Rove Guided Career of Judicial Nominee in Filibuster Fight. The media’s waking up a bit. I pointed this out through links the other day, only because of the vacuum of information in the news about these ‘nominees.’
I contest points that seem to be treated as a given in the media, and by this Administration: Is it really in China’s best interests, now and in the future, to stop North Korea? Is waiting for North Korea’s economy to collapse a viable strategy? From that link, you’ll see the answer to both is “no.”
The Administration is, seemingly, getting really bad advice. Try here for better info.
High court: Ban on out-of-state wine shipments unconstitutional. Whining begets wine.
No, you can’t just dodder. “But while Mick Jagger, who will be 62 when the tour begins in August, and Keith Richards, who turns 62 in December, may be aging rockers, they are also something else: active seniors.” My italics.
If you’re experiencing
slow loading, Flickr’s down again.
Back up again, now. 2:17 PM, MST.
NY Times Arts:
Vroom-Vroom, She Said to the Doubters. Good for you, Laleh Seddigh.
Old Foes Soften to New Reactors. Only because of anxiety over the progression of global warming. Better to be condemned for doing *something*, than for doing nothing.
SF New Mexican:
The local angle on the proposed closing of Cannon AFB.
These two judicial appointments
that are going to be in the news next week, are real peaches. The source may not please everyone, but geez ... that last one and juries. Wow. This will probably be played every which way from Sunday, but I expect “Democrats prejudiced against women” will be a theme next week.
on the new Epson printers and inks. “The best Dmax I was able to get from my 9600 on Premium Luster Photo Paper (250) was 2.09 dry, but with the new inkset, I am able to achieve 2.45 dry in color mode! The dry L* value is 3.3! [snip] Most digitally exposed chromogenic output (LightJet or Chromira) does not reach any higher than about 2.30 and often less. Reportedly Ansel Adams’ best printed Dmax on selenium-toned papers was about 2.30 or less.”
Woman photographer, under 30?
“Magnum Photos announces the third $5000 Inge Morath Prize to be awarded to a woman photographer under 30 years of age. The prize is designed to assist in the completion of a long-term documentary project.”
D.C. in Dark While Plane Intercepted. It would seem, for all the political propaganda, we haven’t progressed a step in improving communications since 9/11. Except, perhaps, the fighter pilots were able to directly contact the private pilots. Here’s a document talking about a previous DC incursion.
50 is the peak for writers. Good. I have four and a half more years to get better ...
Keep out. “... an attachment to a bill that supplements funds for Iraq, passed by Congress and now on the president’s desk, would allow the United States once again to keep out and to deport foreign nationals not for their conduct, but for their politics—their ideas, their speech, and the groups with which they associate.” Personally, I’m shocked this hasn’t come out until now. I would assume media outlets would have people reading and reporting on legislation, but I guess chasing Paris Hilton and her dog brings in more subscribers? That’s a bit of a cheap shot, but really now. These ‘revelations’ that come out just before bill signing are starting to get suspicious.
I’m noticing more and more
places where an uploaded MP3, with no RSS feed, is being called a “podcast.” As I understand it (and I’m not really that tuned into podcasting), the subscription element is the defining feature? My impression is, ‘audio files’ are now all going to be tagged ‘podcasts’ because it’s cool and hip ...
NY Times Travel:
Spotlighting areas along the Delaware River is nice, as the NY Times has been doing lately. But why not just start driving along the River anywhere north of Trenton, and see what you find? It’s a wonderful way to spend a weekend. Bathed in history, charming towns, quiet lanes, shady lunch spots ... you don’t need a prepared itinerary. Just go and explore. If you are ‘brave’ enough to interact with the locals, you will find thousands of side trips to take.
Hillary and Newt. Hell has frozen over. Pigs are flying. Clocks are running backwards. Whether or not they’re using each other, it is heartening to see two old enemies burying the hatchet, even if only symbolically. This is exactly what America needs right now.
I think, if this kind of reach-across-the-aisle works, it will torpedo Frist and other ‘separatists.’
SF New Mexican:
Rafting on the Rio will have to take a back seat to refilling reservoirs.
Closure list targets 33 major U.S. bases. “Major”? Hmmm. Some ‘large’, but not ‘major’, in my view. Cannon, in NM, if you look at its history, was reactivated post-WWII for Cold War TAC purposes ... a purpose that is now pretty much old history, with Vlad “Pooty-Poot” as our bosom buddy. If they’d closed Kirtland or White Sands, now *that* would be major. No doubt these closings will have major effects on the local economies; expect some bloodcurdling screams.
touches on sustainability.
For fellow web-programmers out there. I have a need for a relatively simple bulletin board system that allows attachments (mostly Word/Excel). Needed for a group of senior-level execs who know Word modestly well. Ever run across such a beast? Most BB’s seem aimed at the geek/enthusiast market ... for this, it’s way overkill. I need extreme ease of use, that is, a low level of skill for full usage of the BB’s features. That’s different from just ‘simple’, note.
No wiki ideas, please. I’ve already gone there; skill level required is too high for this application.
Leave me a comment, I’ll say Hosannahs in your general direction ...
Meetings this morning.
Links later. Surf abroad.
Flash cartoon, Fiore, The Corporation for Politicized Broadcasting.