From the monthly archives:

February 2008

Good news is… your 1958 calendars can now be recycled. Starting Saturday, March 1, 2008 the calendar is identical to 1958.

Bad news? Well, it’s more of a nostalgia thing. The Oscar mayer Tuesday Night Men’s Bowling League had been going for a few years before anyone hung a 1958 calendar and dad was on a team in that league. Well it’s been a bad year for the team and a bad one for the league. Dad reports that the league is down to four teams, and dad’s team is down to one player, Everett Podebradsky. One guy died this year, another one hurt his hand. Dad was felled by his stroke and that left Podie. Podie says it goes pretty fast with only one guy bowling and just plugging in the other guys’ averages. Even so, they’re in last place with their fiercest competitor sidelined. Looks like the OM Tuesday Night Men’s League will be folding this year after a run of more than fifty years.

[tags]hang on to your Mayan calendars, the moon will rise again, dogged determination, kegglers anonymous[/tags]

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1.6 million Americans are in prison.

But Cheney is on the outside. And George Bush is on the outside. And the Keating five are on the outside. That entire mafia of American upper class privilege strips the wealth of the nation, destroys lives around the globe, operates outside the law and gets away with it, while inner-city hard-cases get cracked for a little weed and put away for years where they won’t be cluttering up the unemployment statistics.

Incarceration rates are even higher for some groups. One in 36 adult Hispanic men is behind bars, based on Justice Department figures for 2006. One in 15 adult black men is, too, as is one in nine black men ages 20 to 34.

The report, from the Pew Center on the States (pdf file), also found that one in 355 white women ages 35 to 39 is behind bars, compared with one in 100 black women.

What was it Pogo the ‘possum used to say? “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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George Lakoff

February 27, 2008

Dave Winer interviews George Lakoff in a Morning Coffee Notes podcast. The interview brings out Lakoff’s message regarding framing our understanding through metaphor. His application of cognitive linguistics to progressive thought is also nicely detailed. The interview could have been tighter, the interviewee given a freer rein and the interviewer could have been less obtrusive, [...]

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.50 Caliber Sniper Rifle

February 27, 2008

Ben Paynter has a couple of pieces in Wired (Issue 16.03). In the first one he shares his experience firing a Goliath Sniper Rifle.  The second, “One Man Hi-Def Film Studio,” briefly describes Richard Welnowski’s mobile movie studio, and the benefits of the post production services Welnowski can provide.

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A Racoon Came By

February 27, 2008

There’s an old hackberry tree, maybe seventy feet tall, at the front of the house. Do we say “hackberry tree?” We don’t say “oak tree.” “Oak” suffices. There’s an old hackberry at the front of the house, stage right of the entrance. Perhaps I should say house left. The living room windows provide a view [...]

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Just Ducky!

February 26, 2008

Fresh from the wikipedia hotline, this just in… Cornelius Coot (1790-1880) was born in 1790 as an American citizen. His ancestors had been in America for quite some time and his roots are believed to reach to the colonization of Jamestown, Virginia (1607) and the voyage of the Mayflower (1620). But he is the first [...]

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What’s hep right now

February 26, 2008

Friend Feed. Don’t ask me for details. I just report the news. The jive is hip, don’t say hep That’s a slip of the lip, let me give you a tip Don’t you ever say hep it ain’t hip, NO IT AIN’T It ain’t hip to be loud and wrong Just because you’re feeling strong [...]

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Political Highlights of the Day

February 26, 2008

* * * And how about that consumer advocate! What’s his name, the guy who astounded the world forty or fifty years ago with the news that not all new cars built in Detroit were as safe as baby carriages, the guy who followed that paperback extravaganza with the news that not all baby carriages [...]

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