March 18, 2005

Drive-By Weekend

SET THEORY VIA MARK STEYN: "Spot the odd one out: 1) mass starvation; 2) gas chambers; 3) mountains of skulls; 4) lousy infidel pop music turned up to full volume."

THE MOONBAT KLOG DANCE as outlined by Dean Esmay: "I also notice, by the way, a certain interesting little sidestep that's so often performed by "anti-war" people when it comes to these things: 1) Someone says something outrageously hateful that smears our troops in the field and, in some cases, the entire country. 2) Some of us object strenuously. We are branded "right wing" or "conservative apologists" or some other label, whether it really fits us or not (question for Kevin Drum: Is Pavel Litvinov a "conservative apologist?") 3) Defenders of the vile remarks make allusions to McCarthyism and/or making free speech criminal--with the not-so-sublte implication that if I criticize an "anti-war" person, it must mean I want that person put in jail."

NOW YOU SEE 'EM, THEN YOU DON'T: The Coming and Going of Glaciers -- "The Alpine glaciers are shrinking, that much we know. But new research suggests that in the time of the Roman Empire, they were smaller than today. And 7,000 years ago they probably weren't around at all. "

THE ART OF CAMO, the camo of art: " Despite its functionalist status, camo has always had style—and art. Camouflage attracts modernists raised to believe that ornament is crime. Camo ornaments legally, you might say—its pattern has a job to do. "

FEAR OF THE NEW YORKER, YES, THE NEW YORKER: David Sedaris -- "At first, writing for The New Yorker was very scary to me. I couldn't imagine anything that I would write in that typeface."


WHAT, WE WORRY? In the likely event of an avian flu pandemic what would be "the likely toll of such a pandemic globally and in the United States?"

"The answer depends on the virulence level of the pandemic virus. The 1918 strain, which killed 50 to 100 million people, only killed about two to three percent of the people it infected. The H5N1 strain now in circulation kills 100 percent of the birds it infects and has killed more than 50 percent of the people known to be infected so far. If it manages to mutate into a human-to-human form, and retains even half its current virulence, the death toll would be in the hundreds of millions."

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET.... How to Start a Startup.

DR. SANITY HAS PREPARED , a chart ( suitable for framing ) that contains "a partial listing (in no particular order) of what the media is Obsessed by (on the LEFT) , compared to what they appear Indifferent to (on the Right)." No surprises, but a handy reference.

DAVID BRIN (Yes, that David Brin), sees dogs and cats sleeping together: "Left and right are in this together. Extremists on both sides have made it clear that science is the real enemy, along with the concomitant general attitudes of even-tempered criticism and acceptance of contingent truth that underlay the entire Enlightenment."

SCARY CELEBRITIES: Manolo asks, "Who is this butchy woman and what has she done with the Bruce Jenner?"

VICTOR HANSON NOTES".... how in this one Washington Post story how almost every one of our Western myths promulgated by the antiwar Left is shattered by a candid jihadist himself. "

UN TO EARTH: Trust us with the Internet -- "With little fanfare, there is a battle going on for the soul of the Internet. The United Nations and the ITU (International Communications Union) are trying to wrest control of domain names, the DNS and IP addresses from ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)."

I HEART GITMO : Never an 'if.' Only a 'when.'
THE NEW SCREW on the block: Cool Tools McFeely's Square Drive Screws -- Your hand or power screw-driver bit will never slip out of the slot.

AUSTIN BAY'S MOM KNOWS: Iraqi Whirlwind “The Bush Administration is going to make a terrible mistake if it does not let the American people get involved in this war. Austin, we need a war bond drive. This matters, because this is what it will take.”

SPENGLER ON The Democracy Project: "Iraqi, Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian leaders kicked away the props behind Washington's stage-set for democracy in the Middle East, all within the space of four days."

ONE DAY Gene and Chris discovered 2000 superballs costs only $100 on Ebay. What to do?

RHAPSODY IN ( All Your Base Belong to ) BLUE Strangely soothing nerd operetta.

"THE 1980's was like having your computer crash over and over again.........." The images on this page will make you remember why you've forgotten the 80's.

FROM THE Lee Resolution (1776) which set the stage for the Declaration of Independence to the Voting Rights Act of 1965: The National Archive presents 100 Milestone Documents of the United States.

GOOGLE Site Ranking Secrets

HOW THE BATSUIT WORKS "Batman has augmented the over-armor with his custom-designed, scalloped-brass forearm gauntlets (painted matte black, of course). These gauntlets, along with his Kevlar gloves, make Batman's arms a viable defensive or offensive weapon.... "

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What a great Saturday nite diversion. Weekends tend to be slow, I have noticed. I suppose that's because so many people do their computer stuff on company time during the week. Uh, I mean when they are on break, of course. 'Scuse me.

Posted by: John Ballard at June 18, 2005 7:24 PM