Saturday, March 01, 2014
Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That's literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.- Scott Adams,
Monday, October 07, 2013
Variable Code has not been declaredThis error message is nowhere to be found in the Saxon Javadoc, or anywhere it the Saxon source code, and according to Google nobody has ever reported it before. Nor could I find any hint about what a "Variable Code" could be.
This morning I looked at my own code and, yes, I used an XSL variable which I called "Code" and which I neglected to declare.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Actually, it seems that people who actually served with Hitler tried to debunk his fibs while he was spinning them, but millions of them decided to believe the politician's flunkies rather than the evidence of soldiers who had actually been there in battle at the time.
Strange but true.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Thursday, August 01, 2013
An atheist "church" in Lake Charles, La., run by lapsed Pentecostal Jerry DeWitt, conducts periodic services with many of the trappings expected by the pious -- except for the need to believe in a supreme being.
Such "churches" (reported The New York Times and Washington Post in coincidental stories the same day in June) can help soothe the "biological" needs for survival and avoidance of loneliness by congregational rituals (such as celebrating a sabbath) and in helping find meaning "in something other than (oneself)."
For example, atheist Sigfried Gold praised a "rigorous prayer routine" (beseeching a "vivid goddess he created") in overcoming his weight problem. [New York Times, 6-24-2013; Washington Post, 6-24-2013]It's difficult to imagine the personal pain or trauma that would cause somebody to reject God, and then make up a new god to fill the void that's left. You picture mothers who abandon their babies and then start playing with rag dolls.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Loaves and Fishes is a lifeline for many of the homeless in New Milford. Their soup kitchen feeds about 100 people dinner each day.
It is easy walking distance to the HART bus stop, and also to the camp that the homeless have set up in recent years near the Housatonic bridge (which I am told the police regularly raid, and the homeless for some reason regularly come back to. Don't they have better places to be?)
Since February, the mayor of New Milford has been trying to move the soup kitchen to a location 6 miles from the center of town. Does she think that this population needs a 12-mile walk each day to stay fit? The poet Neil Silberblatt compared the Mayor's proposal to Jonathan Swift's modest proposal to eat the poor. He notes that most of the homeless "are residents of New Milford and are no less residents than those who have gorgeous country homes in that town."
In the words of Rachel Sampson:
"There but for the grace of God go I" -- anyone could be in need of social service assistance, even the mayor, some day.And in the words of my Aunt, Penny O'Gorman:
My son is Major Robert Kitchen, a New Milford High School graduate who went into the U.S. Air Force and became a high-ranking, highly decorated officer and veteran of two wars.
Recently, my son passed a homeless man on the street while he was on his way to work. He brought the man to a coffee shop, bought him breakfast and chatted with him.
I am as proud of him for that action as I am of his many military accomplishments.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Yesterday afternoon I took a city bus to the Metro-north train station in Manhattan. There were only a few passengers, including two guys with two small children. The older child was four or five, and was eating cookies out of a cardboard containter. He was stretched out on the seat using his dad as a backstop.
The younger child was about 6 months old. His father was obviously exhasted, but every time he tried to sit down the baby cried. So he kept standing, and the baby got to look out of the bus windows at the cars and people.
After about a mile, the father with the baby got off the bus. The kid who was using his father as a day-bed looked up and said: "Boy, was that baby spoiled."
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The primary design goal [of] MUMPS was to create code that, once written, can never be maintained by anyone ever again ... At the company Bryan worked for, they didn’t just use MUMPS, they used it cleverly. Partially as a result of MUMPS’ limitation and partially because they had all gone insane.- Alex Papadimoulis
Monday, January 14, 2013
In every walk in life, whether among the coarse, rough and ragged, untidily mouldering ranks of the lower orders, or among the uniformly frigid and tediously tidy higher orders -- in every condition of life a man is likely to behold at least once in his life a vision unlike anything he has ever seen before, which for once rouses in him feelings unlike those he is destined to experience all the rest of his days.-- N. V. Gogol, Dead Souls (translated by George Gibian)
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Friday, December 14, 2012
Monday, December 03, 2012
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
"Stop wiggling. That's it. Don't you look nice! Now say 'Cheese!'"
