http://www.beardhead.com/ sells, well, these. They keep you warm. They look like something out of Monty Python. I know a few people who would actually buy one. Of course, those people have a lot of chintzy crap gathering dust around their house, but who am I to judge?
Consider this: How many computers have you had in the last 10 years? I've had, off the top of my head, 10, including desktops, laptops, work machines, and personal ones. Each one had data that appeared nowhere else, and most of those machines were replaced because they died - making it hard or, occassionally, impossible to get the data from the drive. It isn't just me. I've helped a lot of you out there with the same.
Now consider what is on those drives. Here's what I would miss:
* All the archives of design projects from the last 10 years.
* Archives of my law school notes (I still refer to them to brush up on basic principles of law once in a blue moon).
* Archives of personal docs ranging from taxes to the letter I sent my future in-laws regarding my engagement.
* All my photos from trips, days at the park, my wedding, my honeymoon, and so on.
* My Music.
These things are stored only on my hard drive. I don't carry an iPod with all my songs. I don't have DVD backups of these items and the libraries have gotten so vast that they would take a spool of CDs or a short stack of DVDs. Oh, and one backup isn't enough. I have one backup. A week after I got a cold backup drive, I turned on my machine and the regular external drive just wouldn't boot up. It turned out to be a one-time glitch, but it made my blood run cold -- and I already had a backup.
We don't fully appreciate how data-dependent most of us have already become. This is gentle wake-up call. Need suggestions? Shoot me an email.
[Edit: As the commenters have correctly pointed out, if you have really valuable data - like photos of your little kids - you should back that up on a third drive and drop it off with a friend or relative. That protects your data against theft and fire/flood/Armageddon.]
I am Twilliterate. I don't Tweet and I don't follow Tweets. Perhaps I am not as Twilliterate as some, who don't even know that one "Tweets" on "Twitter."
Perhaps Tweets are like blogs - they just need more time to catch on. Unlike blogs, the media picked up Twittering early and is, in some ways, hastening that growth. I am not sure I like the idea. Blogging already requires people to "feed the machine." I do, around twice a day. I like the outlet. Twittering 6 times or more a day with banal musings about flossings, frappes, and fritters - no, thanks. That's a chore.
So I am intentionally Twilliterate. I also don't read your Facebook status. I get it, we're all going about our daily lives. I feel no need to show you mine and am not going to bother when you show me yours. Deal?
At the start of the night, I was actually more interested to hear Jindal speak. This is the speaking slot reserved for future golden boys like Tim Kaine, after all. He started slow. And forced. I don't know what is regular accent sounds like, but I thought he might have played up his folksiness at times. He was up against someone finding success in part because of the ease with which he handled his message. I thought the whole to-do in Republican circles was that Jindal brought a similarly silver-tongued approach. I didn't see it last night. Worst of all, I think it detracted from the power of his message. Oops, almost stumbled into substance there.
That is all.
This is a TAT interface. TAT makes nothing but amazing interfaces. This one gives the illusion of 3D by tracking the orientation of the device and the position of the user's eyes. When the device tilts away from the user's plane of vision, the icons "drop" "shadows" to simulate distance from the background. It's all 2D, but damn convincing.
This is Grovers, "Near....Far!" in action.
[HT www.gizmodo.com ]
Consumers complained and Pepsi listened. As for me? I was surprised to see them change what I thought was a good package from the start. Oh, and I can't stomach $4.50 for a 1/2 gallon of "old" OJ. For that kind of money, I'll pay the $2 more and get fresh or just eat oranges. Imagine that.
I also decided to check how oil prices fared compared to the market. Oil has hit a 5 year low - that, after rising steadily and falling off a precipice. The Dow is different. It rose to 14 from a monthly low of 7,800 in 2003. Before that, there was a hump up to 10,000 from a monthly low of about 7,500 in 1998. (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=%5EDJI&a=09&b=1&c=1928&d=01&e=23&f=2009&g=m&z=66&y=66)
cities and counties that squander stimulus money, or worse. Naming
and shaming is an interesting tactic because it doesn't rely on, and
is not constrained by, law. Do you get more - and more immediate -
accountability with public scrutiny than with legal constructs like
ombudsmen and oversight boards? Let's watch.
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That Karl Rove is gone. The piece this morning asks of the Obama administration is "winging it," implying poor planning an a cavalier attitude in its efforts. Rove's article, however, is a collection of the mistakes (that's 1/2 way between the jolly "misstep" and the oafish "blunder") seen in the first month of the Obama administration. (Let's ponder that for a second - we are still a few days short of one month - how much do we expect?).
Troubles with the appointees were mistakes, but there was no "shooting from the hip" on these choices. They were vetted and discussed for a while. You can all that process flawed, yes, cavalier, no.
Closing guantanamo within a year. Again, the transition team knew this was a serious goal and has been putting things in place to make it happen. I think a year is an aggressive timeline. I think the president knew that when he said and said it to spur people to action. Again, done knowingly, not on the fly.
Finally, raising expectations about the Geithner recovery speech. This, again, proved a mistake as Geithner delivered a good performance that was light on details. Maybe you could cite a lack of caution by Obama in touting the speech. One example. Hardly cavalier. Oh, and Mr. Rove would be shouting down the president as indecisive to the point of eroding American confidence if he did otherwise.
