Holy crap, it's been twenty-five years since the television show "Bosom Buddies" first aired. Ah, the comedic antics of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, and the bosomy goodness of Donna Dixon (who, inexplicably, went on to marry Dan Aykroyd, rather than a certain ten year old boy in Montgomery, Alabama)...
(this "I'm getting old moment" inspired by the untimely passing of Wendie Jo Sperber)
Are you curious about the breakup of Jessica Simspson and Nick Lachey? Well, that's actually rather sad and you should probably spend more time working on getting a life.
But, for those of you still reading this far, here's some news on it:
Things could get nasty relatively quick if the reports are true that Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey didn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement.Exciting stuff, that.
My favorite take on it all came from David Letterman, who (paraphrasing) said that Nick would get to split the millions Jessica has made with her "singing and acting" (the preferred terminology for her bosoms) and Jessica would get to split Nick's tips from waiting tables at the Olive Garden.
Oh well, despite our disillusionment with all of this, we can still hold out hope that Ashlee will redeem the Simpson name, first tarnished by OJ and now by Jessica.
December 13 is Chrismahanukwanzakah!
Virgin Mobile today announced that it has decided to make December 13th the official day to celebrate Chrismahanukwanzakah. It's even observing the holiday by giving its employees across the U.S. time off to celebrate!Sigh, once again, atheists are the untouchables!
Chrismahanukwanzakah celebrates the joys of all things holiday like Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, elves -- even Pagans and agnostics.
The morons at MoveOn.org will air an ad showing American soldiers in Iraq missing out on the joy of Guy Fawke's Day.
Update: Oh, the humanity!
Uh oh, let's hope that James Dobson and his Focus on the Family hatebots don't read this article or dear Dr. Dobby might start pimpin' some ideas to the White House:
Dubai - More than two dozen gay Arab men - arrested at what police called a mass homosexual wedding - could face government-ordered hormone treatments, five years in jail and a lashing, authorities said on Saturday.It sounds insane (well, to most of us, I would hope), but when you read the Dubai authorities speaking of "deviant behavior" and "harm to society" with respect to homosexuals, they sound a lot like the anti-gay bigots in the United States (and, hey, I think they tend to be driven by their religion too).
(h/t Ann Althouse)
Update: Hey hey, how about that, six of one, half dozen of the other.
The Vatican newspaper said on Tuesday that homosexuality risked "destabilizing people and society", had no social or moral value and could never match the importance of the relationship between a man and a woman.I suppose that's a step up from the old Church stance of it being "intrinsic evil." Progress!
It's been almost a week since Ewan entered the world. I'm not sure where the time has gone, although a safe bet is that a lot of it revolved around poo.
We had our at-home well-baby check today. I wasn't aware that they still did housecalls, but our hospital and our insurance company have demonstrated that their focus is on prevention of problems rather than fixing something when it breaks - probably a sound business model and better for all involved.
Anyway, the check-up went fine. Ewan has regained the weight he lost right after birth (most babies drop a few ounces) and is now just above his birthweight. His infant jaundice is starting to clear up. All appears well; we have a healthy little boy in our family now.
Thanks again for the continued well wishes and support. More topical blogging to resume shortly...
Intelligent design: yep, it's still that old-fashioned creationism.
Offered without comment and only minor Photoshopping.
The mother of a fallen soldier who led a vigil against the war in Iraq outside President Bush's ranch returned to Texas, saying she is "heartbroken" that the troops are not home.Such awful, awful sadness.
OK, what the hell, let's coment some more:
Before Sheehan's arrival, more than 100 protesters at the camp ate a traditional Iraqi meal for Thanksgiving _ salmon, lentils, rice with almonds and a salad of parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers and bulgur wheat.Maybe it's me, but the symbolism of this act is lost on me. Eating an Iraqi meal on a day of giving thanks would indicate to me that it's about being thankful for liberating them from a tyrant, but then I'm somewhat well-educated and enjoy bathing on a regular basis. Crazy.
