Saturday, August 10, 2013

Boogie Nights

Rhythm & Balls said: boogie men?

Goya "Here Comes The Bogey Man"
Here is what I think of when I hear the word "boogie":


© Evan Izer

Or father
court in heaven
shall be dining biking them,
but I will be done
on corporate as it is in heaven
give us this day ordeal the bride
and for guests are trespasses
as a brief for give those who trespassed against its
and leave us not into temptation
to deliver us from evil
for design to step forward
and glory forever,
on and.

The interpretive output of an IBM computer running miscalibrated vocal dictation
software into which I read The Lord's Prayer, 9 September 2001, 1:04 PM

Adventures in Homeschooling - Geology

This doesn't invade the kids' privacy, so it's bloggable.

Last week we met up with a graduate student in geology at the park. He brought part of his own rock collection for the kids to peruse, and he patiently identified the rocks the kids picked up off the ground to show him. He helped them dig up rocks and break rocks. Then he took them to a creek and helped them find and identify fossils.

Perfect field trip. Cost effective, active, engaging. I have new love for the local university so abundant with graduate students in so many different fields.

A Hillary Clinton mini-series in the offing

At the nexus of news, entertainment, technology, propaganda, big business, and special interests we find biopics created to act as political ads. 
NBC's plan to air a miniseries focused on Clinton has received major backlash from the GOP and from network journalists. NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd declared Thursday, "This miniseries is a total nightmare for NBC News."
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus threatened Monday not partner with the network if it goes through with its plan.
Fox Television Studios spokesman Leslie Oren told the Times that while no deal is in place, NBC is in early discussions to have Fox studios produce and distribute the film internationally.
Let's not forget that before his first presidential election,Obama had an actual channel running 24/7 campaign pieces. It was unprecedented, and as we can see now, the new normal.


It's All Going According To "The Plan"

The only way to achieve greater income parity in this country is to shrink the economy, downsize it, and deflate it. Well, except for the Washington, DC bubble. That must remain untouched and intact as the new shining example on the Hill of the way things should be.

"An ebbing tide strands the yachts first" was the unspoken rally cry.

By the way, I saw it coming:

Consider a spherical, sealed glass container of gas. Further suppose that the gas inside is all the same -like helium in a balloon. Room temperature and stable. Everything equal inside...but it's not. The individual gas atoms in the container have unequal energies because there's a range--a statistical distribution--of energies present: Some atoms move more slowly than others, some more quickly, some much more quickly. Slow atoms may become fast atoms and vice versa through energy exchange. No single atom is "trapped" at low energy. 
How can we make things fair? How can we make it such that each individual (atom) has the same energy as its next nearest neighbor? We cannot. The only way to approach that state is to remove energy from the entire system. Cool the economy. Everything slows. Eventually, approaching zero Kelvin, all motion stops. Of course catastrophic things like condensation (downsizing from gas to liquid) and solidification (loss of liquidity) occur along the way. But the goal is achieved: every atom is finally the same (or nearly the same) energy-wise. Link

Kevin Rudd

Masked farmers angrily scramble 200,000 eggs

And do you know pourquoi?

Because in France 100,000 eggs is not un oeuf.

And to protest EU directive regulating the health of chickens affecting cost of production while holding price of eggs low.


Where's Waldo Canyon?

West of Colorado Springs.

They're having mud slides in Waldo Canyon. Michelle Malkin said she could not get home.

Whenever flash flood warnings come on the t.v. and interrupt programming I get mad as h-e-double hockey sticks, because it is hardly ever raining out there. They make the biggest deal out of a little rain out here. Honestly. It's ridiculous. It goes like this every time it rains. 1) Rain is detected somewhere in the state. 2) Someone pulls the alarm on flash floods releasing the Kraken of obnoxious attention-getting noise accompanying a warming that does not affect you but  forces you to shut off the warning and disregard the message and the programing.

And then I realized those flash floods really are dangerous and really do catch people off guard, for the same reason I always wanted to be the special person under a virga being rained on singularly when it is not raining all around. The streaks hanging down. If they actually do touch, and the cloud dump it entire contents at once in one spot like that then the sudden pool of water spreads out.

In the spirit of reformed attitude I offer this public service information anim about why flash floods are dangerous.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Open Thread

It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - REM

Speaking of Compliment

"Domino’s Pizza Is So Used To Complaints, It Can’t Take A Compliment."
For Example...
A John Doe says... 

Best Pizza Ever (smiley face) Keep Up the good work guys 
Like - Comment - Share 

Domino's Pizza - So sorry about that! Please share some additional information with us at (weblink) and please mention reference # 1409193 so we can have this addressed.  
Like - Reply - Yesterday @ 8:16am

Red Bull Team changes 4 tires very fast

Gizmodo links to its other self, Jalopnik featuring a very fast tire change. Except when you click the video you get this:

"F1 2013 Malaysian GP Race M…"
The YouTube account associated with this video has
ben terminated due to multiple third-party
notifications of copyright infringement.

