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Archive for October 24th, 2006

Facelift for your résumé

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This site has some useful information, but one harbors some fears about their advice, given that they don’t seem to know how to spell “résumé”.

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24 October 2006 at 7:27 pm

Very good Prop 7 commercial

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I thought this was particularly good.

This one is also good, just not as powerful as the first:

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24 October 2006 at 7:16 pm

Posted in Drug laws, Election, Video

Nice Firefox extension: Tiny Menu

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Go for it. More screen real estate with no loss of functionality.

UPDATE: Well, for me the Tiny Menu remained in the Menu Bar, which remained present. Thus it’s of no value. Sorry.

SECOND UPDATE, NEGATING FIRST UPDATE: See the useful comment by webmasterbyname, who explains how to make it work. Basically, you bring all the stuff from the navigation toolbar up into the menu toolbar, then turn off the navigation toolbar. Bob’s your uncle.

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24 October 2006 at 5:12 pm

Posted in Firefox, Software

Make Ctrl-V act like “Paste Special” — Windows only

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This is quite a handy little freeware tool: PureText. Once you install it, you specify the hotkey that will paste text while stripping it of formatting. The default, which works well, is Windows-V.

Then, when you paste text by pressing Windows-V (instead of Ctrl-V), the action is exactly as if you had pasted the text into Notepad, then copied it from Notepad, then pasted it in with Ctrl-V—i.e., it strips formatting from the text so the text uses the default formatting of where you’re pasting it. Alas, it strips hyperlinks (of course).
Unobtrusive and does the job. (Some restrictions may apply—read at the link for more info.)

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24 October 2006 at 4:32 pm

Posted in Software

They can’t even use “the Google”

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Tony Snow reports that White House research was able to find only 8 instances where President George Bush said we would “stay the course” in Iraq. Apparently White House research is just as bad as you would expect. (They don’t get out much: who needs research when they just make shit up?) The number is at least 30:

Apparently, the White House research team isn’t very good at “the Google.” ThinkProgress has documented 30 times that Bush has used the phrase to describe his policy in Iraq:

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed, and victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph in the struggle of the 21st century. [8/30/06]

BUSH: Stay the course also means don’t leave before the job is done. And that’s – we’re going to get the job done in Iraq. [8/11/06]

BUSH: As a matter of fact, we will win in Iraq so long as we stay the course. [7/11/06]

BUSH: And I saw people wondering whether the United States would have the nerve to stay the course and help them succeed. [6/19/06]

BUSH: If we don’t lose our nerve, if we stay the course, someday down the road, an American President will be working with democratically-elected leaders in the broader Middle East at the table to keep the peace. [3/24/06]

BUSH: Some critics continue to assert that we have no plan in Iraq except to, “stay the course.” If by “stay the course,” they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by “stay the course,” they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban – a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America – they are right, as well. If by “stay the course” they mean that we’re not learning from our experiences, or adjusting our tactics to meet the challenges on the ground, then they’re flat wrong. [11/30/05]

BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05] Read the rest of this entry »

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24 October 2006 at 3:37 pm

PDF organizer/viewer for Mac OS X

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For you Mac fans among my readers: Yep is free for now, and organizes (with tags, if you want) all your PDFs in one interface, and allows you to read them.

And here are more Mac apps you might want to consider.

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24 October 2006 at 3:06 pm

Posted in Software

WordPress vs. Blogger, redux

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I said I wouldn’t make more WordPress/Blogger comparisons since I’m not using Blogger these days, but AmericaBlog is:

Open thread – Blogger is down, yet again
by John in DC – 10/24/2006 03:28:00 PM

God forbid what happens next week, right before the election, when Blogger most assuredly dies again and takes all of us with it. And I shudder to think what Google, which owns Blogger, will do to YouTube’s quality of service. Pathetic. We are working double-time to get ourselves off of this service asap. Stay tuned.

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24 October 2006 at 2:59 pm

House Intelligence Committee stymied by scanner

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UPDATE: It took them only two months to buy a new scanner, not five. The report was then “lost” for three months.
Apparently a faulty document scanner kept the House Intelligence Committee from ever seeing a critical National Intelligence Estimate for five months:

For five months this year, the House intelligence committee had a crucial intelligence report on the increasing threat of terrorism in the wake of the Iraq War — yet not a single member read it. That’s including the panel’s chairman, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-IL) and the ranking member Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA).

