Archives for September, 2008

Click Here

on October 3rd. If you click there now, you will get this: James Nachtwey, one of the world’s greatest photojournalists and winner of the 2007 TEDPrize, received “one wish to change the world”: “I’m working on a story that the world needs to know about. I wish for you to help me break it, in…

What I had for Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Happy New Year! I was a good little atheist today, and made a reasonably convincing argument that Bill Maher has NOT gone too far in trashing religion. After all, no one expected the Spanish Inquisition. Or at least, the elderly Jewish and Catholic people were nodding as I was ranting about it, so I think…

Poll on Palin

Here’s a poll you may be interested in. The question is: Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as Vice President of the United States? And so far the answer is “Yes” by a small margin. This poll is at PBS. Here.

James Nachtwey

So, what do you’all think of this guy? Should I trust him?

Gnome system wide shortcut keys

A few more shortcut keys for you to learn and live by: Alt + F1 Opens the Applicantions Menu . Alt + F2 Displays the Run Application dialog. Print Screen Takes a screenshot, opens dialog to save the screenshot as a PNG file. Alt + Print Screen Takes a screenshot of the window that has…

Obama Surges in North Star State

Not long ago, Minnesota was moved to the “undecided column” by many pollsters. Well, in the words of the great Inspector Clouseau, “Nit Iny Meour”….. In Minnesota, Barack Obama has opened an eight-point lead over John McCain. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Minnesota voters finds Obama attracting 52% of the vote while McCain…

Galveston Dead and Missing Mystery

This is a photograph from the vicinity of Galveston Texas. These fish were stranded in this fence after Hurricane Ike’s storm surge receded. This photo is one of a dozen or so I received that are allegedly being used in FEMA disaster training, and that may be true. But I think these are also circulating…

Get ready for the Vice Presidential Debate

You’ll need two/three cases of beer, three/four bottles of wine, a few friends, and understanding neighbor. Do not watch this video if you intend to drive. And now, How to remove red wine stains from your carpet:

Plan B

This is from Robert Reich’s blog: Prediction: A scaled-down bill will be enacted by the end of the week. It will provide the Treasury with a first installment of $150 billion. Treasury can use it to back Wall Street’s bad debts with lend no-interest loans of up to two years, until the housing market rebounds.…

August Berkshire Interview

We need a society in which laws are based purely on secular reasoning. So, for example, let’s take the marriage laws. There’s no reason to prohibit same-gender, same-sex marriages. The government is supposed to treat all citizens equally, so there’s no secular reason to be against same-sex marriages. But there are religious reasons, and they…