31 October 2007

sign me up

I'm up for living for 1000 years ...
Love this bit at the end:

On Oct. 9, 1903, the New York Times wrote:

"The flying machine which will really fly might be evolved by the combined and continuous efforts of mathematicians and mechanicians in from one million to ten million years."

On the same day, on Kill Devil Hill, N.C., in his diary, a bicycle mechanic named Orville Wright wrote:

"We unpacked rest of goods for new machine."

Am I cynical

to notice how quick the newspapers have been to label the Craigslist Murder? Who benefits if people come to fear Craigslist? Hmmm

This is pretty cool ... er, hot

The stuff that makes chili peppers smokin' hot is being used to numb surgical wounds to numb them for "weeks". Downside - reduces the need for narcotics.

30 October 2007

Speak it brother

For two decades talk in the American workplace has centered on "balance." Institutes and think tanks study it. Forward-thinking bosses are supposed to encourage it. Policies like telecommuting and flextime and sabbaticals are designed to foster it.
I agree with this. It's ugly truth about the corporate, cube-farm world.

17 October 2007

15 October 2007

Yep, that'll do it ...

outlawing baggy pants ... brilliant!
Make them pull up their pants and their grades will improve? Senior citizens are afraid of them? Either they have reason to fear them or they don't. If there's a reason then making them pull up their pants only makes it harder for people to identify the threat - if any - that they represent. If there's no reason to fear them then it seems like a non-issue.

10 October 2007

Global warming killing more Europeans then car accidents

What a crock of tripe. Global warming is now responsible for air pollution and a shortage of safe drinking water. And there's a plea to 'think of the children'.
Meanwhile a European court identifies ... mmm ... let's call them inaccuracies - in AlGore's Nobel-Peace-Prize nominated cinematic masterpiece.

09 October 2007

Everything old is new

(Hat tip, as almost always, to Instapundit)


I knew it:
the low-fat recommendations, besides being unjustified, may well have harmed Americans by encouraging them to switch to carbohydrates, which he believes cause obesity and disease. He acknowledges that that hypothesis is unproved, and that the low-carb diet fad could turn out to be another mistaken cascade.


01 October 2007

Do we really need a full-time legislature?

When I read this kind of thing, it makes me think we no longer need Congress.
If they really think it's a worthwhile use of their time to comment on news stories then I think we can save the money and let them find a real job.
I thought it was silly when they 'condemned' the MoveOn Betray-us ad, and I think this newest one is worse.
What is this High School?
"You picked on our friend, now we're going to pick on yours."
Seriously, don't we have enough laws? Why don't we convene a congress every 5 years for 6 months and they can pass whatever laws they can in that period of time. If they can't come up with anything then I can live with that.
When you elect people to make laws they feel that's what they have to do. That's how government has become the behemoth that it is.
I think it's time for a do over.