"No!" (this was the baby, not the man)
"No! No! No!"
The man had the sheepish "aw come on, I'm not that bad" look that guys have when they have something to apologize for, but I assumed that I'm just not any good at reading faces. As I walked past the woman said, "I'm going to kill your mother for teaching him that word."
Monday, October 08, 2012
The suspect went on to say that while he and his coworker have an alarm code to get into the building, he couldn't get his keys to open the front door, so he hopped on the roof in an attempt to drop the package through a window leading to his boss's office.
When asked why he had to drop off the package on a Saturday night, the suspect said it was time sensitive and that his boss needed itPretty lame, huh? But here's the rub: the police called UPS security and found out the man's story was true. He couldn't get in to deliver the package, so he went up on the roof to throw the package in through a window. Now that's a dedicated delivery company.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Thursday, August 02, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Residents of the 17-story tower, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the Olympic Park in east London, say the missile battery could make their homes a terrorist target.The government would have a problem doing this here in the US. The Third Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says that "No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."
But the judge said the missiles presented no real threat.
Of course, according to Justice Roberts, I suppose that the feds can make you pay a tax if you don't allow the soldiers in your house. And another penalty if you don't give them broccoli every night.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The teen, who was still wearing the hoodie and the wig, told police that his actions were based on a dare, police said. He said his classmates had levied the dare at him, but did not specify the contents of the dare, police said.
There are rumors that the dare involved climbing a roof in a wig.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Some years ago a small rural town in Spain twinned with a similar town in Greece.
The Mayor of the Greek town visited the Spanish town. When he saw the palatial mansion belonging to the Spanish mayor he wondered how he could afford such a house. The Spaniard said; “You see that bridge over there? The EU gave us a grant to build a four-lane bridge, but by building a single lane bridge with traffic lights at either end this house could be built”.
The following year the Spaniard visited the Greek town. He was simply amazed at the Greek Mayor’s house, gold taps, marble floors, it was marvellous. When he asked how this could be afforded the Greek said; “You see that bridge over there?”
The Spaniard replied; “No.”
I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader to explain how this relates to Connecticut's current budget situation.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Putting Everything in Perspective
"I want to cut his nuts out."--Jesse Jackson on Barack Obama, quoted by the Chicago Tribune, July 10, 2008
"The ultimate insult."--Jesse Jackson on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's pointing her finger at Barack Obama, quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 28, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Sofia Walker, 3, was dwarfed by Malik, a 7-year-old "stroppy" lion, as she pressed up against the glass that separated her from the enclosure.
The close encounter happened last Wednesday morning, just after Malik had been given his breakfast.
Sofia and Malik looked directly at each other before the lion angrily pawed at the glass - upset someone disturbed his meal - which seemed to surprise the young girl, but not scare her.
Sofia was called away from the glass by her mother, Sharon, but instead the girl stood her ground and asked: "What's he telling me?"
One of the zookeepers said that Sofia had a "lot of spunk." But her father doesn't think she wants to grow up to be a zookeeper herself. "She'd much rather be a fairy."
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Experts say that people need to try new challenges to keep their minds sharp. That's especially important in my case because I plan on living to 140, and I don't want to spend my last 60 years trying to find the TV remote.
- Scott Adams in The Wall Street Journal.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The date line dance came 119 years after U.S. traders persuaded local Samoans to align their islands’ time with nearby U.S.-controlled American Samoa and the U.S. to assist their trading with California.
But the time zone put Samoa and Tokelau nearly a full day behind neighboring Australia and New Zealand, which are increasingly important trading partners.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
The stop of defendant’s car was with reasonable suspicion that it was involved in a bank robbery. After the stop, defendant’s three year old daugther was found in the car, and she was asked where they were coming from, and she pointed toward the bank. Asked if they were at the bank, she said yes. The registration of the car was expired, and its impoundment was valid. United States v. Brumfield, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137834 (N.D. Ga. February 17, 2011).
