Cleveland: Keeping Christmas at Home
Ramona: The War on Happy Holidays
Richard Day: Cold in Minnesota, and in the Hearts of Men
I have commented before that Malthus didn't actually predict a Malthusian Catastrophe. In his An Essay on the Principle of Population, as it affects the Future Improvement of Society with remarks on the Speculations of Mr. Godwin, M. Condorcet, and Other Writers, he argued that rather than being freed to live in utopian conditions, the human population would continue to be resource-limited in bad times, self-limited in good times and that misery would result if these limits weren't effective enough. But even my high school biology textbook told me that Malthus had incorrectly predicted that we were doomed to run out of food. [Read more]
Self Portrait (~1986), above.
I can't believe they prefer Al Sharpton to this guy.
We're seeing the most visible opposition to raising the debt ceiling from Republicans and the Tea Party. Some few old-style conservatives may actually believe in fiscal responsibility, but movement conservatives - who have reflexively voted for increases under previous administrations - are now exploiting the issue to appease the Tea Party and to obstruct Obama.  [Read more]
Above is a summary of the soon-to-be-released documentary American Meat. [Read more]
Alex from TTAC in a very informative video about a plugin Prius with very impressive fuel efficiency.
Last weekend, my daughter thrust Somerset Maugham's great novel at me and said, "You should read this, Dad." She does that a lot and I therefore always have a small stack of books to get through, but I did start reading Of Human Bondage, and I love it. But with all the hoopla about the final Potter film being released NOW! it does occur to me that Harry Potter and Philip Carey have more than a little in common. [Read more]
When I flew to Los Angeles for the 1999 AEC Systems show, in which vendors showed all the latest and greatest cad and other software products to architects, engineers and contractors, my high school buddy Jim picked me up at the airport in his EV-1. It was an impressive vehicle, very sleek and stylish compared to the EVs I had seen before or had imagined from Popular Mechanics covers.  [Read more]
In a Gallup poll released today, Americans chose dilithium crystals as the top choice of fuel to run both cars and power plants, with 84% of Americans choosing the crystals over other options including nuclear, hydrogen, corn ethanol, shale gas, and photovoltaic solar panels.
Miller-McCune profiles a new documentary about destroying the environment to get coal.
The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, but most of the familiar organizations concerned about various facets of the American environment were formed much sooner. The Sierra Club was founded in 1892; The Audubon Society - 1905; The Wilderness Society - founded by Aldo Leopold above in 1935; The National Wildlife Federation - 1936; The Nature Conservancy - 1951; Environmental Defense Fund - 1967. Greenpeace formed in 1971, soon after Earth Day, and the environmental movement found that the activism of the day yielded results. [Read more]
Back around 1992, I bought a pile of cassettes from a cutout rack somewhere. One was The Stone Roses, by a Manchester band of the same name that produced this breakthrough album before becoming entangled in legal problems. Even though the album was released in 1989, SR sounded to me like a jumble of Dave Clark Five, Kinks and Doors with a bit of the wall of sound thing going on.
I Wanna Be Adored
She Bangs the Drums [Read more]
Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Bobby Riggs were each 5'-7" tall. Jimmy Connors was 5'-9 1/2".
The shortest of the women playing in today's Wimbledon semifinal matches is Sabine Lisicki, who is only 5'-10" but probably has the best serve. Her opponent, Maria Sharapova is 6'-2" and probably has the least reliable serve. In the other match, 5'-11" Victoria Azarenka plays 6'-0" Petra Kvitova. They all hit hard from the baseline. At 24, Sharapova has more experience than the others, who range from 21 to 22 years old, and has won three majors, one of them here at Wimbledon waaay back in 2004. [Read more]
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga -his father was Congolese but no one questions his French citizenship.
This morning, I assumed that all four top seeds, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray would advance, and that the real question was who would be pushed the hardest. Except for Bernard Tomic, I thought the underdogs might take a set. There was at least a possibility that Tomic might be a new Becker, but I didn't see Fish, Tsonga or Lopez winning more than a set each. [Read more]
Looks like Peter Bodo was right:
Partly because of the Williamses' absence, the tour has developed a whole new set of players who are comfortable swinging freely and taking big cuts. ... there's a string of comparable opponents out there for what has to be the most dangerous brace of "floaters" (unseeded players) the WTA has produced in a long time.
Bartoli - Look at those strings deflect. [Read more]