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Archive for May 5th, 2007

Cool basketball video

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I’m not a big sports fan, but I really liked this video. I imagine you will, too.

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5 May 2007 at 2:22 pm

Posted in Daily life

The Chile-Garlic Paste Sage Continues

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Just made a new batch: two each of chile ancho, chile pasilla, chile negro, and chile chipotle. Man, the chipotle adds a fantastic flavor. Plus I think the mild chiles also had more flavor than what I had used. Still not particularly hot, so next batch I’ll include a couple of chile de arbol.

This time I used olive oil, and the paste tastes great. And a song of praise for the KitchenAid Professional 670: easy to use, easy to clean, does a great job.

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5 May 2007 at 11:07 am

Posted in Food, Recipes & Cooking

Create your own icons

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Via Lifehacker: “Web site ConvertIcon quickly converts a PNG into an ICO (icon) file online, then lets you download the results.”

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5 May 2007 at 9:15 am

Posted in Software

Cool Web 2.0 to-do list manager

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It even prints out a nifty foldable to-do list, provides email alerts, etc. Free, natch. Check it out: Toodledo.

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5 May 2007 at 8:56 am

Two notes on climate change reporting

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From RealClimate:

1. The CO2 rise. Who dunnit?

Here at RealClimate, we have been (naively, apparently) operating under the assumption that climate change contrarians had long ago moved on from the untenable position that humans are not even responsible for the observed increase in CO2 concentrations over the past two centuries. The dubious paper by Ernst Beck we commented on the other day indicates that there is indeed still a rear guard attack being waged. As if to drive the point home further, pundit Alexander Cockburn, known generally for his progressive views, has perplexingly disputed the existence of any link between CO2 emissions and rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere in a screed he penned this week for the online journal “Counterpunch” (also printed in The Nation). It’s hard to know where to start, since his piece is so over the top and gets just about everything so thoroughly wrong, it’s almost comical. So we’ll just hit the low points: (a) Cockburn claims that there is zero empirical evidence that anthropogenic production of CO2 is making any measurable contribution to the world’s present warming trend, despite the fact that not even such strident climate change contrarians as Pat Michaels dispute that there is a measurable influence of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on global temperature. Plus there’s all the empirical evidence of course (see the new IPCC report). (b) Going further, Cockburn brazenly opines that ‘it is impossible to assert that the increase in atmospheric CO2 stems from human burning of fossil fuels’ despite the fact that there is an isotopic smoking gun for this connection. He then (c) fails to understand that water vapor is a feedback not a forcing, and citing ‘expert’ Dr. Martin Hertzberg, quite remarkably states that ‘It is the warming of the earth that is causing the increase of carbon dioxide and not the reverse.’ Never mind that isotopic evidence proves otherwise. Upon what evidence does he base this assertion?

Since no anti-global warming op-ed these days is complete without it, Cockburn (d) resorts to the usual misrepresentation of lag/lead relationships between CO2 and temperatures during glacial/interglacial cycles as if they disprove the causal relationship between greenhouse gas concentrations and surface temperatures (see our most recent debunking of this favorite contrarian talking point here). Oh dear.

2. The other (Glenn) Beck–Even Worse!

CNN gave their resident shock-jock Glenn Beck a forum for spreading more disinformation on global warming in an hour-long segment entitled Exposed: The Climate of Fear (see also this discussion by “Media Matters”). We could pick apart his (rather thin) arguments, which constitute the usual cocktail of long debunked contrarian talking points. Suffice it to say, however, that the moment a rhetorician invokes Hitler, Nazi Germany, and Eugenics, it is the moment they are no longer worthy of being listened to (cf Godwin’s Law of usenet debates). We don’t seem to be alone in our opinion here. Beck’s performance earned him the dubious title of “worst person in the world” from analyst Keith Olbermann.

However, there was one amusing moment: Beck asked Christopher ‘Incorrect’ Horner what the key thing to google was that would show that Al Gore was wrong. Horner suggested the lag between CO2 and temperature in the ice cores. Of course, if you do Google that, the first hit is the Realclimate debunking of the issue. Thanks!

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5 May 2007 at 8:37 am

Posted in Environment, Media, Science

The Army’s view: media = terrorists

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Via War and Piece, this report from the Columbia Journalism Review Daily:

It looks like it’s official: the United States Army thinks that American reporters are a threat to national security. Thanks to some great sleuthing by Wired‘s “Danger Room” blogger Noah Shachtman, the Army’s new operational security guidelines (OPSEC) hit the Web in a big way yesterday, and the implications they have for reporters — who are grouped in with drug cartels and Al Qaeda as security threats to be beaten back — are staggering.

Make no mistake, this is a very big deal, and every American citizen, not just reporters and soldiers, needs to understand the implications of the Army’s strict new policy, because it directly affects how citizens receive information about their armed forces: information that it has every right to get.

Shachtman reproduces a slide from the new “OPSEC in the Blogosphere,” document, which lists and ranks “Categories of Threat.” Under “traditional domestic threats” we find hackers and militia groups, while “non-traditional” threats include drug cartels, and — yes — the media. Just to put that into some perspective, the foreign “non-traditional threats” are listed as warlords, and Al Qaeda. In other words, the Army has figuratively and literally put the media in the same box as Al Qaeda, warlords, and drug cartels.

While snake oil salesmen like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh would surely rank the American press up there with Bin Laden and his homicidal ilk, for the Army to do so is shocking, displaying a deep ignorance on the part of at least some segments of the uniformed military over just what the media’s role in a democracy is, while sending the unambiguous message to soldiers and DoD employees that reporters are to be treated as enemies.

Under the new rules, all Army personnel and DoD contractors are told to keep an eye on reporters and anyone seen speaking to the press, and that they should “consider handling attempts by unauthorized personnel to solicit critical information or sensitive information as a Subversion and Espionage Directed Against the U.S. Army (SAEDA) incident.”

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5 May 2007 at 8:31 am

Posted in Army, Media, Military

Laura Bush speaks out

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5 May 2007 at 8:11 am

Hey! My first review

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I’m so proud:

If you’re like I was until recently, the idea that shaving could ever be enjoyable is so unlikely as to be laughable. But it’s true. After taking the advice in this book, I’m actually looking forward to shaving. I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but there it is. If only someone had given me this advice when I first started shaving, I could have saved myself years of irritation and unpleasantness.

If you don’t enjoy shaving, or if you’d like to make it more pleasant than it already is, you owe it to yourself to get this book.

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5 May 2007 at 7:54 am

Posted in Books, Shaving

The evolution of the multiblade cartridge

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Via a post on ShaveMyFace.com, a clip about a dead-end side branch:

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5 May 2007 at 7:26 am

Posted in Shaving, Video

Megs celebrates Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo Megs

Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla. It’s a fun holiday, and Megs would definitely wear a little kitty sombrero if she had one, but she doesn’t, so The Wife helped her out with Photoshop. Still, it’s a cute photo, I think, and her expression is just right. It’s my screensaver. 🙂

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5 May 2007 at 6:51 am

Posted in Cats, Megs

Truefitt & Hill Rose

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T&H Rose has a wonderful fragrance and, like the other T&H shaving creams, works into an awesome lather. I used the Simpsons Emperor 2 Super Badger, and then shaved with the Gillette Aristocrat and the Feather blade. And, of course, used Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel as the aftershave.

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5 May 2007 at 6:46 am

Posted in Shaving

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