Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Etsy - Your place to buy and sell all things handmade

I just happened onto Etsy by accident. This is extremely cool. A place to buy and sell handmade stuff of every sort.

Just go look!

Posted at 10:11 AM
Friday, November 11, 2005
Televangelist Robertson Warns Town of God's Wrath

So yet again Pat Robertson forgets that he's supposed to act like Jesus, not like God...but that seems to be the way of the Christian far right doesn't it? Have they read the same bible as other folks? You know, the one that has stuff about loving their fellow man?

This warning was in response to the school board's recent defeat at the polls. 8 of nine members were voted out. This was a school board which had supported intelligent design, and got it introduced into the schools' science curriculum. Intelligent design holds that the universe is so complex that it must have been created by some kind of higher force.

A statement read to students in science classes states that Charles Darwin's theory is "not a fact" and has inexplicable "gaps." Unlike the bible, which has no inexplicable gaps whatsoever.

Pennsylvania Voters Oust Anti-Evolution School Board

Posted at 10:50 AM
Friday, November 04, 2005
A more "inclusive" Ikea manual?

It seems that the PM of Norway thinks Ikea assembly manuals are sexist. So in an effort to rectify this, someone has started working on making them more inclusive.

This is great stuff.

Posted at 11:47 AM

Tool For Armchair Activists

Just the name alone makes me giggle - Armchair Activists? Nicely done.

This is a box that mounts to a pole, has a cellular phone and a loudspeaker. You can send it any message you want it to yell via SMS. As should be expected it will end up blathering 99.99% crap - but maybe that's the point?

Posted at 11:19 AM
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
What's behind Iranian leader's anti-Israel rant | csmonitor.com

Living in interesting times...

Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said publically that Israel should be wiped off the face of the map. But Ahmad Nateq Nouri, a senior conservative cleric and member of the Expediency Council tried to play down the president's comments with this statement: 'What the president meant was that we favour a fair and long-lasting peace in Palestine.' That took balls, really, to say that calling for wiping a country off the face of the map was really just misunderstood by the world.

Although, when you figure that Israel being wiped off the map would be seen by some as a route to a fair and long-lasting peace in Palestine, maybe they should be more scared.

But then again, maybe not. Iran's supreme religious leader, the top theocrat of the land, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, even distanced himself from the president's remarks. Watch your ass when you're even too hardline for the hardliners.

Posted at 10:11 AM
CIA uses secret prisons abroad

The CIA has been hiding and interrogating al Qaeda captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe, part of a covert global prison system that has included sites in eight countries and was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said, "I'm not going to get into specific intelligence activities. I will say that the president's most important responsibility is to protect the American people."

Someone tell me how it protects the American people. We are party to more than one international treaty against such abuses. We are supposed to lead the way, right? How can it keep us safe when the US government starts "disappearing" people the same way it happens in other countries? The same way we claim to be against?

The short answer? It doesn't keep us safer.

Posted at 9:30 AM
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Instead of hiding behind phrases like "no one could have foreseen," had he only remembered Winston Churchill's quote from the 1930's. "The responsibility," of government, Churchill told the British Parliament "for the public safety is absolute and requires no mandate. It is in fact, the prime object for which governments come into existence."

In forgetting that, the current administration did not merely damage itself it damaged our confidence in our ability to rely on whoever is in the White House.

Posted at 2:16 PM
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
First photo's trickling in...

We just did another Fire Arts Festival this past weekend, and I'm still pooped. I can't even imagine how tired the Crucible staff must be. But I have to say it was an AMAZING time. So much great art, so many cool people. Go check out the pix...amazing stuff. More links to come as I get them.

Posted at 10:42 AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The Problem With Music, by Steve Albini

Fascinating...and scary. And pretty yucky too.

Posted at 1:20 PM
Cisco is shamed, Microsoft gets gamed | InfoWorld | Column | 2005-05-20 | By Robert X. Cringely:

Meanwhile, [Microsoft] has announced Windows OneCare, a subscription service offering firewall, anti-spyware, and other tools to keep your PC "healthy." Pricing is still up for grabs. That's like somebody selling you a leaky boat, then offering to rent you a life preserver.

Well put.

Posted at 11:34 AM
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