Courtesy TomPaine.com, War Rationale: Version 10.0. (Thanks, Alec!)
Playing volleyball tomorrow morning at seven AM. Nothing I’d rather wake up for!
So, NASA has developed a system to computerize silent, “subvocal speech.” Pretty cool. This is right out of the Orson Scott Card Ender series, where Ender communicates with a sentient computer by subvocalizing. (He gets in trouble for talking to the computer while in bed with his wife!)
Dr. Newdow, the guy bringing the case against the “under God” clause of the Pledge of Allegiance before the Supreme Court, made me happy today! It took me until a few years ago to state it proudly, but I’ve been an atheist for a long time, and I remember in elementary school feeling that the “under god” made me feel wrong. William Safire acknowledges it in his column today:
“The only thing this time-wasting pest Newdow has going for him is that he’s right. Those of us who believe in God don’t need to inject our faith into a patriotic affirmation and coerce all schoolchildren into going along. The key word in the pledge is the last one.”
I marched in the “The World Still Says No to War” march here in New York this past weekend. Salon headlined their coverage of it “A day of grim vindication”. While it’s true that time is exposing the war in Iraq as a poor choice, for me this march had a palpable feeling of powerlessness. We marched preemptively and marched when the invasion happened, and still the war went on. Our children will see we were right, but that’s small consolation.
I just discovered the NATURAL JOIN syntax of mysql (and apparently most other modern databases). It makes joining tables in a semantically well-designed database almost pleasant…
If that’s not a random collection of topics, I don’t know what is. Feel free to leave random comments to accentuate the total lack of focus.
Tonight, my friend and former business partner John David Mann launched his eponymous website. I did the coding and design on it.
John’s a fantastic writer, and has lived an amazing life so far. Take a look.
This guy seems to live an interesting life.
I’ve never been pickpocketed, though I came close at Port Authority several years back. How about you? Any interesting pickpocketing stories?
Now playing: Joywar.
It’s like Grey Tuesday for visual art…
In a semi-related and rather humorous vein, check this gallery for Farside cartoons made real.
As Mat Gross points out, “Anybody But Bush” is now John Kerry. The general election has now begun. I’m backing the expected Democratic nominee now and I gave him some cash to kick things off.
I’m optimistic here (what else is new?) and buoyed by the latest Pew poll, showing Kerry beating Bush 48% to 44% percent.