Where were you on September 27th, 1983? Well, if you weren’t dead or in shock from yesterday’s nuclear war, you should thank Stanislav Petrov.
Archive for February, 2006
“All people in the world should be brothers,” he said. “You are always welcome here for the rest of your life.”
Michael J. Totten continues his fantastic series of articles from Kurdish Iraq. This time, he writes about his visit to the Yezidis, a small group of religious adherents who while surrounded by Muslims have maintained their unique beliefs for thousands of years. The quote above is from the leader of the Yezidis, the Baba Sheikh.
Dean has a proposal on how to fix healthcare. I reluctantly agree with him.
Right now things are the worst of both worlds: too tightly regulated to function as any kind of free-market solution and too tangled and slapdash to realize any of the benefits of a government program. There’s no practical way to get to a free-market system from our current state, so if we want something at least a little better we have to fall back to the next best alternative.
At least for a while. I don’t personally think a government-run healthcare system will work well in the long term. Yeah, corporations do bad stuff, but in the end they respond to market forces or die; entrenched government beauracracies respond to nothing at all. Unfortunately we need radical simplification of the current system before we can even begin to understand how to really fix it.
Via Dean, some geek humor. 🙂
But, you know, it’s sort of true. Once upon a time every alien, robot, or monster had a guy inside, usually a nameless stunt man. Guys like Rick Baker made a career of being unrecognizable, running around in elaborate makeup and rubber suits. Now they’re being replaced by computer animation which is often more realistic and certainly much more flexible than any monster costume could ever be. And a heck of a lot cheaper.
It won’t be too much longer before flesh and blood actors are also expendible. CGI isn’t quite to the point where it can create believable human beings but it’s getting closer all the time. I suspect that in my lifetime I’ll see the last generation of flesh-and-blood TV and movie performers. At that point human actors will be as antiquated as silent film stars were when talkies first hit the theaters
On February 15, 1898, an explosion of unknown origin sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. The sinking of the Maine incited United States passions against Spain, eventually leading to a naval blockade of Cuba and a declaration of war.
| You scored as Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix). You can change the world around you. You have a strong will and a high technical aptitude. Is it possible you are the one? Now if only Agent Smith would quit beating up your friends.