Friday, February 29, 2008
I pointed out this article at the time.
CCrane has been on it!
Thursday, February 28, 2008
You may also read along, the full text is here. I have just finished chapter 68 and am beginning the next chapter entitled "The Funeral."
Be sure to read chapter 64 "Stubb's Supper" which is very funny, and chapter 65 "The Whale as a Dish," in which you see Melville's moral relativism if you want quick diversions.
(Photo via Marinebio)
64 is here in part 6, near the bottom of the page.
66 is here, in part seven.
Fullbooks.com is an absolute bookmarker.
A Fine Mess will entertain the idea of a book club.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
"In fact, US stocks of wheat are now at their lowest level in 60 years. By the time the June harvest of spring wheat begins, there will be 27 days of wheat left in storage, estimates the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). (The normal supply is three months.)"
also via newsalert, Rush's points regarding Barak's middle name and the fact that he is pure liberal, but noone will be allowed to say it.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
1839 – Charles Goodyear invented vulcanizing rubber at a shop in the glen in Sandy Hook. This gave rise to the American rubber industry (as well as a rubber factory in Rocky Glen).
prior to the Civil War – S. Curtis & Sons Company manufactured paperboard boxes at the mill pond in Berkshire, two miles upriver on the Pootatuck. The New York Belting and Packing Company built large mills on the lower Pootatuck in Rocky Glen.
Later, the Fabric Fire Hose Company established.
Scrabble also found it's start in Newtown.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Don't expect this possibility to get any further inquiry, we can't blame rogue elements of diversity now:
Mr. Courtenay said the first local snakeheads could have been discarded or intentionally released - perhaps as part of a Buddhist ceremony called prayer animal release.
They are also considered a delicacy, immigrants couldn't have seeded the local waters out of a desire for convenience, could they?
Just asking the question is taboo.
First link via Coasttocoast
Also from Coasttocoast:
Strange life in Antarctic waters
Egyptian warrior tomb found
and processing greenhouse gases back into fuels.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
His opposition to the inevitable nanny-state is also admirable. When I think of the word "nanny" now I think of the "Republican" Mike Bloomberg. Unfortunately there won't be anyone worth voting for in the near-term, and anyone with talent, brains and sense will be too wise to run.
I'm genuinely surprised by that entire process in the last link. That the law was passed and has been enforced in NYC this soon, with essentially no response from the constituents, perplexes me and reinforces my most cynical observations.
I have not read much Sullivan for a while but I do believe he largely subscribes to the "leave me alone" school of governance.
I certainly need practice on the dryboard.
My self portraits look very much like second rate versions of PJ's rendition of me...(PJ really does draw these all by himself!!) He was generous on the hair in the first work. He seems to be engaging in verisimilitude, it's photorealism-esque!
I saw this Dali print today, he must have made it before computers made things easy.
So two souls (or brains) which brush up against one another and stick is a remarkable thing at risk of all kinds of culture and chance, no?
Otherwise why would movies, songs, poems, paintings etc. strike everyone with their notions of longing and beauty and romance so readily? Everyone. There would be no Hollywood or published drama without a hardwired gamble...I find his analysis with which he concludes his post weak, but it is late and I will probably look at this post later and shiver and correct and update it tomorrow.
Monday, February 18, 2008
He also informed me of a Turkish cat, the Van.
So much to learn.
Thank you Ollie.
Reading about the Kangal reminded me of bear dogs.
I'm rooting for them. I once left the counter and was walking down the street through a drizzle towards the green when the chef caught up with me and pointed out that I had left half of a bill for the tab. The other half had torn off and I found it in my pocket...He could not have been nicer and I was glad that he did catch up with me.
Go Doodle. (I have not tried the fried donut.)
You never know.
Oh Rats!!! I should have just cobbled together my own.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
This should be about the little critter, I don't know why I bring up the religion of pieces (I think Jimmy has that phrase trademarked.)
Though here is a bit about camels set on fire to defeat an army using war elephants.