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I was Greg's mathematics professor in college. Since the lottery is a tax on people who are bad at math, I have mixed feelings: my position is roughly the same as that of a Sunday School teacher who finds out that one of his former pupils has won critical acclaim in the pornographic film industry.
Still, he was one of my favorite students, hardworking and honest. So I guess I'm happy about the whole thing.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Here's the Norwalk River, looking north from Merrit 7:
and here's the Norwalk River looking towards Glover St. and the old Perkin Elmer building:
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Monday, August 01, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
20 of them have asked their union to appeal their termination. No word yet on what their defense will be; maybe their lawyers can make an ADA argument?
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, May 06, 2011
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Dear Officer,A picture of the note is at Soignorant. I wonder if Corrine lives in Westport?
I have temp plates because someone keeps stealing my front plate. NOT because I'm a drug dealer, but thanks for telling my little brother you suspect me of being one. Also, my FACTORY tints are legal and all 7 tickets you've written me for them have been dismissed. Please find another vehicle to harrass.
Thank you, Corrine.
P.S. If I were a drug dealer, I
could afford a garage!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Downtown police are looking for a man who is handcuffed to a chair.
The man escaped shortly after 4 p.m. today from the Central District station at Tupper and Main Streets.
A robbery suspect, he apparently fled out of a back door onto Washington Street, according to police radio transmissions.
Described as tall and muscular, he was dressed in black clothing and wearing a white hat.
Police think he still has the chair with him because it is missing from the station.
They handcuffed him to a chair? They should have handcuffed him to a toy poodle; then at least they could have found him by following the dog's yapping.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Monday, May 02, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Cubans famously enjoy far better free health care than their far-wealthier US neighbors, and continue to set high standards for developing nations with excellent hospitals and doctors throughout the country.
The free health care in normal Cuban hospitals should only be used when there are no private clinics available.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
- Moamar Qaddafi and Silvio Berlusconi have the same plastic surgeon.
- The strongest supporters of Israel in Norway "seem to be the Evangelical Christians and the gay community."
- The police in Ft. Lee, New Jersey are as incompetent as their reputation suggests.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
An old woman, in her late 70s at least, I'm told, entered the bank to collect her 500 Libyan dollars ($410; £253) in state aid announced a couple of weeks ago.
There were two long queues - one for men and one for women. She stood in the men's queue.
The men urged her to move to the women's section. "Why?" she challenged.
A man told her: "Ya haja [a term of respect for an elderly woman] this line is for men, women is the other one".
She loudly replied: "No. All the men are in Benghazi."
The room is said to have been stunned into silence and she remained in her place until her turn came and she walked out with her money.
Friday, March 04, 2011
One of the men questioned afterwards was his recent colleague Sgt. David Guliuzza. David sound like a very loyal guy, and he offered the police the following absolutely wonderful defense of his ex-boss:
Mr. Luna's cell phone was an Iphone and is a complicated piece of equipment. Sgt. Guliuzza believed that if someone did not own that type of phone, then you would not be able to operate it. A.C. Melendez has a Blackberry cell phone. Sgt. Guliuzza does not think that A.C. Melendez has the knowledge to work an Iphone, let alone erase data from it.
That's right, he believes his pal is innocent because committing a crime involves using an Apple product, and Apple products are too complicated for the accused to use.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Earlier this month Gabor Lukacs received two letters from University of Manitoba president David Barnard. One invited the assistant professor of mathematics to a dinner in acknowledgement of his teaching excellence award. The other informed him that he was being suspended without pay. (Macleans)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Emma (age four): Uncle Jeff, have you ever been to Chicago?Jeff: Yes, I have.Emma: Did you go to the American Girl store?Jeff: No, I've never been there.Emma: You went to Chicago but you didn't go to the American Girl store?Jeff: Nope.Emma: What stores did you go to?Jeff: I don't think I've ever been to a store in Chicago.Emma: You went to Chicago but didn't go to any stores?Jeff: That's right.Emma: I think that must have been a different town.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
Glenn Reynolds makes the predictable and scary corollary point: don't worry, government healthcare will be fine.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Athlete with camera: Hey, look at this great pic I took last night in Boston. I'm putting it on my Facebook page.