"It's significant because the people of Iraq are suffering under our occupation, and for people in America it's business as usual stuffing themselves on fat turkeys," said Tammara Rosenleaf, whose husband is an Army soldier to be deployed in a few weeks.No, dumbass, they're suffering at the hands of al-Zarqawi and other anti-progress insurgents. If we pulled out, the violence would not end. Iraqis would still be blown up. The bloody campaign of intimidation against the new Iraqi government would continue until it collapsed, driving Iraq into civil war or a delightful new form of Islamic despotism, all because our lefty crusaders for humanity said "we must turn our backs on them."
It's odd that the people most against progress in Iraq are so-called progressives; the ones most likely to accuse war supporters of "hating little brown people" are the ones who want to abandon them to the terrorists.
And, hey, how about that flashy monument to Cindy Sheehan that was unveiled the other day? Nevermind that it has all the artistic merit of a Bob's Big Boy. "Sheehan's Stand," it's called. Yes, oh brave Cindy, standing mightily against a President and a public that generally ignore you, under threat of - well - maybe some inclement weather.
It's unfortunate that Ms. Sheehan lost her son in the war, and - whether you support this war or not - he should be honored for his duty and sacrifice. Cindy, though, has done nothing but slip slide down the slope of looney leftism, aligning herself with groups on the fringe of left-wing kookery, shaming herself and her cause in the process.
She is no longer "Cindy Sheehan, grieving mother." She has become "Cindy Sheehan, media whore," the Iraq war's very own Lisa Beamer, pursuing self-aggrandizement over personal integrity and values.
Maybe the media will grow bored with her too, but at least we'll always have "Sheehan's Stand" to remind us.
Why do I continue to argue with people who possess a level of stupidity so impenetrable that it makes Fort Knox look like Legoland?
You'll have to scroll down in the comments to where "goldeneagle" asks nonsense questions like "how do you falsify the search for an Earth-like planet?" Apparently he's unaware that the "search" is the means to validate or falsify a scientific hypothesis.
It's almost like people in this country don't understand basic scientific concepts!
Next you'll tell me that 55% of Americans believe God created humans in their present form! Lunacy!
P.S. He also thinks I'm mean to people. Ha! I, sir, am a cuddly teddy bear if anything!
In a few hours, we'll be taking lil' Ewan Quinn home from the hospital. The wee Fiona was pleased with her baby brother on Wednesday when she visited, but I'm not sure she understands that he'll be coming home. To stay. For a long time.
Should be interesting.
Mrs. WWR is feeling well enough to sit up in a rocking chair and continue knitting Ewan's baby blanket, so all is well. We've actually gotten a fair bit of sleep as Ewan is more of a sleeper than an eater; he'll feed for twenty or thirty minutes and then zonk out for a few hours no problem (except for the one time where he pooped three times in a row as I changed him, going through as many diapers in four minutes).
Thanks again for all of your well wishes and support. We truly appreciate it, and it does a mom and dad proud to know how many people have stopped by to check out their Future Benevolent Lord and MasterTM.
...wax off this mortal coil.
LOS ANGELES - Actor Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73.
Don't have a baby boy, because within hours you'll find yourself bombarded with contradictory medical information, pressured by cultural forces swirling in the world outside, and conflicted by your dedication to freethought and living life at the behest of reason and rationality.
When they first held Ewan up for me to see, my initial thought was how beautiful and amazing he was - my second thought was "oh shit, now I have to decide on circumcision."
So, it's been a couple of hours of Googling, separating the rabid activism that characterizes the bulk of each side of the argument from the calm advice, combined with asking one doctor (my brother) and our pediatrician, and finding they don't agree, to intimate discussions with my wife, torn because we only want to do what is best for our little boy.
I probably won't announce our decision here, but I'd welcome input from anyone who wants to give it, if they can do so in a dignified manner, and not like a barking moonbat or wacky wingnut called to arms in the cause du jour.
Update: Decision made. Thanks for everyone's input and thoughts on the matter.
