Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This combined with my love of mangroves suggests that maybe I should start looking at swamps long term.
Interpellate's a good one to know, though. We're hoping for more of it. It's almost impossible to use it in a sentence and not get some hope for the future. As Bush cronies get interpellated during the Irving Libby's trial for impeding the nation's work on WMDs, don't you get a little charge?
[title changed in light of Brad's comment below]
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
The point of the piece was that trans fats were bad, arguments about whether or not trans fats were bad were dishonest and that fat replacement food additives in general seem to eventually be revealed as poisons (I only implied this, but it's a deeply held conviction.) Margarine introduced trans fats into our diets, but I haven't researched how bad it is for us in its current formulations.
You may consider margarine as incompletely condemned by this blog at this point.
He's asked me -- in the sense that I'm part of everyone, and he's asked everyone -- to promote the project and help solicit video clips.
So, this is it! If you know someone who has lost a soldier in Iraq, please point them at the link, and let them in on this catharsis.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The third thing -- and remember that it was 19°F (11° with windchill) when we started the race -- is that ice forms on the water cups the volunteers set out. You might think that they would have fewer cups of water in reserve than they do given this problem, but I guess efficiency is paramount.
At first I was able to pick up a cup of water and poke through it with my thumb. As the race progressed, I started to have to crack it with a knuckle. My last drink of water, I picked it up and smashed the paper cup -- which had something like 3/4 of an inch of ice at the top -- against the table. It created a little cascade of ice and water, but I got my fluid.
In retrospect, the Gatorade Endurance formula probably froze more slowly, but it doesn't have a name that inspires confidence. Anyway, some pictures, courtesy of a friend with a cell phone. It was a beautiful day.
1. Starting off. I'm just to the right of the speaker.
2. Running partner Rob coming in for the big finish
3. Following Rob none too closely. You can pick out my distinctive yellow pants. I'm the fifth runner in the picture.
4. Me and my enormous keister making 13 miles into 13.1.
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Saturday, January 20, 2007
The government's ability to understand and predict hurricanes, drought and climate changes of all kinds is in danger because of deep cuts facing many Earth satellite programs and major delays in launching some of its most important new instruments, a panel of experts has concluded.
As a result, the panel said, the United States will not have the scientific information it needs in the years ahead to analyze severe storms and changes in Earth's climate unless programs are restored and funding made available.
According to the report, NASA invested about $2 billion annually in Earth-monitoring missions from 1996 to 2001, but that figure, when adjusted for inflation, started a decline in 2002 and is projected to be $1.5 billion annually from 2006 through 2010. Since President Bush announced plans in 2004 to return astronauts to the moon and later send them to Mars, many involved with the NASA science program have warned that their efforts are being curtailed, and will be restricted further in the future.I knew that Mars program was worse than just a bad idea. I didn't suspect that it was specifically targetted at undercutting climate change research, but that's mostly because I'm a moron.
The problem at NOAA is different, and involves continuing and costly complications with its National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System. Initially conceived in the 1990s as the next-generation weather forecasting satellite for NOAA and the Defense Department, it is now three years behind schedule and as much as $3 billion over budget, according to the Government Accountability Office. In addition, the NSC report says, many of the weather and climate instruments that the satellite was supposed to carry have been dropped to keep costs from further increasing.
I don't have much to say about the article past its content, I just wanted to share a little outrage. So, there you go. There is this, though:
NOAA officials announced last week that 2006 was the warmest year on record in the United States -- part of a highly unusual warming trend over several decades that many scientists attribute to greenhouse gases. Some climate experts think that the atmospheric warming could bring more extreme weather -- longer droughts, reduced snowfall and more intense hurricanes such as the ones experienced along the Gulf Coast in 2005.Many? Some? How about 'all ... not fellating the power structure.'
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
So, my insurance is finally grinding into motion! I should be happy!
And yet ... the eight days of promise of this fantasy phone got me all excited. What should be a time of rejoicing tastes of ashes.
Stupid human nature.
