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Thu, 28 Jul 2011

Today's topic for discussion is:
posted at: 06:06 | permanent link to this entry

Debt Limit Not-So-Endgame

[It's been a while. Lots of stuff has happened, and I have a few partial posts laying around, but this is the most complete thought I have at the moment, so I'm going with it.]

I think the dynamics of the "debt limit" fiasco, which as built from a low noise to a deafening roar, have finally dawned on me.

The GOP controls the House and with it, the timing and content of budget bills like this one. Treasury default is imminent, as of an estimated default date, with associated economic crash(es) and calamity. The Senate and President are in between, and have zero actual leverage over the makeup of the bill.

The House GOP is waiting until the latest possible moment to pass the bill, for the Senate to reject and/or President to veto, on penalty of Treasury default. A possible Joint Committee is also squeezed, meaning either a clear (or very clean) passage through the Senate, or third option for rejecting the bill.

Double or Nothing (or Nothing)

IIRC, the "Boehner Plan" trades a relatively light amount of permanent/long-term changes for 8 or 9 months of debt cap at current deficit rates. This "plan" is effectively a turn of the doubling cube, with next year's Presidential election providing the higher stakes for the next round. In context of this "plan", the recent GOP divisions and resulting rework of Speaker Boehner's original proposal boil down to arguments over how the payload is divided between this year's current or next year's "double-stakes" rounds.

So, all GOP negotiations to this point have been in bad faith, and the various proposals to this point (including the Bowles-Simpson proposal) are mostly academic. I suppose if 40 seats of obstruction in the Senate were a Super-Majority, 200-whatever seats in the House acting on behalf of the entire Congress and White House should be called a Super-Duper Majority.

The Greater Context

Keep in mind, all of the above takes place within the context of the world's banking systems and financial markets, and the governments which depend on them (or vice versa). A large portion of these are linked to and/or dependent on the US Dollar and Treasury, often by design.

posted at: 06:03 | permanent link to this entry


Sun, 02 Jan 2011

Politifarce

I'm a fan of St. Petersburg Times' Politifact site, that crew has basically made a name of serious fact checking, in the process calling out all manner of political shenanigans. They're a must-read in this day and age. I'd really like to know what it would take to license a Politifact site for Georgia. I ask this question, because St. Pete Times' arrangement with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the credibility and brand equivalent of sharing one's bank accounts with a meth addict.

Earlier this year, Creative Loafing provided an adequate (if polite) description of the "suburban/conservative" positioning of the former Atlanta daily [their mockup is one of the most on-point satires around]. A choice quote for the tl;dr set:

And, by an internal decree that smacks of editorial sycophancy, reporters are now forbidden from using the word "sprawl" and other terms that seem to cast judgment on the suburban way of life. The paper has even appointed a "bias editor" to ferret out even the unwitting inclusion of a turn of phrase that might cause offense to Northside readers.

For the uninitiated, "Northside" is White Flighter country. By selling out and moving north, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has become the Dunwoody Journal. It is this double-spoken, editorially bankrupt publication which has received permission to contribute Politifact columns as a peer, and the Journal has taken advantage of the relationship to peddle its bias under a false color of "fact checking".

Here's an example which is a bit more blatant than the usual soft-peddle. In the wake of the '10 midterm elections, in which the (21st century) GOP won damn near every election, several (9 or 10, and counting) remaining Democrats switched parties (after being elected as Democrats). Whatever the reason (*cough* redistricting *cough*), and however useless the state Democratic Party is, the Dunwoody Journal followed up by characterizing the statement "donors deserve a refund" as False, "because" the candidate doesn't have to issue refunds.

Let's see... the pattern "[x] deserves [y]" makes no claim of obligations of [z], [q], your mom, or that dude who just walked by while I was typing this post. The Journal team falsely assumes [z] is liable in some way, in order to write the article and post a toady's kick at the state Dem. Party Chair.

The hit piece on Dunwoody state rep. Jill Chambers is more in line with the subtle nature of the Journal, and (IMO) was payback for her vote against Dunwoody's secession from Dekalb Co. This involved a combination paper and TV feature (on Cox's local affiliate, of course), in which Dunwoody Journal affixed the "Pants on Fire" rating to Rep. Chambers' name and picture, in the midst of a close election cycle.