Athlete at urinal: We played in New York last night.
Athlete with camera: No, we're on our way to New York right now.
Athlete at urinal: Man, bars all look the same nowadays.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Romanian lawmaker Alin Popoviciu is blaming fear for the failure of a bill he sponsored that would have imposed new regulations and taxes on witches and fortune tellers. He claimed that the legislation had failed because lawmakers were afraid they would be cursed if they passed it.
I'm sorry that Mr. Popoviciu wasn't able to pass his bill. Maybe he could send some of his country's witch lobbyists over here to curse a few members of the Connecticut General Assembly? I could send him a list if hexing works long-distance.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I wonder if it celebrates the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm/ Markov chain method? It looks like the location of each ball is being randomized and then bounces around its natural position. Towards the end, the x and y error (perturbation away from the natural position) of each ball would look like a fuzzy caterpillar if plotted against time.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 09, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
According the Faculty Senate of the University of Virginia, “science,” and indeed “scholarship” in general, is no longer an attempt to establish truth by replicable experiment, or by looking at evidence that can be checked by anyone. “Truth” is now to be established by the decree of powerful authority, by “peer review.” Wasn’t the whole point of the Enlightenment to avoid exactly this?
You silly mathematician. Don't you know that whole point of the Enlightenment was to provide Merchant Ivory actors with an excuse to dress up in powdered wigs and frilly dresses? Or was that the Renaissance? I forget. Which one starred Helena Bonham Carter?
August 12, 2009
Rt Hon Alex Salmond, MSP
First Minister for Scotland
The Scottish Parliament
EH99 1 SP
Dear First Minister:
I have enclosed a copy of a communication from my government that was passed to the Scottish Ministry of Justice on August 9. I am aware that competence for the decision on the matter discussed lies with the Scottish Minister of Justice, but given the gravity of this matter, I thought it important that you receive directly and be aware of the views of my government as your authorities approach a decision.
I am at your disposal to discuss this matter further.
Enclosure: as stated
BEGIN TEXT OF ENCLOSURE:
-- We greatly appreciate the Scottish Government's continued willingness to solicit the views of the United States and the families of its victims with respect to a decision on Megrahi's transfer. This issue is of great importance to the United States.
-- We understand that Scottish law permits the Scottish Government to release individuals in Scottish custody on license if there are compassionate grounds justifying the release, and that as a matter of practice such release is not granted unless the prisoner has a life expectancy of less than three months. We also understand that the Scottish judiciary has the ability to grant bail, and in the case of Megrahi the judiciary has indicated that it is prepared to entertain a renewed bail application on compassionate grounds if Megrahi's prognosis worsens and becomes more certain.
-- The United States respects that decisions concerning compassionate release and bail are reserved to Scottish authorities and are to be made in accordance with Scottish law and policy.
-- The United States is not prepared to support Megrahi's release on compassionate release or bail. We understand that Scottish authorities are ensuring that Megrahi receives quality medical treatment, including palliative care, while incarcerated. The United States maintains its view that in light of the scope of Megrahi's crime, its heinous nature, and its continued and devastating impact on the victims and their families, it would be most appropriate for Megrahi to remain imprisoned for the entirety of his sentence. This was the understanding and expectation at the time arrangements were made for his trial in Scottish Court in the Netherlands, were he or his confederate to be convicted and their appeals upheld.
-- Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the U.S. position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.
-- If a decision were made by Scotland to grant conditional release, two conditions would be very important to the United States and would partially mitigate the concerns of the American victims' families. First, any such release should only come after the results of independent and comprehensive medical exams clearly establishing that Megrahi's life expectancy is less than three months. The results of these exams should be made available to the United States and the families of the victims of Pan Am 103. The justification of releasing Megrahi on compassionate grounds would be more severely undercut the longer he is free before his actual death.
-- Second, the United States would strongly oppose any release that would permit Megrahi to travel outside of Scotland. We believe that the welcoming reception that Megrahi might receive if he is permitted to travel abroad would be extremely inappropriate given Megrahi's conviction for a heinous crime that continues to have a deep and profound impact on so many. As such, compassionate release or bail should be conditioned on Megrahi remaining in Scotland.
