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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Link via the BlogFather: I will swear an oath right now to vote for any Democrat who will run against Jim McDermott the next time he comes up for re-election, even if the Republicans manage to find a candidate. Anything to get this guy out of office - he is an embarassment to our state and nation. Do we have the worst congressional delegation in the country or what - Patty "the dumbest member of congress period" Murray, and now this guy. The comments are pretty choice as well.

Friday, July 30, 2004 | get your war on | page 38 This shit is funny, even if I don't agree with it.

Andrew Sullivan on media bias. My take on this sort of thing is that journalists have demonstrated an inability to do their job without it being colored by their personal political leanings, so I'd rather have their bias on record (through things like campaign contributions) than have them maintain this facade of impartiality. At least this way we know what filter they are passing their information through before presenting it to us.

The New York Times > Technology > Circuits > What's Next: Fleeting Experience, Mirrored in Your Eyes The NYTimes has a story, with some spooky-cool pictures, about software to extract exactly what image a person is seeing with their eyes, just from the reflection on their cornea. You can see even a wider image than the subject and tell what they're specifically focusing on.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Inconsiderate Cell Phone Couple Meet Warronnica Harris and Terrell Tolson. The Florida couple got popped this week at a St. Petersburg theater after Harris, 23, allegedly refused to end a cell phone call as the opening credits for "Catwoman" rolled. When an off-duty police officer working at the theater tried to curtail her chat, Harris announced that "she could talk as much as she wanted on her phone," according to this police report. In short order, Tolson, 25, joined in, allegedly telling Officer John Douglas that he would kick the cop's ass. The report quotes Harris as saying she would "hit the cracker in his head." In a bid to subdue the duo (pictured below in mug shots snapped by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office), Douglas blasted them with pepper spray. Harris and Tolson were eventually charged with disorderly conduct--and spared having to sit through another Halle Berry bomb.

Google Search: insubject:tomorrow author:david author:silberstein When paleoclimatologist William Hyde was asked whether he'd be watching the well-known educational film The Day After Tomorrow, he replied that he wouldn't endure it unless he was given $100. This challenge set in motion a series of wholly predictable events which saw the denizens of rec.arts.sf.written heroically raising the required sum against Hyde's protestations and duly sent him packing to cinema.

The New York Times > Science > Crick, Who Discovered DNA Structure With Watson, Dies Francis H. C. Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, the genetic blueprint for living things, and the leading molecular biologist of his age, died on Wednesday night in a hospital in San Diego. He was 88.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - Hogzilla, the legend grows - Jul 28, 2004: "Around these parts, they are calling it Hogzilla: a 12-foot-long wild hog recently killed on a plantation and now quickly becoming a part of local legend."

Brazilian Scientists Control Crab With Computer First monkeys walking upright, then crabs being controlled through their brains. What's next?

Everyone should read the exchange detailed under the heading "The Agony of the Feet" in today's Best of the Web at  Priceless.

- Saturday Segway Polo Report + Video!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

An adventure in advertising. When web advertising (I'll call it promo for short) collides with content specifically dissuading the reader from using the product in question (anti-promo?) do they destroy eachother, and if so, do they leave behind any evidence that either ever existed?

Segway Golf Wow, way too geeky. I bet this is where Bezos goes for a round of golf...

Ramblings' Journal: Oompa Loompas were sighted at NASA this week...

Monday, July 26, 2004

So I am watching the Democrat convention as I write this - they just had one of Kerry's swift boat companions speaking passionately about Kerry's service in Vietnam.  The crowd went wild for this - does anybody know why Clinton didn't try this strategy?  I am sure there is a reason for it ;).

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