No, I'm sorry, I don't think we can make it to your dinner party.
Because, you see, they're just simple minutemen fighting an occupation army in defense of their homeland.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Thirty people, most of them Iraqi civilians, were killed and 23 wounded Thursday when a car bomb detonated outside a hospital in the town of Mahmoudiya, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Baghdad, according to police.Oh, brave brethren, fight on! Conquer those evil... uh... physicians... who have... ummm... cured... errr...
Who am I kidding? Michael Moore, you're still an idiot.
I'm thankful for a lot of things.
Must go check on my latest reason to be thankful*, as he sounds hungry.
Yes, it's 3:46am, and yes, I'm awake.
* Note that said thanks is given either in non-descript ways, a general sense of being glad at the way life has unfolded, or to specific individuals for the place they occupy in my life, with nary a drop being pointed skyward to the land of the imaginary.
Just saw this article about a high school coach suing to be able to pray with his team:
The East Brunswick High School football coach who was barred by his school district in New Jersey from praying alongside his players has filed a lawsuit alleging that the district's action infringed on his constitutional rights.Skipping over any jokes regarding kneeling in the locker room, is it any coincidence that, now that the coach is barred from praying,
Marcus Borden, who quit as head coach in October when the school district threatened to fire him if he continued to pray with his team, is asking the state Superior Court in Middlesex County to allow him to bow his head in prayer over pregame meals and to kneel in the locker room with the team before games.
Correction: wrong football team.
...the two backs did all of the running in...a drive that set the tone for Shabazz's 28-7 victory over previously undefeated New Brunswick....
I bet other teams sneak in a prayer, once again distracting God from the business of helping those truly in need in order to choose sides in a high school football game. You do realize this is why the Big Guy seems conspicuously absent in every major disaster but gets major kudos by an assortment of sports figures, right? Par for the cross.
But, anyway, back to the lawyer:
Riccio [the coach's lawyer] contends that the actions of the football team are not necessarily religious because he said some prayer was secular. "The event of a high school football team saying a prayer is such a part of the culture of our country that it is not a religious event," he said. "Even if it is a religious event, the coach is allowed to show respect for the event by bowing his head or bending his knee."So it's not a religious event, unless, of course, it is. There's an argument as intellectually honest as intelligent design.
Sight along your elephant guns over here.
We survived the night, somehow sneaking in a couple of hours of sleep between 2am and 4am, with approximately 93 diaper changes, 72 feedings, and 14 bad words under my breath, immediately tempered by seeing how cute my little guy is. Although I am stilll marveling at how much muconium his bottom is generating (for those not familiar with muconium, imagine sticky black tar all over your rear).
So, here comes the sun; at least we're not facing East, so instead of a bright wake up call we get to see the mountains and a bit of the plains coming to life. Normally I'd be arriving at work right now, but I'm doing my best to not even think about it (although I have checked work e-mail and answered it a few times, despite the protestations of my boss to enjoy my time off - call it a character flaw).
Ewan Quinn is sleeping soundly, but Mom and Dad are awake for the day, for better or for worse.
Wait, did I say he was asleep? Sounds like the call of someone in need of a diaper change. Back to the trenches.
Update: By the way, thank you so much for all of the well-wishes. You're all very kind and wonderful, but - then again - you do visit my site, so perhaps that's to be expected. ;)
Our stay has been quite good. It's a new hospital, just opened last year, with state-of-the-art this and that. Oh, and room service. That's right, no "one-menu-fits-all" culinary tragedy on a plastic tray; rather, a menu of numerous items from which to choose, from which you can order from morning until evening, and all of it quite edible (the food, not the menu itself).
Yesterday's lunch was a cheeseburger, garlic bread, mac and cheese, and seasoned fries, with cheesecake and Diet Pepsi. Dinner was chicken fingers, fries, garlic bread, and chocolate ice cream. They offer a lot more options, but I was in a hurry and went with old stand-bys, but let's break out our crayons and color me impressed.
