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Very cool office furniture

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Take a look.

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2 August 2008 at 3:49 pm

Posted in Daily life

State of the campaign

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Via Josh Marshall, this excellent analysis in New York magazine by John Heilemann. It begins:

On the morning in March when Barack Obama was preparing to give his speech on race in Philadelphia to try to contain the fallout from the Jeremiah Wright imbroglio, I was having breakfast in Washington with a member of John McCain’s inner circle. The topic at hand was whether McCain was licking his chops at the prospect of facing Obama in the fall—whether he relished the idea of running negative against the hopemonger on questions of his patriotism and, er, otherness. My McCainiac source noted that his boss had “demonstrated admirable restraint and respect for Obama in the last few weeks,” citing McCain’s rebuke of the Tennessee GOP when it issued a press release that invoked Obama’s middle name and featured that photo of him in Somali tribal clothing, calling it “Muslim garb.” “McCain has drawn a bright line and said that’s unacceptable,” my companion said. “It’s a genuine reflex: He really wants the campaign to be civil.”

The following night I was drinking with a big-time Republican operative who’d worked during the primaries for a rival candidate. When I floated the notion of the Good McCain, this person snorted. “He didn’t have a problem calling Mitt Romney a phony in New Hampshire or comparing George W. Bush to Bill Clinton in South Carolina in 2000,” he said. “McCain is a tough guy. He’ll do whatever he needs to do.”

Until last week, it was an open question which of these visions of McCain bore a closer relation to reality. But with the weeklong string of attacks uncorked by the Arizona senator and his people during Obama’s trip abroad and in its aftermath—some brutal, some mocking, but all personal and focused on Obama’s character—we now have an inkling of just how deep in the mud McCain and his people are willing to wallow in order to win in November: right up to their Republican eyeballs.

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2 August 2008 at 11:26 am

Posted in Election, GOP

Working with paper

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Amazing work. Via Boing Boing.

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2 August 2008 at 9:28 am

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Dave McKenna

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Dave plays 42nd Street:

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2 August 2008 at 9:25 am

Posted in Jazz

Where real journalism is done

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Interesting point:

If you’re looking for “real reporting” these days, Glenn Greenwald thinks a lot of it is coming from whistleblowers and advocacy groups rather than from journalists themselves. “If one looks at most of the vital disclosures of the last seven years — whereby concealed, legally dubious behavior of one of the most secretive administrations of the modern era is exposed — one finds that such exposure comes overwhelmingly from two sources: (1) conscientious whistle-blowers inside the Government, and (2) advocacy groups such as the ACLU, which have tirelessly waged one litigation battle after the next in order to unearth the Bush administration’s secret, improper conduct,” he writes. “The record of the establishment press over the last seven years is one characterized far more by failure and complicity than by real journalism. … So much of the real journalism that is occurring isn’t from TV and magazine stars but largely from severely under-paid advocates at public interest groups and anonymous government whistle-blowers who aren’t even meant to be ‘journalists.’ The function of the ACLU and similar groups isn’t really to uncover illegal behavior on the part of our Government. That is the intended function of the Congress, the media and the opposition party. But those institutions haven’t done that. … As a result, the ACLU and similar groups — with far fewer resources — have been forced first to uncover what the Government does, to try methodically and incrementally to erode the government’s wall of secrecy, to perform real journalism, in order then to engage in their real function of opposing Government encroachments and defending the Constitution, basic privacy rights and civil liberties.”

Source: Salon.com, July 24, 2008

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2 August 2008 at 9:06 am

Childhood obesity starts at age 2

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Interesting:

Over the last decade, childhood obesity has grown into an epidemic, reflected in soaring rates of type 2 diabetes and recommendations that pediatricians check toddlers for elevated cholesterol. What hasn’t been as clear is how early to intervene.

A study presented at a pediatric research program on Friday suggested obesity prevention efforts should begin as early as age two, when children reach a “tipping point” in a progression that leads to obesity later in life.

