You probably can't make it out at this size,
but the mannequin head is showing
off a tongue stud
Howard Dean had some choice things to say about Boy Emperor in
the Times [requires registration] today:
“I think what the president is doing is setting the stage
for the failure of America... If you look at what's happened to other great countries, they
get in trouble when they can't manage their money — and this president's
certainly proven himself adept at that — and they get in trouble when
they overstretch their military capabilities... he has a black and white view
of the world, and foreign policy depends on enormous understandings of nuances
and trade-offs... The most important criteria for whether you're going to be
any good at foreign policy or not is judgment and patience, both of which
are in short supply in this presidency... The president and his neocon advisers
they were going to teach the North Koreans a lesson, and unfortunately, North
Korea has the power to inflict a fairly painful lesson on us...”
My Mom called this morning, and asked about the origin of the abbreviation
"lb" for pound. I figured it was from Latin, but I had no idea what the latin
word might be. It
stands for libra, an ancient Roman unit of weight. It's also the
origin of the British pound sign, but how weight and money got entangled, I
don't know, either. Then, there's the
$, which probably comes from a representation
of the Spanish pieces of eight, while the name derives from Dutch or German.
While I was thinking about it, I decided to look up the word
for this character: /. The slash (which many of my friends insist on
incorrectly referring to as a backslash!) actually has several names: solidus,
oblique dash, or virgule,
take your pick. It's also known as a forward slash to distinguish it from the
backslash (\), which only has one name.
Well, California just added another chapter to the history books. I don't
think we have any idea of the implications of what's happened.
Extraordinary artwork presented with a fun and unusual flash
interface at esao.net [click "enter," not
the pic, to get into the site.]
Some parts are still under construction - incentive to come
“I can tell you that $150,000 per song is not reasonable, and that's technically
what you can put in front of somebody.”
Another republican who's not automatically siding with the big guys – how
refreshing! Coleman plans to push legislation to reduce penalties for downloading
songs off the Internet, and to allow for judicial review in cases where the
current Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows the industry to obtain subpoenas
without a judge's signature. Just in case you were wondering, those high CD
prices paid lawyers more often than they paid musicians.
Packin' (detail from a street poster)
Halloween's coming... What r u wearing?
Yeah, I feel more secure...
I could have figured when Rumsfeld started making noises about building “low-yield
thermonuclear devices,” that we'd probably start hearing about efforts to gear
up to produce bombs again. Well, today I found out that the the Watts Bar nuclear
plant will begin generating tritium – the material that is the basis of “hydrogen
bombs”, and is described in one article as a gas that “enhances the explosive
force of nuclear weapons” – by inserting special collector rods into a civilian
reactor. Using civilian reactors for such a purpose has long been considered
I was all set to nail Bush & Co for pulling a fast one, but it turns out the
groundwork was laid during the Clinton Administration. Much in the same way
that Bill got creative in defining “sexual relations,” the government maintains
that using a civilian reactor to produce tritium doesn't really violate the
spirit of separating atoms for peace and atoms for war, because you can't build
a nuclear bomb with tritium alone. Besides, the tritium is needed
stockpiles, not make new weapons.
They say that now. I have visions of huge scorch marks dotting the face of
the Earth some years from now... All in the name of “national security.” But,
hey, I'm sure the results in California tomorrow will go a long way toward
restoring my faith in the leadership of this country – It could happen.