And I go, then why have it there on your page enticing me? 

Fine! I'l find something similar

Two videos.  Red Bull team changing tires very fast and another showing you what they're doing slowly.

Mas por debabajo. 

The first line of your autobiography

What would it be?

Why is Wes Clark Smiling?

Gen. Wesley Clark, Ret.

"Clark, who was married to Gertrude Kingston Clark for 45 years before filing for divorce last year, is spending time with the young New York-based entrepreneur, who graduated from MIT and worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker before launching her luxury e-commerce site.

Clark and Mei were spotted together recently in the Hamptons, prompting rumors of a relationship. We’re told that despite the 38-year age difference, they “looked very affectionate, it was clear they were a couple. They were holding hands, they were not trying to hide their relationship.” Society spies say the couple look great together, with one female admirer gushing, “He is in tremendous shape.”"

Bill Murray’s 1988 interview with Harry Caray

Legendary comedian joined legendary broadcaster before Cubs’ first-ever night game 25 years ago, yesterday.

 “I think when I completely lose my mind, Harry, I’m going step right up into your spot in the booth.”

kuru-kuru nabe


* Bill Clinton
  a) humanitarian work through Clinton Foundation, promoting global public health, economic development and environmental protection
  b) also got Bush to help with Haiti
  c) spoke on O's behalf 2012 Dem. convention
* Oprah Winfrey
  a) philanthropy centering on education opportunities for women, girls, in US and Africa
* Daniel Inouye, posthumously
* Ben Bradlee 
* Sally Ride
* Richard Lugar
* Gloria Steinem
* Ernie Banks
* Bayard Rustin, civil and gay rights activist, posthumous
* Daniel Kahneman, psychologist, Nobel Econ
* Loretta Lynn
* Maria Molina, chemist, environmental scientist,  Nobel in Chem
* Arturo Sandoval, Cuban jazz musician
* Dean Smith, coach UNC
* Patricia Wald, first woman US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC, became chief judge
* C.T. Vivian,  civil rights, minister

* blessed with extraordinary talent, but these guys' gift is for sharing that talent with the rest of the world.
* President Kennedy created the medal fifty years ago.

It is a very nice award.

It's good to be king.

It is one of the reasons, one of the littler of reasons among many greater reasons, but one of the reasons nonetheless why some of them worked so touchingly diligently to make you king.

I have nothing to say about any of that. We don't expect you to acknowledge anything outside your own values, and we sure do not expect you to award your political adversaries.

Paybacks for jobs well done as seen in the eyes of the guy in charge. It is the pharaoh's award, not Egypt's award, after all, for service to the pharaoh not to the State. And to some pharaohs there is no difference between the interests of State, and Party and self, they're all the same interest. 

There is not all that much art that went into the gold discs directly that look like simple Necco wafers, drilled gold coins, not so much art as devoted to the floral and chain counterweights in back.

And so it was with a broken hearts and deep distain for the king and for the king's distain for tradition that the elderly aristocrat Ay and the aging military commander Horemheb who had done so much for Egypt and together had given so much in the service to Egypt watched in tearful dismay as their young iconoclastic king dispensed awards of gold  traditionally reserved for the most striking service to State, the wealth that flowed into the nation's coffers veritable fortunes in gold tossed from his viewing platform with insouciant abandon to his friends and his household staff below.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Open Thread

Rush - Chemistry (Lyrics)
bagoh20 said...
I started listening to Rush in 1975 with their second album often in a pitch black attic bedroom with it spinning on my Technics turntable with my JBL speakers cranked to 11 on my Pioneer amp or even better with headphones. In those days every little thing mattered. The cartridge on the tone arm, the paper used in the speaker drivers, the placement of the chairs in the room was critical. Most of my extra money went to buy new stereo equipment that was advancing every month. Money was tight, but this was important stuff.

For some reason I stopped listening to Rush much, and it seems that I and everyone else had stopped listening carefully to Rock for decades. I've recently started listening to Rush again, but still not carefully like I did everything back then. A very talented Rock band I think from the beginning. 

The Awful Chemical Language

I was often asked to explain chemical nomenclature in the context of such and such intellectual property law matter and one day I surprised a trial lawyer — an elderly gent — with my knowledge. He was actually annoyed at first, perhaps because he felt hostage to knowledge which he did not possess. Actually, he probably just resented that I could bill time for knowledge which I already possessed — just like he could. Had he known what it had cost me to acquire my art, he would also have known that it would break any law firm to buy it. Meanwhile, I had been hard at work learning legal terminology for several weeks, and although I had made good progress, it had been accomplished under great difficulty and annoyance. But he was greatly impressed and after I had explained a while, he said my explanation of the chemical language was very rare, possibly "unique" and he wanted to add me to his litigation team.