What I've listed above are just two examples of what happens when the cover of neutrality is granted to a partisan body. As such, I think I can best describe the arrangement between Politifact and the Dunwoody Journal as a total fucking disgrace. I'd ask for an audit or second-level fact check of AJC's shenanigans, but I feel that a revokation or reassignment of the Politifact affiliation or license is a more appropriate action. I claim that a rotating jury of homeless addicts would do a better job than the current arrangement. While such a jury may only write columns regarding their habits, routines, and/or insanities, they'd at least be honest about such matters.

posted at: 21:14 | permanent link to this entry

Today's topic for discussion is:
Reason #1 to drink tea (or coffee) straight: there's not much penalty for accidentally slurping a 2-day old cup.
posted at: 21:09 | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 08 Dec 2010

My Take on "CableGate"

"As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final {the 21st} century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

Commissioner Pravin Lal, "U.N. Declaration of Rights"
Secret Project: The Planetary Datalinks
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, 1999

"Freedom of Speech is priceless; for everything else, there's MasterCard."

So, cyberwar has opened up in earnest, with Wikileaks' actually starting to release (having advanced the entire body of work to major news outlets) the contents of cables allegedly received from some spiteful bastard with security clearance:

  • Various financial transaction and network services (currently: Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, OpenDNS) have cut off service to Wikileaks and their intermediaries.
  • Anonymous has responded with DDOS and general monkeyhammering of the offending websites. Twitter and Facebook are being used to broadcast and coordinate these efforts, and those sites are playing whack-a-mole with related accounts.
  • Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being held on trumped-up sexual assault-like charges;
  • Wikileaks itself is exchanging whole sets of hosts daily, to maintain some form of web presence under consistent DDOS and DNS (and perhaps routing?) removal attacks.
  • Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Israel-via-CT) has already submitted the bill for adding "human intelligence" to the Espionage Act, and is openly promoting the prosecution of regular media outlets (and presumably, their staffs) with similar legal action.

Foreign Relations vs. Freedom

All those who defend Wikileaks on variations of "First Amendment" grounds, particularly those who (incorrectly) compare this leak to the "Pentagon Papers", have (willfully or not) ignored one important detail. Even in today's "connected" world, diplomacy generally exists in place of warfare. To the extent the U.S. is removed from the arena, open warfare will be enhanced as a means of negotiation.

While the need for public knowledge of government activity is self-evident, the simple fact is that a large portion of ruling factions around the world view such freedoms as conceits, and govern their countries accordingly. We must interface with these factions, without sending an army to (fail to) conquer those places, that interfacing is performed via diplomacy.

"Cablegate" itself has occurred during this ongoing shadow war between the Western and Muslim worlds, in which (mainly) the U.S. is attempting to stall indefinitely for various cultures and governments to advance into the modern age. [Yes, our 'conservatives' should top that list, that's another story.]

Wikileaks has established a clear Leftist/Socialist anti-U.S. bias, through the selective editing and slanted characterizations of their prior releases. I regard "Cablegate" as an act of public espionage, intended to punish the United States for having some semblance of freedoms and the aspirations to forge some kind of long-term peace, however compromised those freedoms and peace may be on any given day.

Our Government Sucks

The actions of our government, however, and willing cooperation of the various third parties, is indicative of the need for non-hostile versions of Wikileaks. Currently, I cannot send $20 to Wikileaks if I wanted to, but I can retain the services of a legislative (state or Federal) delegation of size directly proportional to my bankroll. I just have to talk to the fixers, known today as "lobbyists" and "advisors". All criticism of, and most action against, said third parties, is fair game. They have touched a third rail, and are getting zapped appropriately.

[In closing, a run-on sentence]
While the files themselves are required reading, and efforts to prevent distribution of the leak merely shut the cows out of the barn to actually defend Wikileaks as any kind of beneficial entity, and "cablegate" as some variant of beneficial, is to (selfishly) choose (a) open warfare over "managed conflict" models, and (b) the U.S. and its economic and/or political allies as the losing parties in such conflicts.

posted at: 19:29 | permanent link to this entry

Today's topic for discussion is:
R.I.P., Everybody's Pizza (Highland). More on this later.
posted at: 19:06 | permanent link to this entry


Mon, 05 Jul 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
I would like an explanation as to why anyone expects Meg Whitman to be remotely useful as a governor. California would end up like eBay: the whole state will slide into the sea under the weight of their own bloatation.
posted at: 13:26 | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 15 Jun 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
Movie Time! Ken Loach has released a selection of his films to YouTube.
posted at: 02:15 | permanent link to this entry

The Second Dust Bowl [part I].

