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The Republican descent into fundamentalism

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Blog, politics |

Buckley’s son is hunted out of the National Review for the heresy of endorsing Obama. I like how Republicans deal with dissent. All or nothing. And if you respectfully disagree… WALK THE...

obama advertises on Xbox

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 in Blog, politics | 3 comments

Interesting. via Andew Sullivan. The actual ad in the game is a reminder that early voting has started. Not message oriented at all. Mobilization oriented to a demographic he has been...

glass-topped stoves

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 in Blog, misc | 3 comments

dumbest consumer “improvement” ever. 1) anything that spills over the pot automatically burns on the glass. 2) any water underneath a kettle causes the kettle to magically levitate and slide off the burner as the water turns to steam. 3) it’s not as hot as a traditional coil stove. 4) it’s not as adjustable as a gas stove. Dumb in all ways. But hey, it looks so...

McCain, when did you put Hindus on your hit list?

Posted on Oct 13, 2008 in Blog, politics |

I actually liked McCain, back in the day when he was against “agents of intolerance” as he called the Christian right. These days he’s a got a pastor opening a crowd in Iowa with the following: “I also would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god–whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah–that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons.” Cuz, you know, only evil heathens vote Obama. Thanks for widening the circle of intolerance, there. Christian McCain against the world– and a good chunk of Americans, too....

video games as gateway to reading?

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 in Blog, reading |

This seems a bit like saying that gourmet food is a gateway to opera, but the NY Times has a story about how book publishers and libraries are trying to use video games to get kids interested in reading. Silly me, I would have thought that you would just use really engaging and exciting...


Posted on Oct 4, 2008 in Blog |

No matter how many times you check it, it still doesn’t change the fact that you haven’t sent out any...

Neal Stephenson and perseverance

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 in Blog, science fiction, Writing |

WIRED has an excellent article on Neal Stephenson’s latest book, ANATHEM. The book sounds like a good read, but buried in the article was an informative bit of Stephenson’s back story that I wanted to pull out. His early books, a satire about big universities and an eco-thriller, were well received but not huge sellers. In search of big sales and big bucks, he collaborated with an uncle on a couple of political potboilers. “We heard that Tom Clancy had made something like $17 million the previous year and thought if we could snag 1 percent of that, we’d still be OK.” They didn’t come close, and in 1991,...

Economic Meltdown vs. Global Meltdown

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 in Blog, politics, Pump Six and Other Stories, science, science fiction, Writing | 2 comments

Pop Quiz: which of these is more important? A. The banking industry is in free fall and the problem is spreading. B. There’s methane bubbling out of the Arctic. To me, the really interesting thing about this period in history is the amount of uncertainty over what story lines will dominate our lives, moving forward. Both of the topics are obviously important, but only one of them is grabbing massive headlines. In science fiction, it’s convenient to extrapolate based on a small number of factors – say increasing computing power and network effects, or in my case, something like intense drought. As you add more variables, it becomes harder...

China! Cadbury! Melamine! MMMMMMM!

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 in Blog, food, travel |

Cadbury is recalling chocolate made in their Beijing factory because it’s laced with melamine. I used to eat that chocolate all the time when I lived in Beijing. Mmmm....