March 5th, 2008


[links] Link salad hump day edition

The D&D Poll — Gary, we hardly knew you.

The ARC contest voting poll — Which I will close tomorrow morning. Vote now!

Shorpy with an airship photo! — Ca. 1929.

Avalanche on Mars — This is not your father's Chevrolet.

The Earth and Moon, as seen from Mars — (Thanks to Gelastic Jew.)

prof_brotherton posts the first chapters of his new book Spider Star Powell's | Amazon ]

The ever admirable Slacktivist on the Evangelical view of mental illness — Gosh, and people wonder why I think religion and public policy don't mix well. Bonus points for describing supporters of the Family Research Council as being trapped in "intellectual veal pens."

Great white 'ate anti-shark device' — Hahahahah.

Fractionated spacecraft

Squidpunkjeffvandermeer and Ann VanderMeer talk to Wired magazine about The Situation and about his being a geek dad.

More on "moist" — In the first three minutes or so of this podcast, a discussion of the cringe word "moist". This is a concept which I have previously commented that I find incomprehensible. (Thanks to goulo.)

Competitive muskrat skinning — The new standard in beauty. (Thanks to khaybee. I think.)

Time in saddle: 20 minutes
Last night's weigh-out: 277.8
This morning's weigh-in: 275.2
Currently reading: Field of Fire, by James O. Born Powell's | Amazon ]

[politics] Clinton rules

First of all, let me say: good for Hillary. I'm an Obama supporter, but I respect her drive, her victories and her passion. And I will whole heartedly support Hillary as the Democratic nominee if that's how everything falls out.

At the same time, in yesterday's primaries we saw once more considerable (if peripheral) evidence of strong negative campaigning. Confidential to Democratic party: if I wanted win-at-any-cost politics, I'd be a Republican. Liberal-progressives are supposed to stand for something better. We know what the other way gets us. If she's the nominee, it will be a painful victory for business as usual. I'd rather see a battle of messages rather than Muslim slurs and ads with Obama's skin digitally darkened. Those are the other guys' tricks.

As for McCain and Huckabee, Huck surprised me. Having hung in this long against any rational calculus, why drop out now? I'd assumed (quite seriously) he was staying in the race while awaiting divine intervention in the form of a McCain scandal or health problem. There's been no other reason for a while. At least Huck is honest about who he is and what he represents. (Remember Mr. "I'm a uniter, not a divider"?)
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