Since twitter has curled up and died for the moment, I'll unwind the thought aggregated in the tweet I wanted to send this evening:

"wrt Gulf of Mexico: Yeah, we're screwed."

As it turns out, the Gulf oil/gas well blowout is likely going to continue through at least the summer. As in, "if the relief wells don't end up triggering a larger-volume blowout." Some notes, in no particular order:

  • The pattern of 'crisis response' from BP strikes all-too-familiar chords with patterns from my application support days. The slow, serial attempts at managing the problem, the PR spin, the withholding of information, etc. I gather that BP's role is largely managerial, and as such, they're alternating between whistling in the graveyard and keeping as much of this disaster under wraps as possible.
  • The massive selloff of BP/RIG/HAL shares is only an acceleration of existing trends in the energy sector. An overall deflationary cycle is in effect. That being said, if BP gets knocked around enough, someone may end up buying the company (or its surviving assets). Also, the bulk of BP's debt matures in the next few years, so bankruptcy is a distinct possibility at this point. If I'd had any sense at all, I'd have shorted these shares right after the news broke.
  • The Oil Drum has been my go-to site for information and analysis of the ongoing recovery work. There's a good bit of noise in the comments nowadays, but the folks who run that site (and certain commenters) know their business.
  • The recovery effort has entailed job and income replacement. That's fine and good, but money isn't edible. I haven't seen/heard any plan to combat the regional starvation which should result near any wetland (especially bayou country) which gets completely oiled. I'm specifically referring to people who subsist on their weekly catch, not necessarily people who are losing jobs (though high overlap is certainly expected).
  • A hurricane should make uninhabitable whatever portion of coastline the tidal surge covers, due to oil pollution. I-10 will set the population line for the north coast, otherwise, natural elevation will suffice.
  • Speaking of uninhabitable, I don't know how many desalination plants are active on the coast, but I wonder if they can handle this thick of an oil/water mix.
  • This (mostly) preventable disaster is why Office Space failed as a movie. The cumulative effect of rewarded incompetence naturally leads to (relative) disaster, not crime. Menus go south, software crashes, machine parts fail, and oil wells blow out. As such, the entire last third of the movie was forced.
posted at: 02:10 | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 12 May 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
An Autochrome tour of the world. (I'd seen this person's WWI work, but had no idea world travel was involved).
posted at: 07:13 | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 01 May 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
News from MIT: "There's a direct mathematical connection between how {internal} waves travel in the ocean and the atmosphere, and the classical properties of an optical interferometer."
posted at: 05:35 | permanent link to this entry

Offensive Offense Runs Deep

Following the link to Rome Braves' stats page from yesterday's Rowland's Office post, it looks like our Sally League team in worse shape than the MLB team (7-15), for much the same reasons.

Their top 3 starters have combined for: 13 starts, 1 relief appearance, 72 1/3 IP, 1.37 ERA, 2.74 R/9, all for a 1-6 record. That's 11 Earned Runs over 8+ games, for 1 win. :/

posted at: 05:30 | permanent link to this entry

Wait...What?

AJC has produced what might be the dumbest headline I can remember, and the article isn't much better.

Georgia spared from oil slick's immediate environmental impacts

woah, wait a minute...I'm somewhat at a loss for an explanation here. Maybe through the recent water negotiations, we ended up annexing Florida instead of Tennessee? Maybe vapors or degrading chemicals will be caught up in rain clouds and dumped on Georgia. I don't know.