-- Again, while we are not able to endorse the early release of Megrahi under any scenario, we believe that granting compassionate release or bail under the conditions described (i.e. release with a life expectancy or less than three months and with Megrahi remaining in Scotland under supervision) would mitigate a number of the strong concerns that we have expressed with respect to Megrahi’s release.
-- We appreciate the manner in which the Scottish Government has handled this difficult situation. We recognize that the prisoner transfer decision is one that the Scottish Government did not invite, but now must take. We hope that the Scottish Government would consider every available alternative before considering the granting of Megrahi's prisoner transfer application.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Superintendent of Schools Reginald Mayo confirmed through a spokeswoman that this year’s diplomas were printed without the phrase “in the year of our Lord.”“That was a complaint that came in from a parent last year and it was something we decided to address and make the edit,” said schools spokeswoman Michelle Wade.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Your views and mine are currently very much the same on the euro. . . . What most troubles me as it does you is that members of the euro have thrown away the key. Once the euro physically replaces the separate currencies, how in the world do you get out? It’s a major crisis. As a result, I would strongly agree with your view that the euro should be abandoned before January 1, 2002. At the same time, the odds are very great that it will not be abandoned. The defects of the euro will take some time to show up; nothing happens very rapidly in this area. There are fewer than three years to go. Even if difficulties deriving from the euro occur in those three years, the political system is unlikely to react quickly enough to end the euro. As a result, I think it would be very desirable for some systematic thought to be given to devising some way to get out of the straitjacket of the euro after 2002. The least Italy should do is to keep intact the plates which are used to produce lira.
-Milton Friedman, from a letter to Antonio Martino, in 1999 (!). Quoted by Christoper Fountain.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
But the twenty-seventh amendment to the Constitution says that
No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.So unless the twenty-seventh amendment means something very different than its plain text (*), it seems to me that Congress can't get fed to the wolves like the rest of us until after the 2010 Congressional election, and they can't vote to save their coverage unless they opt themselves out before the election.
(*) this phrase may a sure sign that I have scientific mind and not a legal mind. Hallelujah!
Friday, April 09, 2010
Distracted driving kills.
Monday, March 01, 2010
If the Simon Wiesenthal Center after three days can't get eBay to cancel an auction of property stolen during the most thoroughly documented crime in the history of mankind, then what chance does an ordinary person have of recovering their stolen I-Pods and cell phones when they are auctioned on eBay?
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"Just like two people rowing a boat, if the United States first throws the strokes into chaos, then so must we."(Note to self: never, ever row a boat with this guy.)
Friday, February 05, 2010
United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Source: Eric Sherman at Bnet.
Monday, February 01, 2010
Despite the occasional foray into biblical interpretation or drunken anti-Semitic outburst, Mel Gibson has always been about fighting injustice, and his latest film, "Edge of Darkness," which opens on Friday, is no exception.
I presume that the "foray into biblical interpretation" is Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. Thus it seems that the New York Times is a newspaper that thinks that executing convicted criminals in an injustice, but that the Crucifixion wasn't.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
So if your mom is dying and you want to see her one last time before Christmas then tough luck, kid. And if that bothers you, leave. Taunton is no place for cry-babies.
It seems that his principal asked "why did you use x's for his eyes?" The little boy replied "because he's dead." So naturally the principal consulted with the school psychiatrist and refused to let the 8-year old return to school unless his family got a letter from a psychiatrist certifying that he wasn't a threat to the school.
The rest of the story is predictable. The kid's dad was angry, the school superintendent wrote a smarmy response, and the traumatized kid was transfered to a new school (which is probably traumatic in itself for most 8-year-olds.)
Want to fight back for this little boy? Tell someone "Merry Christmas" today, and mean it.
