Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Thursday, November 25, 2004

LONDON - "Baywatch," the sun-bleached saga of Californian life guards, was voted the worst-ever U.S. television import in a British survey released Thursday.
There must be hope for the world yet....

More good news for Apple:
According to a survey of iPod users by financial analysis firm Piper Jaffray, Macs are basking in the reflected glory of the iPod, with some who own the music player saying they have already or are intending to ditch their PCs for Macs.

The research found that 6 percent of iPod users have made the switch. An additional 7 percent said they are planning to dump their old PC for an Apple machine, according to the survey.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Monday, November 22, 2004

Think your job’s bad? Try dragging a bedspread around tick-ridden thickets, pausing regularly in the 100-degree heat not to squeegee the sweat from your brow but to tweeze dozens of the tiny pests into a collection jar. Reconsidering your career choice? Imagine training for years as a veterinarian, only to find yourself engaged in labwork designed to make the tail-wagging puppies in your charge sick, knowing all the while that when the study is over, the pooches will be euthanized.
Yes, it's time once again for Popular Science's list of the worst jobs in science.

Friday, November 19, 2004

As has been pointed out before (and no doubt will be again), the GOP isn't called "The Stupid Party" for nothing....

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Jay Fitzgerald has the right take on the hyped meeting between George Steinbrenner and Pedro Martinez.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Monday, November 15, 2004

Friday, November 12, 2004

No Kidding Dept.
First, Georgia's education chief tried to take the word "evolution" out of the state's science curriculum. Now a suburban Atlanta county is in federal court over textbook stickers that call evolution "a theory, not a fact." Some here worry that Georgia is making itself look like a bunch of rubes or, worse, discrediting its own students.

"People want to project the image that Georgia is a modern state, that we're in the 21st century. Then something like this happens," said Emory University molecular biologist Carlos Moreno.

Sounds like the "Intelligent Design" team is having some...er, "success"?

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Happy Veterans' Day to all the men and women of our armed forces. Glenn Reynolds has a great missive from the inside.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Absolutely priceless. Jonah Goldberg on Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd:
As we all know, one's a whining self-parody of a hysterical liberal who lets feminine emotion and fear defeat reason and fact in almost every column. The other used to date Michael Douglas. But both of them have been writing a string of columns insisting that the Bushies ran a campaign of "divisiveness," "primitivism," and "fear." To be fair, and to everyone's surprise, Krugman's post-drubbing column wasn't a whine-fest so much as a cri de coeur about how his whininess was justified all along. The column read like a quickly dashed-off buck-up memo about how Democrats should keep fighting. Conveniently Krugman is now going into hiding for a few months to work on an economics textbook. (Nothing like telling the troops to tough it out in the trenches as you head to the bunker.) Thank goodness Dowd has picked up the slack. Her columns of late aren't the clever highbrow snarks they once were; once she knew how to sweeten the bile. Now her op-ed page real estate hits your desk like a bucket of vomit with some Body Shop potpourri sprinkled across the surface.
Uh-oh. Yahoo is going Hollywood. (Say it ain't so!) Could this be the beginning of the end?

Monday, November 08, 2004

Big plans on the Flash front.
Phil Hall's Encyclopedia of Underground Movies is now out in stores. In addition to this independent producer, he profiles a lot of the movie-makers working in the past decade since Firewire made low-budget, high-resolution features a reality.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Just did my civic duty. Ward 7 Precinct 2 voters in Newton, Massachusetts go to a Middle School at the edge of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

I walked right in, no lines, to get to the table with my street, etc. Got my ballot, filled it out (no hole punching this time!) and returned to a second table where I waited for one minute behind a gentleman before reporting my ballot and dropping it in the box.

An old guy manning the table with my monitor was looking around at the largely empty auditorium and said, straight-faced, "Huge turnout."

Huge? Welcome to Newton....

I wonder how the "Intelligent Design" crowd is going to handle this:
Researchers in the laboratories of Detlev Arendt and Jochen Wittbrodt have discovered that the lightsensitive cells of our eyes, the rods and cones, are of unexpected evolutionary origin ­ they come from an ancient population of light-sensitive cells that were initially located in the brain.

Monday, November 01, 2004