Rest assured, however, that if Brunswick and/or Savannah ever get oiled from a broken well south of Biloxi, then we're screwed.

posted at: 05:29 | permanent link to this entry


Fri, 30 Apr 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
[Don't Quit Your Day Job] OECD Rep: the Greek situation is "like Ebola. When you realize you have it you have to cut your leg off in order to survive."
posted at: 01:12 | permanent link to this entry


Thu, 29 Apr 2010

Last Call for Gulf Seafood

...likely for at least a couple of years. Eat it up, while you can.

posted at: 22:43 | permanent link to this entry

Today's topic for discussion is:
fivethirtyeight takes a look at the possibility of deflation.
posted at: 02:53 | permanent link to this entry

Greased Palm
$1.2 Billion for Palm? Holy cow, that's expensive.
posted at: 02:53 | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 24 Apr 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
In other Pure Evil news: Facebook marches on toward its goal of an identity-based internet.
posted at: 04:35 | permanent link to this entry


Fri, 23 Apr 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
From the Pure Evil department: Ars Technica has published their latest article on the ACTA Treaty, this time with a public draft to chew on (instead of leaked bits from the past several years of secret negotiations). TFA is long, but very good, includes a review of IP treaty history.
posted at: 16:04 | permanent link to this entry

Braves Notes

Over the past few years, I've described the Braves' "Kudzu Offense", which is more of a station-to-station, walk-laden, low-stealing way of scoring runs.

The second week of the season has brought about the Krispy Kreme Offense, in which the home team doesn't score at all. I count (as of Wednesday) 32 scoreless in the past 37 innings. Grim! This makes three shutouts in 9 home games.

If there's any good to tell from this, it's that we're (barely) over .500, halfway through what will be the toughest scheduled month of the season.

Update: Last night didn't help matters, as the Braves dropped the rubber game 8-3 to the Phillies. While we did score this time, two runs were unearned, and the third was driven in via sac fly. In other words: more futility.

posted at: 16:04 | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 20 Apr 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
First rain in about two weeks. It probably won't be enough to dissuade from water restrictions, but every small rains is beneficial at this point.
posted at: 04:57 | permanent link to this entry

Tax Bracketology

So, another tax season has come and gone, and while filling out returns in this year of great budgetary peril, I set to wondering about the structure of our state's income taxes.

It is an exercise in shorthand to claim Georgia's tax rate as 6% of taxable income. This is not a true statement. There are six brackets, defined with 1% intervals, the uppermost being 6% of taxable income over $7000. The difference between this tax structure and a "flat-6", is roughly $190 per top-bracket taxpayer.

I haven't heard any word of doing so, but I'd like to see this structure get flattened out. However, I feel the GOP is too shell-shocked at the prospect of actual budgeting to take any constructive steps at this time. So, the issue may wait until next session.

posted at: 04:55 | permanent link to this entry


Fri, 16 Apr 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
Sign of the times: There were no 'tax parties' at post offices this year; Actually, most post offices closed at normal hours. In addition, the new 'auto-postage' machines don't take cash. The resulting scenes were comical.
posted at: 03:00 | permanent link to this entry

Braves Notes: Glaus Tees Off

The Braves signed Troy Glaus in the offseason as a bargain bat. Recovering from major surgery of some sort, dude is still a power hitter, and Wednesday night in San Diego, he crushed a hanging changeup. It's very nearly as epic as rookie Jason Heyward's authoritative shot from Opening Day (aka "an as-yet unwritten Part 1"), and here's why:

  1. I only vaguely remember the last time I saw a Braves hitter knock a home run like that...besides Opening Day. :)
  2. Notice to the NL: "Epic Home Run" is now a viable penalty for hanging a pitch over the strike zone.
  3. Said penalty is now delivered by a right-handed batter, and will only become more likely as the season grinds on.
  4. The 755 Club, Golden Calf, and Coke Bottle are no longer safe.

posted at: 02:59 | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 14 Apr 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
If you felt a disturbance in the Internet last month, it was Conan O'Brien announcing a stage tour. Why is this even nominally relevant? The tour was originally scheduled to end in Atlanta, at the Fox, Monday 6/12, and the crew will be rolling into town with their TBS contract. Shenanigans must ensue.
posted at: 02:46 | permanent link to this entry

NOM-mables: Pine Street Market

So, Dad's Garage threw this little party in a parking lot, called BaconFest. It was good times, and as the name and beneficiary would suggest, the event primarily involved beer bacon, and comedy.

