Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Al Gore can do anything, right? An Oscar is only a small part of Gore’s bag of tricks, the poster child for grade inflation in our generation.Boo hoo. Somebody got a prize and I didn't.
Man of letters - Professor Gore
Expert ranter - Populist Gore
Invented the internet - Entreprenureal Gore
Honorary Doctorate of Climatology - Doctor Gore
Nobel Peace Prize? - Al Gore, Man of Peace
Vice President - Yes-man Gore
What can’t Al Gore do in one lifetime?
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Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
(AP) -- One of the most prestigious prizes in computing, the $100,000 Turing Award, went to a woman Wednesday for the first time in the award's 40-year history.
Frances E. Allen, 74, was honored for her work at IBM Corp. on techniques for optimizing the performance of compilers, the programs that translate one computer language into another.
This process is required to turn programming code into the binary zeros and ones actually read by a computer's colossal array of minuscule switches.
Allen joined IBM in 1957 after completing a master's degree in mathematics at the University of Michigan. At the time, IBM recruited women by circulating a brochure on campuses that was titled "My Fair Ladies."
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
As a result of this, I became aware that most music videos have captions on them, and now we have at a minimum learned the alternate meanings for hood and crib. This is also a good trick for use on other-language channels if you want your kid ostracized at an early age.
On the OI Statement of Principles itself, the issue of anonymity/pseudonymity was third out of four, and qualified, at that. This Statement was a compromise document -- drafted by a left-wing majority -- and as such, does not reflect my own views on the subject, nor anyone else's, 100%. All this has been public knowledge from the beginning.
This reading of the third out of four principles in isolation is the kind of thing that loses law cases. It's pretty clear from the rest of the principles set out that revealing personal info is supposed to be a bad bad thing. Much like constitutional literalists who think that because the constitution has nothing to say about X that you can't apply constitutional principles to X, JT scoffs at the penumbra, while reasonable people read the OI statement - which purports to simplicity - and see someone being awfully weaselly.
The Online Integrity Statement of Principles is simple:
1. Private persons are entitled to respect for their privacy regardless of their activities online. This includes respect for the non-public nature of their personal contact information, the inviolability of their homes, and the safety of their families. No information which might lead others to invade these spaces should be posted. The separateness of private persons’ professional lives should also be respected as much as is reasonable.
2. Public figures are entitled to respect for the non-public nature of their personal, non-professional contact information, and their privacy with regard to their homes and families. No information which might lead others to invade these spaces should be posted.
3. Persons seeking anonymity or pseudonymity online should have their wishes in this regard respected as much as is reasonable. Exceptions include cases of criminal, misleading, or intentionally disruptive behavior.
4. Violations of these principles should be met with a lack of positive publicity and traffic.
There's also the limited takeback in operation with the "does not reflect my own views on the subject, nor anyone else's, 100%" bit, which also fits neatly with those who love readings in isolation: authorial intent is a big deal to the right-wingers who would limit legal interpretation to what the authors of the law could possibly conceive of at the time. (Some make such a big deal of authorial intent in novels that they out others over it: the doctrine is personal as well as political.) Tacitus is, I suppose, being consistent in the way he thinks legalese should be used.
Anyway, for the latest trigger to be a not-purloined wedding photo (though I think I would have agreed to dispose of the picture in question) as opposed to whether or not concentration camps are a good idea is just sad.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
The following are all drawings of one woman, who's supposed to be a combination superhero/newswoman.
Her scarily meandering features remind me how depressing it was that Roy Lichtenstein was so crappy at composition in comparison to the people he was ripping off. Yes yes, that was not the point of putting that stuff on the walls of an art gallery, but it could have been better stuff instead of what was delivered.
Monday, February 19, 2007
It's been a while since I saw it so much of it's foggy to me. I remember it as an odd film, anthropological, political, and worshipful to its subject. There was a set of scenes involving an attack on Kabul. Massoud and his men make their way to some hills overlooking the city with various broken down vehicles, set up a crappy firing rack (like a giant-sized slanted cookie sheet) and set rockets up on it aimed loosely at the city (the rockets would roll around on the rack a little). In a technique I was familiar with from near-constant cartoon-watching, they touched off the rockets by applying fire to their ends.
