February 7, 2008
Eating in translation
A NYC food blog of small ethnic eateries. Great photos, evocative text.
December 12, 2007
40 acres and a natural experiment
Would it have helped African Americans today if their forefathers had been given the land promised? An economist says yes.
November 1, 2007
The same coffee tastes better at the coffeeshop
October 31, 2007
Appropriate for Halloween
Yet another reason why torture is bad for national security. Or, the segment in which I agree again with Andrew Sullivan and find myself wondering if either of us has a goatee ...
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"Al Qaeda continues to have a deep interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction... I can trace the story of a sernior terrorist operative telling how Iraq provided training in these weapons to al Qaeda. Fortunately, this operative is now detained and he has told his story."
The man who spoke those words was Colin Powell at the UN. The "operative", we now know, was Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libbi. He was waterboarded and given Bush-approved hypothermia treatment, i.e. frozen till he could take it no longer. It was only then that he told of al Qaeda's links with Saddam's WMDs... the CIA subsequently found al-Libbi "had no knowledge of such training or weapons and fabricated the statements because he was terrified of further harsh treatment." So I now realize that part of the reason I believed the WMD case for war against Saddam was because the Bush administration had been secretly torturing suspects and got false confessions. The biggest intelligence failure in recent US history - the WMD case in Iraq - was partly created by the torture policy. [Link]
October 10, 2007
I remember when most people would have agreed
Andrew Sullivan lays it down on torture. I wish our presidential candidates would speak out as clearly and unequivocally
First: I do not believe that torture does save people's lives, because I do not believe it gives us reliable intelligence and because the use of it historically leads to its becoming the primary method of intelligence gathering, and so undermines our extreme need to develop better intelligence gathering, especially human intelligence... And I do not trust those in power who tell me otherwise, because there is no check on them whatsoever, no oversight that they have not cheerfully avoided, and any admission of guilt on their part would lead to war crime prosecution...
But secondly: yes, I do think that in a choice between legalizing torture and the loss of American lives, I would choose the loss of American lives, including my own.
This is not righteous victimhood. It is righteous self-defense. There are some things worse than avoiding all casualties in warfare. One of those things is abandoning the core meaning of what a country and a civilization stand for. If America does not stand against the torture of individuals seized without due process by an unchecked executive power, then American stands for nothing. In fact, if this standard had applied two centuries ago, America would not exist at all... To destroy the constitution, the rule of law, and habeas corpus and to legalize torture in the false hope of saving lives is the action of those who do not understand freedom and who do not understand America. It is the action of cowards and slaves.
What part of "Live Free Or Die" do these people not understand? [Link]
October 4, 2007
The dark knight meets Adam West
September 14, 2007
You down with CFLB? No no, not me
I just tried out my first compact fluorescent bulb because I had to replace one that died, had no incandescents at home, and these were on sale 2 for 1 (still $3 each). I figured I would use my green to be green. But I'm afraid this is going to be like the low flow shower or the low flow toilet - "advances" I can't get behind.
For one thing, "Daylight" is actually blueish-white. I had no idea, and I can't say I like it very much. Reminds me of old school flurorescent lights , except without the flicker. But even if I did like it, there's another problem, which is it stands out when the other lamps are incandescent. This means that all the bulbs in a room all have to be the same type. Ugh. In this case I have two tall lamps on either side of my desk - one has a 100 watt incandescent while the other has a "75 watt" CFLB. The contrast is quite apparent. I suppose I might give in and swap the other bulb out, but it's not clear I like the color very much.
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September 10, 2007
10 Knock Knock 20 Goto 10
August 28, 2007
Use baby talk instead. Of course, this will result in Americans sounding even stupider when they talk to foreigners. Now it wont just be slow and loud English, it'll be slow loud baby talk English ...
August 10, 2007
Ignatieff gets fisked
August 9, 2007: Baseball > Bridges
Libertarians ask why do taxpayers have to pay for the repair of the MN bridge when MN has enough money ...
July 31, 2007: Blackle? Negroogle?
"Negroogle, The Affirmative Action Search Engine... It should have "reparations" automatically queued in the search box also" It's humor, and ...
July 20, 2007: Jailhouse Rpck
1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice, performing "Thriller". They're actually ...
July 14, 2007: Let he who is without faceblindness recognize the first stone
A nice explanation of face blindness by analogy, written by a face blind individual.
July 1, 2007: Read to me
The New Yorker Fiction Out Loud, as podcast, along with discussion with another author concerning what they like about the ...
June 14, 2007: More Bento Pr0n
I don't know why, but I find food pr0n far more interesting than real estate pr0n. Part of it has ...
