Steven Pressfield, who wrote a most visceral novel about one of the greatest battles of Antiquity, was recently interviewed by Glenn Reynolds.
Some peculiar mathematics at the Champions Trophy.
Unfortunately for India, Pakistan lost the game. Though, it was incredibly close. The game went to the last ball of the match.
It's now Pakistan vs. New Zealand and England vs. Australia in the semi-finals. I'm hoping for a Pak-Aus rematch in the final. Thus, Pakistan will get two grand opportunities:
- Pay back Australia for the thrashing in the 1999 World Cup final.
- Win a second global cricket tournament within 5 months.
This is probably what the Flash sees -- minus the car, of course.
Didn't know there was such an animal.
And so many!
An expensive lens gives us a tiny Toronto.
A short presentation on Light Peak by George W. Bush.
Sometimes Muslims like to leave comments here. A recent one:
just wait n watch u sick devil worshiper :@
That's patently untrue.
I'm not sick.
First time I've seen such a thing.
As Katherine Mangu-Ward noted this morning, the president's attempts to narrow his pledge so that it does not include the taxes he ends up raising (such as the federal cigarette tax, raised a few weeks after he took office, or the proposed levies on Americans who fail to buy health insurance) recently prompted a testy exchange with George Stephanopoulos in which the ABC interviewer cited the dictionary definition of tax, which Obama saw as evidence that Stephanopoulos was "stretching a little bit."
It's obvious. Dictionaries are racist!
I've always said that men won the Sexual Revolution. Reading Dowd's column, I'm not sure what is funnier. Is it the fact that feminism has made women less happy or the fact that so many women will still cling to the "gains" that are making them miserable?
Last summer I was having lunch with a couple of ladies at my workplace and the conversation turned to happiness. One of them simply asked, "Are you happy?"
I said, "Yes."
"Why do you think that?"
"Well, I look at the past few years. Each one has been better than the last. I've graduated, got a stable job and I'm able to live in the Western world. There is little reason to be unhappy."
There was no reply from the ladies. I, of course, asked, "What about both of you? Are you happy?"
They both said, "No." They didn't elaborate even when I asked for the reasons. One was married with kids, the other was single. It was quite a sad spectacle. They live at the apex of comfort and safety, yet are going through life in a glum state.
I wonder why.
When I fly back to England, I know that I will notice two things: the old place will look surprisingly and miraculously green, and the girls will look like recycling bin bags full of windfalls, with a relentless, stroppy, obstinate and defiant plainness. When everything is wet and cold, English girls glower beneath their frizzy split ends, with their baggy pink eyes, defensively regarding the world over broken veins and puce, dripping noses, pursing their thin lips over badly shuffled teeth.
It ought to be illegal.
They come up with a lot of cool stuff.
Will the Middle East ever have peace?
That's putting it mildly.
The expression and the background gel well.
They don't mix well with rain or snow.
So writes a reader of Vox Popoli.
SS is clearly an elite and exceptional example, but she is nevertheless describing the sad reality for far too many women of my generation. They are smart, educated, and successful, and yet, regardless of whether one looks at them from a traditional perspective or a secular evolutionary one, they are failures as women. Now, this is not to say that a woman should not be permitted to choose a path as an evolutionary dead end who primarily contributes to society by creating Powerpoint demonstrations, reading celebrity magazines, and raising felines. We all possess the inherent right to go to Hell - or if you prefer, Oblivion - in our own particular way.
So very true.
In response to the comment below: I didn't mention nor imply that women should "turn off" their brain. Do you actually think that motherhood is synonymous with that? In addition, they don't "solely" have to be homemakers. The women who wrote in above has a degree in a hard science. She came to a realization that her education pales in comparison to her need for motherhood. Hopefully, her life won't "solely" revolve around her future child but it will certainly be more fulfilling.
Workers at the Stella D'oro cookie factory in the Bronx were still in shock Thursday as the news sunk in that the business had been sold and was moving to Ohio.
They wondered how they'd pay their rents and mortgages, how they'd find another job in today's recession and what they'd do without health insurance.
Workers, who already went through a long, bitter strike that ended in July, trudged out at the end of the day's shift Thursday with hangdog faces and tales of heartbreak.
They went on a strike for higher benefits and pay. They were told that to pay those benefits, the firm would be sold -- and they'll lose their jobs. That has come to pass. So, why are they shocked?
I realize it is hard for children and liberals to understand this, but jobs don't come from the magic job-creation fairy. Or the government, for that matter. Yes, many businessmen, especially the mercenary executive class, are scum, but not even scum can stay in business when they don't make a profit.
I've replayed it three times and I crack up whenever 'responsive' is said.
