February 2010

Deforestation

28 February, 2010 // 0 Comments

It’s a mind-boggling number, but the World Resources Institute claims that 80% of the Earth’s natural forests have been destroyed. Almost three quarters of the plant and animal life on Earth is found in forests, some of which are ...

Idea Appropriation

27 February, 2010 // 0 Comments

One of the big problems I have with the Internet is that I read a huge volume of material every day, and along the way, I absorb all kinds of things. Then, later, I write, and those things I absorbed ooze out. Sometimes I’m aware of it and I ...

Wild Strawberries

26 February, 2010 // 0 Comments

I am sitting in a fir tree, eating wild strawberries. Wild strawberries, at least the kind found in Northern California, are a strangely unsatisfying fruit. I think it is perhaps the result of all of the metaphor and expectations which are built up ...

Bulky Kayaks

26 February, 2010 // 0 Comments

Robert Gammon at the East Bay Express: John Yoo, Too Extremist To Be Guilty Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis essentially argued that Yoo’s extreme views about unlimited presidential power in wartime had “clouded” ...

Tinkering Axes

25 February, 2010 // 1 Comment

Site Note: My power is off today because my service panel is being replaced, so if you email me or comment and it takes a while to get a response, that is why! Holly McKay at Fox News: Miss Beverly Hills Lauren Ashley Opposes Same Sex Marriage ...

Lost: Lighthouse

24 February, 2010 // 2 Comments

Spoiler warning: This post contains a discussion of Lost season six, episode 108, “Lighthouse.” If you haven’t seen it yet and you do not like to be spoiled, move along! But I will blather for a moment about nonplotty things to ...

Trickling Spaghetti

24 February, 2010 // 0 Comments

Deborah Blum at Slate: The Chemist’s War Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people. Radley Balko at Reason: Is Texas About To Execute Another Innocent ...

Are You Buying Yet?

23 February, 2010 // 0 Comments

Some interesting things are going on in the world of real estate. Given that interesting things in the world of real estate were directly responsible for many of the not-fun things happening in the economy right now, I think it’s worth paying ...
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