Saturday, December 2, 2006

12.02.06 Not Everyone Agrees with My Take on the Boston Tea Party

Police Decry Web Site Naming Narks & Informants
I bet they do.(Associated Press)

Not Everyone Agrees with My Take on the Boston Tea Party
To each his own.(

What's the Coolest Thing You've Ever Built?
Short list: Time machine, dead cat catapults, grocery conveyors. Hilarious. (via

Never Mind Your Credit Score, What's Your ATS Rating?
"The DHS Automated Targeting System (ATS) is used to create threat ratings for travelers based on ATS' analysis of their travel records and various other information, including data on where they are from, how they paid for tickets, their motor vehicle records, past one-way travel, seating preference and what kind of meal they ordered." (The Shadowmonkey blog)

Third World $100 Laptop to Retail for $450 in US
Go figure. (Beat the Press blog)

Killing Habeas Corpus
"In habeas-corpus proceedings, the government is required to bring a prisoner—the body—before a judge and provide a legal rationale for his continued imprisonment." The GOP controlled lame duck congress' parting gift to national security. (The New Yorker)

The Muses (2003)

Journey from 'Nebraska'
"How an artist who restricted his canvases to the basic elements of shape, light, and color developed over the next forty years into the one who painted The Muses is one of the great stories of American art in our time(...)"
(New York Review of Books)

EP078: The Shoulders of Giants
"The Pioneer Spirit was a colonization ship; it wasn’t intended as a diplomatic vessel. When it had left Earth, it had seemed important to get at least some humans off the mother world. Two small-scale nuclear wars—Nuke I and Nuke II, as the media had dubbed them—had already been fought, one in southern Asia, the other in South America. It appeared to be only a matter of time before Nuke III, and that one might be the big one.
SETI had detected nothing from Tau Ceti, at least not by 2051. But Earth itself had only been broadcasting for a century and a half at that point; Tau Ceti might have had a thriving civilization then that hadn’t yet started using radio. But now it was twelve hundred years later. Who knew how advanced the Tau Cetians might be?"

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