Friday, October 29, 2004

Selling Friends Down The River

Colin Powell has got to go in the next Bush administration. (Keeping my fingers crossed that there will be one.) John J. Tkacik Jr., of The Heritage Foundation, explains on NRO how Colin Powell caved to the ChiComs in a recent interview with a Hong Kong reporter.

Not only did he say that Taiwan and Communist China should eventually reunite (which appalls the Taiwanese after seeing the loss of freedom when Hong Kong was reunited with Communist China), but he averred that Taiwan is not even a sovereign nation presently, which is both a gross falsehood and does our staunch ally a great disservice.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Expanding Your Vocabulary... or, er, at least mine.

I ran across a few new words in reading The Survival of Culture. Thought I'd share what I found in the Oxford English Dictionary when I looked them up. As follows in no particular order:

desuetude

1. A discontinuance of the use or practice (of anything); disuse; protracted cessation from.

b. The passing into a state of disuse.

2. The condition or state into which anything falls when one ceases to use or practise it; the state of disuse.


and

eudemonic, -dæmonic, a.

1. Conducive to happiness; viewed as conducive to happiness.

2. pl. a. (after Gr. ) (see quot. a1832). b. (nonce-use) Appliances for comfort, means of happiness.

a1832 BENTHAM Logic Wks. (1838-43) VIII. 289 Eudæmonics, or the art of applying life to the maximization of wellbeing.

So eudemonical a.


and lastly

exiguous, a.

Scanty in measure or number; extremely small, diminutive, minute.

Hence exiguousness = EXIGUITY.

Celebrity Bozos Want YOU To Vote!

A quite amusing article by Matt Labash about the inane "civics lessons" from celebrity goofballs. Not only are they not very bright, just now learning things the rest of us learned in middle school, but they're preachy, self-righteous, self-absorbed and inordinately impressed with their own importance. I particularly like Matt Labash's description of the man formerly-known-as Puff Daddy, "Mr. Diddy, aka Sean Combs, the rapper-fashion-mogul-all-purpose-publicity-tapeworm".

Blogger Problems

I'm annoyed by Blogger. The last couple mornings, when I go to publish posts I've written, it won't work. Yesterday, it didn't work at all. This morning, I managed one post the way I wanted it, and another that was 2/3 of what I was intending. It's annoying and frustrating. Blogger is good, a lot of nice features and it's free, but one does get what one pays for. Errors and problems crop up all the time. They don't usually last a long time, but it still gets on one's nerves.

Pre-emptive Praise

An article from the Asia Times praises George Bush for striking Iraq pre-emptively, Weapons of Mass Destruction or no. An interesting logic; whether one agrees or not, he does actually make a historical case for his position. Worth reading.
Whether or not Saddam Hussein actually intended or had the capacity to build nuclear weapons is of trifling weight in the strategic balance. Everyone is planning to build nuclear weapons. They involve 60-year-old technology no longer difficult to replicate. It hardly matters where one begins. "Kill the chicken, and let the monkey watch," as the Chinese say. Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, the theocrats of Iran, the North Koreans and soon many other incalculable reprobates have or will have such plans. It hardly matters which one you attack first, so long as you attack one of them.
But isn't it cruel to cast the die for war before it is proven beyond doubt that war cannot be avoided? Given the frightful cost of war, should peace not be given every chance? Some wars of course should not be fought, such as the threatened hot war between the United States and the Soviet Union. In many cases, however, risk and reward are highly asymmetric; the cost of a short and nasty small war vanishes toward insignificance compared with the price of a grand war of attrition, particularly when nuclear weapons are concerned.

Red Sox Thoughts

Well, I am surprised. I picked the Cards in 6, but that seems to have been a bit off. That's okay. I don't mind the Red Sox winning. Now we won't have to listen to the incessant whining about how they haven't won a World Series in nearly a century.

On another note, Presidential hopeful John Kerry seems to be less of a fan of the home-town team than he makes himself out to be.

Finally, an article from my alma mater's rag, The Falcon. It would be funnier if he had been able to write after the World Series had ended, instead of before Game 3.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Computer Gaming

Playing a great game lately, Escape From Monkey Island, which is the fourth and (so far) last installment in LucasArts' Monkey Island series. Classic adventure games, they have fun gameplay, good voice-acting and quite a bit of humour. Only one of the four I haven't finished yet. I'd recommend any and all to just about anyone.

This game series, and the enjoyability of the early games even though technology has passed them by goes to show that solid game design can trump the latest bells and whistles of graphics and sound.