Friedrich Wöhler, the father of modern organic chemistry, already remarked in 1835:
Organic chemistry just now is enough to drive one mad. It gives me the impression of a primeval forest full of the most remarkable things, a monstrous and boundless thicket, with no way of escape, into which one may well dread to enter.
A person who has not studied chemistry — especially organic chemistry — can form no idea of what a perplexing language describes that thicket. Or perhaps they can, but can come up with no logical explanation for why things are so. I aim here to simplify.

The Gentleman's Relish

What do you relish?

Margot Quan Knight

Is basically a photographer that has become disillusioned about the idea that photographs can describe a version of truth.

Until she was hit by a car and started graduate school along with other things converging, her encountering Berenice Abbot and other readings, a strobe-light dance and the thought of her mother getting older, before those things happened and caused a break Margot was doing things like this one of her defying time.

But now her art has taken a different direction, one that is all about reflective surfaces and the tricks that she plays does not work well with photography, you have to move across it and see yourself in there or look into infinity of reflections, so Margot Quan Night has provided a video herself to show her new art, and it looks like this:

Jen Graves writing for thestranger provides an In/Visible audio interview with Margot Quan Knight posted here.  

Watch sprite lightning flash at 10,000 frames per second

At this link, you can see an animated GIF of sprite footage captured at 10,000 frames per second.
Red sprite lightning is both mysterious and intriguing: sprites occur only at high altitudes above thunderstorms, only last for a thousandth of a second, and emit light in the red portion of the visible spectrum. Therefore, studying sprites has been notoriously difficult for atmospheric scientists.

Elusive sprite lightning captured from an airplane above Boulder, Colorado
Credit and copyright: Jason Ahrns.
This article by Nancy Atkinson originally appeared at Universe Today.

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Taliban office in Doha, Qatar

Peace talks between Karzai's Afghan government and the pre-9/11 government, the Taliban, stalled in June when the Taliban set up a political office in Doha, Qatar. Flying their white flag with Quranic verse, they claimed representation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. An "enraged" Karzai accused them trying to set up a government in exile. Currently, there are back channel negotiations to get the talks re-started. The Taliban is unwilling to compromise on the flag or the name.

The Taliban representative also says they are willing to accept the current Afghan constitution, with the exception of three unidentified clauses, and that "Taliban leadership was ready to acknowledge that it made a mistake in denying girls access to education and politics. He said the Taliban were prepared to accept women as lawmakers."

Afghanistan High Peace Concil

Is this true?

The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature. -- Alfred North Whitehead

via The Technium

Added: JAL says, "Personally I have always snorted when Elijah, taunting the priests of Baal, whose 'god' can't be bothered to light the fire, says "So -- where is he? Off to take a poop?." (I Kings 18:27) 

You will not read that in any versions, but if you look, there are numerous translations of that construction "he is pursuing" or "he is busy" all of which are rather euphemistic as the Hebrew is seeg - "withdrawing (into a private place)." Heh."

dog doodle

Man, that Kirk is talented. I am impressed. The guy idly picks up a pen and a picture automatically gets drawn. A scribble. Every doodle is art. I mean it, it just flows off his fingertips like he's like Picasso over there turning everything he touches into art, brown paper bags, bang, art, paper plates, bang, art, butcher shop paper, pfffft, almost art, that one didn't work out that well, but you get the point, like the dad who draws a picture on the kid's sandwich bag every day, it is his expression...

oh wait. Damnit, I'm wrong again. That's not a dog, that's my name.



You know, once I looked, they wrote some very touching sentiments. This is rude, but I wasn't so interested because none of the cards pop-up, it was like, eh, so what, then when I read what they wrote inside, I have to say, it is very nice. I should have read them sooner.

The Names were changed to protect the Party.

TOP has a post called "Most Embarrassing Sentence in Major Media, 2013."
Upon reading the story from which the first nominee was pulled ... 
But hanging in the air was an electrifying sense of being in the presence of an ascendant politician they believed understood the potential of the new digital world they were shaping. 
and commenting about it (my comment is awaiting moderation as I write this) I had an idea.
Change the names of the characters to republican names, and a few other things that had to be changed, and see what happens. 
The conference room in Wichita Kansas, headquarters of Koch Industries was packed with the stars of Big Oil & Gas, Top executives of Exxon Mobil, Ford, McDonalds, NASCAR and Coors gathered around a table; the billionaire David H. Koch looked on from a back row. The guest of honor: Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin.

