Random Thoughts

Let me tell you a secret.  I always wished/imagined that Milton (died 2006) and Rose Friedman were my grandparents.  Not that I would trade them for any of my grandparents-of which I have had 7 due to unusual family arrangements-but they would have made a great #8 .  I can only dream about the conversations around the dinner table at family holidays.
Zombies are the new black.

What I had forgotten-until reminded by listening to an episode of The Bible Geek (Robert M. Price), is that the New Testament was two millenia ahead of the zombie craze of the last few decades.  The Gospel of Matthew gets all Night of the Living Dead on us:
51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from
the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Ahh, the annual list that makes you feel old, and makes you nostalgic for the good old days of the late 1990s when cell phones were still non-ubiquitous.

The Beloit College Mindset List is a list of cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives and reference frames of incoming college freshman. These kids were born in 1991 (that hurts a little), the BCML says.
The goal of a world where body weight was not cause for discrimination or denigration is a nobel one, but at what cost?  In the zero sum game point of view some activist have it seems that for people of high BMI to gain, those who are of normal BMI must loose?  

This is really more of a gedankenexperiment and I'm very interested to read your thoughts.  Over the weekend, I had the occasion to hear a very liberal, Christian minister who works in hospice share his thoughts about the need for universal health care in the United States.  Obviously, a timely topic.  His discussion began from the happily stated major premise that access to quality health care is a fundamental human right.  Being of a well-documented contrarian nature, I immediately tried to determine whether I believed this premise.

Is access to quality health care a fundamental human right?


Aug 17 2009 | 0 comment(s)

I'm not going to go naming names, but this pretty much sums up my experience with the online catalogs of quite a few vendors, whose products are essential for my thesis project.
Dilbert by Scott Adams
Observation is the generative act in scientific discovery. For all its aberrations, the evidence of the senses is essentially to be relied upon--provided we observe nature as a child does, without prejudices and preconceptions, but with that clear and candid vision which adults lose and scientists must strive to regain.

- Peter Medawar, Pluto's Republic, p. 99

If the labours of men of Science should ever create any material revolution, direct or indirect, in our condition, and in the impressions which we  habitually receive, the Poet will sleep then no more than at present, but he will be ready to follow the steps of the man of Science, not only in those general indirect  effects, but he will be at his side, carrying sensation into the midst of the objects of the Science itself.
Enough. I have lost to hyperspace too many paragraphs of my scribblings -here, as well as elsewhere- and I cannot stand it anymore. I need your help.

I write on a SONY VAIO laptop, with an English keyboard. The bottom row of keys has the "ctrl", the "Fn", the "windows" key; the second row has the shift key first; and the third row has the "caps lock" key. This information is relevant for what I am about to explain.

It turns out that sometimes while I write I type some nasty combination of shift, caps lock, or other keys in the thereabouts, together with some normal key I am typing at the same time, and the whole paragraph I am editing instantly disappears, vanishing into hyperspace.
Me Want

Me Want

Aug 11 2009 | 7 comment(s)

Allison Scagliotti as Claudia Donovan in Warehouse 13Ok, so I'm still not over my steampunk phase.  It may be because I decided to read The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or that the shine hasn't come off Warehouse 13, yet (come on, who doesn't love Saul Rubinek?).

Saul Rubinek