We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Attention to all who enter here. If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere. The wounds I received I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the freedom of a country I deeply love. I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery. What is full? That is the absolute utmost physically my body has the ability to recover. Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity. This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth. If you are not prepared for that, go elsewhere."
Many are advising me to buy this camera, or one of their TZ line.
Why do people always want me to buy stuff? I like stuff but, being a stingy Yankee, I hate spending money, and I hate getting onto the mo bigga betta bandwagon. Well, more accurately, I should say that am ambivalent about it. (When it comes to guns, mo is betta until it's time to clean and oil them.)
Anyway, I saw they have them at Costco (where the optician is a heck of a nice fellow). I do not need a SLR, because I would never learn how to take advantage of its capacities because I have terminal ADD and, also, was dropped on my head too many times as a kid.
Maybe something for my Santa list...unless Obama gives me one first.
It's snowing hard this morning in NYC. Lovely, but I am concerned - deeply concerned - about the glacial advances and their effect on real estate values. Perhaps Dr. Merc is wise to live on his boat in Florida.
And some jolly Islamophobia from Steyn - one quote:
Signora Fallaci then moves on to the livelier examples of contemporary Islam -- for example, Ayatollah Khomeini's "Blue Book" and its helpful advice on romantic matters: "If a man marries a minor who has reached the age of nine and if during the defloration he immediately breaks the hymen, he cannot enjoy her any longer." I'll say. I know it always ruins my evening. Also: "A man who has had sexual relations with an animal, such as a sheep, may not eat its meat. He would commit sin." Indeed. A quiet cigarette afterwards as you listen to your favourite Johnny Mathis LP and then a promise to call her next week and swing by the pasture is by far the best way. It may also be a sin to roast your nine-year-old wife, but the Ayatollah's not clear on that.
That Steyn is so multicultually insensitive, isn't he? How does the sheep community feel about this casual dating?
One of the obvious inferences that can be made from the data is that New Englanders shaped the culture and polities of many regions of the United States where they were a minority. Boston was self-consciously the Athens of America. Not only does this region have many elite universities, but the more prominent state institutions such as the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin were started in part by Yankees who valued these sorts of public investments. The role of New Englanders in primary education throughout the United States is well known, Puritan America may have been the world's first universally literate society, and they were intent on spreading this trait across every group into the United States. Though New Englanders were often outnumbered by later waves of immigration from the Upland South (e.g., Scots-Irish), as in the Pacific Northwest's Willamette Valley or Northern California, they were overrepresented among the intelligentsia and captains of industry. In the western Upper Midwest Yankees were absorbed by a sea of Northern European immigration, but for several generations they retained a hold on the cultural and capital classes. One might contend that many of the complaints about the "brainwashing" which occurs at elite universities of bright but impressionable young men and women is simply the latest manifestation of the conflict between numerically superior Middle America and the elitist New England outlook (even outside of New England, see Leland Stanford's biography).
I remember back in '87, buying my first modem. The expensive new 2400 bauds were out, but I settled for a normal 1200 baud. "There's no need to go so fast," I said at the time. "So what if it takes an extra thirty minutes to download a file? Big deal! This new 'faster and faster' modem thing is just a fad!"
And, for the most part, it could be argued I was right. Okay, so it would take six minutes to display this page with my new modem — but what's a mere six minutes for a quality product like a Maggie's Farm home page? Of course, waiting half a day to see one of the videos might irk some of its more impetuous readers, so there might be something to this 'faster and faster' thing, after all.
And, yes, I eventually bought the lightning-fast 2400 baud modem. I was smokin'! "With this kind of speed, I'll never have to upgrade again!," I proclaimed loudly for all to hear.
Sticking tightly to my resolve, I immediately bought a 9600 modem when they came out. Then a 14.4. Then a 19.2. Then a 28.8. Then a 33.6. Then a 56K. Then I combined two 56K's using MultiLink. Then I got one of them fancy new 'experimental' ADSL modems at .768 meg. Then cable at 1 meg. Then 1.5. Then 2. Then 3. Then 5.
Then I ended up going wireless.
I always was a sucker for fads.
And, during that entire time, I tried program after program and tweak file after tweak file that claimed it would increase my Internet speed, and not one of them ever did.
Until this rascal drifted along.
This is a patch to update Windows XP (and earlier) to meet current broadband standards. Vista already has the updates. To possibly double your browsing speed, please...
We care very deeply about these expressions of who we are as a society, locally or nationally. Some people don’t want to see strip malls. Some don’t want to see litter. Some don’t want to see sexual advocacy in the children’s section of the public library. Zoning, historical districts, wilderness areas, nude beaches, prayers before football games, public smoking, girlie magazines at the convenience store, transvestites, mosques, loud music next door, ORV’s, communications towers, homeless people, Wal-marts…We don’t want to see it! Or we do. It says something bad/good about us as a people. We want to feel that the place is ours, that it expresses us. I don’t want to live in a society that…
Yes. We get to decide what we want around us, don't we?
Sometimes I think rationalist materialists like Stumbling need to listen more often to this great Supertramp tune and develop a bit of humility about his/their rationalism:
Most of us want to be desirable and desired, and feel terrible if we are not. Obviously, the human species would be long gone if that were not the case. I don't mean just physically, but I do mean at least partly physically. A good lady has many more sources of charm than boobs.
It seems to me that guys tend to outgrow their sexual narcissism - their desire to look physically appealing to females - sooner in life than do ladies. (However, they do not outgrow their interest in females.) On the other hand, guys have, perhaps, more ways of being attractive than ladies have, and they do not have menopause to make them look and feel old.
Why does the subject come up? Because of this report, Why Do Women Have Breasts? That anthropological essay (on pdf) claims that breasts (which are largely absent in the other great apes except while nursing) confer an evolutionary advantage that has nothing to do with sex appeal.
I do not know the answer. I do know that in societies like ours, men love to look at, and to play with, breasties. I have no idea whether that is equally true in the jungle where nobody wears tops.
Man, do I need an extra-large coffee this morning. Here's Thanking the Puritans.
"Average Joe" Biden and his $4 million Nantucket house. I still believe that Liberals and Leftists love money, and that quasi-Libertarian-Conservatives like me just value free opportunities to do whatever we people want to do. Related: Biden still without portfolio. Makes good sense to me.
Obama on the "urgency" of fixing global warming. What global warming? I think it's a modern-day apocalyptic myth. We humans love such myths to organize and to "give meaning" to our lives...or don't we? I think I need my own life to give meaning to my life. As far as I know for sure, it's the only life I've got.
Jules is thankful for a few things. I am thankful for personal things - that I have a big family, and a decent job, and that I have the chance to live in NYC for a while. It's a darn lively spot this time of year. Inspiring, really, how smart folks are and how hard people work - and how they find ways to have a good time doing it.
Climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill are quietly watching a growing accumulation of global cooling science and other findings that could signal that the science behind global warming may still be too shaky to warrant cap-and-trade legislation.
While the new Obama administration promises aggressive, forward-thinking environmental policies, Weather Channel co-founder Joseph D’Aleo and other scientists are organizing lobbying efforts to take aim at the cap-and-trade bill that Democrats plan to unveil in January.