Archive for May, 2004

Stone: Worster Album Covers Ever II

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You are Mr Do!

What Video Game Character Are You? I am Mr Do.I am Mr Do.

I am sedentary by nature, enjoying passive entertainment, eating when the mood takes me, and playing with my food. I try to avoid conflict, but when I’m angered, I can be a devil – if you force me to fight, I will crush you. With apples. What Video Game Character Are You?

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Dead or alive

Michele of A Small Victory has a clickable guide to the seven terrorists currently sought by the FBI: The Seven

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After you read today’s headlines, read this overview of millitary deaths.

The news of 800 dead US Soldiers is sad. The state of our world without such brave men – and without leaders who understand the necessity of defending freedom – would be far, far worse.

(via Dean’s World)

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We say “soda” here in Maryland..But apparently some parts of the country are less enlightened.

I guess “pop” is ok, even if it makes you sound like you’re from a 50’s sitcom, but calling everything a “coke” doesn’t even make any sense. I mean, how can you order a Dr. Pepper if you have to ask for a Coke? Silly states!

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Men have breasts too

Male breasts aren’t nearly as attractive as female ones, but, unfortunately, they’re still vulnerable to cancer. And this BBC report says that male breast cancer is becoming more common.

University of Texas research found that, while men are far less likely to develop breast tumours than women, the numbers are increasing.

Writing in an online edition of the journal Cancer, they warn men seem to be unaware they can develop the cancer.

The local public library has a special display devoted to the early identification of breast cancer … in women. I suppose the same basic medical information applies to men, but you’d never know it from the pink bunting, teddy bears with hearts on them, etc.

If most men don’t know anything about this it’s probably because no one ever tells us. Male breast cancer is still relatively rare. But as long as we’re spending money on publicity campaigns, we might as well make the imagery we use a bit more male-friendly.

(via Dean’s World)

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Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of the 1st Marine Division, spoke at a press conference regarding the remarkably well-armed “wedding party” that was attacked over the weekend. Iraq Now has a set of excellent example of how just about every report of the press conference completely mangles Gen. Mattis perfectly straightforward quotes.

For the most part, though, the news outlets are committing the same sins: distorting the general’s meaning by omission, by skipping the ellipses (in the same places), and by making the same mistakes.

Essentially, it looks like they’re quoting each other, or some apocryphal Q source material. They’re not quoting General Mattis. They didn’t even show up at the press conference, and they didn’t bother to get a transcript or listen to the tape. But all these reporters are passing their crap off as if they were right from the source material.

Absolutely, completely pathetic.

Amen. What good is a newspaper or a wire service that can’t print a quote verbatim without screwing it up? I’m perfectly capable of reading it myself; I don’t need them to paraphrase for me. Don’t have room to print the whole quote? Nonsense. Drop those four worthless paragraph of “analysis”, backstory, and badly disguised editorializing. In fact, why don’t you just print the transcript. And then the incompetents who write this stuff can go away. We don’t need them anymore.

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A coworker of mine likes to browse around this nifty site in his spare time: Joyrides. It’s part of the Detroit News Autos Insider pages.

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A handy reference for refrigerator owners everywhere: Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad

It’s a few years old, but I just had occasion to use it again and figured it deserved a mention.

Hmm. So was this green salsa originally green?

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Hubble and Shuttle

thorough and focused analysis of the policy disconnect within NASA is completely correct. As I’ve noted before, exploration is a dangerous business, whether it’s across an ocean or between planets, and people are going to die. But that alone is not a valid reason to avoid doing something that needs to be done, and it never was, or we’d all still be huddled in our nice safe caves trying not to think about those scary lights moving around up in the night sky.

It’s possible that letting Hubble die is the right decision for other reasons (thought I doubt it) but the inherent risk involved in the mission is just one of many factors.

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