At First Blush

Hmm, I don't know...

Are we talking intellectual masturbation, or...






Meanwhile in the Lounge



Yes, but is it sexism?

Apparently, the desktop picture above is considered politically correct.

But the second one hereunder could be judged offensive.

Or so I have been told.

Go figure.

They call it sexism.

I call it cognitive dissonance.



Ophelia's Revenge

Has such great potential to it.

And I mean more potential than just that:
(no offense to Rebeca Reisert or David Bergantino)

There is something both primeval and very contemporary about it.

They did name a hurricane after her.



Yes. I cut it into small pieces for her. You people think I'm some kind of idiot?



The Elements of Style

"It is well to remember that grammar is common speech formulated."
~William Somerset Maughan

"There are abundantly more English professors in the world than there are authors."
~Vanna Bonta


I hear you, BV...

I do like her. And I like libraries too.

But, on a beautiful day like this... Ahh, how did Walt Whitman put it?

"Give me the splendid silent sun
with all his beams full-dazzling."



I'm not sure in what way, but I love this girl

Brought you to via the good people at Book Porn.


At The Suggestion of Jin

The Gulf Spill Cocktail. From Deep Sea News, and be sure to read comment #1 for an idea on how to make it even more life-like.

Reposted from OTI, with the title "Too Soon?" Any oil spill or other disaster-related drinks? (The recipe for the above actually sounds kind of tasty, but man, that is one ugly drink.)


She said she shouldn't be viewed as a hooker because of the milieu in which she operates...

Well...once you put it that way...



Ten of Swords

In its upright position, the ten of swords represents absolute destruction, being
pinned down by a multitude of things or situations.

The Ten of Swords is the most grim card in the deck, more destructive and reminiscent of death than the Death card itself. Again, the dark clouds depicted above the person signify despair and a terribly bleak situation. However, upon closer examination of the images in the card, any real death or destruction, like all things, may not be permanent. There is hope regardless of the situation: the golden sky in the distance suggests that this is the worst the querant's situation could possibly be, and that things will only improve.

In the card's reversed state, it symbolizes a troubling situation that will continue for a significant amount of time.

More here and here.


"The fact is that he didn’t even try."

Is that how he will be remembered?

Perhaps Paul Krugman has it right on that one.

I wonder.



Unpopular Essays

After ages during which the earth produced harmless trilobites and butterflies, evolution progressed to the point at which it generated Neros, Genghis Khans, and Hitlers. This, however, is a passing nightmare; in time the earth will become again incapable of supporting life, and peace will return.

~BERTRAND RUSSELL, Unpopular Essays



Till the end of he world

I know...

...those are long odds.

But, hey, don't let the naysayers discourage you. There is hope still. It could happen.

WR 104 is staring right at us and it's only 8,000 light years away, roughly a quarter of the way to the center of the Milky Way.

Since the initial blast would travel at the speed of light, there would be no warning of its arrival.

At this point in time, would it qualify as mercy killing?



A New Direction For America

Caption this photo.

Yes we can!



Energy is Eternal Delight

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires,
but acts not, breeds pestilence.
---William Blake


A Fatal Exception Error 0E has occured . . .

It's hard to explain...

Don't you just hate it when that happens?

Or maybe it was this:

Fatal exceptions 0E typically occur when the operating system tries to access virtual memory on a demand-paged basis and the requested page of memory is missing or damaged, or when a paging protection rule is otherwise violated. When occurring in the 0028 memory range, it nearly always means that a device driver is implicated in the problem.

But no danger of that in Nevada:

That's too bad! I think I liked Kimbers's suggestions better.

Oh well, I guess it's back to business as usual then.

The show must go on... Press any key to continue...

There's got to be more to life than this.

Maybe Hugh got the right idea---the part about fishing.

I can see how there is a lot of appeal to it.



Fire Nations

"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

Firebending is one of the four elemental Bending Arts, which utilizes the pyrokinetic ability to create and control fire.

The people of the Fire Nation practice this type of bending.

Fire is the element of power, consisting of overpowering force tempered by the unflinching will to accomplish tasks and desires.

However, the recently militaristic Fire Nation have twisted this into Firebending being fueled by rage, hate and anger.

Fire Lord Ozai, the current Fire Lord of the Fire Nation, is waging a seemingly endless war against the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, and the already vanquished Air Nomads.

Meanwhile in the real world:

Oh, but I think people do:

Oil spills blight Nigeria's creeks
Jul 02 2010 14:59

In Bodo, in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland, "spills" have been occurring for 20 years.

"What we have in the Niger Delta is the worst in the whole world, I mean it's worse than what you have in the Gulf (of Mexico)," said Kingsley Chinda, a top environment chief for Rivers State government, a key Nigerian oil producing state.

Villagers are resigned to the situation.

Some people do take notice. And it doesn't require for things
to take place on their doorsteps for them to take notice.

Fire, if left to itself, will consume everything it can.



Anyone here familiar with Fareed Zakaria? He's a fairly intelligent fellow who has a show on CNN. Less anyone in the Glenn Beckian camp stir up a fuss, yes, he is dark, and has the brilliant burning eyes Kipling romanticized. But I don't think he's a secret Muslim, hoping to slit the throats of nubile American virgins in the middle of the night. He appears to be reasonably normal in that regard.

Anyway, here's a lucid criticism of the Afghan war as reported by Huffington Post. The opposition against the war appears to have seriously begun. And, yes, it's Obama's war now. Let's hope he, the president, can apply his rather large intelligence to figure this one out. And that he's not in awe of the generals who were promoted by Neocons, thinking they know best.

Fareed Zakaria criticized the Afghanistan war in unusually harsh terms on his CNN program Sunday, saying that "the whole enterprise in Afghanistan feels disproportionate, a very expensive solution to what is turning out to be a small but real problem."

His comments followed CIA director Leon Panetta's admission last week that the number of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan may be down to just 50 to 100 members, or even fewer.

"If Al Qaeda is down to 100 men there at the most," Zakaria asked, "why are we fighting a major war?"

Zakaria noted that the war is costing the U.S. a fortune in both blood and treasure. "Last month alone there were more than 100 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan.," the CNN host said. "That's more than one allied death for each living Al Qaeda member in the country in just one month.

"The latest estimates are that the war in Afghanistan will cost more than $100 billion in 2010 alone. That's a billion dollars for every member of Al Qaeda thought to be living in Afghanistan in one year."

To critics who suggest that we need to continue fighting the war against the Taliban because they are allied with Al Qaeda, Zakaria countered that "this would be like fighting Italy in World War II after Hitler's regime had collapsed and Berlin was in flames just because Italy had been allied with Germany."

"Why are we investing so much time, energy, and effort when Al Qaeda is so weak?" Zakaria concluded. "Is there a more cost-effective way to keep Al Qaeda on the ropes than fight a major land and air war in Afghanistan? I hope someone in Washington is thinking about this and not simply saying we're going to stay the course because, well, we must stay the course."