Friday, September 19, 2003
not an H. G. Wells rodent
Some interesting prose in today's NY Times:
Today paleontologists are reporting the discovery of a nearly complete skeleton of Phoberomys pattersoni, a distant relative of the guinea pig, that they can now confirm weighed about 1,500 pounds.
Phoberomys is thought to have grazed, with no violent intent, on grasses. In short, it was not an H. G. Wells rodent, like the enormous predatory rats that killed and carried off a horse in "The Food of the Gods." It was a C. S. Lewis rodent, like the large and friendly beavers of "The Chronicles of Narnia." South America was also home to a giant beaver, now extinct, but Lewis notwithstanding, there is no evidence that it was a talking beaver.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Supply Side Jesus
You so rarely get to see intelligent economic and religous parody
tied up into one offensive and amusing package, but here it is:
The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus.
I'm only titillating you with the first panel;
You'll have to go to BuzzFlash to see the other 10 . . .
Thanks to Economist-to-be for the pointer
Monday, September 15, 2003
I dont know why . . . but I want one!
Thanks to GMSV for the pointer
Sunday, September 14, 2003
Dept of Labor documentary film on 9/11
The Dept of Labor is giving DVDs of a documentary film they sponsored and finaced that pays tribute to 9/11.
" This film is the story of their patriotism, strength, and determination. I'm proud that the U.S. Department of Labor played a part in helping to tell it. I know you will be as inspired by their story as I am." -Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao
Is anyone else a little curious as to why the Department of Labor is now producing films, and giving away DVDs of them at taxpayer expense? Not to be a spoilsport, but I'm curious as to what this cost.
I assume Ms. Chao is smart enough not to crank out a thinly disguised re-election commercial. For a group of politicos who argued so vociferously in favor of smaller government, and railed against wasteful spending, I'm surprised to see this sort of profligacy for what is a very non essential program.
We must have reached the point where the federal deficit is just "what-the-hell" big. That's where every little 5 million dollar project becomes, what-the-hell, what's a few mill out of half a trillion?
This does not bode well . . .
Hickory's Wood Flame Grill
Long Island is devoid of good BBQ joints, much less one with a smoker on premises.
So explain to me how I managed to miss this one for the past 19 years? Probably due to the unassuming store front on a main drag in Port Washington; that, or the formica tables.
Hickory's is a solid if unassuming eatery. The focus is clearly the food, and not the decor. We tasted the brisket and devoured the pulled pork. The dry rubbed baby back ribs were terrific; Don’t make the mistake we did; Slathering extra sauce over the ribs hid some of the delicious flavor of the smoker and hand rub. The home made french fries were also delicious.
The interior rated a 0 on our decor scale; Others obviously agree, as they do a huge take-out business.
If you are a homesick BBQ fan who lives on Long Island, there really is no other authentic BBQ to be found for 100s of miles.
Hickory's Wood Flame Grill
674 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY
Mon-Sat 11am - 8:30pm
Thanks to Steve our kitchen contractor for the pointer!
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Dostoevsky was way ahead of his time . . .
Quote of the Day
The Information Age will not be remembered by the fun, high-flying and overwhelmingly feel-good Dot Com days, despite the ongoing presence of Dot Com-developed technologies. Rather, the Information Age will be remembered as a period when 12-year old girls from New York slums, senior citizens, and innovative college students are harrassed by greedy cartels seeking to scare their future customers into submission; when the profit goals of high-tech vendors determine how client businesses and people are organized and interact; when everyone is presumed a potential criminal until proven otherwise according to oppressive industry-defined criteria; when a once-awesome revolution in global communications became converted into a cesspool of unsolicited and offensive marketing messages; when knowing how to do something that's illegal is just as illegal as actually doing something that's illegal; when the legal protections over freedom of speech are trumped to preserve corporate secrets or marketshare while hiding vulnerabilities that endanger the public; when our lives are monitored and dissected by marketing firms looking for the best way to sell us things we don't need or want; and when technology's promise and alluring capabilities are used to surreptitiously entrap and willingly imprison members of the information-age society instead of truly empowering them.
High-Tech Heroin, 09-12-03
Missing Answers to 9/11 Questions?
Thought provoking article over at the Philadelphia Daily News:
Why Don't We Have Answers To These 9/11 Questions?, by William Bunch
Here are the questions; There is an expanded discussion by the author at the Philadelphia Daily News.
1. What did National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice tell President Bush about al Qaeda threats against the United States in a still-secret briefing on Aug. 6, 2001?
2. Why did Attorney General John Ashcroft and some Pentagon officials cancel commercial-airline trips before Sept. 11?
3. Who made a small fortune "shorting" airline and insurance stocks before Sept. 11?
4. Are all 19 people identified by the government as participants in the Sept. 11 attacks really the hijackers?
5. Did any of the hijackers smuggle guns on board as reported in calls from both Flight 11 and Flight 93?
6. Why did the NORAD air defense network fail to intercept the four hijacked jets?
7. Why did President Bush continue reading a story to Florida grade schoolers for nearly a half-hour during the worst attack on America in its history?
8. How did Flight 93 crash in western Pennsylvania?
9. Was Zacarias Moussaoui really "the 20th hijacker"?
10. Where are the planes' "black boxes"?
11. Why were Donald Rumsfeld and other U.S. officials so quick to link Saddam Hussein to the attacks?
12.Why did 7 World Trade Center collapse?
13. Why did the Bush administration lie about dangerously high levels of toxins and hazardous particles after the WTC collapse?
14. Where is Dick Cheney's undisclosed location?
15. What happened to the more than $1 billion that Americans donated after the attack?
16. What was the role of Pakistan's spy agency in the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl?
17. Who killed five Americans with anthrax?
18. What happened to the probe into C-4 explosives found in a Philadelphia bus terminal in fall 2001?
19. What is in the 28 blacked-out pages of the congressional Sept. 11 report?
20. Where is Osama bin Laden?
Thanks to CalPundit for the pointer
Friday, September 12, 2003
Compare & Contrast:
Clay Shirky's Fame vs Fortune: Micropayments and Free Content
MIT Technology's Selling Online Content—25 Cents at a Time
Thursday, September 11, 2003
I decided not to address the issue of 9/11 today. Several of you have asked why, and in brief, I have nothing additional to add on the subject.
Two years ago, I worked for a firm who's HQ was on the 29th floor of 2 World Trade. I fully detailed the experiences of September 11, 2001 in "A Personal Recollection From a Day of Horror."
Its still up on my mostly neglected Geocities site, along with a PostScript, which was my Coda to the entire episode, and an explanation of how that piece came to be. (There's also a several 100 emails from readers posted).
Anyone interested in my perspectives can find a bellyful there . . .
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
No such thing
Quote of the day:
"If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations. No such thing as random coincidence. No such thing as small change. No such thing as too much lubricant."-Mark Morford Recall God And Fake Orgasms, September 10, 2003 San Francisco Gate