Now to the movie. It lives up to the hype. I am not sure there is much more I can add to that and the reams of e-paper that have lauded the coming of this flick. It is Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. good. And it is that good without the presence of dialogue in over half the movie.
Go see this movie - you will certainly like it. The visuals are fantastic, but, as with all pixar movies, it's really the story and characters that carry it, as they should.
1. 5 minutes alone in a lookout tower being stalked by members of the
other team feels like a LOT longer.
2. Starting a game with 4 minutes of dead silence as you flank the
other team makes the air taste sweet and tingly with their nervous
3. I run like a girl through the woods.
4. So does everyone else.
5. 5 hours is a long time to play under the canopy in long sleeves and
90 degree heat.
6. But 20 second of dashing across the stream to storm the other bank
is plenty refreshing.
7. I want to go again. Of course, I already knew that.
(I invite the rest of 'we few' to add their lessons)
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Here is my quibble: Where are the (classically right wing) cries against an activist judiciary now?
SCOTUS didn't have to enumerate an individual right to own guns. It didn't do so last time, or indeed at any time since the drafting of the Constitution. It could easily have decided that the Second Amendement clearly permits some right to own a gun in some context, so a categorical ban on certain guns in all circumstances is unconstitutional. That's a measured, narrow interpretation. The fact that Scalia and others sought to go beyond that is just dogma winning out.
Oh, and one note on Justice Scalia's argument that guns are there for personal protection: Perhaps you can believe this if you are an originalist, and imagine yourself a rugged hunter/trader in the backwoods of the great western territory. But at what point does the outdated and romantic notion have to give way to the reality that the mayor and police chief of every single metropolitan area in America for gun laws? What about the pitifully few number of firearm defense stories buried under the thousands of handgun related accidents and crimes of passion, not to mention stolen guns used in crimes?
p.s. And don't go touting Israel to me - Those M-16s are huge, buried in the back of people's closets, and unloaded. Also, they earned the right to carry through rigid military training. You want a gun - fine. I'll send you the enlistment papers.
The bad reasons: there is no racial angle here, no business angle, no major sports angle, and no celebrity angle.
The good reasons: scale. Katrina displaced many more people from a much smaller land area. These people were already too poor to have insurance and their community was in no position to rebuild. Second, expectation - the Iowans understand that risk of flooding and have contingency plans when it happens. Their levies are there with the knowledge that they may not always work. The Army Corp of Engineers built N.O.'s levies with the thought that they would never be topped. That may seem like a folly, but it changes the dynamic.
Also, the commenter is wrong on his facts and assumptions: the fact is the president did get on TV and reach out to Iowans. The government, via FEMA or some other program run through the states, is providing and will continue providing aid. Indeed, I would imagine that areas affected by these floods will be rehabilitated long before N.O. comes back to its old self. What the complaint boils down to is a lack of media buzz - and that - along with the needed ongoing support for N.O. - died down shortly after Katrina, while the city continues to languish. Do you prefer that fate?
I make no secret of my liberal leanings, lest you think them suspect following my next comment: I am not happy that Barack Obama opted out of public financing. I know that he is a fund-raising machine.
I know that opting out was the only way to keep Blue money coming to him instead of 527's and special interests - two groups he has specifically attempted to stymie on the Democratic side both in his statements to the DNC and in his more radical efforts to consolidate the party at election HQ in IL.
I know he makes a good point that the financing system is "broken" - a term I don't like either. I'd prefer we admit that it is too easy to circumvent. A "Broken" one would launch an ERROR 404 when you hit "Submit Contribution" at http://www.barackobama.com/.
And, finally, I know that he has a great counter to any jab from McCain (for those wondering what that defeaning silence was from the right following this announcement). McCain opted in to public financing for the primary, then he opted out, all of which was muddied by the loans McCain may or may not have gotten using the promise of public finance as collateral. The legality of that is both practically moot and completely up in the air. To use Obama's term, the FEC is currently "broken."
Still, Obama stands in part for fixing the problems of government not by dismantling it, but by doing away with cynicism and using government the way it was intended. Here he is opting out of that government - so I am not completely happy with the decision, though I understand that it very much the right one.