Last October, Paul Lowton came back to theSpoof. I've just found out about it. So, maybe we'll see if we can't put something together. What is there left to write about, though? Hasn't every absurd possibility come to pass? Think of these great satire titles
- NOAA attributes balmy Manhattan Winter to El Niño
- Bush thinks 20,000 more troops is the ticket
- Corporate economists claim housing slump over, nothing to worry about
- Saddam Hussein executed by Shi'ite extremists
- Condoleeza Rice to replace Cheney, lower impeachment risk cited
- Democrats win office, promise to reduce corruption
Monday, January 08, 2007
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
I guess this is somewhat more credible than my sun sign affecting my driving record, but it's pretty surprising.
One of the biggest price surges in Manhattan took place on the Upper West Side, where four-bedroom and larger apartments cost an average of $5.7 million, or a 48 percent increase over the fourth quarter from 2005.If you haven't been keeping track, the fourth quarter from 2005 was one year ago. This is a year-on-year increase of one half. It's nice to see exorbitant unearned bonuses for financiers going into transitory housing prices.
Asurion calls me every three days and tells me the equipment is still on backorder. Are there manufacturing problems, or are they just waiting for the price to come down? LG apparently hasn't scheduled an IR call since August, so there may be something bad happening in Korea*.
Part of my increasing grumpiness at waiting for the replacement phone is the parlous state of the phone I'm using now. The whole reason I didn't give it to my mother was that the buttons became somewhat unreliable after the last time I dropped it. Besides the fact that it's hard to go back to T9 once you've been using QWERTY.
* -- No, I know. I'm just making fun of the website. But, they do seem to post news pretty rarely.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Thursday, January 04, 2007
I try to keep an open mind, though.
This study is bull****Dec 31st, 2006 - 07:17:22
I've written Lee Romanov for a citation to this study, but here's the reply from one of her minions:
'Thank you for contacting us.
Car Carma was written for the pure pleasure of the many visitors to our
website, www.insurancehotline.com. It is not intended to be a textbook, but
rather a light hearted commentary with a unique look at the little-known
world of insurance. The topics of insurance, accidents, tickets and the law
are factual. We have learned from drivers across Canada, USA and UK, that
the information given was both needed and appreciated by almost everyone.
The references to astrology are meant to tickle the fancy and Lee had a
great time writing this book, purely for your enjoyment. I hope you can
appreciate Car Carma in that light and thank you sincerely for your
In other words, it's bullshit.
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Your Juno is in ScorpioWell, I do stay in relationships far too long. And I have found specifically that this business of withholding information in the interest of wielding power is somewhat grating. But, I have to wonder which Juno signs are set on the trail of parsimonious withholders.
Some may think you a bit unkind, darting from flower to flower and breaking plenty of hearts before you commit to just one person. That's not it at all; you're just very choosy and will think long and hard before you choose the partner who will be yours for the long haul. In fact, you are wonderful at committing yourself to lengthy relationships and are extraordinarily loyal once you've decided on your course. You won't change your mind and will hang onto a relationship until the last dying end, in which case your acumen and choosiness come in very handy. Why stay in a rotten relationship? You fight to keep the relationships which are valuable to you instead. You have a tendency to be a bit emotionally controlling but your strong points are your sensuality, your intensity, your attention to both the physical and emotional sides of love. Your partner is likely to be someone with a little mystery or a few secrets but a wise Juno in Scorpio chooses a partner who is giving, one who doesn't withhold affection or information in the interest of wielding power.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
It was great! I took snapshots! Things I saw got digitally recorded! I resolved that my next phone would have not only a camera, but flash and zoom!
As with all stories of loss and heartbreak, there was this girl. She liked to text me, so I got a phone with a full keyboard. No flash. No zoom. Just a regular digital snapshot device. I spent more and more time with my phone, and the girl and I, we grew apart. She was nice and all, but didn't clip to my belt.
I left it in a cab! Devastating. There was much drama. I spoke to the cabbie over the phone, I waited for him in the rain, but the phone was lost. I called Asurion to get my replacement phone -- and I have to say I disagree with Consumer Reports about the phone insurance -- and they didn't have it. 'No longer manufactured', they said. I was crestfallen. The woman tried to console me with a VX9900, which is on backorder. I've revived an old phone, so I can wait a few days.
It has flash! It has zoom! Along with the full keyboard! I can see why people lose their cell phones, now.
Does this make me a tech blogger? Can I get a free laptop?