Perhaps today I'll try the steak...
Apparently some legal difficulties and assorted snafus, as Open Source Media is once again Pajamas Media.
I'm pleased I can strike off one of the items I didn't "get" about the whole arrangement:
I didn't get it when they changed the name to something 1/10th as creative as Pajamas Media.Of course, I still don't really get what they are trying to achieve, but I continue to wish them the best of luck, despite some missteps.
I find that it's helpful to say "I was drunk and don't remember doing that." Maybe it works for organizations too?
And don't forget to scroll down to see the pics of my new kid. Bless ye.
I meant to write about this earlier, but was busy with other things, like having a baby and changing a baby and changing a baby and, uh, changing a baby:
At 11:04:45 AM ET Monday CNN was airing Vice President Dick Cheney's speech live from the American Enterprise Institute in Washington -- when a large black 'X' repeatedly flashed over the vice president's face!Wow, I think the exclamation point really makes that sentence, don't you?
The 'X' over Cheney's face appeared each time less than a second, creating an odd subliminal effect.So odd, in fact, that it wasn't subliminal and was apparently quite liminal or superliminal or whatever the antonym for subliminal might be.
Let's go with this one: "obvious."
One top White House source expressed concern about what was aired over CNN.Yes, they're trying to tell you and a lot of people in the rightside wings to stop tilting at windmills.
"Is someone in Atlanta trying to tell us something?"
Note: I think there are to be made valid criticisms of left-leaning views in the mainstream media. I also think this isn't one of them.
Note 2: I do think, however, you should check out the picture of my newborn son just below this post.
He weighed in at 6lbs 2oz.
Mother, baby, and father are all doing well, even though at least two of us know it's going to be a long, long night. With many long, long nights ahead.
Update: Day two begins here.
Update 2: I think my decision is made, but your input here would be of interest.
At least one Arab television media outlet reported that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of the al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed in Iraq on Sunday afternoon when eight terrorists blew themselves up in the in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.I generally don't wish death upon anyone, but I'll make an exception for al-Zarqawi.
Here's hoping it's good riddance.
Related News: al-Zarqawi's family tribe has severed ties with him:
Family members of Jordanian-born al Qaeda in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have renounced the terror leader, telling King Abdullah II on Sunday that they would "sever links with him until doomsday."Well, hey, it only took two years, but better late than never. It's unfortunate that it works this way, but the more that al-Zarqawi screws up and kills innocent people, the farther his credibility erodes.
The nameless one joins his two sisters and brother (ten years his senior) as the latest addition to our familial clan.
Congratulations, brother, sister-in-law, nieces, and nephew(s)!
Update: World, meet Finn. Finn, this is the World.
For those not keeping score at home, the World Wide Runt II arrives this coming Tuesday. Expect blogging to be baby-focused, and when it isn't baby-focused, expect it to be disjointed and rambling with various metaphors about diaper filler.
I'm off work for the next week, and will be alternating my time between the hospital and home, tending to the wee Fiona (and the mum-in-law, who is helping out with keeping Fi happy). The technology gods have smiled upon us, though, and our hospital has wi-fi throughout, so expect all sorts of pictures to bore you soon.
Over the years, I've pretty much covered in this post or that why I don't believe in God(s) and what faults I see in the beliefs of others, but I've never actually brought my philosophy into a readily cohesive whole (i.e. a post or series of continuous posts on one topic).
If I did that, would anyone actually read it?
I don't really get the whole Pajamas Media / Open Source Media thing.
I didn't get it when it was first proposed. I didn't get it while others signed up, some of them folks I know. I didn't get it when they (apparently) pooped on Dennis the Peasant. I didn't get it when they changed the name to something 1/10th as creative as Pajamas Media.
I still don't get it, as there doesn't seem to be any clear indication of what it actually is.
But, whatever it is or turns out to be or wants to be when it grows up, I wish'em nothing but the best. It's not like I'm going to change the world sitting here with a beer.