June 12, 2007: Open a page at random
My keyboard just came crashing to the ground, hitting some keys at random, and opening up this page. Division on ...
June 6, 2007: The man who weighed 1234 lbs
While the number is horrifyingly large, I'm kind of entranced by the fact that his weight made consecutive numbers in ...
May 26, 2007: Ascii music video
Fujiya & Miyagi Ankle Injuries. [via Manish]
May 15, 2007: The Presidential Race I want to see
NYC's ex-mayor against NYC's outgoing mayor against NY's senator. It could happen. Giuliani is the Republican front runner (cough, cough), ...
May 15, 2007: War vlogging
Everyday life in Iraq captured in a series of video shorts about the lives of 20-somethings. It's called Hometown Baghdad. ...
May 7, 2007: What happens in Iraq
... stays in Iraq: More than one-third of U.S. soldiers in Iraq surveyed by the Army said they believe torture ...
May 7, 2007: Sometimes you're in a hurry to get to lunch
Wouldn't this be so much faster than waiting for the damned elevator? Via Applegeeks.
May 1, 2007: Happy Loyalty Day Everyone!
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2007, as Loyalty Day. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in this national observance and to display the flag of the United States on Loyalty Day as a symbol of pride in our Nation.A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America America was founded by patriots who risked their lives ...
April 26, 2007: Bento pr0n
I've recently gotten hooked on this lunch blog called Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento. The author packs ...
April 24, 2007: I don't think he meant to say that
Mary Tillman, Pat's mother, also testified, saying she was "appalled" by comments from Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich, an officer in ...
April 10, 2007: Implementation is irrelevant
Here are some amazing photos of a man in Liberia who is "blogging" sans blog: In Monrovia, Liberia a unique ...
February 23, 2007: The mommy tax
Cornell researchers sent out résumés and cover letters to real employers for hypothetical job applicants. All had the same credentials, ...
February 12, 2007: If the world looked like a video game
High Dynamic Range Photography on flickr. When a human eye is actually on location, it is constantly moving, adjusting the ...
January 30, 2007: Pollocks? Bollocks
That's the headline this story should have had.
January 25, 2007: SOTU photo analysis
Split Personality? Does any body know if that works in general? If so, why?
January 22, 2007: Just begging to be made into a movie
A real tear jerker about refugee kids who play soccer. Sort of like the bad news bears, except the bad ...
December 24, 2006: "The Heathen Chinee"
Racist art brings fame. "The Heathen Chinee" was once one of the most popular poems in America: "Its sensational popularity ...
December 17, 2006: The responsibility to bear arms
Since I don't watch the news, I had somehow missed this little gem - mandatory gun ownership, in a town ...
December 12, 2006: The eye of the beholder
Blepharoplasty becomes more popular.
December 10, 2006: Building a better babelfish
The best machine translation program out there uses the same method as Google: To determine the most coherent candidates, the ...
December 1, 2006: Skeuomorph
New lamps for old
November 9, 2006: Ken Mehlman outed?
Is Mehlman gay? Bill Maher says yes, CNN censors the transcript and youtube, but wingnuts also cover the same convo.
November 5, 2006: Candy Sushi
Buy some off the shelf or make your own. [Via BoingBoing]
November 4, 2006: I keep meaning to read this ...
Scheduling Algorithms for Procrastinators
October 31, 2006: One more thing to vote on
How does your representative stack up on Darfur.
October 30, 2006: Liveblogging the apocalypse
The situation in Darfur is complex and confusing. The government in Khartoum uses that to its advantage, hiding it's actions ...
October 29, 2006: Flying practice
Hotel bed levitation. The photos are worth far more words than I should use.
October 26, 2006: Lipreading universal translator
Mouthing off to the babelfish
October 25, 2006: Behold - the amazing power of rhyme!
Scott Adams went mute a year and a half ago. but oddly enough the muteness was contextual instead of total: ...
October 20, 2006: Hindi People
Goodness Gracious Me's "Common People" parody. Just a notch short of absolutely brilliant. [via Manish]
October 18, 2006: That's why they call it Eye-rack
"As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else," Santorum said ... ...
October 17, 2006: New research on autism
Is autism rooted in a lack of proper connections between different parts of the brain?
October 12, 2006: "Coalition of the unwilling"
Tony Blair has received a public warning from the country's most senior military commander that the British presence in Iraq ...
October 7, 2006: South Park WoW mashup
It's South Park on WoW - what's great about this is all of the quasi-machinima that goes on here. Watch ...