March 12th, 2009


[links] Link salad is checking out the weather charts

Vintage SF movie posters

Frank Miller's Peanuts — Um, wow. (Thanks to scarlettina.)

The Mongol Rally — If my life were a little better funded, I would so totally be doing this. (Thanks to danjite.)

Lincoln's pocket watch — This is cool. scarettina has more.

Twitter could bring search up to speed

English and Science in China and JapanLanguage Log with some very interesting notes on language and culture.

Browsing the exoplanet catalog

GOP senator flips out at airline, sets off security alarm — Entitlement: your GOP family value for the day.

Now-needy FDIC collected little in premiumsThe federal agency that insures bank deposits, which is asking for emergency powers to borrow up to $500 billion to take over failed banks, is facing a potential major shortfall in part because it collected no insurance premiums from most banks from 1996 to 2006. [...] Congress believed that the fund was so well-capitalized - and that bank failures were so infrequent - that there was no need to collect the premiums for a decade, according to banking officials and analysts. Let's see, who was in control of Congress from 1996-2006? Which party believes in de-regulation to the point of psychosis about it? Hmmm. Nope, nothing comes to mind. Definitely an "Obama economy" problem. The Bush Depression: conservatism's gift to America. (Snurched from This Modern World.)

?otD: Is it safe to go outside?

Body movement: 40 minute workout on machines at gym
This morning's weigh-in: 217.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Watchmen by Alan Moore etc.

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[child] Sometimes they grow up

So, in the past week or so, the_child has apparently jumped a grade level in her reading ability; enthusiastically thrown herself into writing a large, complex report on Nebraska; on her own initiative asked her music teacher for extra cello lessons because she thought she wasn't measuring up, arranged the schedule herself, and given up her morning class break to find the time; asked me what it meant to be popular then dissected the social hierarchy of her classroom quite incisively; commented on how she and one of the boys have put a lot of effort into helping a new kid in the class with a difficult transition from home schooling to the classroom (something her teacher had mentioned privately to me and her mom with great praise) — "I know how I'd feel if I was him, and I don't want him to feel that way"; and asked me what it meant to have a crush on someone and how would she know.

My head, she spins. My child, she grows up. I am proud, very proud.

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