In fact, an untold number of classified documents were kept from the members of the vital oversight committee from at least April to September of this year, according to the chairman’s spokesman. In an interview yesterday, he blamed the months-long delay on technical problems with the “equipment” which handles the reports. (Harman’s office did not return our phone calls and emails requesting comment.)

Hoekstra’s spokesman told the Washington Post last month that a computer problem had delayed for months the distribution of the now-infamous National Intelligence Estimate on terror and the Iraq war, which was eventually leaked to the New York Times.

“There was a bit of a snafu,” the paper quoted the chairman’s flack as saying.

I wanted more detail on this “snafu.” So yesterday I called Hoekstra’s spokesman on the committee, Jamal Ware.

The committee uses an internal, secure Web site to share classified documents, he said. “The equipment that would be used to scan [documents] into the system went down.”

“A number of documents were not scanned in,” Ware told me. He couldn’t explain the precise nature of the problem, although he assured me it was more complicated than simply “running out to get a scanner” at an office supply store. Ware also declined to tell me how long classified documents were kept from committee members. Read the rest of this entry »

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24 October 2006 at 2:34 pm

See the damage to Earth

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The United Nations Environment Programme has a good application that allows you to see the damage humanity has wrought on Earth, the place on which we depend for our lives. Of course, the governments of Earth are busily at work repairing the damage—not.

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24 October 2006 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Environment, Science

Rush Limbaugh on Michael J. Fox & Parkinson’s

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I linked earlier to the campaign commercial for Claire McCaskill (Democratic candidate for US Senator from Missouri) that Michael J. Fox made. As you can see, his Parkinson’s has advanced so that his movements are no longer well-controlled. That is, that’s what you and I see. Rush Limbaugh, though, sees someone who’s faking it.

Just when I think Rush Limbaugh has sunk as low as a human can, he proves me wrong.

UPDATE: And, of course, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about—par for the Limbaugh course. Limbaugh: a putrid, fat mass of steaming ignorance, bile, and hate.

UPDATE 2: Here’s a good ad that makes the issue clear:

UPDATE 3: Bush Rush just can’t bring himself to apologize, admit his ignorance and his error, and back down. Read about it.

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24 October 2006 at 12:58 pm

Rendition facilitator fired and will be charged

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From the International Herald Tribune, via War and Piece:

The secret American program of abducting suspected terrorists looks set to claim an unintended victim. Nicolò Pollari, Italy’s top spy, is expected to be replaced in the coming days, and besides that, prosecutors say they intend to seek his indictment on charges connected to the “rendition” of a militant Egyptian cleric from Milan in 2003.

The case in Italy is the first in which government officials have been charged, essentially, with cooperating with the United States to violate their own laws. And if Pollari is indicted, he would be, by far, the most prominent official charged in connection with the scores of abductions of suspected terrorists around the world since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The practical impact of the case on the rendition program is not clear: Some experts say the program had already languished after disclosures last year that some abductees ended up in secret prisons, where they were tortured.

But any trial, especially of as prominent an official as Pollari, could shed uncomfortable light on the program itself and on how American allies cooperated in one of the most contentious tactics in the Bush administration’s fight against terror.

Twenty-five operatives for the Central Intelligence Agency are named in the case, and documents filed by prosecutors here are full of specific information — phone and credit card numbers, tapped phone calls, surveillance photographs. Read the rest of this entry »

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24 October 2006 at 11:10 am

Useful Firefox tip

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Via LifeHacker:

If you drag and drop a picture from a web page (or even from Windows) onto a tab in Firefox, it will open in the tab. If you drag it between tabs, it’ll do the same but in a new tab. This is useful for when you want to print a picture on its own (such as a map from a route planner without all the navigation/zoom buttons, etc.) without having to go through all the highlight, ‘Print,’ ‘Selection’ nonsense.

It works.

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24 October 2006 at 11:02 am

Explore Enron emails

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Like this one from Jeff Skilling: apparently disappointed in Andy Zipper, Jeff applies motivational techniques he doubtless picked up at Harvard Business School.

Here’s the site, via Boing Boing.

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24 October 2006 at 10:39 am

Posted in Business

Eat very little to live a long time

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The ultra-extreme diet might be worth it. Try it, and tell me what you think.

