FUD That, Mr. Medicine Man

A couple weeks ago, our little daughter Lain was under the weather. She’d just gotten some immunizations and they had left her cranky, cranky, cranky. The first day was spent with her pushing away the breast and going hungry. The second day was spent with voracious hunger and trying to catch up from the day…

Bleg: Browser Filtering

Does anyone know of a good Firefox plug-in that would warn me any time I am following a link to certain designated sites? I’m mostly interested in the NYT, LA Times, Economist, and Financial Times. I want to be able to set up a list. So when I follow a link that goes to one…

Grand Old Podcast (Errr, Leaguecast)

At around 9pm EST, several of us will be doing a podcast tonight devoted to the election results and the ramifications of said results on the GOP going forward. The voices included will primarily be those with past and/or present sympathies to the party. Topics explored will include whether the loss was Romney’s or the…

Sometimes I’m a Crank.

Among the less substantive of my many reasons I hate daylight savings time, I have six watches that I have to change. Two of which I have to change twice because they are digital-analog combos. I am actually coming around to the notion that we ought to do away with time zones entirely.

Friday Afternoon Jukebox: Amiga!

For you youngsters, this will be a look at computer graphics from an antiquated era. Sort of an “awww, cute, old computer graphics!” But in the mid-90’s? On a personal desktop? This stuff was amazing. I was able to run some of them on my Amiga 500 (originally produced in 1987, discontinued in 1991) while…

Weekend Jukebox: Little Ones

We had a girl, and both of these songs are about having boys, but they’re both pretty awesome. If anyone has a good song about little bitty daughters, please share. Along those lines, I have a little cartoony comic book character I was going to draw on one of little Lain’s onesies. However, it’s a…

Nerds On The Big Bang Theory

A question for nerds and geeks in the audience, what do you think of the CBS sitcom? There seem to be two lines of thought: One, that it is insulting to nerds in a rather demeaning way, and another that it is awesome precisely because we get to see ourselves and people we know on…

The Red West vs The Red South

[This post has been cross-posted from Not a Potted Plant. Because a conversation has started over there, I will close the comments here and direct you there for discussion.] In a conversation about national and regional politics, Greginak (which I know is meant to be Greg In Alaska, but I continue to internally pronounce Grejinack)…

Making A Victim Out Of Penn State

As advertised, the NCAA is coming down hard on Penn State: The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million sanction, a four-year football postseason ban and a vacation of all wins dating to 1998, the organization said Monday morning. The career record of Joe Paterno will reflect these vacated records, the NCAA said.…

Higher Ed: Profit, Price, & Performance

I suppose due to the publicity surrounding larger rulings, I missed the courts striking down President Obama’s Gainful Employment rule: The for-profit college industry, long under attack by Obama administration bureaucrats as well as short-sellers like Steve Eisman, scored a big victory yesterday when a federal court in Washington, D.C. rejected new rules that would…

Emissions Tests For Thee

North Carolina has decided that emissions tests ought to be reserved for older cars, either those more than three models years back or with more than 70,000 miles. This guide sounds logical, but makes me a tad uncomfortable regardless. Mostly because of who is going to be driving the old cars, and who can afford…

Password Protection

Kottke presents a list of really bad password requirements. I was reminded of this when I was informed of a 60-day limit for my password on a sports message board. Seriously, a sports message board has stricter password requirements than my bank. What the heck?

Gravatar Face Tool Dump

Are you tired of not having a gravatar, but don’t know what to do? My preferred solution – since going pseudonymous – has always been to have a generated-face. Over the years I have been collecting the various avatar-making tools available far and wide. I’ve never put them in a single place, so I’m putting…

Amendment Barriers

[Cross-posted from NaPP] Doug Mataconis and Steven Taylor go back and forth on whether the Constitution is too hard to amend. This is an area where my instincts are to agree with Mataconis, but where I actually agree with Taylor rather strongly. One of the arguments that drives me batty is, with regard to a…

Crime & Truancy

Last week, Nob pointed us to a story about a girl getting tossed in jail for skipping school: A judge threw a 17-year-old 11th grade honor student from Willis High School in jail after she missed school again. Judge Lanny Moriarty said last month Diane Tran was in his Justice of the Peace court for…

Coup in Mali

I don’t follow international affairs as much as some people, but I actually had been keeping an eye on Mali due to one of the candidates being a BYU-educated Mormon. Now it looks like there might not (probably won’t?) be an election. Mali is generally considered an ally to the United States and is designated…

Spamments

We seem to be getting a bunch of spammy comments lately. This reminds me that some day, I am going to write a novel in which all of the characters are named after spam identities. They do a number more interesting job of naming their entities than most people do naming their actual children and…

The Lessons of 1984

The primary lesson of George Orwell’s 1984 is that [my political opponents] are truly totalitarian in intent. The entire culture of [my political opponents] revolves around doublethink, such as [insert reference to something that is contradictory, but only if you put it the way I put it]. And don’t get me started on [my political…

Access & Freedom of Conscience

If I had thought about it, I would have written the following back on Opposite Day: In Roe v Wade, the right of privacy – and that of a woman over her own body – was decided. The court, in its wisdom, determined that it was no place for the government to essentially force a…

Gingrich: The Wrong Conversation

One of the things that makes me a less-than-stellar blogger is that my mind works on a time delay. It takes me time to process information and determine what I think about it. And so naturally, it’s the week following all of the interest in South Carolina that I finally piece together my thoughts. I…

A Missed Opportunity

With Wikipedia down, Timothy Lee points out that this could be Wikipedia-alternative Citizendium‘s chance to shine. I tried to use it, but it’s pretty… thin. Personally, I thought that this was Uncyclopedia’s turn at the wheel. They joined the blackout, though. Shame. That would have made for some awesome term papers.

Free Download: Meet Me In Las Vegas

In preparation for our planned excursion, go here and download and listen to the song “Meet Me In Las Vegas.” There are actually a lot of good songs to download (ask if you want more recommendations). For some strange reason, it’s MMiLV that has been running through my head lately. Can’t imagine why.