I have seen a vision of my future.

And this is it. I can easily see a time (provided that I gain employment more gainful than currently) when I spend more on books than on food. Though, since my wife is a pastry chef who appreciates good food, that may be difficult. I'm willing to give it the old college try, however.

Catcher in the Rye is lousy

That's the gist of this article. I have to say, I've always suspected as much, though I have managed to avoid reading it. The Old Man and the Sea, by Hemingway, comes in for criticism in passing, and I whole-heartedly agree. I have read that book, and it was tripe. Based on that, I'm inclined to go along with the evaluation of Catcher in the Rye.

Quotation

The Survival of Culture
"No doubt I am biased, but it strikes me that a covert complicity exists between computer and user. Reading a book becomes an experience in one's life in a way that consulting a computer cannot be (or, at least, cannot be yet). The computer is unsurpassable for the transmission of facts, of raw information, as well as for its miraculous indexing properties, but it does not--again, perhaps does not yet--engage our imaginations and intellects in quite the same way a book does."

-Eric Ormsby, p. 37

Books

Finished reading Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell a couple days ago. An excellent book. A lot of it was things that I already knew, but a good bit was things that I hadn't ever considered, or presented topics that I already had heard about in a novel way. I'd say it would be a good primer on economics for just about anybody. He's also written another book as a sort of sequel, Applied Economics, which I also plan to read.

And as an update to my post about my frustration with my local library, I have spoken to them and they agreed to get my books to the correct library. They were quite nice about it; very apologetic for the problems caused by their computer system switch.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Don't Make Me Come Up There

The US has threatened to destroy the European Global Positioning System (GPS) competitor, Galileo in the even of war with a country that will use the system.
The paper also reported a disagreement between EU and US officials this month over Galileo at a London conference which led to the threat to blow up the future satellites.

The European delegates reportedly said they would not turn off or jam signals from their satellites, even if they were used in a war with the United States.

Some allies. Beyond this, countries now need to decide which system they will use, since they are not compatible. Countries that want to distance themselves from the US may be tempted by Galileo, but would then risk having their GPS capabilities destroyed if a country that the US goes to war with also uses Galileo. So if, say, Norway and Iran are both countries that sign up to use Galileo, and the US ends up in a conflict with Iran, Norway may lose GPS abilities if the US decides it needs to shoot down the Galileo satellites.

ARROWED!

Fun little game and time waster that Jonah Goldberg linked at NRO. Some stick-figure violence.

A Large Wading Bird To Visit In The Near Future

I'm not sure why I didn't mention this sooner on my blog. But I didn't. Suffice it to say, that child in the picture below. That's my baby. One runs that gamut of emotion in a generally constant fashion, mixing emotions in odd combinations. Fear Of Failure with Pride In Accomplishment, for example. Anyway. Thought people might want to see a picture of the little tyke.


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Friday, October 22, 2004

Comments Switch

I'm switching my comments to Blogger rather than Haloscan. While I dislike some of the aspects of Blogger's comment system, such as forcing people to either post as "Anonymous" or starting a Blogger account, the advantage of placing the comments on a page with the post and the fact that Haloscan's comments don't persist like Blogger's seem to have decided me to switch. Sorry if that's a problem for anyone, but I don't think it will be a big deal. I have a single comment since I started blogging again.

Pro-life Women and Barbara Ehrenreich

Still reading First Things and I'm farther down the page of The Public Square now. Neuhaus comments at length on Barbara Ehrenreich's accusation that pro-life women are thumb-sucking wimps and hypocrites. Neuhaus' (sarcastic) conclusion:

Those thumb-sucking women are implying that it is not really terrific to be Barbara Ehrenreich, which is ludicrous. Not that they will be able to match her success, but they can at least support the abortion license that made it possible. Too bad about those two kids, but, as Sartre understood, nothing comes without paying a price. Sure it's unfair, but, then, life is unfair. The children died in the cause of giving the public Barbara Ehrenreich and giving Barbara Ehrenreich some really neat advantages. Do these women know what it's like to live in a grubby lower-middle-class world with a husband who works in a warehouse? Barbara Ehrenreich should feel guilty about what she did? Get real, ladies.

Neuhaus doesn't pull punches.

First Things and Good as New [?]

The November First Things is out, which means the October issue is now completely available online here.

In Richard Neuhaus' Public Square section, he mentions the new "translation" of the Bible, the Good as New by
John Henson of One, an organization dedicated to "establishing peace, justice, dignity, and rights for all," along with the "sustainable use of earth's resources," and to challenging "oppression, injustice, exclusion, and discrimination" while accepting "one another, valuing their diversity and experience."
Yeah.

