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Being a Jerk is Not a Crime!

I hate spam. Almost everybody does. I don't get much spam (except on my account) partly due to outstanding service of SpamGourmet. Personally, I find all the physical junk mail that lands on my front porch every day a much greater burden. Read more »

I Feel Safer Already

I take back every negative word I ever wrote about coercive government! Who else will protect us from these kinds of dangerous criminals?

Oh. My. God.


Ladies and gentlemen, the talking Ann Coulter action figure.

Hitler to sue Cuban Communist Party for libel


A photograph of Fidel Castro, doctored to make him look like Adolph Hitler, appears on the front page of Granma, the official Communist Party newspaper in Cuba. Click the image to read about it in the Guardian.

Castro's just pissed that they didn't photoshop him up as Unca Joe.

Why should it matter?

I've been sitting on this story for a couple of days, unsure of what I wanted to say about it.

Wayne Joseph, the principal of a big suburban high school in southern California, had an unequivocal sense of his black heritage, having written extensively about race in America.

What big teeth you have!

"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

— Edward R. Murrow

It's hard to make computers dumb enough to fight wars

Among the many achievements of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie cycle is the advancement of special effects technology. The problem of creating realistic battle scenes in which the vast majority of the "actors" are computer generated is daunting, and doesn't scale well. For the epic Pellenor Fields battle in The Return of the King, the special effects wizards designed a system to create realistic-looking action performed by a mob of 200,000 "soldiers" by giving them a repertoire of possible actions and the ability to react realistically to the battleground situation. Read more »

A Purely Bureaucratic Reaction

Billy Beck alerted me to this article in The Atlantic Monthly on the investigation of the Columbia disaster. The author, William Langewiesche, is significantly more charitable to the NASA bureaucrats than I felt when I finished reading it. How insane is NASA culture? This says it all for me: the engineers are at the absolute bottom of the organizational totem pole. Read more »

Book = Unexploded Ordinance?

Claire Wolfe reports that a U.S. Army soldier stationed in Iraq has been advised that a book he owns, which was legally published in the United States, is "contraband", and he will not be allowed to bring it home with him.

Sacrifices Must Be Made

In the course of my political evolution from unreflective parrot of my parents' poltical views, to libertarian, to anarchist, I have become increasingly sensitive to both pro- and anti-freedom messages in the popular culture I consume. I now find it difficult to enjoy books, movies and TV shows which assume a statist worldview, which is why I love Farscape but can no longer tolerate Star Trek. Read more »

The Matrix: Lobotomized

It's not Andy and Larry Wachowski's faults I hated The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. It's my fault. In any work of authorship that is released in volumes, whether it be a TV show, a series of novels, or a trilogy of movies, once the material is digested by the audience, every viewer is going to formulate an interpretation of the story, which will include the ideas he wants to see explored, and the questions he wants to see answered in future volumes. Read more »

That's Good Headology

"You can't go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it's just a cage. Besides, you don't build a better world by choppin' heads off and giving decent girls away to frogs."

— Granny Weatherwax, Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

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