I don't understand all the complexities of this, but there appears to be a simple error in the argument: We shouldn't measure oil company profits per dollar, but rather per gallon. Using that anlasis:
At about $3.10 for regular this time last year, Exxon made $.28 per gallon.
At $4.10 for the same gallon today, Exxon makes $.37 per gallon.
There is no indication that producing a single gallon costs these companies any more money today than it did before. Even though the prices of a barrel of light sweet crude has gone up, many of these companies drill their own oil, so they don't pay these prices. Even when they do buy from others, their prices are determined by contracts often signed long ago. Need proof? Exxon's profits per dollar didn't change much from last year, indicating that costs didn't change much. The only difference - the number of actual dollars spent on gas went up 25%.
What's the big deal? Well, I have an external drive, and it holds my photos, music, hopes, dreams, etc. Because drive space is so abundant, I don't have copies of these photos and songs elsewhere, but if the drive goes down, so does my data. Enter the RAID 1 of MyBook Mirror. If 1 drive dies I am good.
My question: to you techies - Drives generally die from either a power surge or some internal failure (many times mechanical). If both drives are housed in 1 unit, a surge will kill both, no? Is there a better way to get mirrored data without having to remember to back it up all the time?
My 2 cts.
It'll set you back $23,000.
[EDIT: I got some comments that said, "Oy, but the packaging makes it SO expensive." Another HT to Flippish for passing along an offer from our own Calvert Woodley - Macallan 55. Only 420 bottles ever made at $11,000 each.]
"Hulk. Smash!" Yes. Hulk. Smash. Yes. Smash. Big Hulk smash. Smash cars. Buildings. Army tanks. Hulk not just smash. Hulk also go rarrr! Then smash again. Smash important, obviously. Smash Hulk's USP. What Hulk smash most? Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment.
The deficit is the largest ever overcome to win a game by a team in the playoffs.
In the spirit of numerical analysis: baseball teams are now losing on the road at a higher rate than seen in decades. Why? Jonah Lehrer thinks it might be withdrawal - from amphetamines and steroids.
I had a big firm moment the other night. I had gotten to work early, slammed all day, worked through lunch, finished after 8pm, hit the gym, and cabbed to a bar to celebrate the coming nuptials of a buddy. I was over-caffeinated, tired, and - by the end of the evening - toasted beyond the point I had originally intended. It felt oddly nostalgic. I traded in the big firm job almost a year ago. It had been full of 8+ p.m. nights, 24 hour turnaround assignments, and the kind of frenetic desire that makes you wander what - rather than if - someone is trying to prove to someone from their past. I was often tired and stressed.
Don't get the impression that I don't work hard. My billables are at or above those of many big-firmites, particularly in a light market, but the hours are qualitatively different now. I hadn't felt that "perpetual onset of heartburn" in a while. I might even say I was nostalgic for it, if only because I knew that tomorrow the feeling would pass.
Video at LATIMES
Two days of services, friends, food, and pickup games were amazing, even in the 95+ degree heat. And a big props goes to the organizers at www.dcminyan.org.
HT www.wired.com which id'd the cause of the crash is water on several of the craft's 24 sensors, causing the avionics dependent craft to think it was in a different orientation than it was. The black box strikes again!
This makes little sense.
Economically, they claim it produces a max of 2500 liters, or 660 gallons. That sounds a bit high - but we'll see. $660 gallons are worth $2640 at $4/gal. If the unit costs less than that great - trouble is, it won't. More likely, the unit will cost at least double that and will incur costs in upkeep. Moreover, the diesel produced has less energy than petrol, so you won't get as far on it.
For users, there is the added hassle of emptying the CO2 tank every day when you get out of the car. I just don't see people doing that.
Environmentally, how much of a car's emissions can you really trap? If it isn't a large portion, we aren't reducing the carbon signature that much. We'd just be reducing the amount of new oil needed to fuel cars, but they'd still be spewing the gasses.