However, this blog post will direct the reader to Pine Street Market of Avondale Estates, whose smoked bacon was really that good. It's worth the trip.

No, I don't have pictures. I (wisely) decided to leave the camera alone

posted at: 02:39 | permanent link to this entry

Atlanta's Big Weekend Out

Spring is here, and Atlanta is about to go crazy with festivals and events. Basically the whole town (other than transportation, hospitality, and event people) is going to take a weekend off, and do one or more of the following:

All weekend:

  • Dogwood Festival, Piedmont Park, Fri-Sun
  • Sweetwater 420 Fest, Candler Park, Sat-Sun
  • Two separate Freaknik 2.0 (beta) promotions: "iFreaknik" and "Freaknic" (all weekend).
  • MLB: Rockies vs. Braves, Turner Field, Fri-Sun.
  • NBA Playoffs: Hawks vs. saps (Game 1 and maybe Game 2), Phillips Arena, Sat and/or Sun
  • FIRST (Dean Kamen's youth robotics/tech org.) Championships, Thurs-Sun.

In addition, single-day events include:

  • Roller Derby (Ponce)
  • Foodie Blogger Bake Sale (Cabbagetown)
  • Record Store Day (L5P)

Naturally, this would be the weekend Georgia Dept. of Transportation starts their repaving projects, and will be closing down lanes of highway during this weekend. Take MARTA, folks.

posted at: 02:39 | permanent link to this entry


Tue, 16 Mar 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
R.I.P, Zebra. :( It is now imperative to stage a Memorial 5k run.
posted at: 18:12 | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 13 Mar 2010

A Tour of Pies: Village Tavern
The Place

Village Tavern, in Alpharetta on Haynes Bridge Rd. (Exit 9), is what I usually describe as "that place behind the Varsity". It's actually a really nice restaurant, though the economic downturn might have left the Tavern treading water.

It's dim (at night), not too loud, and seems much larger inside than appears from the curb. Lots of wood, an expansive bar, large booths, and some really nice shared/group tables highlight the front room.

The Pizza: (ground beef, onion, pepperoni, bell pepper)

This pizza is a testament to fresh ingredients and a hot oven. The crust is that right combination of crispy/chewy. The ground beef was a steak earlier in the day or hour, and that fresh-beef sweetness carried through. My only real question is why pepperoni is on this pie at all -- it's bite should be replaced with an actual pepper (and maybe another cheese if ballast is required). The pie is almost worth the trip from intown, and certainly worth a stop if you're in that part of metro.

posted at: 20:29 | permanent link to this entry


Fri, 12 Mar 2010

A Tour of Pies: Wedge Pizza (Denver, CO)

Every so often, I'll run through a few of the more memorable joints and pies I've run across. This visit was from the late 90's or 2000,

The Place

It was a brilliant afternoon, sun gleaming off windows and various bleached structures. There's something about a frontier city layout; it's wider, more structured, cleaner. These traits may be a function of high altitude sunshine and the original needs to accomadate stagecoach traffic.

I can't remember where this place was, other than "a street-shop somewhere in downtown Denver." I was wandering around town on a day off, saw the place, and walked in. A small storefront on a city block, I suppose it is/was a contemporary of Fellini's or Mellow Mushroom in Atlanta, as I vaguely recall alt-weekly and music scene papers being present.

The Calzone Crust

This visit redefined my concept of 'crust', and I freely admit judging all other pies by this standard. I've never considered 'supple' a term for dough, much less cooked dough, but this calzone maintained its folds, shape, and pliability almost exactly as placed in the oven. The dough simply took on an extra 'crispy' quality.

It's extremely difficult for me to describe this crust with words, but it almost behaved as an over-floured raw biscuit dough. It was simply amazing. So, while the concept of 'pizza' is dominated by the larger burgs New York and Chicago, keep Denver on the radar.

posted at: 08:54 | permanent link to this entry


Thu, 11 Mar 2010

Planter Garden Notes

Well, it's been a dim, wet, cold winter. The plants are largely dead, with rosemary and thyme permanently so. However...the Horseradish is resprouting...Roboplant lives! Ditto for one Oregano, which I thought was completely killed off from this season's freezes.