Just a few tips though:
Further, it's "our reputation and integrity are directly related," not "is." And let's not mention my pet peeve of "try and."
There's a certain irony in a blog portal stating that:
You may not reproduce, distribute, copy, publish, enter into any database, display, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any part of this site. The only exceptions to this are that you may download material from Our Site for your own personal use, provided such download is limited to making one machine readable copy and/or one print copy that limited to occasional articles of personal interest only. No other use of the content of Our Site is permitted.Hello, hyperlinking and excerpting to the sweet tune of "fair use" are the bread and butter (and beer) of the blogosphere. Try to put a stop to that and you might as well hire Dowd and put her blather behind a pay-to-read wall.
Anyway, I figure some folks will make some money out of the whole thing, and maybe it will turn into something massive and impressive and inspiring. For my friends who have hooked their stars to it, I certainly hope so, if only for the free beer and to say "I knew them when."
...and, crikey, lots more. Just visit Technorati.
Ladies, you might want to tune away at this time.
So, there I was, eating lunch at Panera Bread (allow me to recommend the Frontega Chicken Panini), enjoying my sandwich and answering some e-mail and even typing a number or two into some spreadsheets - and, duh, surfing the internet. In marched a phalanx, two or three deep, of high school students, apparently out on a lunch break, something I don't believe we were ever allowed back in the day.
Anyway, in they walk, young men and women, conversing, laughing, being youthful with no concept of what it's like to realize one day that you actually grunt when getting up from the sofa.
So, I observe this parade of pretty much post-pubescent people, and I have to ask: are they putting hormones in the drinking water these days?
I don't remember high school girls looking like that. At. All. No. Way.*
I feel so old.
* However, given the rather pudgy one in the midriff-baring top and low-riding jeans, maybe that's a good thing. As another friend of mine, a woman, said - they look like puffy muffins.
Germany’s plan to cure its self-confessed economic failure by doing exactly the opposite to what modern economics would suggest is certainly a bold and novel idea. Jim O’Neill, the chief international economist of Goldman Sachs, remarked on television last week that German politicians are acting as if they had never seen an economics textbook, much less understood one.Ouchies.
Gimme gimme more more more »
Astrologers, Scientologists and new–age crystal ball creeps are no different in your view from priests, rabbis and imams. They’re all just weak–minded pilgrims on the road to easy answers. Nature as revealed by science is awesome enough for you, but it’s a nature that needs curbing and taming by us on our evolutionary journey to perfection.
Your heros are Einstein, Darwin, Marx and — these days — Gould, Blakemore, Watson, Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Could you be hiding a little behind those absolutist views, worried that, if you let in a few doubts and contradictory ideas, the whole edifice might crumble?*** Loosen up a bit and try to enjoy the amazing variety of human belief systems.**** Don’t worry — it’s unlikely you’ll end up chanting your days away in some distant mountain cult.
What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.
* Actually, I'm rather fond of my libido.
** Refuse to allow? Hey, free country. Now, I might make fun of them.
*** No, don't be stupid. I'll change my views when the evidence indicates I should, but not a second before.
**** Forgive me for not oohing and ahhing over Holy Books filled with violence, bigotry, and such.
(found at Pharyngula)
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Sorry for my slack posting, but when you mix the management of a project at work, the preparation for a new baby at home, the semi-apathetic attempt at saving a novel in its death throes, and cleaning house for the impending arrival of the in-laws, well, the call to blogging is like a distant buzz.
I promise to make it up to you next week when this blog becomes All-Baby-All-The-Time! OK, maybe just the first day, all day, and then a gradual wind down into other matters as the real world impinges upon the euphoria of newbornosity.
Now, back to watching Winnie the Pooh with the wee Fiona.
If you're truly bored, check out Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk beta, where you can make money (albeit not much) for doing mundane tasks.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- With an immovable defense and one big play by JaMarcus Russell and Dwayne Bowe, No. 5 LSU bounced Alabama from the national title picture and asserted itself as a dark horse contender.Good run, Bama.
