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An Offer Too Good To Refuse?

Sean Hannity has this to say about Democratic Congressbeing Nancy Pelosi: “This is the moment to say that there are things in life worth fighting and dying for and one of ‘em is making sure Nancy Pelosi doesn’t become the speaker.” It would be cool if she took him up on that offer.

Karr Didn’t Do It

I was right. The case against John Mark Karr for the killing of JonBenet Ramsey has collapsed, to the surprise of almost no one. Prosecutors abruptly dropped their case Monday against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his insistence he […]

Wa-Shing-Ton

Here’s some weird bit of pop culture that I just don’t get. It’s stupid, it’s poorly drawn, and it makes no sense. Video: George Washington (Probably not safe for work) Can’t. Get. It. Out. Of. My. Head.

A Sleepy Day

Bummer

Pluto is not a planet. Despite earlier indications that the International Astronomical Union might adopt a broad definition of a planet that includes Pluto and additional objects in the list of planets, they’ve decided that Pluto isn’t a planet after all, and neither are the other three objects they had been considering: Charon, Ceres, and […]

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)

Building on top of their S3 service, Amazon Web Services has announced the beta phase of a new service: The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Simply put, EC2 provides web-accessible virtual servers that you can provision as a service in just a few minutes. Let’s say you have an application that requires a database […]

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Everybody says Google is going to build a web-based operating system, but Amazon seems to be doing it too, with their Amazon Web Services line of products. For example, there’s Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), which implements a very simple store-a-file/get-a-file service. Amazon says it’s fast and designed for 99.99% availability, with data centers […]

The Coming Racial War

Sort of: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Get ready for a segregated ”Survivor.” Race will matter on the upcoming season of the CBS show as contestants will be divided into four tribes by ethnicity. That means blacks, whites, Latinos and Asians in separate groups. The announcement was made on CBS‘ Early Show. Host Jeff Probst says […]

I Knew Abdur When…

About 8 or 9 years ago, I started working on a Ph.D. in computer science. I already had the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in computer science, so this seemed like the next logical step. At the time, I was working as a software developer for the research arm of the Illinois Institute of Technology and […]

John Mark Karr

Okay, I’ll get in the game with my prediction: John Mark Karr didn’t kill JonBenet Ramsey. (I’ve been right about things like this before, but didn’t say anything in advance so who’d believe me, right? This time, right or wrong, I’m on record.) He allegedly says her death was an accident, which is obviously not […]

Drug in the Workplace, Part 1

Pete Guither asks us to help put together a challenge to a page at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) called Drugs in the Workplace—What an employer needs to know. I’ll start with the third sentence, which includes this: “77 percent of illicit drug users in the United States are employed.” Since […]

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

I think the drug war has been arguably the single most devastating, dysfunctional, harmful social policy since slavery. That’s Norm Stamper, retired Seattle Police Chief. He’s just one of the current and former police officers and other criminal justice professionals who are members of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Here’s a short video of some of […]

Beautiful Crime-Free Glenview

I found this sign in a small park-like area in Glenview, Illinois: I’m amused by the little figurines of the dog and its owner with the pooper-scooper. I’m also fascinated with the kind of thinking that must have gone into deciding on a maximum leash length. Were there incidents with long-leashed dogs? Was 8 feet […]

“It’s the warrantless, stupid!”

KipEsquire gets the NSA wiretapping decision exactly right. And he got it right back in January too.

Natalie Tells It Like It Is

I missed this when it happened, but I guess Natalie Portman was trying to break out of her Star-Wars/princess/Sesame Street/kiddie-movie image, and picked an SNL bit to do it: Natalie Tells It Like It Is I never used to pay much attention to her, but after seeing this video, I think I’m getting a bit […]

Just to Let You Know

I just threw away the 12-page manual that came with my small desk fan, including 2 pages of IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PREVENT INJURY. So if I suddenly stop blogging, you’ll know what went wrong.

Pluto and Friends

There’s some interesting news news from the International Astronomical Union this morning. They may be about to settle on the definition of a planet…and there are more of them than you think. (For those of you who don’t remember this stuff, you’re supposed to think there are nine of them.) The sticking point has been […]

Nikon D80

This is probably a great idea: That’s Nikon’s just-announced D80 digital SLR. From what I can tell, it’s the 10 megapixel imaging technology from my D200 repackaged into a D70-style body for consumer pricing. It’s probably slower, lighter, and less rugged, but it’s definitely cheaper, with an MSRP of $999.95 for the body. Here’s a […]

DEA at MSI

I took a few hours yesterday to drive down to one of my long-time favorite places in Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry. I haven’t been there in years, and I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this. That’s because I wasn’t there to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit. I was there to see […]

This Ain’t World War III

A bunch of people out there, mostly from the right wing, have started referring to the collection of Middle East conflicts as “World War III.” That’s nonsense. Not because this couldn’t be the start of another world war—who can tell?—but because we’ve already had World War III. We called it the Cold War. Sure, it […]