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SF New Mexican:

Area code decision delayed by heavy response.  I don’t want a new area code, because I don’t want to have to re-print my expensive business cards, letterhead, envelopes ... all that business communication I have to eat the cost of.  In a design-related industry, your ID has to wow, and wow costs money.

10/05/06 • 12:16 PM • Santa Fe Local • No Comments

NY Times Business:

Oil Prices Rise on Reports of Possible OPEC Cuts.  Some of the more conservative sites have been crowing about lowering energy prices as a boon for the fall election.  OPEC made clear at least a couple of months ago, they will not allow the price per barrel to drop below $60.  Watch, as the high-gas-price blame game gets redirected from ill-conceived nation-building and foreign policy jitters to that ‘bad old OPEC’ once again.

Related: The Energy Diet.

10/05/06 • 08:43 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Bomb scare forces school evacuation.  Perhaps this is linked as a copycat to current school violence, but perhaps not.  I understand from some locals that it is apparently a longtime ‘school tradition’ to pull fire alarms or phone in scares to get out of exams.  A local firefighter was on the news, calling this ‘an act of terrorism.’  Kids don’t understand the differentiation between ‘prank’ and ‘terrorism’, less still do they seem to understand the ramifications that are likely to descend upon such pranks.

10/05/06 • 08:40 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • No Comments


Clinton interview on Fox News leads to spitting match over which President did most to bring Bin Laden down.

10/04/06 • 12:33 PM • EntertainmentHealthNewsPolitics • No Comments

Times Online.UK:

Pope tries to win hearts and minds by saving souls of unbaptised babies.  One of my big gripes with the historical Catholic Church, allayed.  Imagine the millions of mothers over the last two thousand years who spend a lifetime praying for their dead infants’ limbo-lost souls.  It’s about time.

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

Psychology Today:

Humor’s Sexual Side.  Klingons, I suppose, have a more healthy psychology when it comes to powerful women; love comes from strength, not weakness.  There’s something inherently creepy about the fact that modern relationship is greased by low self-esteem. Where better to give your best, than in relationship?

10/04/06 • 10:05 AM • HealthHome & LivingPsychology • No Comments

Chronicle of Higher Ed:

“There are two possibilities. Maybe we’re alone. Maybe we’re not. Both are equally frightening.”  And compelling.

10/04/06 • 09:21 AM • ScholarlyScience • No Comments


‘NewsHour’ faulted for lack of diversity.  Hmmm.  A news show should probably break down partisan sources by electorate (balance of political philosophy in the populace), rather than electee (percentages of the House and Senate).  One is liquid, one is cast in stone for a long period.  Shows how thoroughly the ‘left’ tag has been tarred and feathered, however.

10/04/06 • 09:19 AM • EntertainmentNewsPolitics • No Comments


FCC gets earful blasting at media limits hearing.  End the monopolies.

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

NY Times Art & Design:

Nothing Is Sacred, as Looters Rob Mexican Churches of Colonial Treasures.  Some of these items are turning up in the art market of Santa Fe here.  But then, various statues and sculptures are being stolen from Canyon Road ... perhaps, in good NAFTA fashion, bronze is being melted down and transported back ... ?

10/04/06 • 09:09 AM • ArtsDesignGeneralReligionSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Rob Galbraith:

Photokina 2006 wrap-up.  Discussion of adapters to fit new Zeiss lenses on Canon EOS DSLRs, etc.

10/04/06 • 09:01 AM • Photography • No Comments

American Heritage:

America unabridged, a bibliography of American history.  Digging at used book stores, you can find anthologies that lead you to out-of-print books that give better flavor of certain eras [no revisionism], but still ... this isn’t bad at all.  Via NewMexiKen.

10/04/06 • 08:53 AM • BooksHistory • No Comments

NY Times Washington:

In Bill’s Fine Print, Millions to Celebrate Victory.  I sure wish they’d included a definition of what victory looked like.  I’m getting mighty sick of this little addendum, tacked onto so many news reports of late: “... Republicans are likely to portray as an effort to embarrass them five weeks before the midterm election.”  Any critique is a ‘planned attack’ or ‘orchestrated embarrassment’.  I would suggest it is the predictable defensiveness over the familiar corruptions of an embedded majority.  They protesteth too much, with too little action, in my opinion.

10/04/06 • 08:28 AM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

NY Times:

A Secret Society, Spilling a Few Secrets.  In the interest of drumming up higher membership.

10/04/06 • 08:16 AM • History • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Clear Channel is selling local KBAC radio to a Christian broadcasting group.

10/04/06 • 08:01 AM • EntertainmentSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

The city’s lamenting running out of pot(s) ...

10/04/06 • 07:56 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

PRC picks new insurance superintendent.  Hey, I know Mo.  He’ll do a great job.

10/04/06 • 07:55 AM • LawSanta Fe Local • No Comments


was out all yesterday, after 10:30 AM.  Borrowed a client’s wireless hookup to get work accomplished.  Back to normal today.

10/04/06 • 07:37 AM • PersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Iraq war draws foreign jihadists, but not in droves.  “The total number of foreign fighters in Iraq is between 800 and 2,000, according to estimates by the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington. In contrast, the total strength of the insurgency is more than 20,000 people ...”

10/03/06 • 09:33 AM • Human RightsPolitics1 Comment


Pac-Man and Space Invaders, written entirely in Excel.

10/03/06 • 09:25 AM • ComputingSoftware • No Comments


Archaeologists find 8800BC building.

10/03/06 • 09:25 AM • HistoryScience • No Comments

New Scientist:

Women become sexually aroused as quickly as men.  Aw, c’mon, we want to hear about the thermal effects of ‘Best Bits of Mr Bean’.

10/03/06 • 09:18 AM • HealthScience • No Comments

On Firefox security:

There’s a security hole; wait, no, it’s just a joke.

10/03/06 • 09:16 AM • InternetSoftware • No Comments


“In the US alone, between 1983 and 2000, there were 568 plane crashes. Out of the collective 53,487 people onboard, 51,207 survived.

10/03/06 • 09:14 AM • EntertainmentHealthTravel • No Comments

Rob Galbraith:

Firmware updates for current Nikons.

10/03/06 • 09:06 AM • Photography • No Comments
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