This year's contenders will include:

  • Maple seedling, sprouted last year in a rosemary planter, it gets its own pot this year, I don't have high expectations, but it would be nice to end up with a small tree.
  • Broccoli. Why? Because.
  • Dill redux. Hopefully, they won't get infested with spiders this time.
  • Arugula! Maybe if I grow my own, I'll actually eat greens.
  • Pecans. I swiped a set of nuts from a 10th street tree last year, and will see if any of them germinate.
  • Cherry/Grape Tomatoes. I really don't have the sun (or space) to run full-on tomato pots, but I'll try them inside.
  • A turnip, sprouted from a recent farmer's market purchase. I have no idea what will happen. Again, maybe I'll actually chop and cook greens if I grow them.

posted at: 21:54 | permanent link to this entry

Today's topic for discussion is:
Olympics recap: NBC managed to move curling from 'curiosity' to 'interesting' to 'channel-changer', all in a two-week span.
posted at: 20:47 | permanent link to this entry

A Tour of Pies: Fellini's

This installment brings me to the first entry in the "Chains" division -- Fellini's is a local chain of a dozen or so restaurants, specializing in the basic pizza + beer + salad, with an intown Atlanta vibe.

The Place

Fellini's on Ponce is a pizza outpost on a historical border between sections of town. The specific demographics of each side will ebb and flow, but as long as Ponce de Leon Ave. retains its mental imbalance, Atlanta still has a chance.

The building is a large box, with a two-story dining room, equally tall garage windows, tile interior, and bronze, persian style lamps hang from the ceiling. The place is half patio (with a fountain), so the indoor room can get a bit crowded in colder weather. The other nine months of the year, this is one of several wonderful places to stop and watch traffic.

The Pie Calzone: (Spinach, cheese) +meatball

While Fellini's is known as the go-to place for a slice (their stores are open until 1am or 2am), this night I went for the calzone. I'm still on the spinach kick; and don't know why.

Tip: meatball and spinach are a great combination, usually because meatball contains spices (onion, garlic, etc) that would otherwise be ordered separately).

As for this particular calzone, it was near-perfect. Sauce on the side, relatively fresh spinach, and a nicely browned crust that had time to rise before fixing.

posted at: 20:47 | permanent link to this entry


Fri, 26 Feb 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
For all the complaints about NBC this Winter Olympics, I think their Biathlon presentation is top-notch.
posted at: 18:25 | permanent link to this entry


Wed, 24 Feb 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
Shocker: With Russia and Canada meeting in the quarterfinals, one of the two sides will not medal in hockey.
posted at: 20:58 | permanent link to this entry


Sat, 20 Feb 2010

Required Reading: "Roger Ebert: The Essential Man"

Back in the days before DMCA, I watched movies regularly. I can't remember what the show was actually named, but Siskel and Ebert were a TV staple back in my childhood, and probably shaped my view of film in ways I can't remember (and wouldn't recognize if I could remember).

It is mandatory, then, that I link to this Esquire article about Roger Ebert's recent life.

posted at: 09:21 | permanent link to this entry

Today's topic for discussion is:
Sweet potatoes and yams: know the difference.
posted at: 09:18 | permanent link to this entry


Thu, 18 Feb 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
A fascinating look at the nature of "power" and hypocrisy, and an extra blog post on the subject.
posted at: 22:08 | permanent link to this entry

Notes from the Cloud
  • In the past few weeks: Georgia lost out on Fed funding for high-speed rail, and Atlanta was denied a Fed grant for the Peachtree Streetcar. Southern CO. won $8Billion in Federal debt. More on that, later.
  • Run, Zebra! RUN!
  • OKCupid still has an undercurrent of borderline sociopathy, but their recent data studies on their own data (as listed on their blog) are making the entire project worthwhile.
  • Google shot themselves in the leg with Buzz. The "we didn't test it enough" excuse doesn't wash; heads must roll. In the end, it's a reminder for me to unass the couch and run my own email server.
posted at: 22:08 | permanent link to this entry


Mon, 01 Feb 2010

Today's topic for discussion is:
We're getting old: Cleveland's Plain Dealer has posted an interview with Bill Watterson, on the 15th anniversary of the end of Calvin and Hobbes.
posted at: 14:31 | permanent link to this entry


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