And he contrasts some passages with the same passages from the Revised Standard Version. Here's a couple beginning with 1 Corinthians 7:

"To the unmarried and the widows, I say that it is well for them to remain single as I do. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion." Good as New: "If you know you have strong needs, get yourself a partner. Better than being frustrated."

Mark 1 in the Revised Standard Version (RSV): "And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, 'You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.'" Good as New: "As he was climbing up the bank again, the sun shone through a gap in the clouds. At the same time a pigeon flew down and perched on him. Jesus took this as a sign that God's spirit was with him. A voice from overhead was heard saying, 'That's my boy! You?re doing fine!'"

Scary Side of Organ Donation

An article from NRO talks about a recent case where an individual had his organs taken to be used in transplants before he was legally dead. Scary, and Wesley Smith summarises the implications succinctly.
The real danger to public confidence, not to mention the morality and ethics of medicine, lies in the growing advocacy to permit devastated and dying patients to be killed for their organs. Such a radical policy shift would not only shatter the public's willingness to sign organ-donation cards, but worse, it would turn would-be organ sources into commodities, reducing them from the status of fully human persons to mere harvestable natural resources.
I'm thinking I may switch my organ donor status next time I renew my driver's license.

Who's Number 1?!

Kerry! That's right, he's the number one liberal in the Senate. But you don't have to take my word for it. In fact, you don't have to take any Republican's word for it. Michael Moore says that Kerry is the most liberal man in the Senate.
Moore said Kerry may not be perfect, but is far superior to former Vice President Al Gore and this year's other Democratic presidential hopefuls. "There's a reason that they're saying Kerry is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate," said Moore. "It's because he is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate."
And if it takes one to know one...

How NOT to get the votes of moms

Republicans are making hay out of this. NRO has two articles about it. Not only did Teresa Heinz-Kerry claim that Laura Bush had never had a "real job" insulting stay-at-home moms everywhere, but she also ignored the fact that Mrs Bush has been both a librarian and a teacher. (Unions of both groups trend left making this comment a real puzzler.) She backpedaled with the semi-apology that was somewhat plausible: She hadn't remembered that Mrs Bush had been a teacher and a librarian. Doubtful, but let that pass. She still refused to acknowledge that raising kids is a "real job". Way to go, Teresa. Can you find a way to offend even more people at a whack?

Sports, Sports, Sports

A lot going on in the world of sports. The Red Sox beat the Yankees in 7 games, becoming the first baseball team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best of seven series. The Cardinals won their decisive game 7 over the Astros, beating Roger Clemens (former Yankee) and sending him and Andy Pettite (former Yankee) home pennant-less.

I should elaborate on what I think about the Yankees-Red Sox thing. First of all, and most important, the Yankees lost. But I am a Mariners fan. Not a Red Sox fan. So while it is a great and glorious day when the Yankees lose, my only joy in the Red Sox win is that it adds to the Yankee shame and pain because the Red Sox are the greatest enemies of the Yankees. I don't care that the Red Sox are going to the World Series and it won't hurt me at all if they lose there. I'm just glad that the Yankers got beat, they had to suffer at the hands of their hated rivals, and their defeat was the biggest choke in the history of baseball. That's what warms the cockles of my heart.

In fact, I get a little bit irritated reading Bosox fans who try to co-opt the Yankee-hatred of others (such as myself) into pro-Red Sox sentiment. I don't care about your club at all. So you haven't been to the World Series in 18 years. Boo-hoo. My M's have never been. So you haven't won since the Great War. I couldn't care less. The M's have never won. Your pain means nothing to me. The Red Sox are just a means to the end that is hurting the hated Evil Empire. I'm even looking forward to watching Pujols and Rolen hitting shots over the Green Monster.

Not for the faint of stomach is an article about how the Red Sox doctors tested their theory about how to patch up Curt Schilling so he could pitch Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. "This man's dead, Jim."

Moving to college football, the NCAA cleared former UW football coach Rick Neuheisel of any wrong-doing in betting in a NCAA basketball tournament pool. He was not given correct information from the University, and was thus held not to have broken rules. He had complied with the instructions given him by the school's compliance officer. Despite Neuheisel being cleared, the UW had its probation extended another two years to 2007 for failing to adequately monitor the football program.