The stated purpose of the gathering was to give Mr. Walker, already a gas guzzler fanatic, a seminar on tail-gating technologies. But hanging in the air was an electrifying sense of being in the presence of an ascendant politician they believed understood the potential of the new digital giant screens they were trying to get people away from and back to nature, hunting and fishing.

“He’s part of this tide,” said Linda McMahon, an entrepreneur who was at the meeting, in May 2009. “It feels like he’s one of us.”

Two and a half years later, some of those same Big Oil & Gas executives joined forces again on Mr. Walker's behalf. But this time, their efforts resulted in giving Mr. Walker, until then an admired outsider, the equivalent of full-fledged membership in their elite circle: an Oil field start-up of his own.

Mr. Walker personally has obtained money for the start-up, called WayPipe, from influential investors, including Pete Coors, Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. A year after its debut, WayPipe has already endured a round of layoffs and had just a minimum of drilling contracts keeping it afloat, according to Compost, an Oil & Gas tracking service. The company says it is still under development.

Yet in a financial disclosure filed last month, Mr. Walker, 45, revealed that his stake in the company was worth $1 million to $5 million. Taken together, his other assets were worth no more than $730,000.
New York Times - Tech Magnates Bet on Booker and His Future

Official Brunete City Council Dog Gift Return Kits

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Special Delivery, of Sorts, for Wayward Dog Owners

BRUNETE, Spain — In the worldwide battle to get dog owners to clean up after their pets, enter Brunete, a middle-class suburb of Madrid fed up with dirty parks and sidewalks.
Some cities hand out steep fines. But in these tough economic times, the mayor here, Borja Gutiérrez, did not much like that idea. Instead, this town engaged a small army of volunteers to bag it, box it and send it back to its owners.
“It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop,” Mr. Gutiérrez said. “We are just returning it to you.”

Video Evidence of questionable political wisdom.

"The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is running for a United States Senate seat in Wyoming in 2014, but many Republicans question the political wisdom of this move."

Says the NY Times and they have the video to prove it.

A perfect hourglass - For Trooper

Update: Sydney, in the comments, offers a suggestion for the meaning of "father,mother".

"That dress is very slimming on you."

*points top to bottom*  And it is. 

That dress would be slimming on a hippopotomus. And then I think, "Ew, look how wide you would be without those slimming lines." And I keep thinking that every time I see the photo, a lot, since it's up every day to taunt, I'm assuming, they are clever with their choices of photos over there at Hot Air, and they tend to hang too so you see them repeatedly. A whole week. Not like here at commoncreerendios where things disappear in a day. 

Now I've had it. Can't stand it. You get the treatment. I will mock you, since you are regularly so mean, and show how wide you really are where your deceptive lines say you are not, the perfect representation in clothing for your general way. 

So I do. And it turns out I'm flat dead wrong. Again. 

If I may say, back to you, "You do look lovely in blue." 

Obama says 'We Don’t Have a Domestic Spying Program'

President Obama tells comedian Jay Leno that "We don’t have a domestic spying program." He made the comment during a taping of Leno's TV show.

Here's the pool report:
POTUS finished taping the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was wearing the same dark suit and blue tie as earlier today in Arizona.
Pool watched the taping on TV from another room at the NBC studios.
We are able to report on the contents now, after the taping, but not release a full transcript or too many quotes.
Pretty newsy interview. Leno asked about Edward Snowden, NSA, embassy closings, Russia, Hillary Clinton, economy, healthcare.
On embassy closings: 
POTUS said the U.S. was not overreacting. 
POTUS said people can still take vacation, just do so in a “prudent way” by checking on the State Department Websites for up-to-day information before making plans.
"The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately." 
On NSA: 
POTUS said government surveillance is a "critical component to counterterrorism." But, he said, he knows that the surveillance programs have "raised a lot of questions for people."
"We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terroritst attack...That information is useful." 
Leno asked POTUS what he would call Snowden?
"We don’t know exactly what he did, except what he said on the Internet and it's im important for me not to judge."
POTUS said he asked his staff to look at ways to reduce the number of contractors.
On Russia:
POTUS said he was disappointed in its decision on Snowden, but he said the two nations still work together on Afghainstan and the Boston bombing.
"There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality. What I continually say to them and  to President Putin, that’s the past."
POTUS said he would be attending the G-20 summitt in St. Petersburg, Russia.  
He does not think that the gay rights controversy there will affect the Olympics.
The Weekly Standard

"You only get one shot when you go with big items,"

Taco Bell expands its test market for the waffle taco. Breakfast, the new new thing for them.

How's that for bathos, the sudden descent from the sublime to the ridiculous?  I meant to say American just now. From lamb by Palladian to waffle taco by Taco Bell in one fell swoop.

