Friday, June 17, 2005

Recycled links

This website needs some housekeeping. Some things are hardly changed since day 1 three years ago. OK, so I have respect for tradition. If you want change, there's this guy, with half a dozen names for his blog on about 3 sites that I recall.

Nope, this site reveres the past. In that spirit I'll revive some classics that don't seem to get much buzz nowadays. Such as OddTodd.

Things My Girlfriend and I have Argued About probably ought to be made into a movie with Hugh Grant. For a costar, after her performance in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days", I vote for Kate Hudson. Anyway, it appears that he's been revising and updating this page.

Then there's JoeCartoon, home of the Frog Blender and Gerbil Microwave.

But no matter what, I refuse to link to HampsterDance.

Forgetting anyone?

Normally I'd leave the LA Times beat to Patterico, but I can't let this one pass.

Drudge posted this about a PI threatening a reporter. Could it be?...yes, it's the Pelican, Anthony Pellicano.

He's up to his old tricks again, intimidating women. You might recall that he was also involved with trying to intimidate witnesses against Bill Clinton, such as Kathleen Willey.

Yet somehow Bill Clinton's name was not mentioned in the article. Golly, do you suppose it's an innocent oversight? Or is it not news when a President's known associates does things like this?

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

An Emily Litella moment

I read about something described as an "oral impotence drug". Say what? Then it dawned on me that it was the dose that was oral, not the condition.

Never mind.

A thread on nuclear power safety issues

I stumbled across this post a couple of days ago. Someone in Australia was concerned about the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to attack, and we had some exchanges in the comments.

While reading it I couldn't help but remember a post a couple of weeks ago in which I questioned the manners and productivity of evolutionary biologists, who have so few actual speciation events to claim while responding to critics with bluster, insults and other things unworthy of professionals. I was amused at the strange combination of rudeness and touchiness, and the unfounded accusations about my beliefs coming from those who supposedly revered logic and research.

I can see getting frustrated with some arguments, which can make you wonder just how !@#$@ stupid someone thinks you must be, and I've certainly run into partisans against whom reason contends in vain.

But hey, I don't work at nuke plants any more. I don't even own any stock in companies who own them, and it's been awhile since I've seen anyone I used to work with. I really don't care where my power comes from - as a mechanical engineer I can make money off it no matter what its source.

So by now I speak as one with a decade's worth of relevant firsthand engineering experience without any economic or other conflicts of interest besides a desire to keep the lights on at a price I can afford.

Legal guide for bloggers from EFF

Right here


I hate to think of how many job interviews I've had. Doing contract work has often meant that I don't meet my interviewer face to face until I show up for work. In fact, I've participated in a number of successful interviews while flat on my back in bed.

Interviewers have been a mixed lot too. Usually it's one-on-one, but occasionally there are multiple interviewers, and on a speakerphone to boot.

I'm used to these things by now, but some people have a hard time relaxing under such conditions. In terms of stress, it ranks up there with speechmaking.

If you've looked at books about making speeches, they have a number of hints for helping you to relax. One famous book suggested visualizing your audience naked.

And then there's this one: Dancing Naked: Breaking Through the Emotional Limits That Keep You from the Job You Want.

So maybe this guy was only trying to help.

From Drudge.

Monday, June 13, 2005

40 reasons for gun control

Right here. Snort.

Via Sharp as a Marble"

We're whistleblowers, they're rats

How to tell them apart

Jay Bryant seems to have closed up shop on his blog. But while looking for it, I found this.

Power blogging

Since I started this blog over 3 years ago a number of people have started writing about energy issues. Here are a few:

Alternative Energy Blog - solar, wind, nuclear...
NEI Nuclear News - where Eric McErlain et al keep us abreast of nuclear power issues.
The Ergosphere - the home of Engineer-Poet and a lot of informed talk about energy.
The Knowledge Problem - economics with much discussion of energy issues.
Late entries that I'm less familiar with:
Energy Outlook
Peak Oil Optimist

And I have to tip my hat to Steven Den Beste, one of the best bloggers ever, who has shut down his flagship USS Clueless. Look through his archives for some really good stuff, and wish him well.

Of course none of this is to be confused with Powerblogs. Experienced high-volume high-traffic bloggers like Dean Esmay and the Volokh Conspiracy swear by it.

Jersey justice

I have to wonder if judges don't wake up on some days and ask themselves "who can I screw today?" Try to make sure you're not in the courthouse on those days.

Oh, just read it.

I wonder what it would be like being raised by someone who's on record as saying she might have killed you if she had known that there was a chance you'd turn out like you did? "You changed your mind, right Mom?"

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Made in America?

Somewhere in a cave a few weeks ago there might have been a discussion like this:

"I hear some Korans are being torn up and such in Gitmo"

"So? How do you think we start our fires?"

"But they're flushing them down the toilets"

"That is indeed a crime - they should be dried off and used again to start the fires, or perhaps washed and used again"

"But those citizens of the world who make up American journalism think this is a really big deal to us - shouldn't we play along?"

I was under the impression that Islam didn't have much use for idolatry and such. For sure the Wahhabis, who in essence are the bad guys we're fighting in the Middle East, go so far as to redecorate mosques whenever they have taken over. Other, more common strains of Islam are more tolerant.

So what is this about desecrating Korans? Is it a bogus issue from the start, created by Western journalists with no knowledge of Islam? Or is there actually something in Muslim tradition that exempts mere objects like copies of the Koran from concerns about idolatry?