In gymnastics, Paul Hamm had the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) uphold his gold medal win in Athens in the Men's All-Around Gymnastics event. The South Koreans, who whined the next day that there was a judging error were sent packing with a flea in their ear for not following the established procedures for appealing.

Shaquile O'Neal and Kobe Bryant are still feuding despite being on teams on opposite coasts, and now Phil Jackson is getting up in the mix with a new book that criticises Kobe and says that Kobe was the reason he didn't come back to coach the Lakers.

Carmelo Anthony was busted for marijuana possession while boarding the team plane. His explanation? "It's not mine, officer! I swear! My friend, whose name I cannot for the moment recall, must have left it there when I loaned him my backpack." Actually, he has named the friend, and the friend has graciously stepped up and signed an affadavit taking repsonsibility for leaving the wacky tobacky in Anthony's bag. That was a big-hearted, GENEROUS gesture that I'm sure won't go unrewarded. And now we know why they call him "'Mello". It's a downward slide, neighbor. Refusing to play in Athens, fighting in a bar in New York and now getting caught with doobies. Tsk, tsk.

Ricky Williams' lawyer met with NFL and player's union officials to discuss Ricky's possible return to the NFL. Turns out that the reason Ricky retired was because he was facing a suspension for failing his third drug test and he didn't agree that the league had tested him properly. Yeah, because he learned his lesson from the first two drug test failures that he shouldn't act rashly and without taking thought for the future. In a totally unrelated note, it is a coincidence that Ricky's decision to play football again (because he has a passion for the game) was taken just after he found out that he would owe the Dolphins more than $8.6 million (because he didn't think through the consequences of his retirement and breach of contract).

Jerry Rice is now with the Seahawks. How strange is that? And all the Seahawks had to give up was a conditional seventh round draft pick. And, Jerry will continue to wear number 80. Though he did have the class to ask Steve Largent for permission, (and Largent did give the okay) it will pain me to see the number of the greatest Seahawk ever (my boyhood hero) on the back of an aging superstar who is hanging on to his career too long because his out-sized ego won't allow him to go into retirement gracefully. (Paging Emmitt Smith!)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Scholarly Independence

An interesting article from the NY Sun about the increasing prevalence and acceptance of scholars independent of academe. The National Coalition of Independent Scholars held a conference in New York this past weekend. A wide range of interests among these people, and obviously a lot of passion considering the financial difficulties many of them face.

Library Frustration

My local library system has recently switched to a new computer system, it seems. No big deal, right? Wrong. Not only did their catalog disappear for a week so that one could not check the status of holds, items out, fines, etc., but when everything came back, my items on hold were now at the wrong library. Not only were they at the wrong library, it's half an hour in the other direction.

Okay, if I can change that before they actually arrive to fill my hold, that's cool, yeah? And there is a note on the KCLS website that gives a phone number to call to have one's holds moved. So I called. They (rather rudely and abruptly) told me that it could not be done yet (despite what the website said) and to call back in a few days. So, I'm all set to call today and what is waiting for me in my e-mail? A notice from KCLS saying that one of my holds is filled and waiting at the wrong library.

So I'm going to call again today and ask them, politely at first, to move my book to the right library. Updates as events warrant.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Pepsi vs. Coke... In the Lab

Seems some scientists had a bit of extra grant money lying around and decided to check whether or not people could really tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke.

The result? "When asked to taste blind, they showed no preference. However, when the participants were shown company logos before they drank, the Coke label, the more famous of the two, had a dramatic impact: three-quarters of the tasters declared they preferred Coke." This indicated to researchers (along with the brain activity being monitored) that the associations that people had with the Coke label and logo were such that they actually influenced the way people experienced the drink.

I've always thought that I could tell the difference between the two. I've always thought that Pepsi was a bit sweeter and a bit smoother. Coke seemed to have a bit more edge to it. Now, well, I'm just going to have to test for myself maybe. If I do, I'll let you know what happens.

The Greatness of the "Almost-Great"

An article about why books that are almost great are needed and are important. Makes sense to me, but I think the author goes a bit far. "Any number of contemporary works fall into this category. They can be culled from genre writing, including horror, science fiction, outside action-adventure writing, serious biography and narrative history, and a form currently dubbed "chick lit" (the last usually qualifying as descendants of works by Jane Austen or the Brontës )."

I don't know that I'd include all that, but time will tell. I think the key to determining the great and the "almost-great", is time. The great books stand the test of time.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

D&D

An article about Dungeons and Dragons on NRO. I'm not a pen and paper gamer, but one of my favourite computer games, Baldur's Gate II (and BGI and the sequel Throne of Bhaal) uses the D&D system of rules. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed a turn-based game of that nature. Makes me interested in giving a paper game a try.

