October 26th, 2008


[links] Link salad for a Sunday

Undersea webcams — Some cool stuff. (Thanks to lt260.)

Team records ‘music’ from stars — More on COROT and the observation of stellar interiors, this one with a slightly whimiscal bent.

ACLU: 2/3 of US population lives in “Constitution-free” zone — An article about the Border Patrol and Fourth Amendment rights. (Thanks to chriswjohnson.)

Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says — How about that rigorous vetting process, Mr. Straight Talk? (Special bonus, Language Log comments on the usage of the term “going rogue”.)

Dark Night of the SoulBarack Obama is noted for his powerful intellect, but I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for the mental dexterity it takes to be simultaneously an Islamic theocrat, atheistic communist and national socialist while posing as a center left candidate. Hahahahahaha. Being a Republican these days is like being OJ’s defense lawyer back in the day. You throw everything you have against the wall regardless of logic or evidence and hope some of it sticks. Unfortunately for the reality-based community, some of that stuff does stick. OJ was acquitted, after all.

ericjamesstone on Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan — I disagree with his argument on a number of levels, but he’s a thoughtful guy with whom I disagree with on a lot of things. In short, the high level argument about Obama makes some assumptions which strike me as facile, while the subordinate argument on both Iraq and Afghanistan seems to hing on logic which says “we in too deep to stop now.” Even if you take the Bush Administration’s stated war aims at face value, we’ve long since passed the point of removing Saddam from power, destroying Iraqi state sponsorship of terrorism and eliminating the threat of Iraqi WMDs. Under Eric’s argument, there seems to be no point where changing policy conditions and changing goals ever enter into the question. “Never stop fighting until we win” is not a strategy, it’s a hope.

Body movement: 2 hour, 35 minute suburban walk
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 227.6
Currently reading: The Best of C.M. Kornbluth

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[photos] Friday night’s art show

Friday night I attended an art opening of Mother of the Child’s work at Gossamer, a fabric arts store on the 2400 block of E Burnside here in Portland. My extended family was there, as were many of MotC’s friends, as well as the_child and many of her friends. This was where the knitted coral reef [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] was on display, and of course, where I took all the photos of the colored fabrics and yarn [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ].

The show will be up through December, as will the knitted coral reef.

A few photos from the opening itself:

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