Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Phoenix Coast?

Open the book of your mind, and step into a new locality. The familiar and the exotic blend together here; the old and new, the true and the false. A tale wound is a yarn woven; who knows but the weaver what path it will take?


Read the rest here.

If you had not been aware, I am a hobbyist of sorts; and SimCity 4 is one of my hobbies. Stay tuned; if for nothing else, I will be writing short stories for the cities.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Blow some Hot Air!

Here's a good one for you conservatives out there; an antidote to much of the pseudo-libertarian liberal-leftist nonsense on the web:

Hot Air!

Later, folks.

Blow some Hot Air!

Here's a good one for you conservatives out there; an antidote to much of the pseudo-libertarian liberal-leftist nonsense on the web:

Hot Air!

Later, folks.

Monday, April 17, 2006

The Euston Manifesto

The Euston Manifesto tries to get liberals united around things that are... actually liberal.

commentary: I agree with a lot of this stuff (though an amount I disagree on.) However, I strongly prefer it to any of the claptrap coming out of the left these days. Its a breath of fresh air!

(h/t: The Corner)

[also, they are using Joomla!, my favorite CMS. You go, guys!]

Friday, April 14, 2006

A Tribute to Edward Gorey

... who is one of my favorite author/illustrators, by Perry Bible Fellowship. (no religious affiliation.)

(If the PBF link does not work, click here and click on the comic called "The Throbblefoot Aquarium".)

Edward Gorey probably is one of the reasons I have such a morbid sense of humor.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nasa Targets the Moon, Impact expected...

Nasa wants to crash a probe into the moon. (via lgf.)

Apparently, to find water. Sure beats drilling for it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Regarding ADHD

Some people are quite convinced that it is being over-diagnosed.

I am one of them.

commentary follows.

Many of the problems I had in school were from boredom, and other classmates who were lagging behind me being unaccepting of how much I was excelling. Nowadays it doesn't matter; as an adult you can be as smart or stupid as you wish as long as you pull in money and stay out of trouble.

But as a kid it can be devastating to not be accepted because you are smart. By the 9th grade I basically refused to do schoolwork.

If only there had been a gifted/talented school I could have attended; alas. I think they were already medicating the boys (though I'm not sure) when I was going to school. Nonetheless, the biggest problem is that there isn't enough activity for boys in regular public school, and until they address that problem the overdiagnosis and overmedication will continue apace. I feel for the parents who don't have the time, willingness or knowledge to go toe-to-toe with the school system about this.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fusion Power On the Horizon...

From Winds of Change:

Sandia National Labs's Z Machine - a key research facility in US nuclear fusion research - has successfully and unexpectedly produced plasmas reaching 2 billion degrees Kelvin - hotter than the inside of a star, and an amount of energy equivalent to as much as four times the energy invested in the process . No one's exactly sure why this happened, of course, but the results have held up over 14 months of additional testing, and understanding the phenomenon could help pave the way for smaller fusion reactors than originally envisioned. Via Peak Oil Rob, who also notes a skeptical assessment of the prospects for fusion research by the late William Parkins, a physicist who worked on the original Manhattan Project.

All I can say is, Ooooo.... Fusion Power! (Well, maybe.)

NBC: Staging the news since...?

Michelle Malkin writes:

"It's hard to even call it journalism," Poston told me. I asked him why he thought NBC was targeting NASCAR fans for the racism sting. Poston vigorously defended the NASCAR fan base as "diverse, from every background in America."

NBC it seems, has been trying to make Red America (as they may call it) look more racist than it really is. Their plan: have Arab Muslim looking Americans go to NASCAR races dressed in traditional garb, and record video of racing fans giving them trouble.

Like I said, NBC: Staging the news since...

... they stopped reporting it, apparently.

Traffic Ticket Haiku

80 Dollars is
A small price to pay my freind
For my liberty

On Conservatism and Etc.

To my chagrin, I posted a reply to a thread that is almost 2 and a half years old.

But I was so inspired by the conversation I had to put in my two cents.