That would be Pat Robertson:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town Thursday that disaster may strike there because they ``voted God out of your city'' by ousting school board members who favored teaching intelligent design.Actually, given God's apparent inability to hit his targets of choice in the past, it's just as likely that something bad will happen to Walla Walla, Washington.
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God. You just rejected him from your city,'' Robertson said on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club.'So much for that whole "God is love" and "knock and the door shall be opened unto you" business.
Later Thursday, Robertson issued a statement saying he was simply trying to point out that "our spiritual actions have consequences."I think ol' Pat would be well served to issue, every morning, an apology for anything stupid he might have said the day before, because it's a sure bet he has.
Coming to you live from the Cool River Cafe, famous for blocking this blog due to - I guess - objectionable content, it's me (circumventing their net nanny by using LogMeIn.com to control my home PC, from which I am posting).
I love me some technology.
Busy at work, busy with life, but here's what's in the news:
And the Jordanians are none too pleased:
Jordanians flooded Amman blaring car horns and waving the nation's flag to protest the suicide attacks at three hotels with Western connections.Whoops.
Hundreds of angry Jordanians rallied, shouting, "Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!" after the claim of responsibility was posted.
Obviously something was seriously wonky in her life, as an internet message board isn't going to encourage a well-adjusted person in their prime to end it all. A tragedy, to be sure, but the blame belongs on the person who chooses to kill himself / herself.
As you might be aware, the World Wide Runt II is due to enter the world on November 22. I think we'll call him/her XBox 360.
Microsoft will be the first of the three major companies to launch a new console when the Xbox 360 hits store shelves on November 22.It's got a ring to it, don't you think?
I have no idea why I'm seeing an influx of hits from the search engine at listenernetwork.com and its various subdomains (each a separate radio station somewhere in North America it seems), and - unlike Google - the referral log doesn't indicate the search terms being used, but they all end up in the August 2003 archives.
So, if any of you happen to see this on the main page, what exactly are you looking for - and, like Bono, have you still not found it?
Some good news from the so-called culture war:
DOVER, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Voters came down hard Tuesday on school board members who backed a statement on intelligent design being read in biology class, ousting eight Republicans and replacing them with Democrats who want the concept stripped from the science curriculum.Ouch. That's gonna leave more of a mark than the stones that God approved for use on children who talk back to their parents!
All signs indicate that evolution is going to win the debate in Dover, a courtroom setting in which the facts and science of evolution were presented in stark contrast to the hollow, magical thinking of the likes of Dembski and his Discovery Institute cohorts (who are now distancing themselves from the trial like Dubya from responsible spending).
However, it's a different story in Kansas, where the same forces that sought to bring the darkness of ignorance upon the land a couple of years ago are at it again.
TOPEKA, Kan. - Risking the kind of nationwide ridicule it faced six years ago, the Kansas Board of Education approved new public-school science standards Tuesday that cast doubt on the theory of evolution.As always, when asked why - if complexity necessitates design - a higher power that is necessarily more complex than its creation somehow gets off without a designer, the ID proponents said "We haven't gotten to that yet, but we will, oh, yes, we will, because we're scientists - we even bought white coats and got our mail-order certificates framed in fine wood!"
The 6-4 vote was a victory for “intelligent design” advocates who helped draft the standards. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by a higher power.
The new standards say high school students must understand major evolutionary concepts. But they also declare that the basic Darwinian theory that all life had a common origin and that natural chemical processes created the building blocks of life have been challenged in recent years by fossil evidence and molecular biology.When asked to show this fossil evidence and molecular biology principles that challenge the principles of evolution, the ID proponents said "We haven't gotten to that yet, but we will, oh, yes, we will, because we're scientists - we even bought white coats and got our mail-order certificates framed in fine wood! Oh, and peer review is for pussies."
But, wait, good people, the best part is yet to come:
In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena.That's right, astrology, phrenology, palm reading, and any other bit of "you will meet a dark stranger" nonsense you can conjure in your mind is now "science."