Kerry: Hoist With His Own Petard

Rich Lowry at NRO points out that Kerry contradicted himself rather badly during the final debate and throughout his campaign. He proclaims his faith but won't let it inform his deeds, except when politically expedient, of course.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Electoral College Maps

If you're into such things, here's a state-by-state breakdown of what the latest polls say about which states are leaning which way. Not only that, you can create custom maps based on different polls, polls of different people (everyone, registered voters, likely voters, etc.) and how recently the polls have been conducted. Worthwhile if you're interested in politics or even if you just like maps with pretty colours.

The Discerning Comics Reader

I like comic strips. But I don't like them all. A lot of comics are just lame. (See: Family Circus) Others preach tiresome liberal dogma under the pretense of being funny, which they rarely are. (See: Non Sequitur and Boondocks) But I've found 10 comics that consistently amuse and entertain me. Big Nate, Dilbert, Foxtrot, Frazz, Get Fuzzy, Luann, Pearls Before Swine, Pibgorn and Rose is Rose. The tenth comic, PVP, is only on the internet or in book collections. To read all of these every day would require subscribing to both local papers and even then I'd still not get every comic. (Get Fuzzy, for example, is not carried in either of the daily papers locally.) The solution, the internet. Ah, yes. Eight of those ten comics are handled by the same syndicate, it would seem. So comics.com is almost a one-stop comic-palooza. Foxtrot is at ucomics.com (though, if you only want the current day's strip, you can go to foxtrot.com and skip the ads and pop-ups) and PVP is on its own website at PVPonline.com. Both ucomics.com and comics.com have archives. Both sites' free archives are small (30 days at comics.com and 14 days at ucomics.com), but you can subscribe for a small fee and get access to years and years worth of comics. About the only thing newspapers are good for now is crossword puzzles and packing your china when you move. (Yes, I have found crossword puzzles online, but it's just not nearly as satisfying or easy to do them online.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Jacques Derrida RIP

John Miller and Mark Molesky, "deconstruct" Derrida on the occasion of his death. Not a bad summary, but for more info on deconstruction as a philosophy I'd suggest looking elsewhere. The writings of Roger Kimball are especially instructive, in my opinion.

Flowers... What?

Look at the post below this one. Back? Right. What is the deal with those flowers? It seems the default image for bullets when one makes a bullet-pointed list are... little, girly flowers. That's lame. I'll leave that list be, but until I take the time to figure how to change that, I'm going to stay away from the bulleted lists.

Books

I did a fair bit of reading during the time I wasn't blogging. I keep a list of the books I've read, but I'm not going to dig through it to find and list exactly what I wrote. I'll just run down the most recent ones that I can remember without much difficulty.
From Terry Pratchett's Discworld series:
From Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series: Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout:
Miscellaneous other books:

I don't think that's all of them, but it's most of them. That doesn't include books I've already read, though I didn't do hardly any re-reading during that time period.

Solzhenitsyn Considered

An interesting (to me) article from last month's First Things about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian dissident and writer. Probably best known in the West for The Gulag Archipelago, he was actually a fairly prolific writer. Even if you've never read anything he's written, you'd be well advised to check out the article and learn a bit more about the man who so profoundly influenced the latter half of the last century.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Chess Blog

Found an interesting chess blog. Haven't read through a whole lot of it yet, but it looks as if it might be promising. While I enjoy chess a great deal, and play when I get the chance, I'm not really very good. Especially so by the standards of those who play competitively. Since I'm not very well aware of what's going on in the larger world of chess I did some searching for a chess blog. Hopefully, checking this one periodically should help. I wouldn't recommend this blog as an impartial reporter of the various debates and conflicts, but it seems to cover a wide range of chess topics.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Capital Punishment: Playing God?

From First Things an interesting article all in all, but the part that struck me most was the one following. The argument that has troubled me most in the discussions I have had and in my own thoughts about the death penalty is the question of whether capital punishment is playing God. I had arrived at the conclusion that it was not, but it is articulated better below than I have ever been able to do.

