Video: "iRack"... Apple's latest [VIDEO]

03/30/07 | by hirby [mail] | Categories: News, Humor, Politics

This is a very funny, and unfortunately also sad, send-up of the Bush administration's war on terrorism. From Mad TV. Several other versions of the video were taken down, so take a look while you can.

(I learned about this video from Paul McNamara's "NetBuzz" column in Network World.)

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Neuroscience: Answer to all Mankind's deepest questions?

03/09/07 | by hirby [mail] | Categories: Announcements [A], Miscellaneous Musings

Neuroscience, it seems to me, is the current most hopeful candidate for the role of putative but delusory answer to all Mankind's deepest questions: what is Man's place in Nature, and how should he live. What is the good life, at least in the western world?

Theodore Dalrymple, self-styled iconoclast, opens a critical essay on neuroscience with this quote, and then goes on to challenge the, to him, misguided belief that science will ever be able to answer “life's persistent questions” (to quote Garrison Keillor). Neuroscience is the particular science being probed, but Dalrymple's critique bears on any natural science.

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Welcome helpfulness

02/24/07 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: Miscellaneous Musings

It snowed last night -- quite a bit (considering the winter so far). After shoveling and breakfast, I took the bus to church for a meeting at 9:00. To ensure that I would arrive on time, I got off the bus early, even though it meant a longer walk.

As I was climing the hill on East South River Street (going east from Olde Oneida), a helpful driver stopped to offer me a ride. Thanking her for her thoughtfulness, I declined (it was warm, the snow wasn't deep, and I was enjoying the walk).

Reflecting on the incident afterwards, I found myself both appreciating the hospitality of that anonymous passer-by and wondering whether there was something in my gait or posture or appearance that made it look like I needed a ride!

As my age increases, I find it less and less unusual for people to show some deference toward me or extra consideration of me. And whenever I notice it, I find myself with mixed feelings similar to today's.

Something to ponder...

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Tony Campolo: Duplicity on the Right

10/03/06 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: News, Religion, Politics

Tony Campolo calls it duplicity; some others might call it hypocrisy. If the Bible is the literal and inspired Word of God, as so many in the religious right would have it, how then can "a dozen top leaders of America's Religious Right" argue that sometimes torture is justified? Either they've parked their religious principles at the door (while exhorting the rest of us to vote our values), or they've abandoned their reliance on the infallibility of scripture. As Campolo notes,

If they have changed their minds and are ready to refute the golden rule, then it is time for them to say plainly, "For the most part we agree with Jesus, but there are special circumstances when we must ignore His teachings."

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Wired 14.09: Spam Blogs = Trouble

09/05/06 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: News

Great article from Wired documenting the dramatic rise in blogging spam. A sample of the content of one of the spam blogs:

Show Disputed Vinland Map Was Made Half Century Before Columbus Trip Audio/Video Columbus: Secrets From The Grave "The Last Voyage of Columbus": An Epic Tale Charles Mann's "1491"

Lucid, yes?

I've been spending almost all my blogging time lately dealing with comment spam. There has to be a better way!

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