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SF New Mexican:

“A processor initially developed for the latest PlayStation video game now has a more serious job: ensuring the nation’s nuclear stockpile is safe and reliable.”  From Pac-Man to Armageddon.  I wonder how many nuclear-aspiring countries will start buying Playstations ...

09/08/06 • 10:03 AM • ComputingHardwareSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Galisteo land grab.  Galisteo is a beautiful, historic, rural and tiny town that needs careful preservation.  With the development that’s going to happen on 285, less than a dozen miles away, the character of the area will be challenged.  If you read the article, you’ll wonder at Spanish colonial land grants.  The deed to my house (and this is so cool) goes back to the original grant from Spain’s King Philip II.  For Galisteo, there’s an older past; the valley is filled with more Anasazi ruins than Chaco, largely unexcavated.  History is very much a part of our present, in La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís.

09/08/06 • 09:59 AM • HistoryHome & LivingLawSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

In spite of the rain, Zozo got torched.  There’s a small image gallery at the top of the page.

09/08/06 • 09:48 AM • EntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments

The Philosopher’s Magazine:

Terror and torture.

09/07/06 • 08:48 PM • PsychologyScholarly • No Comments


Blue jean dye kills cancer cells.

09/07/06 • 12:33 PM • HealthScience • No Comments

Yahoo News:

Coke and Mentos, a tale of two brands.

09/07/06 • 11:06 AM • ConsumptionInternet • No Comments

NY Times Letter to the Editor:

Speaking of assumptions, remember, when you assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME.

09/07/06 • 10:24 AM • HistoryPolitics • No Comments

A NY Times PDF,

Five years of consequence.”  Mildly interesting info, but that ‘troop fatalities in Iraq’ chart is ... well, I think it’s a cheap shot.  Bad choice of illustrative technique.  I did a double-take myself; a constant increase from month to month?  They’re charting cumulative totals, adding each month to the previous month’s total.  Better to show each month’s total, and give us Iraq-specific events with which to correlate the high and low fatality months.  A glance, and most will make an assumption about that chart ... likely a very wrong assumption.

09/07/06 • 10:22 AM • HistoryHuman RightsNewsPolitics • No Comments

NY Times Editorial Observer:

A Simple Remedy for Fear of Flying.

09/07/06 • 10:07 AM • GeneralHome & Living • No Comments

NY Times Education:

Report Finds U.S. Students Lagging in Finishing College.  Two blasts from the past for you, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter on financing higher education (previous to the creation of the Department of Education, and the Republican Party’s desire to eliminate it).  Wish we could hear rhetoric such as Nixon’s, today: “No qualified student who wants to go to college should be barred by lack of money.”

09/07/06 • 10:05 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • No Comments

NY Times:

James Frey and His Publisher Settle Suit Over Lies.  I’ll bet the vetting process just got dialed to ‘11’ at Random House.

09/07/06 • 09:41 AM • BooksEconomicsEntertainmentLaw • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Senate rejects limits on cluster bombs.  Shame, shame.  Unexploded cluster bombs end up killing kids.  And whose bright idea was it to paint them the same color as ‘food packets’?

09/07/06 • 09:32 AM • ChildhoodHealthHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

The American city that does the most saving?  Los Alamos.

09/07/06 • 09:27 AM • EconomicsHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Chunk of car makes stop in court.  No information on why the car rolled over, but having a dog in your lap would seem to add an amount of uncertainty to the outcome of a rollover (loose projectile).  Read the comments, I don’t have anything to add. 

Just an aside, I see too many people driving around town with their ‘precious doggies’ in their laps while they drive ... and I know at least one person who has incurred major medical bills and lifelong debilitation because of being hit by one of these irresponsible individuals.  Misplaced priorities ― snuggling their dog is more important than a human life?  Of course, use of cell phones while driving is just as bad ... but cell phones don’t jump around and interfere with steering and pedal operation.

09/07/06 • 09:26 AM • HealthLawSanta Fe Local1 Comment

SF New Mexican:

We burn “Old Man Gloom” tonight.  Just about everyone in town closes early to go get schnockered.

09/07/06 • 09:14 AM • ArtsEntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments

The Economist:

“For now, Iraq is in a peculiar state: it has a national unity government under foreign military occupation that is trying to stop a low-level civil war from becoming all-out.

09/06/06 • 10:49 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments


sofa bunk bed.

09/06/06 • 10:43 AM • ConsumptionHome & Living • No Comments


Pakistan signs peace deal with pro-Taliban militants.  Restrictions on military aid and arms transfers should revert back to pre-9/11 levels, immediately.  Democrats should jump on this today; too often the US tends to sloppily leave this kind of thing in place, and then later the alligator we’ve inadvertently raised comes along to bite us in the ... you know.

09/06/06 • 10:29 AM • Politics • No Comments


A 24 inch iMac, Core Duo, a little earlier in the year, might have brought me back to Apple.  Then again, I haven’t been impressed with the performance of my Pentium D processor in my relatively new desktop Vaio; at times, my much older AMD Athlon system blows it away.

09/06/06 • 10:04 AM • ComputingHardware • No Comments

NY Times Opinion:

The Other Victims of Sept. 11.  Looking through my archives, the first post about air quality shows up on September 14.  “smoke and dust may cause collateral deaths.

09/06/06 • 09:48 AM • HealthHistoryLawPolitics • No Comments

NY Times:

9/11 Leaves Its Mark on History Classes.  Less inward, more outward.

09/06/06 • 09:32 AM • BooksChildhoodHistory • No Comments


“Carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years, the latest study of ice drilled out of Antarctica confirms.”

09/05/06 • 03:03 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • No Comments

As blame gets shifted

over to the Clinton Administration for 9/11 once again, old news reports are also resurfacing ... in this case, the one that was hacked onto the Drudge site in 2002. Found it on one of the aggregator sites, being treated as if it were a ‘new’ discovery; the universe of weblogs keeps giving and giving and giving ... repeating information in a mobius loop.  Aggregators, some days, seem like metametametablogs.  With all the new weblogs being started each day, even this might have value again (though it has lost its primitive charm due to massive PR).  But I digress.

Online weblog and media commentators don’t give you the flavor of the time, but see what the Cato Institute had to say before the US Senate in ‘95 (more than a year before the CNN article).  Early ‘90’s, Congress and the ACLU were freaking out over Federal and BATF authority, the Clipper chip and wiretapping, and that perennial paranoia ... gun control.

09/05/06 • 03:02 PM • HistoryPoliticsWeblogs • No Comments


Regular expression basics.

09/05/06 • 11:25 AM • ComputingInternetProgrammingWeblogs • No Comments


iTunes FairPlay DRM is cracked.

09/05/06 • 11:23 AM • ComputingMusic • No Comments
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