Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Krauthammer v. Bush energy plan
A Serious Plan Requires Taxes, ANWR and Nukes" (WP)
Eeek! The gas-tax hike that he discusses in the column, of course, is a solution that would probably work to cut gasoline consumption, and one that Krauthammer can write about without getting branded a tax-hiking Communist. (Even Schwarzenegger came under fire last year (SF Chron) for proposing such a thing.) ANWR--well, we've been through this.
The nuclear energy thing, though, is a matter for some discussion. The need to swiftly ramp down greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic consequences has given nuclear energy a new following, even among some environmentalists and their supporters. I won't rehash my personal issues with nuclear power here (see posts Nukes are not green, Because nuclear energy wasn't scary enough yet, and I just can't stop writing about nukes), but it's gonna be interesting to see how the debate over nuclear power as a "clean" energy solution to global warming and other ills shakes out.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Wife induces labor so husband can go to Bears game (Sports Illustrated)This one opportunity that he might never have again in his life...
Nine months pregnant and married to a fervent Bears fan with tickets to Sunday's NFC Championship game, Colleen Pavelka didn't want to risk going into labor during the game against the New Orleans Saints...Due to give birth on Monday...She opted for the Friday delivery.
"I thought, how could [Mark] miss this one opportunity that he might never have again in his life?" said Pavelka, 28, from the southwestern Chicago suburb of Homer Glen.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Suing the homeless
Good luck, sir--take 'em for everything they're worth!
I wish the same had occurred to me when certain students were drinking alcohol, cursing at the clientele, warming themselves and occasionally urinating in my college dining facility. I usually just kicked them back out on the street.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Bloggin' in the free world
Monday, January 15, 2007
Weird winter watch #2
I love jonquils. They are so jaunty and yellow. But they are weird in January, which is why the little guy triggered a weird winter watch entry.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
24 season premiere
PS: Next Sunday: Battlestar Galactica season 3.5 premiere!!! 10 pm!!! Get ready!!!
Running route mapping application
Friday, January 12, 2007
Anonymous conspiracy theorist Hill staffer
Listen to this one
And this one
And most importantly this one
It made me think about the value of all the things you win in raffles, pub quizzes, drag bingo games, road races, and the like. What's the dollar value of these things? What is the weirdest thing you've ever won, and what did you do with it?
Monday, January 08, 2007
Why are people always hatin' on New Jersey?
[I do find it rather hard to believe that an actual NJ government official would refer to the state as "Jersey." This is often frowned upon by Garden Staters.]
A foul odor blanketed lower Manhattan and parts of New Jersey today, prompting a brief transit shutdown, a rash of building evacuations, and a quick disavowal from New Jersey officials who wanted the world to be clear on one point."It did not originate in Jersey," Maria Pignataro, a press secretary for the Jersey City mayor's office, told CNN as emergency officials tried to pinpoint the source of the smell. (WP)
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Requiem for unintentionally hilarious Resources Committee web pages
I wanted to let you know because it is one of my proudest personal achievements of 2006. In some places, it is as long as 6 inches. I know because I measured. That's up from a record low of less than 1/4 inch (post-buzzcut, March 1999) and an average of about 3 inches over the past eight years.
And it wasn't easy. President Bush may have been busy in his spare time last year, clearing brush, but I was busier--growing inches and inches of hair, right on top of my head!
I would like to thank my friends, for sorta believing I would actually grow it this time, and my awesome hairstylist Mindie, whose wise counsel prevented me from breaking out the clippers in month 3, and the makers of bobby pins, who may not realize that they are literally HOLDING LIVES TOGETHER. Cheers.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Bad cherry timing: Weird winter watch #1
Meanwhile, I don't see any freezing predicted in DC in the near future, which means that we may actually see cherry blossoms in January. I am pretty sure this is the eighth sign of the apocalypse. A pretty one, but a sign nonetheless.