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Archive for May 2011

Childish legislators and the economy

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I recall reading in a book of recollections about the Great Depression of one guy who said, “They asked me if we didn’t see it coming? Sure we saw it coming. What could we do about it?”

That’s the way I feel as I watch the GOP House throw the steering wheel out of the truck as it barrels toward the edge of the cliff. Read this for current status. It will be a nerve-wracking summer. Now I can watch what happens in Congress as well as what the summer crop is like, given climate change.

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31 May 2011 at 5:56 pm

Posted in Congress, Daily life, GOP

Profiling

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I’ve read some recent posts that support profiling. Here’s profiling in action.

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31 May 2011 at 4:28 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government

Daily minutiae

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First, I finished the Spanish final. I think I did okay but I run to careless mistakes, so who knows? I did realize that instead of “no me gusta mucho” I would have better written simply “odio,” but after beating myself up about that for a while, I realized that if I didn’t stop I would replay the whole final, line by line, and beat myself up over better answers I could have given — when asked what I liked, for example, I replied “perritos” and then, later, driving home, realized that of course I should have added “y vino y la luz de candelas y caminar por la playa en la luz de la luna” (and that is indeed what I could have written: that’s all in my working vocabulary, thanks to Anki).

So I decided I had to stop thinking about it and occupy myself otherwise. And on the way home I stopped by the library to pick up a book on hold: Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer, so I’ve started that. The book is mesmerizing—and to learn that such a complex, hard-learned set of skills and techniques was simply discarded… though of course Plato warned of something similar: that printed books will never engage the mind in the way that dialogue with another can. At any rate, Foer’s book is relevant to this language learning, interesting in itself, and suggests an on-going exercise in learning memory skills might be fun. And useful, of course.

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31 May 2011 at 4:11 pm

Posted in Books, Daily life

Strong statement from women in the NYPD rape case

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It’s a tough statement, worth reading.

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31 May 2011 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government, Law

Running on gas

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This is a very cute video, via Little Green Footballs—and what’s up with that? I thought LGF was a conservative site. In looking it over today, it seems like a liberal site.

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31 May 2011 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Video

GOP Texas rep admits that it’s a war on birth control

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Many have suspected that the GOP’s fight against abortion is only the first step: they don’t want birth control freely available, either. A Texas state representative admits it:

Written by LeisureGuy

31 May 2011 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Daily life

More on making Creamy Lather

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Joe, proprietor of the Italian Barber shaving store, has an excellent comment (with photos) of the process he follows, and he seconds Zach’s statement that the secret is in using a boar brush. Take a look.

UPDATE: Oops: Joe’s excellent post follows Tim Butterfield’s post (at the link), which is the one with the good photos. Joe confirms the method and gives more background—and explains why Italian barbers like boar brushes.

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31 May 2011 at 12:57 pm

Posted in Shaving

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