Month: April 2010

  • Dog Canyon: Habeas Coyote Corpus

    Texas journal Dog Canyon just published a great & hilarious essay about why Rick Perry carries a pistol with him during his morning jog

  • Many Birthdays concert in Houston Friday April 30

    On Friday April 30 the Austin band Many Birthdays will be performing at the Lost in Space Fest 2. (Here’s the myspace event description). In 2003  I raved about an Austin band Many Birthdays whose mp3s I had downloaded on some obscure website.

  • No double-hulled ships?

    I’ve been following closely the recent oil spill in the Gulf. For me, it has practical consequences. First, it could affect the energy industry in Houston (that’s why the local paper is covering it in such depth). Second, it could affect the availability of wild shrimp from the Gulf. Frankly, the wild shrimp has been…

  • The Good and Bad about Mexican Food (Healthy Meals in Houston)

    A few days ago I tried a local Mexican restaurant famous for their enchiladas. Their food was remarkably good (albeit a bit expensive).  My criteria for Mexican restaurants is extremely high; I’ve lived in Houston and San Antonio  for several decades and can’t say I’ve found more than 1 or 2 high quality Mexican restaurants.…

  • Sexy Viral Video Film School & Other Funny Stuff

    Here’s a 22 minute special “sexy” edition of Viral Video Film School hosted by the always hilarious Brett Erlich.  I wouldn’t watch it while  at work, but it’s the kind of “funny clips”  show which I could easily see on late night TV.  (More videos). Also, if you’re looking for some sources of mindless humor,…

  • Climate Vets, Agribusiness Offsets and Profoundly Non-feasible CCS

    A poll of veterans from Iraq and Afganistan shows that 73% support climate change legislation. Jeremy van Loon reports that wind energy often can overwhelm the power grid, resulting in too much energy and even customer refunds: Texas had so-called negative power prices in the first half of 2008 because wind turbines in the western…

  • Linkdump: Takedowns, smokers and dying culture

    Tom Slee has a good takedown of the anecdote-based arguments of Clay Shirky. But stories and analogies should be a starting point for thought, and not its terminus. They should be the spark that prompts more analytical, more rigorous investigation and introspection, testing out your idea to see where it fits reality and where it…

  • Inane Logic of Teabaggers

    An odd fact: I was once mistaken for a Teabagger.  It’s true. I was a proto-teabagger. I was outraged at the bank bailouts especially because it meant shortchanging public services like education. The protest was sparsely attended but focused. I met teachers, investment bankers (!) and a token LaRouche groupie. All in all a positive…

  • Juicing Up

    Tomorrow I’ll be traveling to Austin in preparation for Sunday’s Wiener Dog Race. In preparation for my trip, I am charging my iPad and my Zune and my miniature mp3 player (long story). Also, I need to charge my camera battery and my cell phone. Now that I think about it, I am in the…

  • The Inimitable Catherine Tate & Stephen Moffat

    While stumbling upon random things on Youtube, I came across this hilarious comedy character called Lauren Cooper (played by Catherine Tate). Catherine Tate with David Tennant (of Dr. Who). The unspoken joke is that Catherine Tate was the female sidekick during Season 4 of the new Doctor Who show. Here’s the Cheerleading sketch (my fave).…

  • Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

    Thanks to Molly Norris of  Midnight Corndog. For context, see this piece by Dave Itzkoff.

  • Random Literary Junk & A.F.S.E.

    Some random stuff marginally related to ebooks:  David Rothman wrote a long personal piece about his life and career as a journalist. (He composed it in interview form, with one of his literary creations from Solomon Scandals conducting the interview). Lots of interesting tidbits which never made it on Teleread: a  ham radio conversation with…

  • What percent of Americans have health coverage from their employer?

    Here are some statistics which I found in an October 2009 report from the Economic Policy Institute (available only in PDF).  A cautionary note: a lot of the percentages depend on knowing exactly what category is being spoken abo0ut. All of the statistics are about working-age Americans under 65 unless otherwise specified. In 2008, 62%…

  • Metaphors and rhetorical points for global warming

    From Joe Romm’s open thread about what metaphors to use when describing climate change: (the first one is entirely mine). If your child were sick, and 97% of the world’s doctors said the child would die unless he take a certain medicine, should you give him this medicine or do nothing until the autopsy confirms…

  • My opinion is right – I’ve actually read the bill!

    I am growing weary of the twaddle from Republicans or conservatives who claim that the health care law is corrupt/wrong-headed/dangerous because they actually took the time to read the bill. Big whoop.  The issue about “not reading the bill” is one that is always raised by right-wingers opponents, as though this were supposed to mean…

  • Carnival of Fun at MOMA

    Responding to   an article by Claudia La Rocca about this provocative MOMA exhibit featuring live nude models, here are some entertaining and interesting comments from readers (See below). Three  brief comments: As amazing as it sounds, but after looking through Youtube and Google Images, I could not find a single image by   Marina Abramovic that…