A sampling:

The parts of ‘conservative’ theory that actually deserve to be called theory are usually classical-liberal or libertarian intrusions. Nor is this anything new; before being shotgun-wedded to classical liberalism by the threat of Marxism around the beginning of the 20th century, conservatives imported their theory from Aquinas or Plato or Calvin.

Cool stuff.

commentary follows:

Despite his attempt to be honest, he still pulls a few rhetorical strings. He refers to conservatism as a 'fear' based philosophy, which in many cases it is not, even for non-classical-liberal conservatives.

But the interesting part is, he alights on the idea that conservatism doesn't have a central thoery about right government or humankind. Which is true. In the Aristotilean sense, your theories must be brought to bear against the world; and most grand overarching theories don't hold up about human societies. They're just too complex and changing.

I think there may be some truth to conservatives believing that the free market will freeze power relationships and classical liberals believing that freedom can be reconciled with a love of hierarchy and punishment.

Most conservatives today are sliding towards the classical liberal end, of course, as we get older, we get more conservative anyway, since part of liberalism is about newness, novelty as an idea is important to liberalism. Kind of like you're doing a puzzle and you come apon a new piece, one that you haven't seen before.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Almost Perfect Timewaster

Right here.

Beware: Highly addictive.

Yikes

Converting a site over to a Content Management System is a buttload of work. Even if it is Joomla!.

Dealing with people asking for changes and not being able to decide on a look is another whole can of worms...

Monday, April 03, 2006

An 11:30 AM haiku

Caribou Coffee
Twenty-Five Percent more ramp
Free Espresso Shot!

Goldstein, FIRE, Campus Speech

A good post from Protein Wisdom regarding more problems with campus free speech.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's website is here.

commentary follows.

I've often spoke of the problems with 'Diversity' as a concept; it is not nearly as beneficial to us as its purveyors would have us believe. Diversity instead is a good sign; but it must be voluntary diversity. The idea of mandating diversity is simply more authoritarian/facist leftist bullcrap, and like anything that looks or is good, is only good if done with free will.

The reason why VOLUNTARY diversity can be good, is that it is a sign that you are appealing to a wider audience, customer base, etc. But mandating it defeats the whole purpose of its existence. And also, mandating it usually turns it into a complete and total superficiality-- all different colors, but everything else is very similar, and perspectives are limited aside from 'group narratives' which are really just dumbed down and recycled folklore or political talking points. No real culture here; real culture is spontaneous and not limited to identity groups. Real culture does things that people don't like. Real culture is not politically correct.

So real diversity is also the same; spontaneous. You see lots of diversity in the US, not because we decided that we needed x number of Mexicans, x number of English, x number of Irish, x number of Syrians, x number of Japanese, etc. But because the USA itself attracts a great variety of people because of opportunity and freedom. We don't need to mandate it; it just appears. And it is real-- as much as people want you to believe that, for instance, all black people have the same political affiliation and the same goals and interests-- it is simply not true. I mean, Condi Rice? Colin Powell? Alan Keyes? The list goes on. There are plenty of Hispanic folks who do not believe in the power of 'La Raza' (the race.) Its funny how political correctness rails against 'stereotypes' while parroting its own. There are useful stereotypes, and there are useless ones.

PC has just found that its own stereotypes are useful to its agenda. They don't help anyone else-- the point of stereotypes is to supply general information in lieu of specific information to be acquired in interaction and in relationships. Stereotypes are just an extension of the multileveled classification system that our minds have. Get over it. Instead, make sure that the stereotypes you keep around are useful and accurate; and like opinions, don't hold them too tightly.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

More on Jill Carroll

Via The Corner:

Read also the post below; It contains a link Jill Carroll's statement.

commentary follows.

I think the commentary provided in The Corner is sufficient; It is shameful that people thought her original 'words' - what she was forced to say on television. -- were correct. Here is a link to them, from the Christian Science Monitor.

All in all, it is increasingly revealing of the nature of this war-- an information war. They are not trying to kill people, but win minds. Right now, they are struggling to win Arab minds, possibly, which is why they are creating propaganda videos instead of attempting showy bombings or poison attacks. They are losing right now, perhaps, and their desperation shows.