it's this: At 1127 (0927 GMT) on Friday, the LHC's online logbook recorded a quench in sector 3-4 of the accelerator, which lies between the Alice and CMS detectors.
The entry stated that helium had been lost to the tunnel and that vacuum conditions had also been lost.
It added that the Cern fire brigade had been called to the scene. Maybe they've already succeeded in the future or a parallel reality?
"Transformer glitch shuts down biggest atom smasher." Today's headline from Yahoo News. And my first thought was, "Oh really?" As the LHC supposedly gears up, Harvard physicist Kevin Black, based at CERN, investigates rumors that the particle accelerator may, in fact, soon be shut down—by ripples from the future. [source] Hmmmmmmm....
Too lazy to research candidates for the Presidency on your own? Then let a Flash cartoon from ABC News help you out. In 20 or so questions, a cartoon that lets you choose between quotes from the candidates will animate the way to your deicision for who to vote for as we decide the leader of the free world.
Or, yah know, you could read up on them. Just a thought.
Tomorrow is 9/11, Patriot Day. No politics. No partisanship. A day of remembrance.
Today, however, being 9/10 it's worth noting that Osama Bin Laden still walks this Earth in relative freedom. It's worth noting that, seven years later, 9/11 has become the emotional wedge used for the repression of our freedoms in the name of "security". It's worth noting that 9/11 has become the iron that one side uses to brand the other as cowards or traitors.
Tomorrow, we will remember those who died in and around the towers, as they deserve. Tomorrow, we should forget our politics, like we did seven years ago. But we won't, because we can't. The scars of that day are still very fresh in the minds of many, but only because we never stop picking at them.
Instead, tomorrow we'll see countless editorials about the importance of various laws, programs, and policies. Tomorrow we'll hear that, somehow, by supporting a certain political party, we're somehow supporti…
Taxes. We all pay 'em and we all hate 'em. Both candidate have set forth their tax plans should they be elected. The Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan think tank, crunched both campaigns' numbers. Business Week (hardly a lefty publication), has the details. Len Burman, a former Treasury tax official who is now a senior fellow at the Urban Institute [ed. part of the Tax Policy Center], says if Obama's proposals—which include plans to rescind the Bush tax cuts on couples making more than $250,000, close corporate tax loopholes, and tax private equity earnings known as "carried interest" as ordinary income—were adopted in 2009, for example, married couples with earnings in the lowest quintile of the population would see their aftertax income rise 5.8%. Those in the next quintile would see an increase of 4%. Those breaks would be paid for by those with high incomes: the top 1% of taxpayers would see aftertax income fall 8.4%.
I don't usually do whatever list-of-intItemToDoPreDeath, but this was food, a subject at which I excell, so, what the hell. Found at titled: some amusing blog pun.
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. 4) Optional extra: Post a comment here atwww.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.
1. Venison. ?2. Nettle tea. ?3. Huevos rancheros.? 4. Steak tartare.? 5. Crocodile? 6. Black pudding.? - ug 7. Cheese fondue.? 8. Carp. ? 9. Borscht.? 10. Baba ghanoush. ? 11. Calamari.? - love it 12. Pho. ?- maybe? had something very similar, but it wasn't Vietnamese. 13. PB&J sandwich.? - serioulsy? 14. Aloo gobi.? 15. Hot dog from a street cart. ? 16. Epoisses.? 17. Black truffle.? 18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes.? 19. Steamed pork buns.? 20. Pistachio ice cream.? 21. Heirloom tomatoes. - There aren't many tomatoes I haven't tried 22. Fresh wild b…
I hadn't seen this email yet, but it checks out (surprisingly). I'll put the highlights here, but read the whole thing (especially if the addition of Palin to the McCain ticket made you rethink your vote). This was written by a Wasilla resident and long-time acquaintance of Sarah Palin, Anne Kilkenny. This has also been verified by Snopes. CLAIM VS FACT o "Hockey mom": true for a few years
o "PTA mom": true years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
p "NRA supporter": absolutely true
o social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, BUT vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
o pro-creationism: mixed. Supports it, BUT did nothing as Governor to promote it.
o "Pro-life": mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down's syndrome baby BUT declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation.
It's over. The deal calls for Kilpatrick to plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury, agreeing to serve four months in jail, pay up to $1 million in restitution, and serve five years' probation. He also agreed not to run for office during that five-year span.
The mayor will turn over his state pension to the City of Detroit, which paid $8.4 million to settle two whistle-blower lawsuits three former cops filed against the city.
In a rushed monotone, Kilpatrick told the court: "I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit ... I did so with the intent to mislead the court and jury, to impede and obstruct the disposition of justice." I'm watching him consent to the plea deal as I type this. Now, it's up to City Council to get their act together.
Played with it tonight a bit. It's freakin' fast, especially for Google apps (natch). I like the new car smell it gives off, could do without the comic.
It feels like Firefox 3.0, but I think that was the point. No add-ons (yet, I assume), but it's a beta. A nice, solid beta for a change. I love the fact that each tab has it's own process; very interesting possibilities for developing on a web app with multiple security roles.
But, I can't say it any better than the chief cynic and anti-plug of all things shiny, Alan. If the Google Chrome concept is Firefox w/o the dev team's intellectual clutter from XUL plus the backing of Google, we have a new platform. [twitter] Indeed. Go kick the tires.
I have no idea if this is something that I'm not configuring properly, but why, when I click on a link to a new email in various desktop notifier's does the email message open in Gmail without the complete interface? For instance, when I click the new mail notification in Digsby, the window/tab that opens looks like this:
Most of the Gmail interface is missing. I'm not picking on Digsby here because I've seen the same behavior from half a dozen Vista/Konfabulator widgets or gadgets or whatever the frak we're calling them this week. In fact, I like Digsby a bit more because if I double-click, I get the main Gmail window. It doesn't open the message in the full interface, but it's better than being stuck with the options in the screen cap above. How do I delete this message? How do I go to the next message? How do I get back to my Inbox?
Is this a Gmail thing? Firefox? Anyone know how to solve this insignificant annoyance in my life?