It’s 7:30 p.m. in Soho, that magic hour when the scent of first-course dishes wafts heavenward from the tables at Savoy, the anxiety of last-minute meal planners courses through the aisles of Dean & DeLuca, and a grown man’s fancy turns to thoughts of food. My own thoughts, at the moment, are of practically nothing else. Half-sprinting through the Prince Street crowds, I am late for a dinner party I’ve been planning for weeks, and I’m starving.

I’ve been starving for the past two months, actually, and that’s precisely what the party is about: My dinner guests—five successful urban professionals who for years have subsisted on a caloric intake the average sub-Saharan African would find austere—have been at it much, much longer, and I’ve invited them here to show me how it’s done. They are master practitioners of Calorie Restriction, a diet whose central, radical premise is that the less you eat, the longer you’ll live. Having taken this diet for a nine-week test drive, I’m hoping now for an up-close glimpse of what it means to go all the way. I want to find out what it looks, feels, and tastes like to commit to the ultimate in dietary trade-offs: a lifetime lived as close to the brink of starvation as your body can stand, in exchange for the promise of a life span longer than any human has ever known. Read the rest of this entry »

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24 October 2006 at 10:33 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health, Science

Would you trust this man with your kids?

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This is the guy who denies anyone ever told him about Foley hitting on male pages. Yesterday he spent 6 1/2 hours testifying to the Ethics Committee. Not to worry, though—most of the members have strong ties to Hastert.

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24 October 2006 at 10:10 am

Posted in Election, GOP, Government

View of the Space Shuttle launch—from the Space Station?

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Via My Alter Ego, this MetaFilter link to and discussion of a photo of the Space Shuttle launch taken (at least) from Very High Up. The discussion as to whether Very High Up = 220 miles is interesting and includes links to other cool photos. Thanks, MAE.

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24 October 2006 at 9:52 am

Posted in Science

“Use or lose it” message to Dems from Dems

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As noted previously, many Democratic candidates, particularly incumbents, are sitting on campaign cash that they do not need in their campaigns. The importance of this election is such that this money must be channeled to candidates who do need it.

Take a look. Make a call. You’ll be glad you did. The list shows only Representatives, and only those whose campaign situation and cash horde makes them able to contribute cash to the DCCC.

You can report here on the outcome of your call.

Call only representatives from your state. If you are calling your own representative, tell them that. Emphasize the importance of this election, and the importance of seeing fellow Democrats step up to the plate. Remind them that, from those to whom much is given, much is demanded, and that by casting their bread upon  the waters, they will find it returned unto them many-fold. Also point out that we’re keeping score.

So far, only Barney Frank has come through:

By the close of business on Monday, organizers said, only Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts had agreed to contribute 30 percent of his campaign balance, which would amount to nearly $74,000.

Call now, or forfeit your right to complain about the GOP rubber-stamp Congress.

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24 October 2006 at 9:24 am

Posted in Election, Government

Search across all Firefox tabs

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This is a nice extension: another thumbnail view extension, but this one lets you do the usual Ctrl-F Firefox search, and as you type the search term, those thumbnails in which the term is not found will vanish, so at the end you are left only with the thumbnails with hits.

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24 October 2006 at 9:04 am

Posted in Firefox, Software

Shaving fragrance

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Some fragrances seem especially well suited to the shaving ritual—and there are many fragrances from which to choose. Pinaud Clubman aftershave in the Clubman Original scent, for example, reminds many of the old-time barber shop shave.

This morning I used QED’s Special 218 shaving soap (scroll down at the link to QEDman products), and its fragrance was just wonderful. I planned to make a superlather by mixing in a little bit of Truefitt & Hill’s West Indian Limes shaving cream, but I didn’t want to change that wonderful fragrance. Highly recommended.

Hoffritz slant
I used a Hoffritz slant bar safety razor that I bought on eBay (pictured—click for enlargement). Hoffritz no longer makes razors, and indeed may not have made this one: I’ve read that these were made by Merkur. In any event, the razor was similar to but not the same as the Merkur slant bar. It seemed to offer a bit less blade exposure, for example, and the handle chequering was definitely different. It did do the excellent shave one associates with the slant bar, though. Very nice, and definitely a keeper.

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24 October 2006 at 8:48 am

Posted in Shaving

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