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Archive for June 4th, 2011

Climate change and our food supply

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Soon it will be evident to everyone: Climate change will decimate our food supply. It has already begun, and this summer will tell an interesting story. Justin Gilles writes in the NY Times of belated attempts to breed crops for future climate conditions. But between here and there are millions upon millions of deaths from famine.

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4 June 2011 at 7:46 pm

Spanish shaving vendor with lots of brushes of all kinds

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Another vendor new to me. This one has some wonderful shaving brushes—horsehair, horsehair and boar, horsehair and badger, boar, and badger. Plus a really good selection of makeup brushes, which The Wife may covet. Here’s the essentials:

Gifts and Care – –  (+34) 96 3400 220 in Spain – Lots of horsehair brushes, including horsehair and boar mix, in a range of grades. Also, Castle Forbes, Floïd, La Toja, Lea, Merkur, Myrsol, Proraso, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Tres Claveles. They also carry an extensive collection of makeup brushes.

I discovered them via the Pogonotomy Forum, which is where I’ve started to hang.

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4 June 2011 at 3:42 pm

Posted in Shaving

A key function of modern American government: Protect the Elite at all costs

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A fascinating trip down memory lane, of how strenuously the Washington Post defends the right of members of the Elite to break the law, either with absolute immunity or with trivial sanctions. That all goes out the window, of course, if a person is NOT a member of the Elite. You can then treat the like garbage—like the guy detained as a “material witness” in three locations, though he was not even accused of a crime. And of course he must not be allowed any restitution and the members of the Elite who were in the wrong here must not be touched.

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4 June 2011 at 12:37 pm

Benny Green: “Taking a Chance on Love”

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A little something to kick off the weekend:

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4 June 2011 at 10:34 am

Posted in Jazz, Video

Don’t steal MacBooks

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Cute story, via Ed Brayton. I think it’s interesting how the cops gave him the brushoff until the story of his blog (and the photos thanks to Hidden) started to spread and the police got a phone call from Good Morning, America—at which point they suddenly decided to work on the case after all.

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4 June 2011 at 10:18 am

Posted in Daily life, Technology

Spanish class

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Final grades have been posted. Of the 1025 possible points for the semester’s work, I got 1002.93. So I figure I passed.

It didn’t take long to enter all the vocabulary from Lesson 1 of the second semester text, but when I went to Lesson 2 I discovered that pages 93-108 were missing from my textbook (ordered directly from the publisher). So now I have to await a new copy…

But it won’t take long, and in the meantime, I of course continue reviewing the vocabulary I already know and adding words from my reading.

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4 June 2011 at 10:14 am

Posted in Education

Secrets revealed through traffic analysis

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It’s well known that one doesn’t have to decrypt enemy messages to get information from their communications—traffic analysis can also tell a lot. If lots of messages start to go from headquarters to a particular unit, then it’s obvious that one should keep an eye on that unit.

To finesse this loophole, modern military practices include a constant stream of communications traffic to all units, using some sort of filler material that will look like real messages as “packing” to keep the channel constantly busy. Filler is replaced with actual messages as needed, and the traffic is constant, so that sort of traffic analysis doesn’t help.

But now I’ve learned that the shape of the communications network also provides information. For example, the skullduggery at Enron resulted in a particular type of communications structure for the illegal activity, in contrast to another structure for legitimate work. Take a look.


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4 June 2011 at 10:10 am

Posted in Business, Technology

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