What I thought at that point was that it was an awful crime and that someone, anyone, filmmaker included, would have been justified in shooting those men where they stood. The rockets flew off in whatever direction destroying whatever was at the end of their arcs for symbolic purposes, as this was the kind of attack that nobody in Kabul would surrender to or could cheer on unless by dumb luck each and every rocket hit Taliban personnel only.
Thus endeth the discussion of the only Afghan hero I'm aware of.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
So if the Democratic Party, which ironically enough founded the Ku Klux Klan** as tool by which to intimidate blacks into voting Democrat, has in fact become the modern day plantation to black voters, Hillary is without question the plantation madam. On her plantation are the house slaves - Revs Sharpton, Jackson, and most recently South Carolina state senators Robert Ford, and Darrell Jackson.
The job of these four modern house slaves (and others for all we know) is to "be black" and to publicly cast doubt on Obama's "blackness, ability to win, his true blackness, experience in public office, and once and for all why he's just not black enough."
I believe that this was suddenly why a few weeks back Sharpton began getting all uppity to Obama, "Just because you're our color doesn't mean you’re our kind."
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I think you have to be a fairly awful person to giggle when you listen to Teddy Bear by Red Sovine.
"Now, I'm not supposed to bother you fellas out there,You probably have to be even worse to think what I think about this:
Mom says you're busy and for me to stay off the air.
But, you see, I get lonely and it helps to talk
'Cause that's about all I can do. I'm crippled and I can't walk."
I came back and told him to fire up that mike
And I'd talk to him as long as he'd like.
"This was my dad's radio," the little boy said,
"But I guess it's mine and Mom's now 'cause my daddy's dead.
Dad had a wreck about a month ago.
He was trying to get home in a blinding snow.
Mom has to work now to make ends meet
And I'm not much help with my two crippled feet.
She says not to worry, that we'll make it all right,
But I hear her crying sometimes late at night.
You know, there's one thing I want more than anything else to see.
Aw, I know you guys are too busy to bother with me,
But, you see, my dad used to take me for rides when he was home
But I guess that's all over now since my daddy's gone."
And as I rounded the corner, boy, I got one heck of a shock--
Eighteen-wheelers were lined up for three city blocks!
Why, I guess every driver for miles around had caught Teddy Bear's call
And that little crippled boy was having a ball.
For as fast as one driver would carry him in,
Another would carry him to his truck and take off again.
Well, you better believe I took my turn at riding Teddy Bear
And then I carried him back in and put him down in his chair.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The only valid, sensible way to judge a President involves an evaluation of whether the nation thrived or suffered under his leadership.The rest of the world is not a consideration.
What the heck, why not UPDATE?
UNICEF: U.S., British children worst off in industrialized world
By Associated Press
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - Updated: 11:18 AM EST
BERLIN - The United States and Britain ranked at the bottom of a U.N. survey released Wednesday evaluating the well-being of children in wealthy countries.
The Netherlands topped the report issued by UNICEF, followed by other European countries with strong social welfare systems - Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
That's Good Enough for Me
Cookie Monsters of death-metal music.
BY JIM FUSILLI
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST
While the extreme branch of heavy-metal music known as death metal is defined in part by often-vile lyrics about violence, catastrophic destruction, nihilism, anarchy and paranoia, its singing style is associated with a beloved goggle-eyed, fuzzy blue puppet.
Death-metal vocalizing is also known as Cookie Monster singing, if not in tribute to, at least in acknowledgment of, the "Sesame Street" puppet that blurts in a guttural growl, his words discharged so rapidly that they tend to collide with each other.
All this was news to people at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind "Sesame Street." "We have nothing to do with it," said Ellen Lewis, vice president of corporate communications. "What is it?"
"It's a whole new thing to me," said Frank Oz, who originated the voice of the Cookie Monster. "I've never heard of it."