I've used Windows 7 Release Candidate for over a month and it'll stay as my main OS. Microsoft has done it right this time.
Four years ago, I wrote about 9/11 and its impact on my life.
It was the third part of this series:
1.0. In Darkness
2.0. The Land of Trinity
3.0. IX . XI
4.0. In Delirium
Back when I was attending a boarding high school in the US, one of my friends asked me if I liked music by this certain band. I had never heard of them. He was stunned. He, then, proceeded to play their songs on his laptop and asked me which mp3s I would like. "Uh, I wouldn't really listen to that," was my straightforward response. He was shocked! He had bought tons of their CDs and I was rejecting their free music. He shook his head.
Jonah Goldberg on Thomas Friedman:
If only America could drop its inefficient and antiquated system, designed in the age before globalization and modernity and, most damning of all, before the lantern of Thomas Friedman's intellect illuminated the land. If only enlightened experts could do the hard and necessary things that the new age requires, if only we could rely on these planners to set the ship of state right. Now, of course, there are "drawbacks" to such a system: crushing of dissidents with tanks, state control of reproduction, government control of the press and the internet. Omelets and broken eggs, as they say.
A great post. Read it all.
Tambi Dude sent me this link today:
In the fall of 2007, Islamists set up a stand at Toronto's annual Word on the Street book festival where they distributed a free booklet titled Towards Understanding Islam, written by Mr. Maudoodi. In the booklet, Mr. Maudoodi exhorts ordinary Muslims to launch jihad, as in armed struggle, against non-Muslims.
"Jihad is part of this overall defence of Islam," he writes. In case the reader is left with any doubt about the meaning of the word "jihad," Mr. Maudoodi clarifies: "In the language of the Divine Law, this word [jihad] is used specifically for the war that is waged solely in the name of God against those who perpetrate oppression as enemies of Islam. This supreme sacrifice is the responsibility of all Muslims."
One of the comments there:
To abandon jihad means to abandon Islam. Islam without Jihad is like tiger without its teeth. The only way to abandon jihad is to abandon islam, which is what I have done. I am sure Tarek must have also done the same, but since no muslim can say that in public without the risk of seeing his head on the floor, he is talking in coded languagge.
Can't argue with that. One finds clear and concise language here but only under the cloak of anonymity.
I don't want to prepare in vain.
The Core 2 line is dead. It runs on an outdated platform. Those who're interested in bargains should be able to find excellent prices on Core 2 processors in the next few months.
The new king is the Core i5. A few reviews:
Intel's new, mainstream processor will be released soon. It's called the Core i5. After the silly Core, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad naming scheme, Intel settled for the Core in strategy -- where n is a number.
Of course, this hasn't really made things simple. The chaos is just a bit more elegant. We already have the Core i7, Core i5 will be out shortly and then in a few months, we'll get the Core i3 and the Core i9. Intel has added further convolution by:
- Using two different sockets across these four lines. So, if you buy a Core i5 this year, and later you'd like to upgrade only your processor to a Core i9 (a six-core beast due in 2010), then you're out of luck. You have to upgrade your motherboard to get a different socket which will accept a Core i9.
- Using the 45-nm process today and then later switching to the 32-nm process. Now, this would be great if we could actually tell the difference between the two by just the name of the processor but, as far as I can tell, we can't.
I once upgraded my processor. So, I certainly do not like having this option being made more difficult and expensive. And I clearly remember in early 2008 when new 45-nm Core 2 Duos sat next to the older 65-nm Core 2 Duos. The pricing of such processors made sense from the cost-side but not from the performance-side. You see, Intel was selling older ~$300 processors that were slower than their ~$250 newer processors.
Now, a logical customer would see that those two processors have the same name and conclude that the more expensive one ought to be faster. But, no. It looks like we'll see a similar scenario next year.
On Friday, Aug. 28, the principal of Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington, Utah — in the name of "education" — showed her young charges the "Obama Pledge" video released at the time of the inauguration, in which Ashton Kutcher and various other big-time celebrities, two or three of whom you might even recognize, "pledge to be a servant to our president and to all mankind because together we can, together we are, and together we will be the change that we seek."
Bwahahaha. Clowns can be so funny.
Oh and don't miss the reporting by the New York Times which Steyn describes in the beginning.
What does a Scotsman have under his kilt?
Click here to find out.
Who knew that viruses discriminate?
For now, at least.
Upon first look, I thought it was Bombay.
PJTV: Bill Maher, Barack Obama and the Truth About American Exceptionalism.
What the Right thinks about health care reform:
Right Wing News emailed more than 250 right-of-center bloggers and asked them several questions. The following 74 blogs responded
I find it comical when my 'name' is tough for the browser to display.