I have heard it asked by fellow Christians, “How dare we play God? How dare we wrest into our own hands the divine prerogative of life and death?” It is a good question. My answer is that we dare not. We dare not wrest into our own hands any of the divine prerogatives of justice, whether the deprivation of life, of liberty, or of property. It is a dreadful matter to kill a man, but it is also dreadful to lock him in a hole, away from wife, children, parents, friends, and all that he held dear in life. It is a fearsome matter to imprison a man, but it is also fearsome to use fines and impoundments to confiscate his worldly goods, which he may have accumulated by honest labor and is counting on for the succor of his family and the support of his declining years. No, we dare not wrest into our hands any powers over our fellow men. But if God puts such powers into the hands of those who hold public authority—what then? Does this not alter the picture? How dare we jerk our hands away, hide them behind our backs, refuse the charge. For the teaching of Scripture and Christian tradition are just as clear about public justice as they are about personal forgiveness, and the teaching of Christ is that “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). The magistrate is “sent,” whether he knows it or not; he is “the servant of God to execute His wrath on the wrongdoer.” Yes, we have seen that he is a servant of God’s patience, too, but the one charge does not cancel the other. However tempered with mercy, public authority remains an augur or a portent of the wrath which will one day fall upon the unrepentant.

Dawkins, Darwin and Double Standards

An interesting article from First Things on the latest book by Richard Dawkins that points up his lack of consistency in the beliefs he derives from Darwinism.

But haven’t we forgotten something? Dawkins has already told us that he is passionately anti-Darwinian when it comes to how we should conduct our human affairs. Indeed. But why should that be? Do we detect here an unthinking speciesist double standard? Why should bovine affairs be conducted on a Darwinian basis, and not human affairs? Cows do not seek to minimize our suffering; why should we seek to minimize theirs? Is it because we alone have the “blessed gift of understanding”? We do, but so what? What is there to understand when it comes to morality? Are there objective moral standards existing somewhere, out there, for our understanding to latch on to? Not on Dawkins’ premises. Indeed, he explicitly admits that “science has no methods for deciding what is ethical.”

It's an interesting article that shows that despite efforts to the contrary, Darwinists throw the baby out with the bathwater. If Darwin means one can get rid of God, then morals and ethics have to go too.

Che: Revealed

As part of a review of "Motorcycle Diaries", the movie about the journey across South America made by Alberto Granado and Che Guevara, Anthony Daniels makes some great points about the cult of Che, why it continues and why it should have been smothered at birth. Not only that, but he goes through the movie and compares it with the actual diaries and points out areas that have been revised, seemingly in an effort to make the movie more palatable to post-Communist audiences.

Friday, October 08, 2004

A Little Known Escher Medium

I'm a big fan of M.C. Escher. I think his perspective bending drawings are amazing and, some of them, are quite beautiful. I also like the complexity of it all. Found an interesting site that has Escher drawings translated into three dimensions via... Legos! Check it out here. (Scroll to the bottom for the Escher stuff, though some of the rest is pretty neat too.)

C.S. Lewis Blog

Found a neat blog that has daily quotes from C.S. Lewis. Good stuff. Of course, I picked a bad time to link to it because the blogger in question is going out of town for a week starting tomorrow, but there's some archives to read through if this strikes your fancy. And the blog, though it has a small readership, seems to have a fairly dedicated one. This might be worth sticking my my Link list.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

LOTR 50th Anniversary

Next year, The Lord of the Rings turns 50 years old there will be a commerative edition released. (See the link above.) Do I want a copy? Yes. Can I justify the $68.00 that Amazon wants for it? Probably not.

I'm not Bartholomew Cubbins...

so I could stand to have a new hat. I have a baseball hat that has my employer's name on it and another couple that have my alma mater's acronym (SPU), but I'm not thrilled about being a walking billboard for my company and my preferred SPU hat is on its last legs (if you'll pardon in the inapt metaphor). So I've been looking for a new baseball hat.

I've thought about vintage baseball hats, and if I go that route I'm thinking the oldest of the Washington Senators hats would be cool. I've always liked Walter Johnson, and he served his time, er, played for the Washington Senators, back in the day.

On the other hand, I've also found this hat. I do hate the Yankees, as a Mariners fan should. For the time being, however, I think I'll just tape my old favourite up and stick with it.

Well, I'm back.

Here I am again. I've decided to take up this blogging thing again. I notice there are quite a few new features in Blogger. We'll see how well they work. Their picture software is improved, so I have a pic of my mug in my profile now.

Why am I back to blogging? Well, mostly because I would run across interesting things on the internet and want to share them with the world at large, or I would read an interesting article or book and want to comment. I'm not under any delusions about how many readers I'll have (especially since I'm not going to do anything out of my way to get readers), so I'm probably just talking to myself here.