Actually, according to the New York Times they were going to get rid of the creche altogether, but then decided that that was too provocative, and then finally changed their mind again and moved it into a dark corner. I would be remiss if I failed to point out that this is a repeat in miniature of the President's Afghanistan policies over the last year. Let's hope that bin Laden is less competent at defending himself than the baby Jesus.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Before nominating her for U.S. Attorney General for Montana, Senator Max Baucus gave the staffer he was bonking a $14,000 raise and took her along with him on a taxpayer-paid junket to Asia. At least Tiger Woods pays his prostitutes from his own pocket.- Christopher Fountain, For What It's Worth
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
The University Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz, seeks an enterprising, creative, and service-oriented archivist to join the staff of Special Collections & Archives (SC&A) as Archivist for the Grateful Dead Archive. This is a potential career status position. The Archivist will be part of a dynamic, collegial, and highly motivated department dedicated to building, preserving, promoting, and providing maximum access both physically and virtually to one of the Library's most exciting and unique collections, The Grateful Dead Archive. Appointment Range: Associate Librarian III - Librarian I, with an approximate salary range of $52,860 - $68,892, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Monday, November 30, 2009
When a small church comes to the Bowery Mission bearing fried chicken with trans fat, unwittingly breaking the law, they’re told “thank you.” Then workers quietly chuck the food, mission director Tom Bastile said.“It’s always hard for us to do,” Basile said. “We know we have to do it.”
(from Metro International.)
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The communists want to change this to "Our native land kept safe by ourselves". Of course, when the communists ruled Russia their unspoken motto was "Everything in this land belongs to us".
Sunday, November 15, 2009
when he was pulled into an alley and told to lay face down with a gun to his neck. Four men took his wallet, $16, keys and his cell phone.
But the reservist said that when one of the men saw an Army ID in the wallet, he told the others to return the items. He also apologized and thanked the reservist for serving.
The reservist said one robber gave him a quick fist bump before walking away.
The victim asked not to be identified because the robbers still have his keys.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Some people, who clearly have never served in the military, are asking why Major Hasan was allowed to be in the Army. (The government even paid for his medical school.) After all, he openly proclaimed his sympathy for other Islamic terrorists and he was even disciplined for trying to convert his patients to Islam. These are probably the same people who think that Heller's Catch-22 was an over-the-wall satire instead of a piercing social commentary.
But Michelle Malkin asks the next obvious question: "Why is it that we have to read British papers to get the unvarnished truths about the Ft. Hood Muslim mass murderer?"
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
If a beginning graduate student sought my advice about, say, studying Africa I would first ask about his or her politics. If they were even slightly "conservative," I'd suggest switching fields, perhaps taking up mathematical modeling since PC faculty hate that stuff and can't read it anyhow.- Robert Weissberg, "Rescuing the University"
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
One of the 20 finalists in health care video contest run by Barack Obama’s campaign arm features a mural of an America flag splattered with health care graffiti until it’s covered completely by black paint.
In the video – which is accompanied by the sound of a heart monitor pumping and then flat-lining – words such as “pre-existing conditions,” “homeless” and “death panel” ultimately obliterate the flag, which reappears on screen seconds later with the words “Health Will Bring Our Country Back to Life” on the blue field where the 50 stars usually are.
The finalists were chosen by a panel of Democratic National Committee “employee judges.”
It's not surprising that some of the Democratic filmmakers who lost out to this hymn of hate don't think choosing it was a good idea.
“They should never pick that,” said the contestant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It makes the Democrats look really, really bad.”
Gee, doesn't the fact that a committed Democratic activist only feels comfortable dissenting under condition of anonymity show the Democrats in an even worse light?
On the scale of totalitarian creepiness, I find this video scarier than this one, but not nearly as creepy as this one. Happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) locked Republicans out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room to keep them from meeting when Democrats aren’t present.
Towns’ action came after repeated public ridicule from the leading Republican on the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), over Towns’s failure to launch an investigation into Countrywide Mortgage’s reported sweetheart deals to VIPs.
For months Towns has refused Republican requests to subpoena records in the case. Last Thursday Committee Republicans, led by Issa, were poised to force an open vote on the subpoenas at a Committee mark-up meeting. The mark-up was abruptly canceled. Only Republicans showed up while Democrats chairs remained empty.