Taco Bell. Score!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Leg Of Lamb

Gigot d'agneau rôti à la Palladian

'Tis wond'rous strange, that I should be compelled to cook a leg of lamb, at this moment in my life. I lost a lot, a lot has gone wrong for me, with me, and through it all I have done my best to survive. In need of somewhere to sleep during the summer of 2013, I decided that it was only fair that I offer something, or some service, to sheltering friends in return for their kindness (and tolerance). So I decided to cook for my keep.

For these sheltering friends I have cooked meals great and small, familiar and revelatory. Often my cooking depends upon what I can find on offer at the supermarkets in small towns. Recently I decided to cook a special dinner, a feast of gratitude for my hosts, so I went to the local supermarket and searched for inspiration in the meat section. There were a lot of beasts and cuts of beasts available, but none seemed special enough to express my appreciation for my friends' hospitality. There were chickens, a bit too ordinary. Some frozen quail, but not enough. There were some thin, greying steaks with ridiculous prices, and some forlorn frozen turkeys with torn wrappings.

And then I saw, next to the overpriced organic beef and "Hundred Calorie" steaks (which looked to be rounds of beaten beef about the size of a large slice of pepperoni and half as appetizing), a leg of lamb. Lamb, in the small town where I was staying, is an unusual meat so stores usually carry little of it. I suspect that much of it reaches its "Sell By" date unsold. This was such a piece of lamb, its price reduced: 50% off. A very good buy, and not a bad leg at all, shrink-wrapped as it was, and from Australia. So I bought it. My feast of gratitude would feature lamb. A late-summer, shrink-wrapped, special-offer leg of lamb, from the other side of the earth to this rural American supermarket.

We're #2!! We're #2

And if it wasn't for those meddling Mormons, we'd be #1! 

By we, I mean my alma mater, Wheaton College.  The one in Illinois.

What list did we get to #2 on? 

The most sober colleges list.

This calls for... calls for... um... quiet contemplation in a reserved atmosphere? 

Back when I was there in the mid 90s, they didn't allow dancing either. 

It made for a different kind of college experience for certain, but one I'm grateful for.  A true liberal arts education in its best and most classic sense. Real education, real learning.  Keeping down the distractions is part of that.  Maybe that's why the military academies also rank high on that list. 

What's college for, after all? 

As a sidenote, it's interesting to see what being high on the sobriety list can bring.  Look at Wikipedia's list of notable alumi:

Wheaton alumni include evangelist Billy Graham (1943), former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (1964), presidential speechwriter Michael Gerson (1986), Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch (1968), film director Wes Craven (1963) and September 11 hero of United Flight 93 Todd Beamer (1991)

Good, mediocre, bad, ugly, and heroic. 

"Let's take a closer look at those hills...

Here, I've cropped and zoomed in on them and stretched the heck out of the contrast. I've also employed a trick that we call "Phil-o-vision"...

 Now,  before clicking on this link to see the answer:  Where do you think that photo was taken?

crowd sourced transportation solution

[£5 remains unclaimed]

Yemen new home for al Qaeda?

Nasir al Wihayshi

Yemen is speculated to become the new "strategic" home of al Qaeda. Nasir al Wihayshi , the head of AQAP (al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula),  is reported to be a very patient, soft-spoken man who is able to withstand pressure from top al Qaeda leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, "to act." Intercepted communications between the two have contributed to the the temporary closing and reinforcement of  22 American foreign offices.

The US and Britain have been issued warnings to their citizens to leave Yemen immediately, and have evacuated non-essential personnel.

Transportation - More "Crowd-sourced Solutions"

"This Is How Elon Musk Can Build the Hyperloop for a Tenth the Cost of High-Speed Rail"
My small part in the Hyperloop saga began early in June when I tried to visualize Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept using only MS Paint and a few scattered clues.
I thought that maybe a simple infographic, bringing all those clues together in one place, would help get folks back on track. (Or is it on tube?) I did this mostly out of frustration with all the wild leaps that the story had been taking...and still is!
Keep it simple.
What I ended up with was a kind of flow chart, a drawing that showed what I thought Hyperloop would do, but not necessarily how it would do it. I avoided being too specific about the how part of Hyperloop for a very good reason: When Elon Musk was asked whether Hyperloop could work, his reply was that it absolutely could.
Could this work?
 So, I’ll take the man at his word that he’s got ‘how’ covered.

Pie in sky? .... What do you think?

The big easychair

Here is a set of quotes I found at Kevin Kelly’s Technium blog. Kelly was the first to use the word technium to describe the inseparability of man from technology. That is, being technological is what makes us human. He believes that as time goes on we will become more and more entwined with our technology because technology is an extension of us. Kelly is quoting from Douglas Coupland’s, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work. McLuhan is most famous for having said, “the medium is the message.”  If you have ever given up television for a couple months, and upon watching again for the first time felt your muscles and mind relax, this is what McLuhan meant. It is not what you watch, but that you watch.

