Category: "culture/news"

Describing our existence in 1,679 bits

I came across this picture in a book I checked out from the library. This was a short message that was beamed toward another galaxy. I found it very interesting, not because I believe that there are aliens who will ever receive the message, but because the message represents someone's attempt to describe who we are in less than a kilobyte of information. What's more, the description can't include any language. You can read a detailed explanation of the message here.

Debate fact check

Dave has already pointed some of these things out, but it's worth repeating. Bush and Kerry are saying some things in these debates that flatly contradict each other. CNN has a short fact-check story that seems to be pretty fair. I was really hoping to get to the bottom of the whole timber-company comment, and it turns out Kerry was right. Bush did report income from a timber company (see this story). Even Charlie Gibson says Kerry was right on that one. Sadly most people who watched the debate will have a good chuckle and never bother to see who was lying. Kerry's point was that any millionaire can report a little money from a small business where they're part owner and then call themselves a small businessman. So when Bush says he has to protect small businesses from this tax hike, he could be talking about people like himself, who are actually filthy rich. This is kind of making me mad. I was searching for some info on the little timber comment and several articles repeat Bush's zinger, but very few bother to do the research and report that Kerry was right.

Reflections on November 2

Here are a series of unrelated thoughts from an undecided voter . . .

I don't want to be a one-issue voter.

I'm not sure how much effect a president can have on the economy, for good or for bad.

I'm not as interested in which guy is running a better campaign, as I am in who will do a better job as president.

I'm not that impressed (any more) when politicians say that they should talk about the issues instead of all the mudslinging and distractions. If someone actually acted on that, it would be different.

Education is socialized, social security is socialized, health care is mostly privatized. Why? Bush seems to want to take steps toward privatizing education and social security. Kerry leans toward socializing medicine. Which of them is right? Which way of doing things is working better now?

Bush was wrong about Iraq. He said that they had WMD, nuclear material and ties to al Qaeda. Those were his reasons for invading and they turned out to be all wrong. I don't think that he was lying, but he made the wrong call there, and it was a pretty serious mistake. That might be enough reason to fire him.

Iraq is probably better off without Saddam. But is that enough to make up for the fact that Bush was wrong about his reasons for going in? I'm not sure that it does. Once his first reasons didn't pan out he started talking about liberating Iraq and deposing Saddam. This is a subtle but important shift. Nukes, WMD and al Qaeda connections would have made Iraq a threat to the US.

Daily Show viewers are more informed No surprise to me since the show is one of my main sources of news. (via Linkfilter)

This story says that one of Kerry's big campaign promises is to end the ban on stem cell research, but there is no ban. (via Linkfilter)

The rules of Ronald McDonaldland

Last night we went with my parents to watch my sister play volleyball. After the game we stopped at McDonald's for a tasty and nutritious meal. I ordered some chicken strips (which are all the rage because they contain actual meat). I asked for one of each of their new dipping sauces and and two packages of sweet and sour and was told that they can only give me two sauce packs with my 5-piece chicken strip meal. I managed to get 3 sauces, since Emma's happy meal was allotted one pack. Feeling only somewhat defeated, I was gathering up my dipping sauces to head over to our table when the cashier stopped me. My dad had paid with a credit card and they didn't ask him to sign a receipt before he left the counter. She said, and this is a direct quote, "Someone needs to sign this; it doesn't matter who does it." She handed me a pencil (yes, a pencil) and let me sign the receipt. I was so upset about my limited selection of sauces that I didn't recognize the extreme irony of all this until Sara pointed it out to me.

Art or crap

Quiz: Art or Crap - Look at pictures and mark whether you're looking at works of art or just plain, old crap. My score: 7/16. I like to think of this as my low-brow contribution to the art discussion that Kyle started.

(via Linkfilter)

Japan. They give us reliable cars, raw fish, the PS2, and humor. The last of those can be found in Dave Barry's timeless work, Dave Barry Does Japan, but now it can also be found here: This site has images of Japanese signs and products whose text was translated into English by people who don't understand the subtleties of the language. You may want to go straight to their recent discoveries and start looking around there.

(via Matt's Blog)

"You look good wearing my future"

I just finished watching Some Kind of Wonderful and, I'm ashamed to admit, am also finishing a good cry. Brendan, you were right: this is Pretty in Pink the way it should have ended (although I am more partial to the 'richies' in the latter). I firmly believe that everyone needs a Ducky. Or a Lloyd Dobler.

God is not a Republican

God is not a Republican (or a Democrat) - I haven't read the whole petition, but I like the sound of what I've heard so far. They quote Pat Robertson as saying "I think George Bush is going to win in a walk. I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004. The Lord has just blessed him.... It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad." (AP/Fox News, January 2, 2004). That really bothers me. I haven't signed this, but I'm thinking about it. Any thoughts?

High speed video: wow

What do you get when you combine a high-speed video camera, some imagination, webspace and way too much free time?

Interesting High-speed Video Clips

There are tons of these things. Each clip is something filmed with their camera and then played back in slow motion. They've got a cymbal crash, a Jello cube hitting the ground, a Coke can hit by a pellet gun, etc., etc. If you have some time to waste, Windows Media Player and fast internet, check this out.

(via linkfilter)

Free Cliffs Notes

From the Back to School department: has put all of their literature books online for free. Now that you don't have to pay for Cliffs Notes, there's no reason to bother reading your assigned books, right kids? Good luck.

(via CSB)

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