Your bizarre headline of the day

Zombies Push Jesus from Top of North American Box Office

Published in: on March 22, 2004 at 00:23  Comments (7)  
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Barbie girl

Mattel has specifically but somewhat unfirmly denied that the much-discussed breakup of Ken and Barbie has anything to do with the new “Cali girl Barbie” that was recently introduced.

This took a whole different spin in my head when I saw a print ad for the latter in a local paper, and noticed that when printed on low-grade newsprint, a lower-case i looks an awful lot like an l.

Published in: on February 14, 2004 at 00:20  Comments (4)  
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Lunatics. All of them.

So Focus on the Family, a political group headquartered out of Colorado Springs, has issued a statement about the recent South Korean research on stem cells, describing it as “nothing short of cannibalism.” (news story)

(1) I am, once again, embarassed to be from the same state as these idiots.

(2) It’s a fscking blastocyst. The South Korean group has found a way to manufacture a large volume of cells from any donor starting from cells from that donor. It uses a denucleated egg cell from another donor as a component. I fail to see the moral difference between this and taking a skin scraping and culturing it in a petri dish.

(3) “Nothing short of cannibalism” sounds like an excellent motto.

Footnote: I suppose this is a good place to quote Dr. Keuntz from Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death:

This is war! The battle between the sexes! Anything short of cannibalism is just beating around the bush!

Published in: on February 13, 2004 at 17:23  Comments (10)  
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Random news for your day…

I don’t know why this isn’t being mentioned a bit more in the American press, but there’s an uprising going on in Haiti. Given that this is only a few hundred miles from Florida, and that refugees and other interesting political problems are quite capable of seeping over that distance, you would think people would be a bit more interested…

President Bush was interviewed for the first time since taking office several years ago. The shifting sands of rationale continue to move, now back to the assertion that we needed to invade because Saddam Hussein was “dangerous.” (Please don’t take this amiss – remember that this reason was cited before WMD were cited. They didn’t come up as a reason until the beginning of the campaign to sell the war to NATO and the UN, around last September.)

One of his statements (cf. this article) did surprise me a bit – “[The weapons of mass destruction] could have been destroyed during the war.” If it were that damned easy to destroy them, they wouldn’t be so high a risk – the only way to bulk get rid of nonconventional weapons is to set them off. More interesting is the suggestion that some stockpile may have been “transported to another country.”

I suspect that there may have been something – not very much, but enough to be worth moving into the Syrian desert. Not enough for the WMD rationale to really be defensible, but enough to make me wonder what’s going to happen to any such weapons that may be lying around….

Published in: on February 8, 2004 at 19:00  Comments (10)  


An interesting article in Edge where a large number of intellectual luminaries of various sorts – scientists, businessmen, literary people, and so on – were asked to think of interesting universal laws that they’ve observed in the course of their endeavours, and then naming those laws after the people. Some of them are good, some not so good, but by and large it’s a pretty interesting article.

(From what I’ve read so far – about a third of it, it’s long – Pollack’s First Law is the one that’s caught my eye the most, although there has certainly been competition. And Smolin’s Third is the one I most disagree with, but on that one it’s clearly necessary to wait for the experimental and theoretical results to be in before making any conclusions)

Published in: on January 4, 2004 at 23:24  Comments (5)  

Your news roundup for the day…

Since most people probably missed the news headlines for today, a quick summary with some captions that the stations seem to be omitting. It’s been a heavy news day.

Updates: More info on several events added behind the cut (0005 PST)

Behind a cut, for those who don’t feel like mixing Christmas and news

Published in: on December 25, 2003 at 22:42  Comments (1)  
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Fun and games in Mother Russia

[politics filter]

OK, time for some general ruminations on the state of affairs w.r.t. Russia…
Long notes on oil and intelligence

Published in: on November 4, 2003 at 23:36  Comments Off on Fun and games in Mother Russia  
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In memoriam

Well, I guess I might as well be the one to post the obituary notice — Dr. Edward Teller, the father of the Hydrogen Bomb, prominent physicist of several disciplines, general political lunatic, and the model (I can say this now that I know he won’t overhear and come after me with sharp objects for it) for Dr. Strangelove in all too many ways — passed away yesterday at the age of 95 at his home on Stanford campus.

The world just won’t be the same without him. Doctor Teller, for all that you were a madman, you were one of the most interesting madmen I’ve met.

Published in: on September 10, 2003 at 00:37  Comments (4)  
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A wee bit political?

From this week’s NY Times food column in the magazine:

“I’ve never subscribed to the marketers’ description of monkfish as the “poor man’s lobster”… If you see a whole monkfish at the market, you’ll find its massive mouth scarier than a shark’s. Apparently it sits on the bottom of the ocean, opens its Godzilla jaws and waits for poor unsuspecting fishies to swim right into it, not unlike the latest recepients of W’s capital-gains cuts. So it has in common with lobster only reprehensibility of character.”

Sometimes the food column gets kinda weird.

In fact, so long as we’re on the subject of odd news quotes, this one’s from Nerve’s Carrie Hill Wilner:

[I]t was reported this week that a company called Real Men Outdoor Productions Inc. has begun offering “Bambi Hunts,” in which Las Vegas-area men pay $10,000/hour to shoot naked women with paintballs. I suppose this should provoke some sort of feminist rage in me, but in all honesty, this is too weird to be sexist. It’s just apocalyptic.

Yeah, that’s about right…

Published in: on July 27, 2003 at 12:42  Comments (1)  
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Your quote of the day

From an article in the Guardian:

“Canada is subversively sending idiots into the global marketplace with American accents”

Forth, my faithful minions! Wahahahahaha!

(No, I’m not Canadian. I just like having hordes of minions.)

Published in: on June 29, 2003 at 01:14  Comments (2)  
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