The one and only

I just realized Newcastle bottles would make good hummingbird feeders.

And it says one and only right on the bottle. Filled with hummingbird sugar-water, of course, not ale. That would get those little birds drunk and that's hummingbird abuse.

A conversation with one of our European betters

A good part of my past week-from-hell was spent entertaining someone with whom I work, from Germany.  On Saturday, he came over and I grilled some steaks.

As I usually do, I not only fired up the grill, but also a fire pit a few feet away.  He asked about this, and I explained that I was doing all I could to forestall the coming ice age.  And at that point, I had to explain to him that I consider anthropogenic global warming to be nonsense.

Well, I didn't have to.  Some might consider mixing work and politics to be...unwise.  But after four margaritas* and a week of being with this delightful German fellow**, it just seemed the thing to do.

Asterisks and more after the jump.

Embassy closures spurred by Al-Qaida chief's message

So say two officials, a US intelligence official, and a Mideast diplomat.

And that's all you're having. From Yahoo.

And the funny thing is, this is really funny and a reassurance to behold, the comments over there on Yahoo are more interesting than the brief info leak is, as so often the case, and the 100 or so comments that I read of 450 I saw there are flat not having one singe word of it. They got your transparency.  

I'll take fake scandals for 1,000, Alex

Or perhaps, "Speedbumps" for 1,000, Alex.

I cannot find the Jeopardy category, but the actual  $1,000 Jeopardy! answer was:

"The city in which Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed."

And the question, of course, was "What is Benghazi?"

In which we see how quickly on ABC controversy damaging to Party goes from National scandal to $1,000 trivia question. Credit to them for mentioning it at all, a first for some of their viewers.

Twitchy here and here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Hey Kids, did your parents sign your field trip slips?

They did? Good, let's all get on the bus together and go see where our chicken come from.

They all do pretty much the same thing so let's go to a place were the music is best. Qatar. They'll do Halal there, that's better than regular chicken, it's more careful. A brining too. We can pick up a chicken on the way out.

My favorite part is where all the chickens and chicken parts are packaged up and carefully stacked up and kept at a cold temperature out there on the Arab peninsula and loaded onto a truck and when the truck is full of cold packaged chicken parts the whole place turns into a chicken battery farm and there they are alive again with their heads sticking out and producing eggs to roll down narrow ramps and start the whole process all over again. They're like magical phoenix chickens. 

I have no words for this.

Reports indicate President Obama will soon confirm what many of us have long suspected, that Congress wants and will soon have a waiver from Obamacare.
You read that right.
 Read more at the Daily Caller.  Be sure to have some bourbon handy.  And perhaps the toad venom, if you saved any from a couple of weeks ago.

Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post

Didn't see that coming.

If your 1960's scissors will not open a bag of salad

Best you get started now with alternate solutions to the problem of bag opening. It is not polite to use your teeth.

Meet the Map

I have good news and I have bad news.

The bad news is, a Washington Post blogger has been struck.
The Obama administration’s decision to close over two dozen U.S. diplomatic facilities initially struck me, like many, as equal parts security precaution and security theater; a reaction to both a legitimate terrorism threat, apparently originating from al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch, and to the political uproar in 2011 over a successful attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
The good news is, the Washington Post blogger almost immediately showed signs of recovery.
Putting the embassy and consulate closures down on a map, though, seems to elucidate some interesting trends, some which can be difficult to immediately explain. It helps to shed a light on the apparent U.S. thinking, but raises some questions as well.
The problem is that the map doesn't explain what it says right away. Should the map be invited to explain what it says, the Washington Post blogger should make a full recovery.

Add your own caption

Lets help a blogger recover, by elucidating a trend which is difficult to immediately explain.

I just now invented a new face exercise

Right now, this moment.

Shut up, this is how advances are made, so often by accident. That happened just now, don't dismiss it. I can tell by feeling it inside this new exercise can be instrumental in helping victims of Bell's palsy locate their face muscles to activate. And once located to restore the paralyzed side. It will will give a twinge that identifies the place to attempt to affect. That is the trouble with paralysis, you can't even find the muscle to tweek.

Goes like this. You take your two index fingers and make them straight one on top of the other and lay your two index fingers straight across your lips. Then move them apart in opposite directions to distort the mouth. Then holding them apart that way try to form an "o" using face muscles only. It forces every thing to struggle equally. You can more clearly feel all four corners, there are no corners, but you can feel them anyway, and it's a start.

Then reverse it.

The reversal is so abrupt it is shocking on the inside where the muscles strain to form an "o" now reversed, the non-working part even more clearly identified.

My new exercise is a way of pulling all that together. My "try to fix your lips to an 'o' " exercise is better than the regular "strain to hold an 'o'" exercise.