Of course, let's remember that this is all coming from the mastermind of Bush's efforts - throughout his time in office - to minimize expectations. The fact that even Rove's expectations have gone up regarding the office of the president - well, maybe change has come to Washington.
What data can tell us about the world is perhaps second to what it can tell us about our impressions of the world. Recognizing that we naturally mis-percieve readies us to approach the actual data with a more open mind. Confused? Watch this.
Someone has either tipped the rest of the world to this or people suddenly find themselves liking the sodas a lot of more and, therefore, buying more of them, because Passover soda sells like hotcakes. It can't all be due to kosher-food seekers.
And the final irony: I am pretty sure Pepsi throwback won't be kosher for passover because, while made with cane sugar, it will not be made in a plant certified kosher to passover standards. Still, I could be wrong.
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But, I do like Begala's attempt to call Sanford's - and, really, the entire GOP's - bluff. If you don't think the federal government should spend the money in the stimulus, don't take it. We still have states. They still have fairly broad autonomy. If you are a fiscal conservative who believes that John Maynard Keynes was and is wrong, put your money where your mouth is and refuse it. Nobody would dare. Begala's point? So - shut up.
He also takes the sad, but obvious, dig. Red states, not blue, are the hardest hit by this economic down turn. And even before this, red states as a group, not blue, got more than a $1 back from the federal government for every $1 in federal taxes paid. [SC took $1.35, Rank 16. New York - that bastion of socialism took $.79, while Cali - let's not even talk of their wayward ways took $.78. Ranked 42 and 43 respectively.] How did the rift between political harangue
and reality get so large in flyover country?
Look, you're still mercenaries. That word is loaded enough that "evil" vs. "not-as-evil" mercenaries is merely a matter of degree. Small degree at that.
[Ahem - got some bile stuck in my throat. ]
Also - note that Kathy makes men's socks. Just men's socks? What's the angle? Perhaps the obvious tagline was too good to pass up: "What man wouldn't enjoy slipping into a warm, enveloping Kathy Ireland?"
That was the end of that, until Tuesday, when I ran across the term "abecedarian" in a legal opinion:
One who teaches language and the alphabet.
What do you call a word that sounds like what it means? This is not onomatopoeia because the word doesn't imitate a sound.
I understand that people who earn a lot of money spend a lot of money keeping up the lifestyle their money affords them. That's kinda how it works. But it also works that if you earn less money, you have to cut back on the lifestyle. That's what non-millionaires do when times are tough -- and, no, that doesn't make the two equivalent. A Wal-Mart greeter who loses his/her job might lose their health care. It's not the same has having to stop vacationing for $16-20,000 a year or foregoing the $30,000 club membership. And the argument that a captain of industry needs to look like a captain of industry...well, some would argue that's part of what got us where we are now.
This isn't here because it is so hilarious - it is here because of how close I am afraid it might be to the way so many people see the president and the presidency. TV may be varied, but we treat the people on TV similarly. It used to be that the American President would get on TV and TV as we knew it would be suspended as he spoke to us. A, "we now interrupt your drab, wretched lives for a word from on high," moment. That was good and bad, and, regardless, I think it is gone. Because of the long campaign, deep journalistic access, and 24-hour news, the president is sort of part of reality television. And, like it or hate it, that means the President shares part of the same space in our brains with Paris Hilton, the Hills, and Rock of Love.
The sad part is that the solution may make this whole thing look even more like reality TV. Starting with Reagan, presidents have worried about their television image. The speeches now have cutaways to reaction shots as it if was the national anthem at the All-Star game, and so on. Making the president stand apart from the rest of television may require an even more concerted effort to produce him that way. Kinda sad, but the result might be worth the price.
SECOND give this assessment of personal finance in this environment:
"... Me? I plan to work longer and die younger, but what are you (the
Of course, he's at the end of his career. As I am at the beginning of
mine, I am planning on guessing the next big bubble, buying early, and
selling just as it peaks. Should be a cinch.
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It's not clear where the word came from. Here is some etymological speculation from http://www.answers.com/topic/nonce-slang:
It is possible that it is an abbreviation of nonsense or nonsense case, perhaps
derived as British prisoner slang for prisoners who have committed a "nonsense
crime", as opposed to a crime such as theft. 
It is also possible that it comes from the acronym used in prisons to describe said
individuals: "Not On Normal Communal Exercise" or "Not on Normal Courtyard
There is also evidence for a possible connection with nancy, a derogatory term referring to effeminate or homosexual males, and with a dialectical use of "nonse" to refer to a worthless person. 
Jeffrey Archer in A Prison Diary said that "Nonce" was an acronym for "Not of Normal Criminal Element".
Interestingly, the word also has a standard meaning - 'presently', as in, "Her tendency to discover a touch of sadness had for the nonce disappeared” (Theodore Dreiser).
A "Suggestion of Death," follows rather than encourages. Before the substitution of a party can occur (Fed. R. Civ. P 25 for you wonks out there), someone - usually counsel - must enter a statement on the record affirming the party's death. The filing doesn't make it so; rather, it suggests that the court notice the fact on the record.
Where was this in my CivPro class?
Pittsburgh's City Council has apparently actually renamed it "Sixpurgh." That's gonna require whole new business cards, stationery, car decals, ... you get the idea.
Just where do you think they got this track? (For those who have never been to a very religious, Jewish wedding or in the back of a 1989 Chevy Caprice Classic hatchback driven by a pregnant mother of 4 wearing a wig, trust me you aren't missing anything.