Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

And I will leave you with words from Wolcott

As you reach the later innings of allotted time, “keeping up” seems ever more quixotic and a case of diminishing returns...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Drum Roll, Please

The Guardian has some great physicist quotes up about the Higgs Boson.

So I'd like several Higgs particles, Higgsinos, some ghostly stuff, and a pony.

Did I mention that they are aware of all internet traditions?


Monday, November 21, 2011


Here is what this page had as a banner on 21 Nov., 2011

The faculty of the UC Davis English Department supports the Board of the Davis Faculty Association in calling for Chancellor Katehi’s immediate resignation and for “a policy that will end the practice of forcibly removing non-violent student, faculty, staff, and community protesters by police on the UC Davis campus.” Further, given the demonstrable threat posed by the University of California Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and community members on our campus and others in the UC system, we propose that such a policy include the disbanding of the UCPD and the institution of an ordinance against the presence of police forces on the UC Davis campus, unless their presence is specifically requested by a member of the campus community. This will initiate a genuinely collective effort to determine how best to ensure the health and safety of the campus community at UC Davis.

Update in 30 days

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Subbed out

Douche-hat is Jimbo's metier, but his points refer to deeper issues.
A taste:

Sure, why not? Might we just take a moment to mention, here, that this is more-or-less what the FBI was up to forty years ago, and most of our efforts since then have gone into creating some Half-Plausibly Deniable Universe in which Dirty Hippies were 50% of the problem back then, and 100% of the Losers. We're still being policed by Bull Connor; its just that today he's got a better PR department.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Pretty Good Week

What Flying Rodent said,
Let me put it this way. During the week when the Guardian - a paper that Nick and his pals have spent years dumping oceans of shit over - rocked the foundations of the world's most powerful media empire, shut down a criminal enterprise and brought a genuine scandal of public interest to the front doors of Number 10 and the Metropolitan Police...

Fancy some popcorn?


Monday, June 6, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Hero

As evidenced by the two previous post, I am a follower of Krugthulu.
That said, there is this Hoosier...

For the love of Voltaire, how often do people need to be reminded that all our enemies are idiots? Can one in three Americans even point to Libya on a map? (Can 2 in 3 point out Africa?) It's like the Red Menace was that bad boy boyfriend we broke up with after high school, but still fantasize about during those monthly three-minute sessions with the actuary with the combover we wound up with.

Read it all here.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Do you have anything to add Professor Krugman?

Indeed. And it’s not just the Germans. It’s amazing how this whole crisis has been fiscalized; deficits, which are overwhelmingly the result of the crisis, have been retroactively deemed its cause. And at the same time, influential people around the world have seized on the idea of expansionary austerity, becoming ever more adamant about it as the alleged historical evidence has collapsed.

Hell, even I was a Frankfurter.

But, to quote Keynes: When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Battle of Wits

as always, I'll take the ref.

My view is that Quiggin is right as far as right-wing politicians are concerned: for the most part they know that Obama was born here, that he isn’t a socialist,that there are no death panels, and so on, but feel compelled to pretend to be crazy as a career move. But I think Chait has it right on the broader movement.

Update: To include link to the post. Central to my point.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Nice Wired article

I especially like this;

By 2007, phones held six percent of world processing power, but the big story was gaming hardware, which shot up to a quarter of the total computational capacity, pushing the PC back down to a two-thirds share. Supercomputers are apparently rare enough not to measure.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


UPDATE 3. Commenters tell me Bachmann's got an actual rebuttal going on, but I don't get CNN and the web outlets aren't working. I'll take commenter dex's word for it: "like coming back from the bar at 2am to watch infomercials in hell."

Find it yourself.
You'll appreciate it all the more.

You're welcome.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I like that word.


With that said, if you want opining go to Roy or Jimbo's place.
If you want the full Joe Friday (just the facts, Ma'am),
Will Bunch

It was not that the shooter was studying Sarah Palin's map. Twasn't
Sharon Angle's "Second Amendment remedies". It was a bunch of posers
being told they were the second coming of Paul Revere or Bobby fucking Lee.