Wednesday, May 18, 2005

The Big Move (Or, Apologies Again)
Yeah, yeah, I know, I had a whole slew of posts yesterday, and then nothing today. I'm sure you're disappointed, but I'm behind where I wanted to be in moving and packing—I'm sure you can understand.

Thanks for the patience! (Oh, and I got a job, so you won't hear me complaining about the search anymore—and hopefully you won't hear me complaining about the job itself, either).

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Ouch
Professor Reynolds takes Andrew Sullivan to task, and I have to say I agree with InstaPundit's observations. Sullivan, starting with the Iraq war defeatism that Glenn mentions, has been more and more excitable as time has gone on. He castigated the Bush administration for failing to win the war in Iraq, he regularly flies off the handle about gay marriage, and most recently he seems to think Stalin was installed as Pope.

I grow weary of people who think the world is following the Koran (i.e. down the crapper). The world is neither as bad as the cynics would have you believe, nor as good as the optimists would argue. We're somewhere in the middle, right where we always have been.

Things will get worse. Things will get better. In short: things change, so get used to it.

Let it happen
A death-row inmate wants his sentence delayed so he can donate his liver:

An inmate condemned to die by injection next week asked the Indiana Parole Board to grant him clemency -- or at least enough time -- to donate his liver to his ailing sister.
This is an easy one for me—let the guy donate the liver, and delay the execution if necessary. Still carry it out, of course, but give this guy who once took a life the chance to save one, too.

"How's your French Toast, honey?"
Smelly and ungrateful.

Americans have been up front about it for a few years now—when will the rest of Europe come out of the closet?

Channeling Smoot and Hawley?
Andrew Sullivan seems to think that someone at the NYT is doing exactly that.

Ready to be poor?
For all of you soon-to-be college graduates out there, Laura Vanderkam has some advice. It's good advice, and something that parents are too often failing to teach their kids: self-responsibility.

A consensus full of hot air
All of you out there who are still 100% confident in the "scientific consensus" that the planet is warming as a result of man's actions, I invite you to read to discover why some of us still have our doubts about the whole thing.

And please, read to the end?

Lots and lots
Of good stuff, that is, in the Monday edition of Political Wire. Though is bias is showing through a bit, there's still a lot of useful information over there.

Let's hope I've made some money by then
It'd be great to have enough saved up for one of these and maybe a few games, too:

[Sony] unveiled details of its planned PlayStation 3 Monday, showing off a machine with enormous horsepower, stunning graphics and a slew of multimedia elements.

Due in about a year, the PlayStation 3 boasts an engine 35 times more powerful than the PlayStation 2, according to Sony. It will support up to seven wireless controllers and has outputs for two high-definition televisions (HDTVs).
Sweet.

Apologies (again)
I was absent yesterday because I was wrangling a few job offers. Everyone cross your fingers that it all works out, but it looks like I may actually be employed following my graduation on Monday. Yay!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Lucas Lies
According to CNN.com George Lucas has an explanation for the unpopularity of Episodes I and II:

Lucas told reporters he was not too concerned by the negative reaction to Episodes I and II of the prequel trilogy.

"We've discovered in the last few years ... that we have two fan bases," he said. "One is over 25 and one is under 25.

"The films that those people (over-25s) don't like, which is the first two, actually are very fanatically adored by the under-25-year-olds."
First off, I'd appreciate it if Lucas didn't attempt to speak for me. Second, he's wrong anyway—I don't know a single under-25 year-old who thinks Episodes I and II are any good, least of all as good as the original Star Wars movie or even trilogy. Lucas may be able to produce an under-25 demographic that liked these two movies, but it's not because they're under 25 as he claims.

I don't know what the explanation is, but if there's a universal loathing of Jar Jar Binks among EVERY under-25 that I know, that would imply to me that there's some x-factor that isn't age. Anyone have guesses? I'm thinking maybe it's intelligence, or culture, or something related.

Ever wondered about ID?
The Washington Post's Michael Powell does a pretty decent job of explaining the theories behind Intelligent Design.