More of Damien Hirst’s “pickled beasts” go up for auction. Do you get replacements in perpetuity?
Comcast cable is being a pain this morning.
If I’m not posting occasionally, it means I’m gagged.
NY Times Opinion, Op-Ed Contributor:
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Seek to Capitalize On Drilling Support. Santa Fe County drilling opponents, heads up on this one. We need to make it clear the amounts recovered will do little to change prices at the pump. Likewise, the revelation of offshore oil is diminished by the fact just about all our oil companies are multinationals; this oil doesn’t just go to America. It goes where the demand is, where profits are highest. Blowing patriotic “Good for America” rhetoric hasn’t yet saved us a cent at the pumps. Giving drillers a carte blanche will have a greater impact on the average American’s wallet through destruction of infrastructure, high use of water, likely medical issues in later years, and more.
NY Times Practical Traveler:
Airfares on Sale Now, so Act Fast. “... in recent weeks some airlines have actually begun to reduce rates on certain routes in an attempt to bolster demand.”
NY Times Business/Reuters:
Oil Falls Below $121, Lowest Since May. It would be too much to hope that if oil goes down to the $80 level, American consumers wouldn’t just SUV-up again. History shows they usually do ... though it will be slower this time, because of the general economic climate.
NY Times Science:
The Nature of Glass Remains Anything but Clear. The solid liquid.
SF New Mexican:
Santa Fe Tourism: In the center of it all. Didn’t realize the Buffalo Thunder Resort was to have convention space - and more than the new Santa Fe facility. Most conventions like to book all-in-one, hotel and convention space, if possible. Really smart of them to do so. There are precious few options north of Albuquerque, and none with really good a/v support.
Arthur C. Clarke’s last vision. Oh, the wonder of reading a Clarke book in the ‘70’s, just after publication. They would elicit such wonderful dreams of bright futures. “Rendezvous with Rama” was just incredible, and I still remember where I was when I read it.
The spinosad worked. Beetles, bye-bye.
Jeremy Clarkson on camping, and a European Ford. But it’s the bit about camping you want to read. “We have dishwashers, computers and oven-cleaners that wipe away grime in a flash. So you might imagine tenting had come on in leaps and bounds as well. It hasn’t.”
Damned little beetles.
I’ve got these little black buggers with white patches on their wings by the hundreds. They swoop down on lilies, sunflowers, and other flowers, gathering near the center of the blossom, and start chomping. You can hear them from a couple of feet away! A lily that blooms in the morning will be a forlorn, drooping, sad little blossom by evening, covered in gobs of beetles. Even worse, when flying around, if they land on you, they give a nasty bite. I just tried spinosad on them, but they didn’t seem to be bothered. I’ll wait and see what the result is in the morning. If I see no change, then the next step will be copious amounts of godawful industrial-strength melt-your-fingernails and shrivel-your-testicles pesticide ... hate using that stuff.
One killed, hundreds stranded by New Mexico flood. Southwest and southcentral NM got clobbered by Dolly.
Warp Drive Engine Would Travel Faster Than Light. “The tricky part is that the ship wouldn’t actually move; space itself would move underneath the stationary spacecraft. A beam of light next to the ship would still zoom away, same as it always does, but a beam of light far from the ship would be left behind. That means that the ship would arrive at its destination faster than a beam of light traveling the same distance, but without violating Einstein’s relativity, which says that it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass to the speed of light, since the ship itself isn’t actually moving.” Hmmm. See Sagan’s “Contact”.
I’m getting hits from Cuil.com.
Aboriginal Rock Art at Risk. “You’re removing a percentage of the rock art and therefore reducing the significance of it. You’ve got to think of it as the Aboriginal people think of it—as a whole. They see it as a place, they don’t see it as individual rock art.” If you tried to move an Anasazi ruin, you’d likely be breaking the alignments to sun solstices, perhaps moon alignments, and more. If you move such treasures, you lose unknown amounts of data.
NY Times Tech:
Fans of L.E.D.’s Say This Bulb’s Time Has Come. $100 bucks a bulb? Nope, time hasn’t come yet.
Links in a bit.
NY Times Sports:
Later: Hooray, for last-place Vansevenant.
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? I come down on the side of traditional reading. Aren’t there studies that show, if you give a child a doll that has no facial features, it allows the imagination to grow? Whereas if you give a child a doll with facial features, the child has no reason to exercise creativity?
Scanning internet articles, videos, podcasts, etc. is more about feeding an audience predetermined conclusions, fulfilling fantasy, relieving the viewer of the ‘effort’ to think. Look around, you see more people posting conclusions than questions - and posting conclusions from unvetted sources. Personal opinion. How does a kid learn to value a particular site? How do you research, say, the Kennedy assassination, 9/11, the search for the Holy Grail, without having other external authoritative sources to give you a reasonable mental bullsh-t detection kit? Kids are looking for online avatar-mentors, digital deities who can show them the way. God knows what they’re finding these days. I picture the digital image of Dennis Nedry (“Jurassic Park”) flipping them off as soon as they walk away.
Ask a college professor about her/his students’ Google search skills. I was surprised to hear from a couple of instructors that their classes are incapable of assembling search terms to find even the simplest information. If students don’t get the information they seek from a one or two word search, then “there wasn’t anything about it online.” With hypertext, kids are expecting answers for all permutations of a single question to reside under a single simple search term.
The internet’s not there yet, but it may be soon. A search engine that learns your contexts and paradigms, and searches from that point. There’s the next step. Ideological search engines. One wonders - could the next generation make the real world work that way, or just seem to? Welcome to the Matrix.
SF New Mexican:
Santa Fe River flows as officials release water from Nichols Reservoir. Hello, Dolly. Preparing for the precip from the hurricane. My plants are very happy right now, even if buyers at Spanish Market are chagrined.
Mick Jagger, pensioner. Big change from 40 years ago, when he said, “If I’m singing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 40, I’m going to kill myself.”
Red Green and Blue:
Bush Administration Proposes ‘Fire Sale’ of Rocky Mountains for Oil Shale Development. “The draft rules recommend reduced royalty rates for the extraction of oil from shale on 2 million acres of public property in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. While the government currently charges 12.5% to 18.8% for conventional oil drilling, oil shale development would be set at around 5%.”
Heads up, those of you watching the SF County drilling issue. Read the above. Look at the water requirements!!