Saturday, September 25, 2010


Yesterday I went with a canadian houseguest to the indianpolis museum of art. Nice collection, a Weegee exhibit, a Van Gogh I hadn't seen. 100 acres of gardens, and a mansion the Lilly family lived in for awhile. I've lived here 16 years and never been.
Enjoyed a painting of horse-drawn trolleys on the street I live on, a lite rail system.

Monday update: I liked the museum, but it struck me as overstaffed, a lot of employees, many in uniform, basically standing around doing nothing. Today I read that 50 of them were laid off, mostly replaced with work-study students from a local college.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bill Clinton's gone vegan after a bypass, and lost weight too. via seanbonner.

some bikes and electric bikes from popmechanics
also the cabbikes, an electric trike for $900.

Indianapolis rated #1 for most sex by men's health magazine.
Can't say I'm doing my part.

Washinton Post has the new GOP pledge to America. pdf
This is our Pledge to America.
We pledge to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been consistently ignored – particularly the Tenth Amendment, which grants that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Haven't read the whole thing (tl:dr) but I like what I've seen of it.

tynan on integrity. he nails it as usual.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

mike at first one at one first, aba column.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

stuff on hulu:
rose is a member of the council on foreign relations.
i'm just there for chuck vs the anniversary, and waiting for glee.

Monday, September 20, 2010

mission accomplished:
the one million giraffe project now has one million giraffes.

Instapundit links to a corrected version of Asimov on the defense of Fort McHenry.
My father and I didn't get along well, but one time he took me to hear Asimov speak, knowing I would enjoy it, which I did. I very dimly recall that his text was something about how the evolution deniers need to explain not just how species happen, but what makes a light bulb light up when you flick the switch - because the explanation we have, the, er, current one, no longer works if we reject science by rejecting evolution.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

william gibson interview

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

O'Donnell just won delaware. with 78% in, i'm calling it. 47-53.
My mom says if Coons wins the senate race, that means his spot as president of the new castle county council goes to, i forget the name but it's bad news. Paul Clark.
(O'Donnell is widely thought to not be able to win the general election. She's cute, but has odd far-right views about sex. Not my flavor of far right.)
the more i hear from her, the more i like her.

Benjamin Franklin plumbing in Springfield has a memorable phone number - 867-5309.
Jingle to match. Hope they cleared the rights.

Monday, September 13, 2010

seasteading: guy lives on a island he built from old plastic bottles. video.
blogging today from the coffee ethic.
aroma of toll house cookies baking or maybe burning.
nice bookshelf.

Monday, September 06, 2010

tynan goes to burning man.

the dictionary of difficult words:
the word i wanted was telechirically - a.,n. (pertaining to) machine able to grasp and manipulate objects at a distance. as used in this thread about metal-munching moon mice.
I just found it interesting that there is a dictionary of hard words.
n. long-snouted, ant-eating, burrowing mammal of S Africa.

the best mad scientist memoir of the year.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Scalzi didn't win a Hugo this year. But Charlie Stross did. And some new kid blogger named fred pohl.

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