Friday, May 28, 2004
Friday, May 21, 2004
Dude, here's my post
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Talkin' baseball oddities
I've always wondered why there aren't more knucklball pitchers in the major leagues. There may soon be more, according to this Ben McGrath piece in The New Yorker. (See also this accompanying interview.) I've always been a fan of knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, and I'm rooting for him to keep pitching until he's 50.
And if that isn't odd enough for you, here's a story about outfielder Moises Alou peeing on his hands.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
The chart is a hoax. It's pretty obvious if you think about it--the range of average IQs is much too large, and the low states are much too low, especially states like South Dakota and Utah which actually do fairly well on standardized tests. There is much more information debunking the hoax at Steve Sailer's blog, here. There is also an extremely lame "apology" from The American Assembler.
Friday, May 14, 2004
Some good news from Iraq
UPDATE: I may have spoken too soon...
Thursday, May 13, 2004
The agency formerly known as the INS
[A]t least 15 journalists from friendly countries being forcibly detained, interrogated, fingerprinted, and held in cells overnight, with most denied access to phones, pens, lawyers, or their consular officials. Their friendly welcome at the detention center included lights that shone all night long and video surveillance of the entire cell, often including toilets. David James Smith of the Times of London described being denied a blanket, coffee, or a pen during his overnight detention last March...
The INS (now known as Citizenship and Immigration Services) has a long, proud tradition of marrying limitless government discretion to obscure Byzantine rules that cannot be understood through ordinary inquiry. Virtually anyone in this country on a visa is in violation of some regulation, although any attempt to understand or clarify one's status is systematically thwarted by an agency that cannot be reached by telephone and cannot be visited in under seven hours. The INS has for years contributed to widespread ignorance and punished it after the fact.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Not so junky after all.
Molecular biology is pretty cool.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
"For me, one day a week is unplugged," said Levy, who has a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University and who, before moving to Seattle three years ago, was a researcher for 15 years at the Palo Alto Research Center....
Because he is an observant Jew (and his wife is a rabbi), his unplugged day is the Sabbath. From sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, Levy does not use e-mail, the Internet, the telephone or the television. Instead, there is candlelighting, a dinner with friends and services on Saturday morning.
Off his case?
Let's see. A couple of congressional committees get roughly a half-day each to ask Rumsfeld about one the most appalling moral disasters in our military's history, at the Abu Ghraib prison, and now they should shut up. Cheney knows Rumsfeld is the best. That should be enough.
This was too much for Sen. Lindsey Graham, a conservative Republican from South Carolina. Last week's Senate hearing, Graham said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," was not about "being on Secretary Rumsfeld's back. . . . The Congress has an independent duty to find out what happened in that prison. It affects us all."
Sunday, May 09, 2004
Evil designs in the hearts of conspiring men
Friday, May 07, 2004
Thursday, May 06, 2004
The Directors' Guild of America is complaining that this violates the rights of the "artists," and they are suing ClearPlay and others for copyright infringement. What a bunch of whiners. (And where have they been for the last 30 years while their movies were edited for TV and airplanes?)
Fortunately, I think they'll lose in the courts. Plus, congress is threatening to get involved. I think ClearPlay is here to stay.
I don't know much about art, but....
would you pay $104 million for this painting?
This reminds me of the debate a few years ago about whether the U.S. government should apologize for slavery. My opinion was that we should just read Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, which is much more eloquent than anything current speechwriters are likely to come up with. (It's especially poignant when you read it engraved in the wall of the Lincoln memorial.) Excerpt:
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."Unfortunately this doesn't meet the New Republic standards for apologies because it doesn't include the words "I'm Sorry."
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Finally, I've found a pro-American country.The whole column is worth reading.
Everywhere I've gone in Iran, with one exception, people have been exceptionally friendly and fulsome in their praise for the United States, and often for President Bush as well....
Oh, that one instance when I was treated inhospitably? That was in a teahouse near the Isfahan bazaar, where I was interviewing religious conservatives. They were warm and friendly, but a group of people two tables away went out of their way to be rude, yelling at me for being an American propagandist. So I finally encountered hostility in Iran — from a table full of young Europeans.
"Gore Plans To Launch New Cable TV Network"
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Speaking of fatty foods...
This CSPI page includes a "Hall of Shame" of the worst restaurant foods they have tested.
Monday, May 03, 2004
One such critic is filmmaker Sosa Whaley, who is making her own documentary in response to Spurlock. She also ate every meal at McDonald's for 30 days, but while attempting to lose weight. She recently finished her 30 days and reports that she achieved her goal of losing 10 pounds. Her online diary can be found here.
I'm sympathetic to the point she is trying to make, and I agree that McDonald's is unfairly singled out. I doubt their food is much less healthy than the food at more expensive restaurants (many of which do not publish their nutrition information). Still, obesity is a real problem, and McDonald's isn't' doing much to help. I'm not sorry to see the Supersize option go away...I never understood how someone could eat that many fries anyway.
Sunday, May 02, 2004
I'm going to Dinosaur Adventure Land!
Robert and Schön Passmore took their children to Disney World last fall and left bitterly disappointed. As Christians who reject evolutionary theory, the family scoffed at the park's dinosaur attractions, which date the apatosaurus, brachiosaurus and the like to prehistoric times....(via Crescat Sententia)
So this week, the Passmores sought out a lower-profile Florida attraction: Dinosaur Adventure Land, a creationist theme park and museum here that beckons children to "find out the truth about dinosaurs" with games that roll science and religion into one big funfest with the message that Genesis, not science, tells the real story of the creation.