Further to that point - syphoning the exhaust will likely require an air pass-through more strenuous than an exhaust. When you slow the air from the motor, you hurt performance and efficiency. We are ok with the trade-off now because the noise pollution would otherwise be atrocious. Add this device and the loss in efficiency from the motor may cause you to use even more gas per mile, which will have to offset your bio-diesel miles gained.
Finally, there are safety and engineering problems. If your exhaust goes to a tank, how do you prevent the system from backing up into the motor when you are idling? What energy do you use to compress the gas in the tank? How do you seal the tank? How big is the tank? How heavy is it? and so on and so on and so on.
Bottom line: the solutions for efficiency that will work will also be simple and elegant. Let's not forget that.
Ms. Beck, your employer's media empire is built on a parade of vocal self-pitiers and the voyeurs who love them. My daddy committed incest - "Oh, how awful?" - and it ruined my life - "Well, of course it did" - and I wanted to share my story - "Dr. Phil should tell her how to pick up the pieces!"
Oprah, better shut Ms. Beck down before people start taking responsibility for their own well-being.
This is a lesson in scienter (intent). Ponder this: I don't believe in the rapture, but I know others do. I am committing fraud, or am I acting unethically, if I were to offer this service to cater to the belief of others?
- Be Upset
- Buy a Thing
- Animals are Cute
- People are Dumb
- Something I Like, Only Different
- Weird Science
- Me, the Blogger.
I think the first and the last are so broad as to encompass almost every blog post ever. I am not sure it is a bad thing - weblogs are supposed to be something like a diary, so posts about me aren't necessarily out of place.
Next story arc: Veepstakes.
Next expected arc: Dem Unity or Speculation about the General.
Question: Months ago, we asked whether the "dream ticket" would be bad because it would give the GOP both a Clinton and a Liberal Black Man as targets. I don't hear anyone complaining now that HRC could be dangerous for Obama. Has anything changed?
The counter-argument is HRC's track record in calling voters to the polls - nearly 18M of them. Will they come out for her in the same numbers if she is veep in Nov? Do her impressive numbers shift the balance in any of FL, OH, or PA?
1. Mayans used a base-20 number system. Fingers and toes people. Fingers and toes.
2. The glyphs are big!...and complicated!
3. How did anyone ever decipher the meaning of these things? They look like complete gobbledegook!
Cynical: She knows Obama won't pick her, so she is making his rejection public. This provides an excuse to either continue the fight or to withhold some type of support.
Non-cynical: This would be a monster ticket and, if well conducted, the key to healing the party. Of course, now the GOP machine would attack a Clinton (they'll mess themselves) and "the most liberal person in the Senate." Oh, wait, I this was supposed to be non-cynical...
Also, "social-engineering" is becoming a prevalent term. This is like phishing (emailing/contacting someone and posing as a company rep to get their contact or login information). A hacker makes a call into a company, acts like a functionary in some remote support division and gets someone to help him/her. Usually the help sought goes outside the bounds of policy - but people want to be nice and they certainly don't want to be blamed for holding up 'Company Business' so they help out. Of course, the hacker-turned-prank-caller is manipulating the person to create a security gap and...voila.
I also have learned that neither of you have a green card and are in this
country illegally. I further have been advised that it will cost the City of
North Charleston a great deal of money to hire an interpreter whose
qualifications meet the requirements of both sides in this dispute. I have no
intention of asking the City of North Charleston to spend any money at all for
two grown women who, despite being in this country illegally, cannot observe the
basic courtesy expected of both citizens and guests of this country. This
includes the courtesy of obeying the law. I have decided to refer both of your
names to ICE; more specifically, to the office of Detention and Removal, in
Atlanta, Georgia, with a request that they begin deportation proceedings
immediately. Once deported to your country, you will be free to fight with each
other on a daily basis, and since you both speak Spanish, you will be right at
home in the court system of your native land.
Mr. DuTremble, we don't treat perps with respect because they deserve it, we treat them with respect as a sign to the rest of society that our government can be trusted to carry out its police power - that most dangerous when subject to abuse - with dignity.
Thanks to prawfsblawg.