The Democrats kept those pesky Republicans from holding hearings by the simple expedient of locking the committee room's door. My favorite quote from the story:
Towns’s office said in a statement the locks were changed on Republicans "because they don't know how to behave."
I'd like to use this as an example of the Democratic party turning our country into a kleptocracy, but really this illustrates something even worse: there are too many lawyers in Congress. If only one of the committee members was a locksmith instead of a lawyer, we'd be halfway to investigating Countrywide's lending practices by now!
Friday, October 09, 2009
Oops, I meant to say that the details are here. I can't imagine what I was thinking.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
James Thurber wrote a wonderful autobiographical review of Dali's autobiography. It had the memorable line:
Let me be the first to admit that the naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean a piano with breasts.
I read that line in a paperback collection hidden behind a textbook during French class in the seventh grade. The teacher was very annoyed at my giggling.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Science! true daughter of Old Time thou art!Who alterest all things with thy peering eyes.Why preyest thou thus upon the poet's heart,Vulture, whose wings are dull realities?How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise?Who wouldst not leave him in his wanderingTo seek for treasure in the jeweled skies,Albeit he soared with an undaunted wing?Hast thou not dragged Diana from her car?And driven the Hamadryad from the woodTo seek a shelter in some happier star?Has thou not torn the Naiad from her flood,The Elfin from the green grass, and from meThe summer dream beneath the tamarind tree?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
According to the Colorado Daily, Justin Chentnik
a sous chef at a retirement home, says he was completely naked in bed about 4 a.m. Friday when Skip, the mini goldendoodle he was watching for friends, started barking up a storm. His friend and roommate, Laura Nelson, swore someone was in the house, but he told her to go back to bed.
Miss Nelson, who I think we can safely say is a force to be reckoned with, threw a glass of water in Justin's face and told him to go out and investigate the noise. Justin, still naked, went outside and saw someone attempting to steal Miss Nelson's car. Justin seemed to be less afraid of tackling a car thief in the buff than reporting failure to his roommate: he jumped into the passenger side of the moving car and wrestled the thief to the ground.
In the struggle, the thief hit Justin with a bottle of Louis Jadot Pinot Noir that he happened to be holding, but Justin managed to subdue him in the end. (I should pause and note that the thief, confronted by a naked man jumping into a moving car and wrestling him to the ground, had the presence of mind to grab a bottle of cheap wine as he was being dragged from the car. Could a fondness for alcohol explain why he took up a life of crime?)
The police arrived to find Justin still straddling the car thief's chest. Skip, the mini snickerdoodle, brought Justin his underwear so that the police didn't have to get a statement from a naked witness. The Daily's reporter, regretably, didn't follow up on this angle of the story. Is Skip trained to fetch Justin's underwear? Is this a common chore in their household? For that matter, why didn't Laura Nelson bring Justin's underwear out? It seems that, having given the dog Skip some underwear and instructing Skip to bring it to Justin, she had full confidence that her instructions would be carried out and saw no need to go herself. I suppose this gives us yet another brief insight into her masterful and enigmatic personality.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Now, about that planet Mars ...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Aldrin's brief and private Christian service never caused a flap, but it could have. Aldrin has said that he planned to broadcast the service, but NASA at the last minute asked him not to because of concerns about a lawsuit filed (later dismissed) by atheist Madelyn Murray O'Hare after Apollo 8 astronauts read from Genesis while orbiting the moon at Christmas.
Don't think that there are worse things than censoring national heroes while they are actually in the process of risking their lives for humanity? Think again! Australian historian Roel Van Leeuwen had his thesis, Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path, a Case-study of a Satanic New-Nazi Society removed from the University of Waikato's library for 8 months because, and I'm not making this up, there was concern that he was not being fair to the Nazis. After suppressing the thesis for the better part of a year, Waikato's Chancellor, and again I point out that I'm not making this up, told reporters that his insitution "was a place of academic rigour which did not shy away from tackling controversial research."
Ugh. Thank goodness we still have freedom to speak and write in the United States, huh?