I claim my five pounds.

""I thank the Russian Federation...

...for granting me asylum in accordance with its laws and international obligations."
(snip) Snowden already has been offered a job by Russia's top social networking site.
A pledge not to publish more information that could harm the United States was the condition under which Putin said Snowden could receive safe harbor. "Edward assured me that he is not planning to publish any documents that blacken the American government," [his lawyer] Kucherena said."

Added: Lydia finds in USA Today:
Alexander Konovalov, president of the Moscow-based Institute of Strategic Studies and Analysis, in Moscow, said Snowden's presence in Russia creates "additional problems" in relations between the two countries.
He said Russia would lose face by handing Snowden over to U.S. authorities directly, "but to send him off somewhere eventually -- that would be in Russia's interests."


Most children are going back to school sometime this month. We homeschool and officially begin our next school year on Wednesday. I've always wanted to blog about our homeschooling in detail, but I long ago decided that it would be too intrusive. (Anyone wish all of their school days were forever captured and searchable online? I thought not.)

Is anyone in your home headed back to school this month? Are you?

Open Sources (Food)

"Two volunteers will taste the world's first test-tube burger in London on Monday, Aug. 5".

"The burger, made from Cultured Beef, will be cooked in a frying pan and then served to both diners in front of invite-only guests."
"The taste-testers were revealed as Chicago author Josh Schonwald and Austrian food researcher Hanni Rützler on Twitter this morning."

"The hamburger's creator, Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University, believes that in-vitro meat could end the impending food crisis and satisfy the world's growing demand for meat without destroying the environment or harming animals."

ADDED : Dust Bunny Queen said...

Move on.... Plus....there is the topic of food!!!

Bless their little hearts, the mean lady made the children cry

These portraits of children crying brought photographer Jill Greenberg hate mail. What an awful thing to to do, people wrote, but Jill didn't care, what the heck, you make children laugh and smile, don't you? It's the same thing. You go, here's my cell phone. Oh, wait, give that back, then photograph the kid's reaction you provoked. What's wrong with that?

It's ART !

And political statement besides. About Bush's failed economic policies. It is justified, how else is Jill going to reach people emotionally? Huh? Emotion. It's all about emotion. It's how children communicate about anything at all save for politics and its how emotional photographers loyal to Party uber alles communicate. And it's good stuff too. Who doesn't like seeing kids cry? You should see 'em at Slate

And now it's in book form. How 'bout that? 

Obviously this is not for low information voters. It is not even for no information voters. And not just for passive un information voters either. This is emotional manipulation by and for fierce anti information voters. And look over there how well it works.

Holder said self defense is deadly.

People who feel threatened have a duty to retreat. That's why Obama is closing our embassies. 

Al Qaeda is on the run. Running to pick up their Obama-stash weapons caches in Syria

It's shocking that Obama Administration didn't learn from Benghazi that retreating will get us killed.

That is a sample of what I see people are Tweeting relating to 19 US embassies listed closing

I intended to do a very smart anim using Google Earth and photos of the embassies going  ))) zoop (((  disappearing, and collecting the photos was a total drag. Kuwait especially, I'm convinced the place doesn't exist. The Google Earth portion of Kuwait is especially depressing, not a tree, not a sign of life anywhere, no photos at all tagged to the place as if nothing worth bothering, and everything monochrome brown. I am exaggerating by 12% for dramatic effect.  But then the slide show linked did all that except you have to click through twenty times to see nice places and compounds where diplomats work. Image all those buildings closing, all those assets just vanishing, like, "I'm taking my ball and going home." 

Fine with me. But it hardly projects rectitude and no trace of resolve.

And I think that it is fine with most American citizens too. Until they need a consulate, then it is different. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Open Thread

Theme from Laura (1944) - David Raksin
Laura is a 1944 American film noir directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Elizabeth Reinhardt is based on the 1943 novel of the same title by Vera Caspary.
In 1999, Laura was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The American Film Institute ranked the film #73 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills, the score #7 in AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores, and it was ranked the fourth best film in the mystery genre in AFI's 10 Top 10.

I'm hoping when it's time to get a new companion he'll say,

"Come the fuck in or fuck the fuck off" 

That is a comment to a YouTube video Best of Malcolm Tucker. Peter Capaldri has the role of new Dr Who. The person who uploaded the video has no idea the traffic his new role brings to their old uploaded video.

Apparently the new Dr Who has a potty mouth and Glaswegian accent. I'm glad the wearisome Matt Smith is gone his homiletic Pecksniffian sanctimony was annoying, but then that was the script. Besides, who needs a gun when you have a sonic screwdriver that does whatever you want or a robot dog written into the script who zaps foes for you or an American come along with no such qualms or restrictions. 

