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.
Blogs. I recently read (I forget where) that only around 300,000 people regularly follow politically-oriented blogs. I have no way to confirm the accuracy of that number. Are we a politically-oriented blog? I don't know: kinda-sorta. The size of the market is small, and therefore even the biggest blogs are limited in their ability to grow readership. It's a matter of people's interest as much as anything else. One can only envy the porn and NASCAR sites for the level of interest they attract. I mention this because Kim du Toit has an interesting piece on the stats of American internet access. Around 30% of Americans have no interest in internet access, according to a study. (That must be the 30% of Americans who don't read Maggie's Farm daily.)
Image: Maker's Mark advt. via Mr. Free Market, who I doubt is a bourbon drinker but who has a good eye for ads.
Dang TNJ, I trust your judgment and know that I should peruse each of these links and I will, but there goes the weekend :-)
I'll add too the pile. Yet another theory of how the Pyramid's were constructed, though from a French researcher and sponsored by a French company, let it never be said I'm not open minded.
I will just say re the Circuit City link, without yet even reading it; the ones in my town are poorly managed... have little inventory, the inventory that is there is in disarray and the stores are dirty. Overall a depressing experience when shopping.
I will just add that the "makers mark" photographer knows his job. Not excited by the tattoo, but the thigh is, well, alluring. Though I will not be rushing out to buy that Bourbon. I don't think there is a connection. Long live advertising.
Sorry BD, I hadn't tried it before linking, just thought it looked interesting. I tried it just now and you must load a special player (virplayer) from dassault to use the site. After doing so I see that it is a complex and complicated 3D tour of the researcher's theory. It looks as if it would take some time to view the whole thing, not sure its worth it.
OT, but for me Maggie's is loading a lot faster in the last week, and the capcha'less comments are grand. Have you/Chris been doing things?
I read a self help book recently that discussed being aware of how you prefer to communicate and receive information. It said some people prefer to talk and listen while others prefer to read and write. These personal preferences can make for a few problems and disagreements when a 'talker' and a 'writer' team up.
I know I am a writer and a reader by preference. I do like to talk and listen with others too, but I often choose to get and give information by reading and writing.
Also the angry women link was fascinating. I liked this post....hehe
I don't know how much they spent on this study but I could've told them that for free.
I lived in Bellingham for a short while and I still visit there often.The drive down Chuckanut towards Laconner for the April tulip festival was the best. It is something to see acres and acres of daffodils and tulips all in bloom. Here are some links.
Our drive through the Skagit Valley is on the calendar for either next weekend or the following, depending on peak bloom time. Maybe breakfast at the Calico Cupboard or someplace like that. We already have tulips in our yard, so it can't be long.