Tuesday, July 5, 2011

If global warming and evolution can be denied as simply matters of faith, why not heliocentrism? It's the next logical step in the regression of knowledge. http://ping.fm/saj2m

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's Ride your Bicycle to Work Week, and I rode mine today. 8.39 miles.

Friday, June 3, 2011

At lunch 2 happy men were posing for Civil Union pix in front of County Bldg. Good for them. Don't feel like my marriage is threatened.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mitt Romney says we're "inches away from ceasing to be a free market economy". According to this chart from the Heritage Foundation, then, the economically-less-free countries that must have already ceased to be free-market economies include Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the UK, Finland, Macau, Japan, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Taiwan, Belgium, South Korea and Israel. http://ping.fm/nLwcU

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Illinois Courts go electronic

The Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts will no longer publish their opinions in bound volumes, ending a 180-year-old practice. Instead, they will be published electronically on the Court website. Not to criticize progress, but I can walk over to the law library and those cases from 1831 are right there on the shelf, waiting to be read. (And those old cases are still good law - I once cited a case that Lincoln had argued). Will the lawyers of 2191 have as easy access to http://www.state.il.us/court as we have to the dusty old law books?

http://www.state.il.us/court/Media/PressRel/2011/053111.pdf

Monday, May 9, 2011

Apropos today's opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, a classic John McPhee essay. http://ping.fm/grO12

Friday, May 6, 2011

You think your dog does some good tricks? How about jumping out of a helicopter? http://ping.fm/McKG0

Friday, April 8, 2011

County clerk suddenly finds enough uncounted votes to swing the election to her former boss and avoid a state-funded recount? Wisconsin = Cook County North. http://ping.fm/3JtVV

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Ryan Plan and The New Politics of Sadism

"Paul Ryan believes the true mission of government is to bring as much pain to the parasites as it can because, by doing so, it can liberate the genius of those people who deserve to live." http://ping.fm/XQKHq

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Used the touch screen voting machine: 7 clicks to vote for the 1 race on the ballot that would have been 1 pen stroke on the paper ballot

Friday, April 1, 2011

Trying a CBA webcast for some continuing ed hours, hoping Fri aft will be a quiet time @ the office to get through it.
Denny's Baconalia Is A Festival Of Bacon, Includes Ice Cream Sundae - The Consumerist http://ping.fm/leT53

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Made a commitment today - signed up for a pass for the office's bldg bicycle parking room.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hackers 1, NY Times 0

NY Times spends $50 million to build a paywall, hackers beat it already with 4 lines of javascript. http://bit.ly/hnztQ4

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

RIP Pinetop Perkins

Switched to playing piano after an angry woman swung a blade at him and cut the tendons in his arm and he couldn't play guitar no more. Played blues with Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King. Ate cheeseburgers and smoked till the day he died at age 97.

Chicago Sun-Times obit

Chicago Tribune obit

Youtube - Got My Mojo Working

RIP Pinetop Perkins

Switched to playing piano after an angry woman swung a blade at him and cut the tendons in his arm and he couldn't play guitar no more. Played blues with Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King. Ate cheeseburgers and smoked till the day he died at age 97.

Chicago Sun-Times obit

Chicago Tribune obit

Youtube - Got My Mojo Working

Monday, March 21, 2011

A smug, closed-minded sect

Krugman:
if you’ve reached the point where you don’t pay attention to anything that might disturb your orthodoxy, you’re not doing science, you’re not even pursuing a discipline. All you’re doing is perpetuating a smug, closed-minded sect.
Nobodies of Macroeconomics (Very Wonkish) - NYTimes.com