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February 2nd, 2009
07:57 pm
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Obama llama
Little did I know when I set out to create an Obama llama that it had already been done, albeit in plush rather than lolz.

It's an easy connection to make. The rhyme, the fact that llamas are excellent at leading silly sheep out of bad situations. Yup.

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January 31st, 2009
01:22 pm
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Oh those Texas hackers

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January 20th, 2009
02:31 pm
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Obama Inauguration 2009
What that guy said.

Except for the bit about biofuels.

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September 25th, 2008
09:59 am
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Pollan v. Monsanto
Interesting discussion of the future of food security at this Google forum:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9I1IkbcHNE

Unfortunately, a lot of the time was spent dancing around lies: Monsanto Bigwig says that they'll develop drought-resistant crops, etc. Pollan points out that crop yield is not what Monsanto is about and that they won't be able to do it, not screaming, "But your business model is starving the world!"

Pollan and Mr. Monsanto were talking at cross-purposes. Same words, different mouths, very different meanings. When Pollan says, "We need to try a lot of different things," he means that folks need to try growing quinoa, corn, millet, etc. in different combinations and to plant lots of stuff so that when one crop fails they still have a harvest. When Mr. Monsanto says, "We need to try a lot of different things," he means that his company needs to work with the U.S. Goverment, the IMF, and other organizations to leverage as much profit as possible. But I'd certainly be happy to leverage him out an airplane door into a hungry village after his promises turn out to be blatant lies.

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September 22nd, 2008
09:08 am
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Evocative image


Obama: "Come on, McCain, we're headed to the future."
McCain: "No, I want to stay in the past. I like the past. It's warm and fuzzy. Can we go even further in the past?"
Obama: "No, we're going to the future. That's where all the hope is."
McCain: "None for me, buddy."

aside
Cindy McCain: "Come on, Barack. Drink the beer. You'll never taste the poison." (wild, cackling laughter)

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September 15th, 2008
05:43 pm
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Casey & Andy
Andy Weir has finished Casey and Andy. C&A is the very best webcomic involving time-traveling mad scientists who die frequently. Now Weir will have more time for Cheshire Crossing. And there was much rejoicing.

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04:29 pm
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Oil likes Ike

From SFGate. It's a sheen of oil around a pump jack, the result of damage from Hurricane Ike.

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August 24th, 2008
03:46 pm
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Spider does Heinlein
I just finished reading "Variable Star," the novel that Robert A. Heinlein outlined in 1955 and Spider Robinson wrote. It was amazing. It has many of the classic features of a Heinlein novel (starts at a dance, has a heroine who is not whom she seems, a long starship journey and some moderately long diatribes about future history), but is written with Spider's style (lots of different characters and different interactions between them, lots of drugs, plus goats and why it isn't a good idea to sneeze around them, especially in microgravity). It made me laugh. It made me cry.

The only sf lovers who shouldn't read this are Heinlein purists. And if you like Spider, you should read "Variable Star." In the postlude, Spider says that he was visited by R.A.H.'s ghost while he was writing it. I believe him.

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August 20th, 2008
11:41 pm
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xkcd ref
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June 26th, 2008
05:17 pm
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No wonder it's smoky
The Chron posted a map of the Bay Area fires. All the smoke is giving a golden hue to the air that is hella otherworldly. Beautiful, but wrong and disturbing to deep parts of my brain.

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