February 29, 2008

Touching Tender Parts

The Modern Way of War:

"When the bad people scare us or hurt us, we have to whack them. This is hard, because you want to try and whack the bad people where they live and not where we live. Naturally, the bad people don't want to get whacked, and they feel pretty smug because we aren't mean enough to whack all of them at once. So we have to go over to where they live and whack them carefully." -- The Belmont Club: How to understand war

Truest words written this week:

"With the loss of Bill Buckley we are, as a nation, losing not only a great man. When Jackie Onassis died, a friend of mine who knew her called me and said, with such woe, "Oh, we are losing her kind." He meant the elegant, the cultivated, the refined. I thought of this with Bill's passing, that we are losing his kind--people who were deeply, broadly educated in great universities when they taught deeply and broadly, who held deep views of life and the world and art and all the things that make life more delicious and more meaningful. We have work to do as a culture in bringing up future generations that are so well rounded, so full and so inspiring." -- Peggy Noonan

What a company! Google Gives All SF Homeless Free Voicemail That way they can check their messages while they're crapping on the sidewalk.

DailyTech - Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling "The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out nearly all the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down."

Sean Penn, Schmo or Schmuck? :Sayet Right: The Failure of the Academy Awards and the Selfishness of the Modern Liberal "Telling is that when Sean Penn still needed money, he made the cute and fun "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." It wasn't until after he was so filthy rich that nothing could intrude on his personal fun, that he decided that he'd become an "important" and "courageous" actor and director. Can anyone think of a successful Sean Penn movie of the past, say, ten years?"

When was the last time you saw an "About" page on a blog with over 2,000 responses? About @ Stuff White People Like

P.S. It looks to me like this page is getting around half a million hits a day. FEBRUARY 27TH - 4,596,251 hits. TODAY: 5,833,182 hits.

Have a happy Leap Day.Here's how and why the world makes up for lost time.

Smart men bag teaching like never before: Dr. Helen: Percentage of Male Teachers Hits 40-Year Low

Brain dead tip of the week: How To Care for a Blind Cat "Being outside is dangerous enough for a cat but a blind one is at a definite disadvantage."

Alexander Pope on the "glories" of science, 1734:
Essay on Man

Go, wond'rous creature! mount where Science guides,
Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides;
Instruct the planets in what orbs to run,
Correct old Time, and regulate the Sun;
Go, soar with Plato to th' empyreal sphere,
To the first good, first perfect, and first fair;
Or tread the mazy round his follow'rs trod,
And quitting sense call imitating God;
As Eastern priests in giddy circles run,
And turn their heads to imitate the Sun.
Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule —
Then drop into thyself, and be a fool!

Stone Pages: Mysterious pyramid complex discovered in Peru

Of dogs in purses: "The dog-in-the-purse is a wonderful concoction of disparate components, each one tossed into the stewpot that becomes a dog-in-a-purse because that component is impractical. The objective, therefore, is impracticality — and no small measure of what might be called animal cruelty. It is, in a darkly upside-down way, an innovation. An exercise in seeing how many impractical things can be offered in a single new trend."

Posted by Vanderleun at February 29, 2008 10:11 AM
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