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Hyperbole and a Half: The dinosaur costume was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me.

Allie does her usual hilarious job of talking about her life, the drawings are great too..

This is a long piece, read the rest of it at the link.


Power is intoxicating. Everyone loves having the ability to make their decisions into reality — to think "this should be something that happens," and then actually be able to make that thing happen.

It is also dangerous.

And it is especially dangerous when applied to four-year-olds.

Four-year-olds lack the experience to wield power responsibly. They have no idea what to do with it or how to control it.

But they like it.

I never knew who said it until I just now looked it up: "Politics makes strange bedfellows"

This OP prompted by the current Booker/Paul food fight OP.


A couple of other choice quotes from Mr Warner...

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.

Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.

I can download a torrent @ 200 KB/sec + on my connection but regular downloads are 20 KB/sec or less

I've tried Chrome, Firefox and now Opera and have had miserable success in downloading with all three but torrents with Microtorrent come in like gangbusters so I don't think it's an actual bandwidth restriction.

Every now and then a regular download will speed up to 100KB/sec or more but only very temporarily and then it's right back down to dialup speeds or even worse again.

Any ideas what the problem might be or what I should look at?

Daniel Waples - Solo hang played in a tunnel :)

Lucie Silvas - Nothing Else Matters (Radio 2 Concert)

No One Knows What It's Like To Be ... On A Mission From God

Comment #15 by TAPX486 knocks it out of the park


I think for many it is theological. The America they know and remember is the shining city on the hill, anointed by God to lead the world till the second coming. That this vision never existed is beside the point, it is what they believe at a spiritual level. Any one or any thing that threatens that view is the work of the devil. Liberals, Obamacare, gay rights, etc. are all the handiwork of Satan. Any compromise with Satan will endanger the souls of the true believers and endanger their chance to go to heaven. That’s why it is more complicated than just Obama’s race even though that is certainly part of it. . They have no problem with an Allen West or Nicki Haley because they are operating from the same religious frame of reference.

I think it is mistake to call them crazy or unhinged. They are not. They are working from a very specific world view. Just because that worldview does not accord with the majority world view doesn’t make them crazy, mistaken maybe. but not crazy. The Iranian mullahs are working from a specific world view and they are not crazy either. It may be a worldview that we don’t understand or accept but we have to deal with it. The same goes for the religious right.

The problem is I have no idea how you acknowledge their world view and still run a 21st century economic/political system that isn’t based on visions of the second coming.

Error Recovery

Mark Kelly gives an astronaut’s view of ‘Gravity’


Last weekend, my wife, Gabby, and I went to see the movie “Gravity” at our neighborhood theater in Tucson. I’m a retired astronaut who has been to space four times, so I’m usually a bit skeptical of films that take place in space. For me, watching movies about space is like a congresswoman watching “House of Cards.” It’s entertaining, but it’s obviously not the real thing.

(. . .)

But the truth is, most of this doesn’t matter. Cuarón has given us a glimpse of the awe that is the universe beyond our atmosphere. And physics aside, he does it remarkably well.

My only hope is that we continue our exploration of space in real life, too. The majority of NASA employees have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown. If Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan were a real person, she’d still be waiting on the beach somewhere on planet Earth.

So, do me a favor. After you see “Gravity,” tell your member of Congress. Perhaps it will inspire them to put NASA employees back to work.

Read the rest of the piece at the link.

The Squid Business Principles

Found on Zero Hedge, I don't read that site personally but one of my neighbors does and we were chuckling over this graphic early this morning while having coffee in his den, we are both early risers and sometimes get together in the AM. It's sometimes amazing how much people with radically different political philosophies can find to agree on.

Some things never change dept: Experts agree, Meese is a pig


Edwin Meese III is back in the news: According to a report in Sunday's New York Times, the Reagan-era attorney general convened a group of right-wing leaders last winter to plan a campaign to kill Obamacare—by shutting down the government, if necessary. The apparent end-of-the-fiscal-year train wreck, according to Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Mike McIntire's story, was planned months ago.

Meese's return to the headlines is bad news for the country, and likely bad news for his fellow Republicans, whose efforts to blame President Obama for the shutdown might be undercut by news that a secret cabal of veteran Beltway insiders plotted the shutdown months ago. But for people who lived in Washington in the 1980s, it brought with it a certain sweet nostalgia: Few government officials ever represented better targets for mockery.

For people who followed politics, of course, Meese was the guy behind some of Reagan's most divisive policies. But ordinary commuters also experienced the Meese-bashing in ways they didn't with other officials: During the last couple years of the Reagan administration, walls, construction sites, traffic signal boxes, and highway overpasses throughout the Washington area were festooned with giant posters that read "Meese is a Pig." Soon afterwards, a second series of the poster appeared, with an additional two words: "Experts Agree!"

The campaign, in turn, drew ample national media coverage and represented something of a cultural moment—a pre-web meme of sorts. Stores began selling T-shirts bearing the same message.

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