2 September 2008

Music dream

Last night I dreamed that I met Bev Bevan. I tried not to be a fanboy. I mentioned that I really didn’t like “Discovery”, except for the final track–which of course is dominated by his drumming. He replied that the album had been a difficult time for the band, and that that one track had been the one where it actually seemed like they were working together again. I wanted to ask about whether he had patched things up with Jeff Lynne, but knew that would be a bad idea. ... Read more

29 August 2008

You were expecting Kucinich?

I’ve been a bit bemused by the anger over Obama picking Biden. It’s pretty obvious why he was the pick. Obama had been heavily criticized for (a) lack of experience, (b) being a secret Muslim, © being a drug user, and (d) shamelessly flip-flopping on the FISA vote. Biden is (a) one of the longest-serving Democrats, (b) a devout Christian, © the guy who brought us the Drug Czar of the War On Drugs, and (d) one of the few Democrats to vote against FISA. ... Read more

27 August 2008

Pet angst

Once Chester had finished his molt, he began growing new a lot of new feathers. This included his flight feathers. The flight feathers are the outermost 6 feathers on the trailing edge of each wing. When the bird has his wings folded on his back, they stick out at the bottom. If the flight feathers are clipped back so that they no longer protrude beneath the wing when it’s folded, then when the wing is unfolded the bird can’t gain enough lift to gain altitude. ... Read more

20 August 2008

Operating directly on Shatner’s Bassoon

Danger! […] websites are targeting your children with so-called digital drugs. These are audio files designed to induce drug-like effects. All your child needs is a music player and headphones. There are different slang terms for digital drugs. They’re often called “idozers” or “idosers.” All rely on the concept of binaural beats. […] Some sites provide binaural beats that have innocuous effects. For example, some claim to help you develop extrasensory powers like telepathy and psychokinesis. ... Read more

18 August 2008

Caveat emptor

John McCain is surprisingly honest and direct about his desire to ban abortion: John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench. […] However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade represents only one step in the long path toward ending abortion. The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need. ... Read more

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