February 2008


A bit of a book review. Don’t think it’ll be much of a spoiler, since not many readers are likely to read the book, but whatever. Rest of the post, along with some of my thought-processes typed up, right after the jump.

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He is, in his way, keeping his options open by exercising none of them.

The Wreck of The River of Stars

Three quarters of the American population literally believe in religious miracles. The numbers who believe in the devil, in resurrection, in God doing this and that — it’s astonishing. These numbers aren’t duplicated anywhere else in the industrial world. You’d have to maybe go to mosques in Iran or do a poll among old ladies in Sicily to get numbers like this. Yet this is the American population.

Noam Chomsky

What do you call a thing that’s the opposite of the “Sign of the Apocalypse”?

Facebook ‘sees decline in users’

Social networking site Facebook has seen its first drop in UK users in January, new industry data indicates.

Users fell 5% to 8.5 million in January from 8.9 million in December, according to data from Nielsen Online.

This was the first drop in user numbers since July 2006 when Nielsen began compiling data on the site.

Nic Howell, deputy editor of industry magazine New Media Age, said the site was no longer as popular among its core audience of young people.

I’m cynical and not at all positive about humanity’s future (surprise!), but this is one of those rare news items that makes me take pause and reflect. Oh, I still think we’re going to bomb ourselves into the stone age fairly soon, now I’m thinking that it possibly could maybe be a bad thing. Perhaps.

On Sunday, it was this song:

Today, it was this one:

Why can’t I get something else stuck in my head, like a harpoon or Mr Poe’s ‘The Raven’.

Oh, speaking of Firefly, I’m watching ‘Ariel’ and wondering, as always, what would have happened if the Hands of Blue got to the gang before Mal and Zoe? What’s a good sonic gun against a high-frequency device that makes you bleed to death?

Today was a pretty good day. For one thing, I woke up at 9am. That’s very good, considering that my apparent average waking-up time for weekends is something like 11 or noon, and damn it I hate wasting time sleeping. So, that’s certainly a plus. Then I had breakfast, watched a couple episodes of Firefly (restarting the series, again), and programmed.

After that I went to Seattle, specifically to the Woodland Park Zoo, and ended up taking some insane number of photos. And now I’m typing up this blog post from Chocolati in Wallingford.

And, as I sit here, sipping mocha from a huge ceramic mug and letting Jefferson Airplane soothe my nerves through a pair of cheapo airline headphones, I am devising a new format for the longer, more drawn-out blog posts. Here’s the concept: I give a slight summary of my thoughts (or whatever), like the one above, and then place the real meat of the post after the jump. That way you, my one reader and some of the random stragglers that drop by through the voodoo magic of Google, have a choice, to read or not to read, the inane ramblings of a jackass.

So, without further ado, here’s the rest of my post.

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Heard on the radio this morning:

America spent 17 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day yesterday. Which pales in comparison to what the guys who forgot about it are going to end up spending.

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