And nobody throws guns down like that. They say, "throw down the gun," and they do, like something that's hot, something distasteful anyway, something to get rid of, so toss, clickity clink, like the prop is made of hollow plastic, an obvious toy. There is only so much of that pedantry and issue indoctrination a viewer can take.


Under capitalism, wealth is less a stock of goods than a flow of ideas, the defining characteristic of which is surprise....Entrepreneurship is the launching of surprises.
-George Gilder, Unleash the Mind

The Technium


Dear my friend and fellow student, I would lean my spirit o'er you!
Down the purple of this chamber, tears should scarcely run at will.
I am humbled who was humble. Friend, -- I bow my head before you.
You should lead me to my peasants, -- but their faces are too still. 
There's a lady -- an earl's daughter, -- she is proud and she is noble,
And she treads the crimson carpet, and she breathes the perfumed air,
And a kingly blood sends glances up her princely eye to trouble,
And the shadow of a monarch's crown is softened in her hair. 
She has halls among the woodlands, she has castles by the breakers,
She has farms and she has manors, she can threaten and command,
And the palpitating engines snort in steam across her acres,
As they mark upon the blasted heaven the measure of the land. 
There are none of England's daughters who can show a prouder presence;
Upon princely suitors praying, she has looked in her disdain.
She was sprung of English nobles, I was born of English peasants;
What was I that I should love her -- save for competence to pain?
That is the beginning of Lady Geraldine's Courtship, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and you can tell, because you are clever, it sounds a lot like the Raven. I didn't want to say the name first because you'd be put off immediately.

Poe said it was the basis for the Raven. Admired it, raved about it, *ducks* in fact, copied it, and thankfully kept his a lot shorter.

lines 1-100 here, if you care to follow, and it goes on. And by on, I mean on and on, takes 4 more pages to line 412.
Thus, her foot upon the new-mown grass, bareheaded, with the flowing
Of the virginal white vesture gathered closely to her throat, --
And the golden ringlets in her neck just quickened by her going,
And appearing to breathe sun for air, and doubting if to float, -- 
With a branch of dewy maple, which her right hand held above her,
And which trembled a green shadow in betwixt her and the skies,
As she turned her face in going, thus, she drew me on to love her,
And to worship the divineness of the smile hid in her eyes.
Goodness. It is the sort of thing that once you get going it becomes hard to stop, the drumbeat keeps drumming and your story keeps telling itself. Poe said he liked the internal rhymes and the alliteration. That's what Wikipedia says Poe said.

Let's skip to somewhere in the 200's to see what Lady Geraldine gets up to. Because this is important! It is the person Flip Wilson based his character on.

Oops. Picked one where he's talking about himself, the poet. So a different one.
Oh, to see or hear her singing! scarce I know which is divinest --
For her looks sing too -- she modulates her gestures on the tune;
And her mouth stirs with the song, like song; and when the notes are finest
'Tis the eyes that shoot out vocal light and seem to sell them on. 
Then we talked -- oh, how we talked! her voice, so cadenced in the talking,
Made another singing -- of the soul! a music without bars;
While the leafy sounds of woodlands, humming round where we were walking,
Brought interposition worthy-sweet, -- as skies about the stars.

Let's skip again to something in the 300's
I plucked up her social fictions, bloody-rooted though leaf-verdant, --
Trod them down with words of shaming, -- all the purple and the gold,
All the 'landed stakes' and lordships, all, that spirits pure and ardent
Are cast out of love and honour because chancing not to hold. 
'For myself I do not argue,' said I, 'though I love you, madam,
But for better souls that nearer to the height of yours have trod;
And this age shows, to my thinking, still more infidels to Adam,
Than directly, by profession, simple infidels to God.
Wow. I can see why Poe was impressed. But honestly, this is too many words for me, I can't hold it.

But what happens? Skip to the end.
Ever, evermore the while in a slow silence she kept smiling,
While the silver tears ran faster down the blushing of her cheeks;
Then with both her hands enfolding both of his, she softly told him,
'Bertram, if I say I love thee,. . . 'tis the vision only speaks.' 
Softened, quickened to adore her, on his knee he fell before her --
And she whispered low in triumph, 'It shall be as I have sworn!
Very rich is he in virtues, -- very noble -- noble, certes;
And I shall not blush in knowing that men call him lowly born.'
He proposes, she accepts. Aaaah. I am deeply moved. Even skimming it, that's how shallow I am. I only wanted to know about it not know all about it inside and out.

A Guy on the Street Corner Said This and You Overheard (Two)

“On Sunday morning I went out for a while in the neighbourhood; I bought some
raisin bread. The day was warm but a little sad, as Sundays often are in Paris,
especially when one doesn't believe in God.”

How Has This Sunday Morning Treated You?

Do You Like Raisin Bread?

Raisin Bran?

Raison d'être ?