“This study suggests that doctors may want to start reviewing the diet of children during early well-child visits,” said John W. Harrington, M.D., a pediatrician at Virginia’s Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD). “By the time they reach eight years old, they’re already far into the overweight category, making treatment more difficult.”

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2 August 2008 at 8:58 am

The Raspyni Brothers

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2 August 2008 at 8:55 am

Posted in Daily life

Benjamin Zander on music and passion

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2 August 2008 at 8:47 am

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Hannity shoots self in foot, taking careful aim

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This is funny. In the previous post, you see Newt Gingrich dismissing the amount of oil that proper tire inflation and tune-ups will produce, compared to offshore drilling, but just before Newt spoke, Sean Hannity provided this introduction. Watch it, please…

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2 August 2008 at 8:35 am

Posted in Daily life, GOP, Media

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Facts to remember: oil conservation

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Every barrel of oil saved is a barrel that doesn’t have to be imported, so conservation is an important arrow in the overall energy quiver. I’m blogging this post from ThinkProgress to serve as a reminder of how big a difference it makes—and to remind everyone that when a Republican speaks an untruth, it may not be a lie but rather a sign of pig-ignorance.

Earlier this week, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) noted that “making sure your tires are properly inflated” is one of the “things that you can do individually…to save energy,” adding that “we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups.”

Last night on Fox News, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) expressed outrage at Obama’s comments, calling them “ludicrous” and “loony tunes”:

GINGRICH: He has a position that’s frankly ludicrous. We saw him yesterday. He suggested if we all inflated our tires, that we would solve the problem. Think about it. You ought to take that clip. I think that clip is far more devastating than today because it’s loony toons.

Watch it:

Is making sure your car tires are inflated properly to save energy and gas money “loony tunes?” The federal government doesn’t think so. Neither does the auto industry.

The Department of Energy estimates that (based on gas costing $3.96/gallon), “you can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure” which would ultimately save “up to $0.12/gallon” or, nearly the amount of the federal gas tax ($0.18/gallon), a tax Gingrich supports repealing. Moreover, the auto industry agrees with DoE’s assessment.

But more importantly, Obama is correct to suggest that inflating tires properly and getting regular tune-ups “could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling” — and by a long shot. According to the Energy Information Administration, if Congress lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling, by 2030, oil crude production in the “lower-48″ outer continental shelf will increase by about 200,000 barrels per day. By contrast, the production offset based on Obama’s proposal will likely approach 800,000 barrels per day, immediately.

So while Gingrich is touting his “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” scheme, car care can provide a real solution that would allow Americans to pay less at the pump today.

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2 August 2008 at 8:29 am

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Off to college this fall?

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August is get ready for school month, and perhaps some of you will be setting out for college. Let me point out an earlier post, on keeping a journal of the college years. They are wonderful years, but let me assure you that they’ll grow dim in your memory as life goes on. Moreover, they are years of discovery—not just in knowledge, but in social and personal relations. A journal will help that process along by allowing you to perceive patterns more quickly and easily and learn from them. Give it a go. And note that nowadays you can keep a private journal on the Web, using one of the various Web-based word processors.

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2 August 2008 at 7:40 am

Posted in Daily life, Education

ShaveMyFace.com shave

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This morning’s shave was totally shaped by recent reading on ShaveMyFace.com. First, I was going to use a D.R. Harris Arlington Shave Stick—but then I discovered that my Arlington was soap in a bowl. So I used the D.R. Harris Lavender Shave Stick instead. And I used the Simpsons 2 Super brush, since we were just talking about that. As usual with D.R. Harris soaps, my thought was, “My! This is an excellent lather today!” I picked the Gillette British Aristocrat #66, subject of a SMF discussion, and loaded it with a new Iridium Super blade, recently reviewed. Very excellent and smooth shave—superb, in fact. A glide across the freshly shaved face with the alum bar, a rinse, and then (making up the shave stick problem) D.R. Harris Arlington aftershave. An absolutely wonderful shave.

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2 August 2008 at 7:36 am

Posted in Shaving

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