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Archives for November, 2006

Football Thoughts

The Game just started.  I am not going to live-blog it, in the traditional sense, but I am going to make a few comments.   The student newspaper at UM is the Michigan Daily.  Right now, their entire front page (screen shot) on the website is a memorial to the recently-deceased former head coach, Bo…

Conservatives Are More Generous

Philanthropy Expert: Conservatives Are More Generous By Frank Brieaddy Religion News Service SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks is about to become the darling of the religious right in America — and it’s making him nervous. The child of academics, raised in a liberal household and educated in the liberal arts, Brooks…

Really.  A doctor said that.  An obstetrician, in a presentation entitled The Neuroendocrine and Biochemical Basics of Human Sexuality: The Results of Non-Marital Sexual Activity. [Note: the link goes to a 7MB PDF.] The author, Eric J. Keroack, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., gave the presentation on June 27, 2003, for the National Abstinence Clearinghouse 2003 Conference.

Brownfield Development for Biofuels

Rehabilitation of disused industrial sites has been a costly and contentious issue in urban planning.  Sites that are mildly or moderately contaminated are called brownfields.  Research is underway to see if some brownfields can be used to grow crops, specifically for the production of biofuels. Michigan State University, known affectionately as “Moo-U,” in collaboration with…

Camo Sticks?

Another product that makes me go “hmmm.”  Once or twice in my life I’ve paid extra for high-performance random-access memory, but I’ve never paid extra for the paint job. This is the PC2-6400 Special Ops Urban Edition from OCZ. I suppose if you have a problem with tiny snipers running around in your case, it…

Firefox is Better

Casual users might not notice much difference between Firefox 2.0 and IE 7.0.  But with continued use, the advantages of Firefox become increasingly evident.  This is especially true for people who take the initiative to install a lot of extensions. What is less obvious, is that Firefox still has the advantage in security, as confirmed…

YABM, YABM, YABM

Yet Another Book Meme.  I found this one at Yet Another Ann Arbor Blog, named Bloug.   Nov 16, 2006: Fie on Louisa May Alcott, Roald Dahl, Cormac McCarthy, and all their ilk… Now that’s a weird list! These are authors of books that, according to LibraryThing’s new “UnSuggester” service, are least like Information Architecture…

Impeachment Update

The Blogosphere has had a bit of a twitter over the issue of the impeachment of President Bush.  The most assertive progressive are upset that the issue is “off the table,” in the words of Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers.  Conservatives are skeptical, imagining that the Democratic leadership is just as vicious as the Republicans…

The Myth of Compassionate Conservatism

OK, so it is not totally a myth; there are plenty of compassionate conservatives out there.  But the phrase can be used to whitewash policies that are just plain mean. Florida is illegally imprisoning mentally ill persons, repeatedly, systematically, and is doing nothing to try to solve the problem.   This is a gross violation…

Global Warming and Disease

I’ve quietly worried about this for a few years, but now I have company.  Increased temperatures, combined with increased climate variability, could have a significant effect on human health worldwide. Diseases Appear on Rise With Temperature Nov 14, 5:51 PM EST By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A warmer world…