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No doubt you’ve heard of oil’s rise to $66/barrel.  Clay Bennett has an excellent cartoon illustrating the effect.

[I tried to link this with their interface, to no avail.]

08/11/05 • 11:51 AM • Economics • No Comments


Gender dictates web site designs.

08/11/05 • 11:50 AM • Internet • No Comments

Just FYI.

Updated my Canon EOS 20D firmware to the new 2.02 without a hitch.  Some have speculated that due to the size of this update (much larger than previous firmwares), there are other fixes than the one referred to (Capture).  Some mention white balance is better, others say autofocus is better.  My autofocus gets easily fooled (it goes for high contrast rather than proximity), so I decided to damn the torpedoes and update, to see if I get a better ‘hit’ ratio.

08/11/05 • 11:11 AM • PersonalPhotography • No Comments

Discovery Channel:

Playing the piano early in life gets the brain on course.

08/11/05 • 08:54 AM • ChildhoodHealthScholarly • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

GOP Paying Legal Bills of Bush Official.  “James Tobin, the president’s 2004 campaign chairman for New England, is charged in New Hampshire federal court with four felonies accusing him of conspiring with a state GOP official and a GOP consultant in Virginia to jam Democratic and labor union get-out-the-vote phone banks in November 2002.”

08/11/05 • 08:41 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Study: Diet May Inhibit Prostate Cancer.  “I always find it amusing” that people call the diet hard ... [snip] ... Compared to having your prostate removed? ... The only side effects are you feel better and it helps prevent heart disease.”

08/11/05 • 08:39 AM • Health • No Comments


Ticks on your dog can spread Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

08/11/05 • 08:33 AM • Health • No Comments

The Modern Word:

Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt.  Umberto Eco.  Via wood s lot.

I’d love to see the reaction, if this was pinned up in some local New Age bookstores:  “If you browse in the shelves that, in American bookstores, are labeled New Age, you can find there even Saint Augustine, who, as far as I know, was not a fascist. But combining Saint Augustine and Stonehenge—that is a symptom of Ur-Fascism.”

08/11/05 • 08:23 AM • BooksHuman RightsPoliticsScholarly1 Comment

SF New Mexican:

Oh, and we had an earthquake, too.

08/10/05 • 04:46 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Albuquerque Tribune:

You may not have heard about this one, but an Albuquerque Sheriff’s Department helicopter was shot down today.  Read about it.  Survive Iraq, get shot down in New Mexico.  Sheesh.  [Thanks for the tipoff, Gottabefunky.]

08/10/05 • 04:44 PM • LawSanta Fe Local • No Comments


So busy, I never even considered weblogging today.  Saw an elderly individual, blue blazer and chino pants ... riding a scooter through the big-box mercantile section of Santa Fe.  Quite incongruous, but I hope to see it more often.

08/10/05 • 02:46 PM • PersonalSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Washington Post:

Chocolate as a health food.  Makes me think of the Bill Cosby routine, fixing his kids’ breakfast:  “Chocolate cake?  Hmmm.  Milk, eggs, wheat ... Yeah! Sure!  Chocolate cake for breakfast!”

08/09/05 • 11:53 AM • FoodHealth • No Comments

Washington Post:

The web as weapon.  Apparently Bin-Laden is ‘old school’ now.

08/09/05 • 11:51 AM • HistoryHuman RightsInternetPolitics1 Comment

Washington Post:

No more talk of interest rate hikes ending.

08/09/05 • 11:46 AM • EconomicsPolitics • No Comments

Scientific American:

Mindful of symbols.

08/09/05 • 11:31 AM • ChildhoodHealthPsychologyScholarlyScience • No Comments

USA Today Opinion:

How schools are destroying the joy of reading.  Cripes.  They don’t even get to enjoy the perfect teenage all-or-nothing angst of Romeo’s girl-obsessions.

08/09/05 • 11:00 AM • ArtsBooksChildhoodHistory • No Comments


Thoughts read via brain scans.  Well, sort of.

08/09/05 • 10:36 AM • HealthPsychologyScholarlyScience • No Comments

NY Times:

Explaining Those Vivid Memories of Martian Kidnappers. Carl Sagan already covered this ground, in “The Demon-Haunted World.”

08/09/05 • 09:38 AM • BooksPsychology • No Comments

NY Times Op-Ed Contributor:

Endless Summer.  Con-daylight savings time.

08/09/05 • 09:34 AM • Home & LivingPolitics • No Comments

NY Times Letters to the Editor:

Hiroshima, 60 years later.  The letters may surprise some.  Modern revisionists continue to ignore some plain facts.  Surrender was not immediate, nor was it the majority desire.

08/09/05 • 09:31 AM • HistoryHuman Rights1 Comment

NY Times Science:

The Riddle of the Appendix.  Almost as entertaining as figuring out whether Adam had a navel ...

08/09/05 • 09:05 AM • HealthReligionScience • No Comments

NY Times Letters to the Editor:

Alternative to Blogging.  Adding this to that article of the other day, some at the NY Times seem bound and determined to delegitimize weblogging done without media organization stamp-of-approval.

“Chattering on their cellphones”?  What on earth do cellphones have to do with weblogging?

08/09/05 • 08:57 AM • InternetWeblogs • No Comments

NY Times:

Welcome home, Discovery.  This made me laugh: “Only one flight, a 1982 mission by Columbia, landed at White Sands, NASA’s last choice. High winds whipped up so much sand and dust that it took workers weeks to clean the craft of finely powdered gypsum.”  Yes, sweeping and dusting is a daily ritual in New Mexico.

08/09/05 • 08:53 AM • HistoryScholarlyScience • No Comments

Smithsonian/American History:

The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.  And don’t hit yourself in the head with those maracas dancing around now ...

08/08/05 • 05:03 PM • Music • No Comments


How green is the Shuttle?  A bit fluffy, but interesting nonetheless.

08/08/05 • 04:40 PM • Science(2) Comments
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