Playing fetch with an 8 ft. wingspan sea eagle. Okay, now that looks like serious fun.
NY Times Business:
Millions With Chronic Disease Get Little to No Treatment. Irony is, as fast as physicians and pharmaceutical companies are selling you into a chronic disease category (depression, blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, allergy, asthma, ad nauseam), the insurance companies are selling you out of insurance. You would imagine that someone might figure out that if we can’t afford it, the well of paying patients dries up.
5 Legendary Keyboards (and the songs they made famous). For mellotron, see the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album, Elton John, “Dirty Little Girl.”
Republicans may be talking up offshore drilling, but state governors are saying ‘no thanks.’
The New Yorker:
The sad slide of ‘straight talk’ McCain. Some are calling his conveyance, the ‘forked tongue express.’
Las Vegas Review Journal:
“Do we not want the president of the country to be smart? We want our rock ‘n’ roll heroes to be guitar gods, we want our movie stars to be brilliant actors, we want our surgeon to be tops in his or her field—but we want our president to possess average intelligence?” Perhaps just an extension of Reagan’s “simple answers” philosophy: Complex politics can be resolved by simpletons. Needless to say, wrong.
New York as Skyscraper. The Chrysler Building is architectural deity, realized.
Wall Street Journal:
Hearing Is Believing: The vanished glories of spoken-word recordings. Alas, we had not the wit in high school’s freshman year to appreciate TS Eliot reading “Prufrock.” I recall hearing, “I grow mold (shaky labored breath) I grow mold (thin and reedy labored breath) I will wear my fungus (slow labored breath) rolled.”
The Rush to Save Timbuktu’s Crumbling Manuscripts. “The Ahmed Baba Library alone contains more than 20,000 manuscripts, including works on herbal medicine and mathematics, yellowed volumes of poetry, music and Islamic law. Some are adorned with gilded letters, while others are written in the language of the Tuareg tribes. The contents remain a mystery.”
Housing Lenders Fear Bigger Wave of Loan Defaults. Krugman discusses ‘very scary things’ again.
NY Times Week in Review:
McCain, the Analog Candidate. “‘She even does my boarding passes — people can do that now,’ Mr. McCain marveled. ‘When we go to the movies, she gets the tickets ahead of time. It’s incredible.’” Give me strength. Relying on advisers is never the same as understanding a given subject. If elected President, he has even less in common with the average wired-to-the-max American family.
NY Times Collectible Cars:
Ah, I’d forgotten about the Sterling. There was a brief time there where kit cars were popping up all over the place. I wonder what happened to Mid-T engineering, the Corvair rebuild, and the backwards ‘72 Toronado gearbox ... ? I’ll have to do some Googling, when I have time.
NY Times Olympics 2008:
Beijing Air Thick on Monday. And asthmatic athletes can’t resort to their inhalers.
SF New Mexican:
Lamy cafe owner applies for liquor license. I had lunch over there the other month. Quite nice! The historic railcar is an old art-deco style, with triangular tables set at angles in the walls. I hope they can get the Legal Tender open again. For as interesting as the inside is, the outside patio was a wonderful place to while away a sunset-drenched evening.
SF New Mexican:
Red-light cameras: City nears decision on surveillance program. “We have no control over the timing of the lights. That is the single biggest myth that I face.” True, but only half the story, and they know it. The cities get greedy, and start jigging the light timings, as one can see if you Google the subject. Trying to elicit revenue this way, gifting huge profits to national companies on the backs of our citizens, is not good governance.
I’d still like to see scholarly studies of differing yellow light timings at these intersections, as well as overall design critiques. Strikes me you should exhaust other methods first, before resorting to something like this. Actual permanent engineering fixes would be best. Hardscape traffic calming techniques work.
“You won’t hear me say this too often, but I couldn’t agree more with the explanation that Sen. McCain offered a few weeks ago. He said, ‘Our dangerous dependence on foreign oil has been 30 years in the making, and was caused by the failure of politicians in Washington to think long-term about the future of the country.’ What Sen. McCain neglected to mention was that during those 30 years, he was in Washington for 26 of them. And in all that time, he did little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
Now You Can Play The First Star Trek Video Game Ever. This was the *only* game for a very long time. Well, to be precise, this and “Hunt the Wumpus.” Played on a dumb terminal, pressing the keyboard, waiting for the computer to process, watching the chattering printout. Eating paper like a monster. I knew one guy who ran up enough computer center charges to buy a new GTO, from playing this game. I learned later, it’s not that hard to win ... so I do wonder about him, all these years later.
Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win. Apparently they believe a vote for Obama is a pro-Union vote.
Travelers’ Laptops May Be Detained At Border. “The policies cover ‘any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,’ including hard drives, flash drives, cellphones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover ‘all papers and other written documentation,’ including books, pamphlets and ‘written materials commonly referred to as ‘pocket trash’ or ‘pocket litter.’’”
I once had a surgeon walk up to me, while I was waiting to have my head examined (sinus infection). He said, “Let me take you into surgery!” I said, “Are you nuts?” He said, “Everyone has something wrong with them ... you just have to dig around a bit.” You could’ve strapped rockets to my heels, I wouldn’t have gotten out of there any faster.
Basically, we’re turning into a “guilty until proven innocent” society.
Plans to ‘tame’ paparazzi in L.A. If I ever attained celebrity status, I’d carry a cattleprod as a swagger stick.
X-rays reveal Van Gogh portrait. “The powerful X-ray bombardment caused atoms in the picture’s layers of paint to emit ‘fluorescent’ X-rays of their own, which indicated the chemicals they originated from. That enabled a colour map of the hidden picture to be produced.”
NY Times Europe:
After Bike-Sharing Success, Paris Considers Electric Cars. Rather than declare it a failure or success, I’d wait to see how the trials perform.
NY Times Escapes:
Island Hopping by Kayak at America’s Ceiling in Wisconsin. Sounds cold, but fun. I feel anyone posting stories about camping near water need to mention bugs. Yes/no, how bad, what season. Bears I can deal with. Bugs can make an outing un ... wait for it ... bearable.
McCain Camp Says Obama Is Playing ‘Race Card’. Let me get this straight ... McCain’s benighted video techs hit some internet website and pick the top two celebrities, obtusely using two white blondes to contrast against Mr Obama ... and his camp’s accusing Obama of playing the ‘race card’? Who approved the video? Did the thought never occur to them that some might deem this about as subtle as announcing one’s campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi?
The video sucks, by the way. Poorly edited. Not worth anything near the amount of attention it is getting. Let’s move on to the next 24/7 news cycle minutiae. Does McCain have a sock fuzz problem?
God forbid we should talk about issues, huh?