mt discusses Denialism, Informational Conformity and New Coke. Go read it now, if you didn’t when he first wrote it.
Paul Graham propounds the concept of the top idea in your mind which might partly explain why rolling out a broken AUP is a really bad idea; less for the policy itself, which people will just make jokes at, but because it distracts.
Can’t remember where I got the pic from now (M-san has found the source).
Listening to Peter Gabriel – I have the touch.
Rabbett attacks that dork Cuccineli but the links to the docs are interesting.
Out in the cold says Nurture, The parlous state of the US icebreaker fleet could soon put a freeze on the country’s polar research On 25 June, the US Coast Guard announced that its only operational heavy icebreaker, the Polar Sea, was operational no longer. The ship had suffered ‘an unexpected engine casualty’ and limped back to its home port of Seattle, Washington, where it will undergo repairs until January 2011. A refurbishment in 2006 had supposedly extended its operational life to 2014. The announcement underscored the decrepit state of America’s ageing icebreaker fleet — a situation with many troubling implications for the United States, not least its ability to carry out Arctic and Antarctic research.
DA wonders why he blogs. I wonder why I do, sometimes (no, that isn’t a cue for sympathy). As he says I watch Oliver, who is so little, and to whom everything is a wonder. Just jumping around is, for him, a definite joy. I remember that feeling, sort of — do you? — and I envy him. I still feel that, sometimes. Not often, but enough to make it worthwhile. Most outings there is one perfect stroke where you know that on *this* stroke the boat will be perfectly sat and you can fully reach round the rigger and feel your whole body streched and alive and working. Or coming back to the hut after a long day alone in the mountains barely able to walk and sitting down leaning back feeling exhausted. Ha, I’ve just noticed that is all physical joy. Intellectual is mostly work nowadays and I can’t talk about that.