Ultrasound: The calf foetus is 10cm long with the
beginnings of a spine front and hind legs.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
It's very very cool, and he is two and one half!!!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I put this post up previously regarding frustration with the bluetooth device I have been trying to use in the car. I ordered a Jawbone today. I priced around and Apple carries them. So does Bestbuy and the Verizon kiosk in
Not surprisingly Verizon had the worst price and the most clueless employees. They were nice, but when informed that the item was priced a staggering 50 dollars more than anywhere else they asked me if I merited any discounts. "Does your employer get a discount through us? Is your account up for a new contract?"
Um...no...and no. It's rather startling to experience a business that asks if you will sign a contract for hundreds of dollars before they will consider competing in the marketplace at large. Sell your Verizon stock folks; I don't care what it's activity has been. Obviously if you are making a killing you need to decide when to jump but they are fat, ill, staggering and yards from the safety of the herd. They are perfect for revitalization (yeah, right) or demise.
Before anyone has a chance to suggest the above let me remind them that any individual who has lethal aggression in mind can deface the stamp or carry away their brass. That is assuming (accenting the first syllable of course) they followed all of the procedures for procuring the device with the ensuing paper trail to begin with, no?
This is clearly understood by all, most of all those who created and support the legislation. Their point is that the eternal problem of human violence lies not in the decisions and the will of those who chose such actions, but in the inanimate tools available to the benighted society at large. Allowing the misguided and honest recourse to anything other than crying for help under threat only makes the picture uglier for such superior nanny elite.
"What is it a man can do standing up, a woman sitting down, and a dog on three legs?"
Sadly many males are being castrated through conditioning while the U.N. does nothing.
Friday, February 8, 2008
They now have 25 "Top Ten" lists.
Here is a page containing stills from LOTR. Move the mouse over them to compare DVD quality with HiDef.
Here are 10 unusual ways to utilize Google, the safe proxy function looks helpful.
Finally something important. Everyone thinks my cell phone chime sounds like a duck. Noooo...it sounds like endangered Piney Tree Frogs.
These, however, all look like a duck. Important work...I am relieved someone is on it.
All of the above are from HaHa.nu, always go to Haha, it's like Boingboing only safer for work.
Napier's quote regarding sati is mentioned, which came up recently.
File under "the dhimmis deserve all that they are working towards."
Update: Jimmy links to more.
via Dave Barry
Also via Mr. David:
"RUSSIAN boffins could be one step closer to creating a time machine."
What an age!! Advancements on all technological fronts!!
Finally Dave links to this
rhapsodic artistic interpretation of this woman
she was Saddam Hussein's first wife. That masterpiece
earned the artist 2,000 pounds.
Mr. Barry never dissapoints.
Er--wait. One more link from Dave. "The first people in Britain to be charged with interfering with a dolphin."
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Also see this video regarding an 1872 law which allows mining companies to purchase federal land at 5 dollars and less an acre...
"There’s even a secret ingredient in the clear-coat for the carbon fiber body panels that costs $60,000 a gallon, G.M. said. Caution: Use sparingly – that works out to $900 worth on each car."
That car for 100 grand-ish should embarrass some more exotic vehicles...
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Also regarding food, here we have cheeseburger in a can...yum. It's all true.
Glenn also mentions the closing of the Yankee Doodle. Rats.
Update: I have noticed some activity on the Colameco reference and I feel I should add that my dry endorsement may come up short with those unfamiliar with me. He's actually pretty cool and I like the shows much. "Decent" does not do him justice.
Update: Here is a link to the Colameco show.
Update to the update: Oops. I do realize that last link is superfluous. I will poke around and find more to link... I really like his stuff and he rescues Sundays from radio hell...God Bless that man...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Changing metal surface colors using lasers. This is very cool and no doubt will be everywhere soon.
Which made me think of this, where gold is given other colors.
Also GPS-wielding pygmies save the day. Video.
Which made me think of Ota Benga...More here, and here is Phillips Verner Bradford's official OtaBenga.com site with a Benga synopsis!
Previous shrew link.