Monday, February 12, 2007
Why are some conservatives so determined to let liberals off the hook for 9/11? For the past five years, leading pundits on the left have blamed American foreign policy for the blowback of Muslim rage that produced 9/11. In my book The Enemy at Home I turn the tables and say that it is liberal foreign policy and liberal values projected abroad that are largely responsible for this blowback."But this is not what I say at all." I remind D'Souza of the title of his book: The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. And what General Handjob said was
In a recent column, Victor Davis Hanson charges that my argument puts me in the category of leftist author Susan Sontag and fundamentalist preacher Jerry Falwell. Sontag blamed 9/11 on “specific American alliances and actions.” Falwell said 9/11 was God’s punishment for America’s sins. Both seemed to imply that America deserved it.
But this is not what I say at all. My book asks a completely secular question: why did the guys who did 9/11 do it? Five years after this event, it’s not an unreasonable question. To ask it is not to “justify” the attacks any more than to ask whether British appeasement of Hitler prior to his invasion of Poland “justified” that invasion. Explanation is not the same as justification.
But D'Souza's strained effort to fault millions of Americans for 9/11 proves no more convincing than was Susan Sontag's or Jerry Falwell's.He's just saying your blaming is as stupid as theirs, not that it turns around the same, uh, axis.
(I should add here that it's been a long time since I read the Sontag piece, and I do not recall craziness within it. I'd look it up, but time to go.)
Sunday, February 11, 2007
You are Dr. Doom
|Blessed with smarts and power but burdened by vanity.|
Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test
This looks great in preview but really stinks as published (according to my Mac/Firefox combo). So what the fuck, I blame my vanity for leaving this crap up.
Friday, February 9, 2007
D'Souza's solution is for conservatives here to embrace conservative Muslims, in a shared struggle against both the American left that misrepresented us and the jihadists who now misrepresent them.
But D'Souza's strained effort to fault millions of Americans for 9/11 proves no more convincing than was Susan Sontag's or Jerry Falwell's.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Liberals Don't Ask "What Happens Next?"
By Dennis Prager
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
In general, the Left does not ask the question, "What will happen next?" when formulating social policy. Not thinking through the long-range consequences of their positions is liberalism's tragic flaw.
The Lone Ranger rides again
By Dennis Prager
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
Let it be said before we know the outcome of the war in Iraq that America and the world are inordinately lucky to have George W. Bush as America's president.
Monday, February 5, 2007
Nyum nyum nyum nyum must eat cardboard and run on wheel nyum nyum.
If I was an elderly pederast I would totally fuck Will Robinson.
Dafydd ab Hugh, that's a biohazard!
It's the expression of what's inside of you that makes you beautiful.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
It's Time for Conservatives to Take Comedy Seriously
Look, as far as comedy goes, Mr. and Mrs. Conservative, you must bow and kiss the Left’s ring. They slay us. You can count on one hand how many conservatives are making a semi-distinct blip on the comedic scene. Who do we have? Dennis Miller, Brad Stine, Julie Gorin, and ________ . I had to google “conservative comics” just to add a third person to that list.
What’s wrong with us? We’ve become nicer than Christ.
Saturday, February 3, 2007
“It’s a pretty good war”
Said old Wingnut McSnore
“And the fellow who runs it
Seems proud and cocksure.”
“But if I ran this war,”
Said old Wingnut McSnore
“I’d make a few changes
And give Eye-raq what for.”
The weapons and airplanes and that kind of stuff
They have out there now are not quite good enough.
You see things like these in just any old war.
They’re awfully limp-wristed. I want stuff with more gore!
A one-barreled gun is not that big a deal.
The guns in my war have five barrels for real!
They’ll flay off the skin of an Arab tout suite
And the guy right behind him will end up chopped meat.
The kid behind that will be holy as Swiss
And send out the hearse for that lovely young miss.
The pundits back home will smell blood and be drooling
“That Wingnut’s not kidding! He’s really not fooling!”
My Gore War, McSnore War, will make people talk.
My Gore War, McSnore War, will make people gawk
At the bloodiest victims that ever did walk,
Or stagger or crawl or wheel ’round in a chair,
And my tank will just roll like they’re not even there,
Squishing their guts out with style and with flair.
The boys back at home will all wish they were killing
With tanks with neat drink holders to stop any spilling!