Kansas: making Colorado and Missouri look smarter just by sitting where it is.
Update: Hubris, blogging over at INDCJournal, chimes in:
Next on the agenda: Addressing the ugly and limiting obsession with "stuff that happened in the past" in history classes.Hey, dude,
Update 2: Some potentially good news...
Don’t expect Tuesday’s vote to be the final chapter on this debate. Any science curriculum changes won’t take affect until 2007. By then, there will have been another school board election and there has already been a push to vote out some of the conservative members.
Jeff Foxworthy still is not funny.
Bonus: Neither is Margaret Cho.
Oh, sure, there's all that rioting in France (le yawn!), but this is real news:
FORT COLLINS - A veterinarian from Colorado State University is leading a team that is pioneering methods of performing vasectomies on elephants.Well then. I suppose somebody has to.
* Whatever happened to cheap cap-gun revolvers, clear plastic squirt guns, and the toy handguns that shot the little spinny discs or spud balls?
National Novel Writing Month, that is.
Oh, yes, I began writing on November 1, meeting up with Zombyboy at a pub downtown to craft our masterworks, and spending most of the time eating, drinking, or commenting on the row of attractive women that planted themselves at the bar.
Because, you know, nothing says "c'mon, ladies, I'm your man" like sitting at a table with your laptop. With your friend. And his laptop. Together.
In that brief period, I wrote a few hundred words, and a couple hundred the next day, and thought I had a good idea of the story and where it was headed, but today I decided that it was all wrong and that I needed to start over.
So, tonight - I start over. It's not like I have to make up a lot of ground, having only written 1/100th of the total I need by the end of the month.
The wee Fiona is soon off to bed. Mrs. WWR is out for dessert and a movie with other moms. I shall retire to my writing desk (or maybe the kitchen table, because I can be spontaneously choosey like that) - indulge myself in a beer or two (say, Fat Tire or perhaps Redhook IPA) - and listen to some tunes while my muse goes off and cavorts with other writers, leaving me to my own devices.
Wish me luck.
I can still sing along to the entire Queensryche album "Operation: Mindcrime," some 17 years after its release.
Good god, I'm getting old. Older.
Update: Huh, looks like they're just finishing up Operation Mindcrime II. For some reason, this strikes me as ill-advised.
Jeff Sweetin, the head of Colorado's branch of the Drug Enforcement Agency, isn't pleased about the pro-pot proposition passing.
Sweetin says his chief concern is that young people who may already be confused about the messages surrounding pot may not be fully aware of the scientifically demonstrated dangers of the drug.Right, as should be obvious by the fact that, since you have to be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages, teenagers don't drink. Not a one. It sounds almost like Sweetin is backing a return to prohibition.
"History shows us that what's legal and isn't legal has a major impact on what teenagers do and don't choose to do," says Sweetin.
Also, with all the crazy confusing talk like "cigarettes are good for you!" and "tobacco - your lungs' best friend!" out there, it's no wonder that some kids smoke.
It gets harder and harder to take these people seriously. Almost as hard as taking the religious right seriously when they worry that a cervical cancer vaccine might encourage teenagers to get their freak on - hey, if they want to have sex, they bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into, they say let'em crash.
So, after the bit of John Davidson madness below, I naturally went to IMDB and looked up the rest of the "That's Incredible!" crew... which then reminded me of "Real People," and - in particular, although for no particular reason, Skip Stephenson.
Turns out he died of a heart attack in 1992.
Every once in a while, a rare while, I wonder what might drive me to take a very long knitting needle and drive it, as forcefully as possible, through my eardrums, causing all sorts of pain and bloody spurting events just like in the movies. Argh. Spurt spurt spurt and goo (no, not like in a porn, son; you know we'll have a good time then).
I think this John Davidson rendition of "Cat's in the Cradle" might be just what I need.
I'm also rather fond of how the picture of Mr. Davidson makes him look remarkably like an elderly woman with gravity-sagging breasts sans bra. Well, fond isn't quite the word. Disturbed, maybe.
