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Are flip-flops damaging your career?  Folks walk differently in flip-flops; I wonder about back strain sometimes.  Still, for summer, they’re a godsend.  You don’t go walking barefoot in New Mexico (goatheads, cactus spines, apache tears, and more).

06/29/06 • 08:46 AM • ChildhoodConsumptionDesignHealth(2) Comments


SwfJax.  Flash + Ajax.

06/29/06 • 08:36 AM • InternetSoftware(2) Comments

Times Online.UK:

Google Checkout vs. Paypal.

06/29/06 • 08:14 AM • EconomicsInternet • No Comments


U.S. Supreme Court quashes ‘illegal’ Guantanamo trials.  “The United States Supreme Court ruled Thursday that military trials arranged by the Bush administration for detainees at Guantanamo Bay are illegal and wrongly constituted under military and civilian law.  The court said the trials — known as military commissions — do not conform to any act of Congress.  Justices also rejected the government’s argument that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.”  My italics.

06/29/06 • 08:11 AM • Human RightsLaw • No Comments

The Economist:

Islam, America and Europe.

06/29/06 • 07:57 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPoliticsReligion • No Comments

CJR Daily

remembers as many of us do, that the ‘tracing terrorist finances’ issue has been publicly known since 2001.  All the hoo-hah from conservatives is terribly melodramatic ... and actually rather entertaining; I guess it’s been long enough since the talk-radio ‘90’s for me to look at this kind of rhetoric with humor again.  Yet both sides of the aisle can pour on the ‘instant outrage’, rather like a five-year-old can turn off and on the waterworks ...

06/29/06 • 07:53 AM • LawNewsPolitics • No Comments


For more children, less time for outdoor play.  “We believe there’s great value in kids being bored. Boredom spawns imaginative play. I’ve seen it work with my kids time and again, whether they pick up a book, turn their bed into a fort, or visualize our dogs as dragons they must defend themselves against.”  I agree.

06/29/06 • 07:43 AM • ChildhoodPsychology • No Comments

Globe and Mail.CA:

Vancouver art controversy just a sign of the times.

06/29/06 • 07:40 AM • ArtsLaw • No Comments


What is critical thinking?

06/29/06 • 07:39 AM • Scholarly • No Comments


“Pope Benedict - by far the most musically literate of modern popes (which may not be saying a lot) - has fallen into the trap of letting his musical tastes dictate his ecclesiastical policies. He has denounced guitar music and contemporary idioms in church music, ordering a return to ‘Gregorian chants and sacred polyphony’.”

06/29/06 • 07:35 AM • HistoryMusicReligion • No Comments

NY Times:

Evolution’s Lonely Battle in a Georgia Classroom.  “In January 2004, when they were about to be adopted, Kathy Cox, Georgia’s education superintendent, announced that she would remove evolution from the standards because it was too divisive an issue.”  My italics. If divisiveness is the standard, I’m surprised anything gets taught ... even the Bible.

06/29/06 • 07:30 AM • ChildhoodReligionScholarlyScience(4) Comments

NY Times Travel:

On Red Square, a Czarist Ritual Revived.

06/29/06 • 07:25 AM • HistoryTravel • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Not just hard drives or classified information, Sandia and LANL have inventory problems with non-nuclear explosives.

06/29/06 • 07:08 AM • Santa Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Uranium enrichment plant receives operating license.  “The plant, under review for the past 2 1/2 years, would become the first U.S. installation to use centrifuge technology, rather than a process known as gaseous diffusion that has been around since World War II.”  Hey, we’ve now got something in common with Iran ...

06/29/06 • 07:07 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Our local prairie dogs have been blessed, before being relocated.

06/29/06 • 07:05 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Tomb in Valley of the Kings contains no mummies.  But there are other rewards.  More.

06/29/06 • 07:00 AM • ArtsHistoryTravel • No Comments

Washington Post:

Dog pile on the NY Times!  Dog pile on the NY Times!  Hmmm.  John Milton’s Areopagitica.

06/28/06 • 03:28 PM • ArtsHistoryLawNewsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican/AP:

Silicon Valley to market electric cars.  “The Roadster will be able to drive about 250 miles on a single three-hour charge, drive up to 135 miles per hour and accelerate from zero to 60 in four seconds, Eberhard said. It will cost between $85,000 and $120,000.”  I think I’ll wait for the SmartCar.

06/28/06 • 08:06 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalScience1 Comment

SF New Mexican:

Domenici offers temporary nuclear waste storage proposal.  “Domenici’s proposal is likely to be controversial because it would give the Energy Department authority to build a waste facility within a state even if a state or local authorities objected.”  My italics.  Not a peep about ‘security’, either.

06/28/06 • 08:03 AM • HealthHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

DP Review:

Microsoft acquires iView.  A decent digital asset management program; I wonder what Microsoft plans to do with it.  I was near to purchasing it, but now I’ll step back and peruse other options.

06/28/06 • 07:59 AM • Photography • No Comments


making sure to please both sides of the political aisle.  This morning, a News Alert saying, “U.S. Supreme Court overturns part of a Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.”  Whereas, in Latest News, it says, “High court upholds most of Texas redistricting map.”  Choose your poison.

06/28/06 • 07:37 AM • NewsPolitics • No Comments


Democrats vow to block pay raises until minimum wage increased.  *Now* yer talkin’.  Whoever breaks ranks is a wimp, a wuss, and deserves to be flayed by the left-wing press.

06/27/06 • 03:10 PM • Human RightsPolitics(2) Comments

Yahoo, Traveling Light:

McDonalds as postmodern sanctum for world travelers.

06/27/06 • 09:10 AM • FoodTravel • No Comments


Single-sex schools ‘no benefit for girls.’  It is more complicated than just statistically analyzing single-sex education.  Teaching style, culture, everything must impact the results.  Interesting, but not groundbreaking.

06/27/06 • 09:08 AM • ChildhoodScholarly • No Comments

Boston Globe:

Ready for a pill that turbocharges your memory?

06/27/06 • 09:05 AM • Health1 Comment
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