I think I need another beer.
And a knitting needle. Or two.
Last year, when asked about gun control in Denver, then Mayor-hopeful John Hickenlooper said:
I am concerned by proposed state legislation like SB 25 that infringes on Denver's home-rule status and ability to determine local gun laws.So, home-rule is good, right?
Well, not when the topic is marijuana, specifically a city initiative to legalize possession by adults of up to one ounce of the substance:
Mayor John Hickenlooper, who opposed the measure because he says marijuana is a "gateway drug," chalked the victory up to "a generational thing."So, John, help me out here: do you or do you not favor home-rule and self-government? Or does it depend on which pet issue is at stake?
"People's attitudes toward marijuana; they're clearly changing," he said. "If that election had been 20 years ago, it would have been a very different outcome."
Yet, Hickenlooper stressed: "The bottom line is, it doesn't change state law. I think it's more symbolic than anything else."
The good people of the great state of Colorado declare:
Hey, when miracles fail (which they have an unsurprising tendency to do), there's always informal group medical:
When his wife spent a week in Georgetown University Hospital's intensive care unit last year recovering from life-saving brain surgery, Joe Huff never worried about who would pay her $120,000 hospital bill, even though his family has no health insurance...From a purely business perspective, I think this is a great idea - dispersion of risk across a targeted population - and it seems to work, all without the annoying regulations of much of the medical insurance industry.
Huff and his family are among the 60,000 members of Medi-Share, the largest of a little-known group of nonprofit organizations that market themselves as faith-based alternatives to health insurance.
From a following-in-the-footsteps-of-Jesus view, I find it amusing and more than a bit disingenuous:
Although church plans differ, their basic premise is simple: Members [limited to evangelical Christians who don't butt hump or smoke or drink] send a monthly check -- a "share" -- ranging from $200 to $400, either to the plan or directly to those the plan designates with "needs," as medical bills are known. They also agree to send cards and letters or to pray for those in need....But, more important that the prayers - of course - are the Benjamins:
"A nonbeliever doesn't have an obligation to follow through" by sending a check each month, said James K. Lansberry, executive vice president of the 35,000-member Samaritan Ministries International of Peoria, Ill.Well, duh, because we all know that nonbelievers are nothing other than dishonest hacks hell-bent on ripping off good Christians at every turn. Why, just look at Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye... errr... wait, Jimmy Swaggart... um... ok... Robert Tilton... oh.... hmmm.
Continuing the amusement:
While each plan's rules differ, most exclude coverage of preexisting conditions, as well as treatment related to cancer recurrence, serious heart disease, obesity, psychiatric disorders or vision problems.Because while prayer can move mountains, it never hurts to hedge your bets just in case God says "no."
Oh ye of little faith, I think Jesus might toss you out with the moneychangers.
(found via In the Agora)
The entire experience was frustrating and irritating. Not only had Sony [via a music CD] put software on my system that uses techniques commonly used by malware to mask its presence, the software is poorly written and provides no means for uninstall. Worse, most users that stumble across the cloaked files with a RKR scan will cripple their computer if they attempt the obvious step of deleting the cloaked files.Note to self: don't buy new CDs from Sony recording artists.
While I believe in the media industry’s right to use copy protection mechanisms to prevent illegal copying, I don’t think that we’ve found the right balance of fair use and copy protection, yet. This is a clear case of Sony taking DRM too far.
(found at Wizbang)
* I apologize for resurrecting such a lame pop culture meme.
New images from the Hubble telescope show that Pluto has not just one moon, but three:
Pluto has three moons, not one, new images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest. Pluto, discovered as the ninth planet in 1930, was thought to be alone until its moon Charon was spotted in 1978.The Institute for Creation Research claimed it as an example of intelligent design, with the new moons popping into existence right before having their photo taken. After all, if science is so darn smart, why didn't they know the moons were there before, huh, Mr. Smartysciencepants? I thought so!